February 13, 2011, ABC, 9 PM (ET) “Desperate Housewives” had some not-that-interesting plot lines working on Sunday night before Valentine’s Day.
Paul recognized that the gun used to shoot him was the very same gun that his wife, Mary Ellen, used to commit suicide. Since son Zach kept the gun for sentimental reasons (?), Paul is searching for Zach, who, fans will remember, is Mike Delfino’s biological child, raised by Paul.
Zach, meanwhile, has, much like the Getty heir, fallen prey to drugs and bad judgment. Mike Delfino goes to speak with Zach, but initially does not disclose his whereabouts to Paul—who seems to have a vindictive purpose in mind in relocating his son.
A sub-plot played out whereby a former male high school admirer of Susan’s wants to give her one of his kidneys. But, as was speculated in the plot, he also might want to give Susan something more than just his kidney, so the offer died.
Gabby is supposed to be going through psychotherapy with a shrink over her unnatural attraction to a doll (based on the “American girl” dolls) that she has fixate on as a replacement for her own child who has left with her adoptive parents. Gaby does not take it seriously, telling the therapist, “What’s the point. The past is the past” and, in a classic moment, adding this objection to delving deeper into her childhood memories: “That’s the thing about me. There is no deeper. I’m about as shallow as they come.” By show’s end, she is sharing memories of being molested as a child. (Cue RoseAnne Barr for a guest spot).
Bree finally comes clean about the son that her much-younger boyfriend has, confessing his existence and giving a picture of the boy to Keith, his unsuspecting father (her boyfriend, refugee Brian Austin Green formerly of “90210”).
Lynette and Tom play host to Mom Polly Bergen and her obnoxious new husband Charlie, played by another dinosaur, Larry Hagman (J.R. from the “Who shot J.R.?” TV question of that season.) The conflict revolves around Frank’s (Hagman’s) desire to have a family portrait of his new family. They take the picture at Lynette and Tom’s house, but Frank promptly dies. In order for his new wife to become legally able to inherit his millions, the fact of his death cannot be revealed until dawn of the next day, thereby setting up an informal wake with the dead body seated on the couch. This was by far the most entertaining and creative of the plot lines, as we see Polly Bergen morph into the same kind of obnoxious person her late husband was, simply because she now has money.
The plot lines about Gaby’s sessions with the shrink, Zach Young’s decline and fall, Keith’s illegitimate child, and Susan’s kidney seemed like filler. The true lesson learned was in the Scavos’ living room. Only other interesting note: Carlos Solis (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) has regrown his facial hair and looks infinitely better with it.