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Desperate Housewives 8 Seasons 2009

Season 5
4.4 out of 5 stars (138) IMDb 7.4/10

What a difference 5 years makes! The new season takes America's favorite residents of Wisteria Lane five years into the future with surprise twists and dramatic changes in all the housewives' lives. But no matter how much their lives have changed, these friends and neighbors stay true to their gossip-swapping, hair-pulling, name-calling roots.

Starring:
Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman

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1. You're Gonna Love Tomorrow

Five years into the future - Susan tries to hide her relationship with a new man and Lynette catches her teenage twins engaging in illegal activities.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: September 28, 2008
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2. We're So Happy You're So Happy

Gaby tries to salvage what's left of her social stature; Bree must juggle marriage and a career.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 5, 2008
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3. Kids Ain't Like Everybody Else

Danielle returns to Wisteria Lane and is met with a deluge of criticism.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 12, 2008
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4. Back In Business

With Bree's cookbook set to launch, Lynette dominates the marketing campaign causing a rift with Bree.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 19, 2008
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5. Mirror, Mirror

All the residents of Wisteria Lane come together to celebrate McCluskey's 70th birthday party.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 26, 2008
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6. There's Always a Woman

Lynette is concerned Tom is using the garage for more than just band rehearsals.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 2, 2008
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7. What More Do I Need?

Lynette freaks out when Tom reveals Porter is having an affair with an older, married woman.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: November 9, 2008
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8. City on Fire

A fire breaks out at the White Horse Bar; Lynette confronts Anne about her plans to run away with Porter.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 16, 2008
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9. Me and My Town

Gabrielle is thrilled (and horrified) to learn Carlos could get his sight back; Lynette and Tom try to protect Porter from suspicion while Lynette convinces Anne to move away.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: November 30, 2008
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10. A Vision's Just A Vision

Susan and Mike recognize the fate of their relationship.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: December 7, 2008
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11. Home is the Place

After meeting Alex's mother, Bree takes extreme action to save her relationship with Andrew and Alex.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: January 4, 2009
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12. Connect! Connect!

Susan and Edie get locked in a basement together and learn things about each other; Lynette stages an accident to entice Porter out of hiding.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 11, 2009
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13. The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

The Ladies of Wisteria lane gather for a typical evening of poker, gossip and comfort food after the death of their local handymand, Eli.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: January 18, 2009
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14. Mama Spent Money When She Had None

Lynette finds herself torn between fiscal help from Bree and her morals around friends and money; Susan confronts Mike on his financial contributions to MJ's education.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: February 8, 2009
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15. In a World Where the Kings are Employers

Susan gets a job to provide for MJ - but becomes angry and jealous when Mike lets Katherine babysit him; Lynette wants Tom to sell the pizzeria.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: February 15, 2009
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16. Crime Doesn't Pay

Susan, Katherine and Mike struggle to find common ground as Katherine and Mike get set to move in together; Bree confronts Orson on his stealing habits.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 8, 2009
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17. The Story of Lucy and Jessie

Susan tries to impress a teacher who ends up taking it the wrong way; Gabrielle wants Carlos to hire Lynette for her own reasons.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 15, 2009
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18. A Spark. To Pierce the Dark

Bree considers selling her business to save her marriage; Lynette is threatened by her new boss.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 22, 2009
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19. Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know

The housewives get together and reminisce about Edie.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 19, 2009
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20. Rose's Turn

While Lynette and Orson keep secrets from Tom and Bree, Katherine makes a confession to Mike, while Susan confides in Dave.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 26, 2009
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21. Bargaining

Bree is forced to seduce a good lawyer; Jackson comes back into Susan's life and pops the question; Gaby makes a deal with Juanity to test her vanity.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 3, 2009
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22. Marry Me a Little

Bree continues to keep Orson in the dark; Susan and Jackson try to fool the authorities; Katherine won't open up to Mike; a witness to Dave's crimes surfaces.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 10, 2009
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23. Everybody Says Don't

Gaby runs into a despondent old acquaintance; Tom decides to go back to school, much to Lynette's dismay.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 17, 2009
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24. If It's Only In Your Head

Orson threatens to blackmail Bree; Dave makes a "friendly" gesture to Susan.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 17, 2009
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I'm having a difficult time understanding why this season is rated so much lower than all the rest. First of all, Desperate Housewives is one of the most consistently good shows on TV and every season is solid. However, season five is special in that it revamped and refreshed the series by beginning five years ahead of where season four left off. This technique provides the viewer with a slew of new storylines:

Susan: In season five, we find Susan and Mike divorced after a terrible incident tears them apart. Connected through their five year old son, Susan and Mike struggle with old feelings while beginning new relationships, Susan with her much younger house painter and Mike with Katherine Mayfair.

