Desperate Housewives - The Complete Second Season
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With the first season's mystery surrounding Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong, still around as the narrator) revealed--though repercussions were still flying--the show's intrigue came from a new character, Betty Applewhite (Alfre Woodard), and her son (Mehcad Brooks), who try, unsuccessfully, to fit into Wisteria Lane while harboring their own secret. While Woodard is a great actor, her storyline tended to drag down the action, the brilliant Cross was saddled with two dismal character developments, and the housewives spent far too little time together. There were laughs to be had, however. Huffman's interplay with Savant was a highlight, and Gabrielle's conflict with a perceived rival named Sister Mary Bernard (Melinda Page Hamilton) was the funniest of the season. No longer as fresh as it had been in its debut season, Desperate Housewives ended up taking a back seat to its Sunday-night running mate, Grey's Anatomy, and was shut out of the major Emmy awards, but its late-season resurgence was a positive sign going into the third season. With Lesley Anne Warren as Susan's mother, Sophie; Bob Newhart as Sophie's beau; Andrea Bowen as Susan's steadfast daughter, Julie; Jay Harrington as Susan's doctor; Mark Moses and Cody Kasch as Paul and Zach Young, who continue to be plagued by Felicia Tilman (Harriet Sansom Harris) about what happened with Mary Alice; Shawn Pyfrom as Bree's rebellious son; Carol Burnett as Bree's stepmother; and Kyle MacLachlan as an oddball dentist.
On the DVDs
Creator Marc Cherry dominates the DVD features. He has a conversation with his muse, his mother; he comments on 27 minutes of his favorite scenes; and he has optional commentary on both the deleted scenes (15 minutes) and on the two unaired story lines. The longer of the story lines (11 minutes) focuses on Susan and her novel, with some nice interplay with Bob Newhart. In the shorter one (4 minutes), Lynnette tries to sneak in a phone call aboard a plane. The five lead actresses do get a chance to talk about their "juiciest bits" (about two minutes of recapping the season's kisses, etc.), the making of an episode, costumes, and their characters compared to TV's past housewives (with contributions from actresses such as Happy Days' Marion Ross and The Partridge Family's Shirley Jones). --David Horiuchi
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The good things about the second season of this terrific ABC series were many of the same things that made this show's first season so good: great acting by its stars. The actress I thought who came off best in season two was Eva Longoria, who plays the beautiful and sexy Gabrielle. Of the show's four leading ladies, Longoria gave by far the funniest performances throughout the season (her catfight scene with that nun midway through the season was uproarious). Marcia Cross gave the show's most powerful performances as Bree, the housewive who's an obsessive perfectionist. Felicity Huffman (Lynette) and Teri Hatcher (Susan) were both terrific as usual. And Nicolette Sheridan was delicious as Edie, the Wisteria Lane tramp. Main storylines that played out through season two include: Gaby and Carlos trying to have a baby in every possible way; Lynette going back to work; Bree battling not only alcoholism but also her brat son Andrew; Susan breaking up with Mike, then finding a potential romantic interest with a doctor; and Edie finding romance with Susan's ex-husband Karl.
But there were a few setbacks. The one asset that didn't really work on the second season of "Desperate Housewives" was the big mystery storyline involving Wisteria Lane's newest members: the Applewhites (introduced at the end of season one).Read more ›
On the other hand the storylines were a bit silly at times, mostly due to a weak season mystery: Susan's attempted marriage to the gay guy, and how Xiao-Mei was a hidden slave, not to mention the Applewhite hiatus that we experienced towards the end of the show, the Applewhites are the season mystery for heaven's sakes! The Applewhites were also a little too isolated from the neighborhood, I mean we know that Betty is secretive but she doesn't communicate with Gabrielle or Lynette throughout the season! Season 1 was practically bullet-proof, so let's see that come back.
Complaints aside, I did enjoy Season 2, it's the one that got me hooked in the first place, I watched Season 1 on DVD after watching the Season 2 premiere. Don't be put off by the storyline goofs, I omitted the enjoyable parts of Season 2, which outweigh the goofs, so as not to spoil it for you.
The finale seems very promising, so I hope Season 3 continues the great work but factors in a more riveting mystery. Buy this set, and enjoy the top-notch acting (better than Season 1), the amazing Brenda Strong's narration, top-notch production, and in many cases, issues that hit home.
The first episode of the second season wraps up the storylines from seasons one's cliffhanger. Susan breaks free from Zach who had been holding her hostage. Before the episode ends Mike confesses to Susan that he believes Zach is his son. Gabriel's husband Carlos is still in jail and Gabriel is pregnant hoping to prove the paternity of her unborn child to Carlo's--and still hoping he forgives her for the affair. Lynette has decided to re-enter the work world and by no means are things easy for her. New neighbors have moved in. Alfre Woodard is introduced as Betty Applewhite. She lives on Wisteria Lane with her son but she has secrets. The strongest storyline of the first episode is Bree dealing with the death of her husband Rex. Rex really is dead and Bree has to deal with her mother-in-law who is determined to have her voice heard as far as the funeral arrangements go.
Season two was not without drama. Susan had to deal with her ex-husband dating Edie, Lynette was faced with infidelity, Gabriel would face a crisis regarding her pregnancy, and Bree would find herself a murder suspect--among many other things.
Fans of the show were divided about their feelings about the second season. As a reviewer, I certainly didn't like the Betty Applewhite storyline, it wasn't very believable or well written.
Desperate Housewives Season Two features 24 episodes on 5 discs. The sixth disc featured with the set includes a plethora of bonus features strictly for the super Desperate Housewives fan.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Desperate Housewives. I could honestly watch it again and again. I would love to see this show come back.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
I miss this series so much, I am glad that I have it on dvd so that I can watch whenever I want.Published 4 months ago by sandy
very entertaining show especially the first 4 seasons or so the second season a very good and juicy onePublished 7 months ago by sjm