Mike? Really? After 8 seasons, that was one hell of a shocker. That final scene was utterly magnificent on every level and one of the strongest sequences I’ve ever witnessed on television. Just watching that painfully beautiful montage of Mike & Susan’s journey together broke my heart and touched me more than anything I’d seen in a long while.
The montage itself deserves heaps of praise for constructing a perfect tribute to a couple that had cemented themselves as the true heart of Desperate Housewives. I’d actually forgotten recently just how important Mike & Susan were to the show’s DNA and I am utterly shocked that Marc Cherry decided to go there and kill him off. It’s an undoubtedly brave decision, yet a mind-boggling one at that. Can we really handle a SAD Susan for the show’s remaining episodes? Does Marc really not want to end things on a positive note for her? Ordinarily I would find that hard to believe but it really looks like it’s going to be a pretty dark ending for our ladies.
While that final sequence was epic, the rest of the episode was not up to par and thus denies this episode the chance to have been a truly perfect hour (it’ll just have to settle for an A). While I always enjoy Gabby’s one-liners, Carlos was a tad irritating in this one as it’s a bit late in the season to spend so much time on his crisis of conscience. Nevertheless I do wonder if they’re setting the ladies up to be completely alone when the series ends because it seems like they’ve all lost the possibility of a happy ending with a significant other. It’s a particularly grim and gloomy thought but nonetheless intriguing.
Further evidence of this theory is the fact that Lynette and Tom really don’t look like they’re ever getting back together. When the season began, I thought for sure the writers just wanted to try out the storyline possibilities of a single Lynette and Tom. Now however, I’m starting to think it’s a pretty permanent decision. As for Bree dealing with Karen’s death-wish, well that was suitably amusing but undeniably overlooked as this episode will obviously be remembered for one thing and one thing only in the future.
Ultimately, as frustrated (and heartbroken) as I am of the decision to kill off Mike, I really have to commend Marc Cherry for going through with it as it really elevated the show to a whole other level on the dramatic scale. This season really does have potential to be the most glorious final year ever. I really hope they don’t screw up the ending because if one show deserves to go out on top, it’s this one. Marvelous.