Desperate Housewives Review: "Secrets That I Never Want to Know"

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All good things must come to an end, right? Super cliché, but it certainly holds true of Desperate Housewives. The season premiere indicated that the women of Wisteria Lane are definitely bringing it one last time. The good in goodbye will seemingly be an apparent theme this final season.

The premiere picked up precisely where we left off last season. As Bree, Susan, Lynette, Gaby and Carlos disposed of Gaby’s stepfather’s body, I found myself waiting for the theme song of Pretty Little Liars to play. Honestly, I’d be lying if I said A didn’t cross my mind as the phone went off. Luckily, it was just a call from "home."

Making a Pact

Although the housewives made a pact to keep what happened a secret, it definitely wasn’t easy for all of them. While Bree and Chuck grew closer together since the incident, Chuck suspected that the girls didn’t care too much for him. Then again, who would want to befriend a detective after clearly being an accessory to a murder.

Hiding the secret from Mike, Susan was not dealing well. At all. She nearly broke down
at that school pet burial, which was a hilarious red flag for whether or not she'll be able to keep this inside.

With a guilty conscience, Carlos became short-tempered and wanted to seek absolution. However, even with Gaby’s persistent help, he realized that he would never be okay. Gaby reassured him that he saved her life by taking another. It was a heartbreaking and touching scene, but this is Desperate Housewives. As with any dramedy and in true Desperate Housewives fashion, I’m sure that their secret will come to light in due time.

Tom and Lynette appeared to be separated all summer, but they hadn’t told their kids yet. Last season, their fights were relentless and exhausting. I was glad that this storyline wasn’t dragged out too much, as Tom and Lynette were both able to rip off the band-aid and let their children know of their new status.

Renee and her “ladies” tried to impress Ben, the new guy on Wisteria Lane. Although rejected at first, it’s clear that Renee’s not going to back down easily. I’m hoping that she finally gets an actual storyline this season with the charming new resident.

When Bree received her mysterious letter, the scene felt all too familiar. I was waiting for the creepy music to play and for Jennifer Love Hewitt to appear, considering she’s relatively experienced with “I know/still know what you did last summer” messages. Who do you think is the author behind the unexplained note?

Overall, the season premiere was comprised of suspense, jokes and touching moments amongst the housewives. From the funny car theft scene to the adult housewives swim only scene, it is absolutely refreshing and nice to have the ladies back.

On another note, I should admit I was undeniably upset when I first heard over the summer that Desperate Housewives was coming to a close this season. Letting go is never easy... especially when it comes to guilty pleasures. Then again, "Secrets That I Never Want to Know" reminded me that the more things changes, the more they stay the same. And after this episode, I’ve realized I’m indefinitely ready for the Fairview farewell tour. I’ll miss our favorite housewives dearly, but I’m looking forward to a promising end to yet another iconic show. Here’s hoping to a final season of uncontrollable tears, laughs and much more!


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Olivv, don't you remember when Martha Huber confessed the whole blackmail letter thing? She confessed it to Paul the night he killed her. So how is it possible that Martha wasn't the one to send the letter? Jeez, am I the only one who actually remembers what has been going on?!


McCluskey, the most passive aggressive person in the bunch. Know it all, loner, and just plain creepy sometimes, is my prime suspect for the person who wrote the notes.


I knew as soon as I seen Bree's mailbox open that there was going to be a letter and it was going to say something about knowing what she did. This is going to be interesting and will probably drive them crazy until they figure it out. I'm gonna miss this show :(


I agree, Shanelle - Bree has done many things over the years and the fact that the letter was targeted at her, not Gaby and Carlos shows something.


Thanks Jasmine and jaxgirl71! I’m glad that everyone enjoyed the premiere as much as I did. It's going to be an awesome season!


I thought the whole hiding of the body from last season was an over used storyline and in that Carlos was saving Gabby the whole hiding of the body was so unnecessary. I think they are dong the right thing is closing the show while it is still special.

Andy caldas

Great episode!!! Best show ever, we will miss you ladies!


Never for get Bre's done manythings over then years.....


The letter being exactly the same was a very interesting twist.


I also enjoyed this great episode, I am glad the ladies are back.. Final season i am ready for this one last ride!!

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Desperate Housewives Season 8 Episode 1 Quotes

Chuck: Don't take this the wrong way, but you could do this professionally.
Bree: Coming from a man who's on a first name basis with half the hookers in Fairview, that's quite a compliment to take, Detective.

We're not criminals. We drive carpool.