Desperate Housewives (season 8)


Desperate Housewives (season 8)
Desperate Housewives Season 8
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ABC promotional poster for the eighth season of Desperate Housewives. From left to right: Susan, Lynette, Gabrielle, and Bree.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes TBA
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 25, 2011[1]
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The eighth season of Desperate Housewives, a television series created by Marc Cherry, began broadcasting in the United States on September 25, 2011.[1]

Desperate Housewives was renewed for an eighth season by ABC on May 17, 2011.[2] The deceased character Mary Alice Young continues to narrate the events in the lives of her friends and Wisteria Lane residents, Susan Delfino, Lynette Scavo, Bree Van de Kamp and Gabrielle Solis.

ABC has confirmed that the eighth season will be the show's last.[3][4][5]

Contents

Content

Brenda Strong has stated in an interview that the final season's mystery arc will reveal more secrets of the Young family, giving her character more screentime.[6]

Cast

Starring

Also Starring

Notable guest stars

Charles Mesure joined the cast as Ben Faulkner, a ruthless, self-made contractor who will find Renee Perry attractive.[12]

Andrea Parker will play Jane, a love interest for Tom Scavo, as a recurring cast member.[11] Miguel Ferrer will also play the recurring role of Andre Zeller, a part-time illustrator who clashes with Susan Delfino.[7]

Storylines

Bree Van de Kamp

Bree makes the decision to bury Alejandro's body to protect Carlos and Gaby and makes a pact with the other women to keep it a secret. Bree acts as leader in keeping the others calm but finds this difficult when she receives the same note that Mary Alice found just before she killed herself. She shows this to Gaby and the two agree not to do anything until whoever sent it contacts them again. The others also tell her she should end her relationship with Chuck, as it is too dangerous, but she is reluctant to do so because of how happy they are. However, after visiting Paul Young, to discuss the note, he reveals that he mentioned the original note to the police and Bree realizes it was Chuck he spoke to. After relaying this information to Gaby, who encourages her to end the relationship, Bree thinks it might be wise to stay with him in order to know what information he has. However, when she realizes he wants to propose, she breaks up with him. After Ben reveals he is planning to build on Alejandro's burial ground the women decide to move his body but are shocked to learn it has already been dug up - by Ben when carrying out soil tests. Intially failing to convince Ben to get rid of the body in order to protect his project, Ben changes his mind and enlists Mike's help to hide the body after he witnesses Chuck harrassing Bree. Following this, the other women become angry as they find out she has been hiding how much Chuck knows about the situation and feeling alone Bree breaks her sobriety.

Gabrielle Solis

Gaby tries her best to relieve Carlos over his guilt from killing Alejandro but fails. She becomes worried when he can't perform sexually as sex was always the one thing that could get them through their tough times but he tells her that everything has changed now and life will never be as it was. After breaking the 'drop-off' set by Dana; the head of the PTA at Juanita's school, Gabrielle is forced to walk from a distant car park and so decides to try and over rule her but is let down by the other parents who are scared of punishment. Following this she again breaks the 'drop off' rules and accidentally hits Dana with her car. When visiting her in hospital Dana informs Gaby that the job took over life and ruined her marriage and so in revenge has named her as her successor. Gaby is forced to accept the job when Dana tells her if she refuses she will press charges against her. Struggling to deal with his guilt, Carlos begins to heavily drink concerning Gaby but he finally agrees to attend rehab when one of his clients convinces him to do so.

Susan Delfino

Susan struggles with her guilt more than the other women breaking down at school when burying the hamster and committing minor crimes so that she can get the punishment she feels she deserves. She also has trouble keeping the secret from Mike but agrees to because she knows it is the best way to protect him. Susan becomes close to Carlos as they discuss their guilt over the murder, leading Mike to suspect they are having an affair. In order to prove their innocence the two confide in him about Alejandro's murder. Mike tries to help his wife accept that taking part in the cover-up will change her life and that she must deal with this. Susan also joins an art class run by artist Andre Zeller. Furious that the other women planned on moving the body without telling her Susan storms out and releases her anger through her art depicting the women standing over Alejandro's body but becomes nervous when an art critic wants to hang her picture in his gallery and her teacher Andre agrees to it behind her back. When Chuck attends the opening and reveals how much he knows Susan becomes furious with Bree again.

Lynette Scavo

Not only is Lynette suffering strain from the murder but she is also having a tough time with her separation from Tom. At first she is reluctant to tell the children but after a one night stand with Tom he decides to tell them. They then clash over Tom letting the children have whatever they want making her the bad person who always says "No". Lynette talks to Tom about booking couples therapy to try and begin healing their relationship. However, after Renee comments that Tom has been taking care of himself lately; ie dressing smartly and working out, and suspects he has been dating someone Lynette becomes worried. The two go to a gym class with Renee to spy on the trainer whom she believes Tom is seeing but it is revealed he is actually dating her mother Jane leaving Lynette devastated.

Renee Perry

Renee becomes attracted to new neighbor Ben. When she discovers he is interested in helping the elderly she pays Karen to pretend she visits and cooks for her. Ben, seeing this, asks her on a date but instead takes her to help serve food at an old people's home. Angry that she was tricked she storms off but he admits she deserved it after trying to trick him. She reveals that she hates charity work because she was on the receiving end when she was young and hated feeling helpless. The two then begin to date.