Lynette: Tom and Lynette continue to struggle raising their four children, specifically their teenaged twins Porter and Preston. On top of that, Tom finds himself in a midlife crisis and Lynette discovers the woes of returning to the world of advertising at age 50.

Bree: No longer a mere housewife, Bree is now an established cookbook author and businesswoman, owning her own catering company with Andrew and Katherine by her side. However, success comes with a price as she struggles to maintain her marriage to Orson, now a former convict.

Gabby: The beginning of season five finds Gabby as a harried mother of two young girls; now a house frow, she is far from the glamorous fashion model she once was. When Carlos regains his sight, Gabby and Carlos find themselves at a crossroads as they begin to simultaneously adopt and question their former lifestyle.

Edie: After being banished from Wisteria Lane five years prior, Edie returns with a new husband in tow.
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Prior to purchasing the first four seasons of Desperate Housewives I had never watched any of the episodes on TV. By the commercials I had seen though I had a feeling it would be something I'd like. Recently I've taken the time to watch all four seasons and I'm chomping at the bit now waiting for Season five. I don't know how I'll make it all the way to September!!!

This show is different than most, at least to me. I thought it was going to be more of a "Soap Opera" type but it's more of a drama with comic undertones. It'll make you laugh mostly, make you cry sometimes and make you sit there with your mouth hanging open thinking "I can't believe she did that!".

I find this series thoroughly enjoyable and addictive!!
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In my opinion, in its first four years on the air, "Desperate Housewives" has had three out of four really good seasons. The first, third, and fourth seasons were excellent. Only the second season wasn't quite as good. So going into the fifth season of this hit show I wondered if it was going to match the greatness of its best years. Sad to say it didn't. The fifth season of "Desperate Housewives" was its weakest season yet. I still liked the fifth season of the show, and I'm giving it 4 stars out of 5 (it falls more under 3 1/2 stars than 4). But I've got a feeling that it might be running out of gas down the road in its later years to come.

For the most part, "Desperate Housewives" season five is still pretty good. There are plenty of moments that are funny, sexy, and suspenseful. There was nothing wrong with the acting. The regular cast is back and the acting is fine as usual. There was nothing wrong with the presence of Teri Hatcher (Susan), Marcia Cross (Bree), Felicity Huffman (Lynette), Eva Longoria Parker (Gabrielle), Nicolette Sheridan (Edie), and season four newcomer Dana Delany (Katherine) on the screen. Same goes for the other cast members as well. Along the way in season five there were some newcomers. The most notable newcomer to season five was Neal McDonough, who plays Edie's new husband Dave. This character provides most of the story arc to season five which means that this character has a deep dark secret that plays out during the season (quite similar to Dana Delany's character in season four). McDonough is very good here and there's no fault in his character's storyline.

There were other newcomers to season five, and many of the new faces were provided thanks to the five year jump that this show took at the end of season four.
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A disappointing season in my opinion. There is an episode about a handyman that is placed in the middle of the season that has no connection to the rest of the plot. The Dave Williams character is great and the acting is excellent but unfortunately the story is drawn out way too much to the point where you are almost relieved when it finally culminates instead of being excited. Other plot lines, such as one of the Scavo son's affair with a married woman pop up and then disappear with a half-assed resolution. The Lynette Scavo character's increased emasculation of her husband, Tom, which was present in previous seasons reaches an annoying pitch as does the Susan character's incessant whining. Perhaps it is frustration over the bad writing but character traits that were an intentional part of the character's makeup for the purpose of the plot development reach the level of annoying and make the characters unlikable. In the past it was obvious that the characters were flawed but they were seldom unlikable. They reach that point in this season. I found myself hoping the villain would kill Susan. I saw season 1 years ago and recently got hooked when, on a whim, I bought season 2 at a discount store. I have since watched seasons 3-5 in rapid succession. This is simply not as good as previous seasons of Desperate Housewives and makes me wonder if I should buy the next season or not. I realize that a writer's strike truncated season 4 and can only wonder if this season was written by scabs hired while the real writers were on strike.
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