'Desperate Housewives - The Complete Third Season'
(Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Nicollette Sheridan, et al / 6-Disc DVD / NR / (2006) 2007 / BVHE)
Overview: The women of Wisteria Lane are back, and it’s time to air some dirty laundry. In the Emmy Award®-winning show’s sensational third season, the gossip is juicier, the secrets are more scandalous and the revenge is even sweeter. "Desperate Housewives is back," raves The New York Daily News. Experience all 23 tantalizing episodes of Season Three, and get the dish on Susan’s new love, Bree’s unsettling marriage to Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) and a dangerous new presence living down the lane. Everything will come out in the wash in this spectacular six-disc set. Bubbling over with exclusive bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes look at the season finale and even more secrets straight from the show, this is the sudsiest season yet.
DVD Verdict: Season Two of 'Desperate Housewives' wasn't all that bad, but it did suffer from a few noticeable mistakes - mainly the storyline with the Applewhites and how the writers made them suddenly disappear in the middle of the season (and subsequently killing off any remaining interest viewers once had with the story).
The first episode of Season Three was fair but a forgiven fairness as it was an opener to tie up loose ends and see where the characters might go next. One factor that helped make Season Three so good was how it became as intriguing and as witty as remembered from the early days. The pace and flow had also returned. You wanted to tune in each week to see Susan deal with Mike's memory loss while dealing with Edie's manipulation at the same time, Bree having to contend with the lack of morality in her children as she also learned about Orson's past, and Lynette finding patience with Tom while finding tolerance as she dealt with the psycho from hell in the form of Nora.
Some of the best episodes are from this season such as Episode #3 with "A Weekend in the Country," and #6 in "Sweetheart, I Have To Confess," an episode that was most entertaining and funny. The scenes with Lynette, Susan, and Gabby getting drunk while Bree was trying to win the attention of a former friend at an upscale country club were classic. Also included is the memorable "Bang,"(episode#7). This episode was believeable and emotional right down to Lynette finding closure with the death of Mary Alice. Laurie Metcalf(Roseanne)was superb as the jilted wife who snapped. Next came Episide #8 with "Children and Art," in which Lynette discovers a chilling secret about the new neighbor. The writers handled this story with brilliance and bravery for tackling a taboo topic on network television. Felicity Huffman gave a magnificent portrayl.
Also first rate was Episode #10, "Miracle Song," and with the first 10 episodes, Desperate Housewives was as bold as ever and was once again filled with the offbeat drama and dark comedy we know and love. The glaring mistake with this season was in Episode #13, "Come Play Wiz Me." This episode was awful and filled with ridiculous storylines. The plot involving Orson's ex-wife drugging him into the bed with the help of Gloria made me think the writers were wishing for a daytime television slot.
Then we had the return of Zach - very pointless and off the mark. Also, it was an insult to viewers to make us think that Gabrielle would even consider a date with Zach under any circumstances. Lynette's decision to quit the firm was touching, but then the whole scene with her faking her pain in front of her boss just came off as plain stupid. Episodes #14 & #15 is where the mystery involving Orson's past and the murder of Monique is solved, and this conclusion was just as good and just as surprising as the mystery involving Paul and Mary Alice and a baby named Dana from the first season.
And so with 'Desperate Housewives - The Complete Third Season' now being out on DVD just before the start of the fourth season, I encourage anyone who bailed out on the show after season two to go out and get it! Until then, you'll have to catch reruns of season three throughout the summer. Or you can view seasons one and two, already out on DVD as well as reruns airing on Lifetime. But one way or another, the third season of 'Desperate Housewives' is (more or less) a winner. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
2 Minutes of Bloopers
8 Deleted Scenes
'Here Comes the Bride' - Featurette
'Amas de Casa Desesperadas' - Featurette
'On Set With Eva' - Featurette
Marc Cherry's Favorite Scenes
'Desperate Moments' - Featurette