Episodes

Series
#
Season
#
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
158 1 "Secrets That I Never Want to Know" David Grossman Bob Daily September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25) 9.93[13]
Bree tries desperately to hide what happened to Alejandro a secret from Chuck; Gaby seeks out a priest in order to help Carlos with his problem; Ben Faulkner, a new neighbor, meets Renee; Susan withdraws from her friends because of what happened to Alejandro. 
159 2 "Making the Connection" Tara Nicole Weyr Matt Berry October 2, 2011 (2011-10-02) 9.16[14]
Gabrielle tries to spice up her sex life; Susan seeks out a punishment for feeling guilty; Renee attempts to bond with Ben; Tom and Lynette struggle to cope with raising the kids separately; Bree discovers Chuck's past. 
160 3 "Watch While I Revise the World" David Warren John Paul Bullock III October 9, 2011 (2011-10-09) 8.63[15]
Renee helps Lee when he has a problem with Jenny; Susan and Carlos begin to spend time together due to their guilt but Mike begins to get suspicious; Bree becomes convinced Chuck sent the letter to her so she and Gabrielle investigates; Lynette grows suspicious of her sister Lydia and her fiancé. 
161 4 "School of Hard Knocks" David Grossman Marco Pennette October 16, 2011 (2011-10-16) 8.27[16]
Lynette discovers Tom is dating; Bree attempts to comfort Danielle after her husband leaves her; Susan clashes with an art teacher called Andre, who she had hoped to impress; Gabrielle's rebellious attitude towards the leader of the PTA leads to her being put in charge. 
162 5 "The Art of Making Art" Lonny Price Dave Flebotte October 23, 2011 (2011-10-23) 9.17[17]
Tom and Lynette visit a couples counselor about their separation; Bree tries to help a city council about the homeless; Carlos is in a guilty situation; Susan is embarrassed about Andre's students being naked in class; Gabrielle is having difficulty setting up a school event. 
163 6 "Witch's Lament" Tony Plana Annie Weisman October 30, 2011 (2011-10-30) 9.28[18]
Susan is appointed as Andre's intern and ends up watching his son; Lynette tries to outdo Jane and lies about making Penny's costume; Carlos speaks to a sponsor from A.A. about his blackout; the housewives are in the woods with the shovels, but the body they buried was mysteriously dug up; Renee gets romantic with Ben. 
164 7 "Always in Control" Jeff Greenstein Jeff Greenstein November 6, 2011 (2011-11-06) 8.78[19]
Susan uses her art improvement to impress Andre; Lynette tells Penny a fib about Jane; Gabrielle and Carlos try to get a different opinion about their children from Bob and Lee; Bree tries to solve the mystery of who dug up the body of Alejandro. 
165 8 "Suspicion Song" Jennifer Getzinger David Schaldweiler November 13, 2011 (2011-11-13) 9.29[20]
Bree is harassed by Chuck when it comes to growing suspicions; a gallery owner evaluates Susan's paintings; Gabrielle tries to stop Carlos from having a drinking problem; Lynette tries to save her marriage. 
166 9 "Putting It Together"[21] David Warren Sheila Lawrence December 4, 2011 (2011-12-04) TBA
Chuck interrogates Susan, Lynette and Gabrielle about Alejandro's disappearance; Gabrielle goes on a desperate search to find Carlos; a drunk Bree reveals her past and present details, and then goes to a motel room. 

Ratings

United States (ABC)

Episode number
Production number
Title Original airing Rating Share Rating/share
(18–49)
Total viewers (in millions) Rank per week Note
158
8-01
Secrets That I Never Want to Know September 25, 2011 6.5 9 3.2 9.930 #34 [13]
159
8-02
Making the Connection October 2, 2011 5.7 8 3.0 9.160 #35 [14]
160
8-03
Watch While I Revise the World October 9, 2011 5.5 7 2.8 8.630 #38 [15]
161
8-04
School of Hard Knocks October 16, 2011 5.2 7 2.7 8.270 #40 [16]
162
8-05
The Art of Making Art October 23, 2011 5.7 8 3.0 9.170 #37 [17]
163
8-06
Witch's Lament October 30, 2011 6.1 9 3.1 9.280 #36 [18]
164
8-07
Always in Control November 6, 2011 6.3 9 2.8 8.780 #36 [19]
165
8-08
Suspicion Song November 13, 2011 6.2 7 3.0 9.290 #33 [20]
166
8-09
Putting It Together December 4, 2011 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

Canadian Ratings (On CTV)

Episode number
Production number
Title Original airing Total viewers (in millions) Rank per week
158
8-01
Secrets That I Never Want to Know September 25, 2011 1.744 #17[22]
159
8-02
Making the Connection October 2, 2011 1.583 #16[23]
160
8-03
Watch While I Revise the World October 9, 2011 1.186 #30[24]
161
8-04
School of Hard Knocks October 16, 2011 1.631 #20[25]
162
8-05
The Art of Making Art October 23, 2011 1.650 #18[26]
163
8-06
Witch's Lament October 30, 2011 1.631 #16[27]
164
8-07
Always in Control November 6, 2011 1.444 #23[28]
165
8-08
Suspicion Song November 13, 2011 TBA TBA
166
8-09
Putting It Together December 4, 2011 TBA TBA

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