The May 7th episode of Desperate
Housewives (ABC) entitled "I Know Things Now" has earned the title of Worst
of the Week by featuring adultery, nudity, and teen sex.
As the episode begins, we see private
investigator Oliver Westin investigating certain residents of Wisteria Lane
through the lens of his camera. The narrator explains that though Oliver is the
most successful P.I. in Fairview, what he has witnessed has caused him to stop
believing in love and turned him into a cynic who only believes in betrayal and
suspicion. We the viewers are then privileged to look through his camera to see
what has desensitized him. An executive and his secretary engaging in an
affair, a housewife and the delivery boy committing adultery, and the girl next
door stripping for a threesome with the couple across the street are shown. The
scene clearly illustrates what can happen to a person when they are exposed to
this kind of promiscuous behavior and when deviant behavior is seen as the
norm. In Oliver's case he has stopped believing in love altogether; how will it
affect the millions of other viewers "investigating" the drama on Wisteria Lane?
Later in the episode we see Gabrielle and Carlos
who want to have a child but for biological reasons are not able to. They
consider a surrogate. Conveniently for them their maid Xiao Mei is facing
deportation if she is not married to an American or carrying an American child.
Gaby suggests to Xiao being the surrogate in exchange for citizenship. Xiao
adamantly denies the offer because she is a virgin and desires to protect her
purity for her future husband:
Gaby: "Are you kidding me, no one cares about
virginity in this country. It went out of style in the 50's and trust me honey,
it ain't making a comeback."
Xiao: "Husband cares. No one want me if I'm
ruined. I want husband so much."
Gaby goes on to manipulate Xiao into believing
that a rich man would never marry her as long as she is a virgin. Confused,
Xiao strips down and gets in bed so that Carlos can impregnate her.
Perhaps the most disturbing plot line in this
episode involves Bree and her two teenage children Danielle and Andrew. Bree
has met Peter, an admitted sex addict, at an A.A. meeting and invites him over
for dinner. The kids conspire to get back at their mother for a restriction she
put on them. At dinner Danielle dresses seductively and moves her hand up
Peter's leg under the dinner table. Peter is startled and leaves abruptly, but
returns the next day. Andrew talks with him and realizes that he is open to sex
with all people. Andrew, being a homosexual, decides he will seduce Peter.
Bree comes home to find her teenage son naked under the covers and Peter coming
out of the bathroom – apparently after sex. Bree is so disturbed by the event
that she drives Andrew far from home, gives him clothes and money, and tells him
he is on his own. Andrew accuses her of not loving him because he is gay.
Because of the way Desperate Housewives
trivializes adultery, virginity, sexual addictions, and teen sex we confidently
determine it to be the Worst of the Week.
Worst TV Show
of the Week
Television Council -