Desperate Housewives is Really Over - A Review of the Season 8 and Series Finale

A Fond Farewell

The Desperate Housewives series finale aired on May 13, 2012, and that’s a wrap. No more Bree and her quirky perfectionism. No more Lynette and her control issues. No more ditsy Susan or selfish Gabby. Not that the ladies didn’t have their merits! Bree always went out of her way to help those in need. Susan was the epitome of childlike innocence. Lynette was very devoted to her family. Gabby was fiercely loyal to the people she cared about. I've often identified with each of them at one point or another and I will certainly miss them.

The Season Finale vs The Series Finale

There were two different episodes that aired back-to-back on the 13th and I believe that the first was really the season 8 finale of Desperate Housewives and the second was the true series finale. This is because the first one only dealt with the drama that occurred this season and the second was all encompassing.

I haven’t been watching this show since day one. I came in at around the fourth season, if memory serves. It usually doesn’t, so add or subtract a season. Either way, I’m a pretty loyal fan. I’ve always anticipated new seasons and felt sad when a season ended. This is certainly no exception, but I was pretty disappointed on the whole. I really don’t believe that they did the series justice.

Finishing the Hat

'Finishing the Hat' was the title of the episode that was technically the series finale despite the fact that it was coupled with 'Give Me the Blame'. For the series finale of Desperate Housewives, I was honestly very let down. I couldn’t believe how generic this episode felt! Relationship issues were resolved, decisions were made, lives were changed, but that’s it? It sounds like a lot, but it really fell flat. There was a lot of really passionate kissing, I’ll give them that. They can definitely do romance. I did cry at the end, but I’m sure I wasn’t alone. And I cry at the drop of a hat, so I’m not sure if it counts.

Give Me the Blame

The Desperate Housewives season 8 finale was titled 'Give Me the Blame'. It tied up the loose ends and solved the season’s conflict, but that was it. I guess I wanted a cliffhanger, but you can’t do that when a show is ending instead of just the season. I think that the high point of this episode was the way that Bree’s court drama was resolved. Without going into details that would spoil it, I’ll say that I never thought of that option to save the day. It was quite creative. Beyond that, meh.

How Would You Rate the Finale?

4.5 out of 5 stars from 13 ratings of Desperate Housewives Finale(s)

This is the End, Beautiful Friend

I don’t really think anything would have satisfied me simply because I didn't want it to end. I know it was past time for Desperate Housewives to be over, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. I have no idea what I’ll watch this Fall to replace it! I have a gaping hole in my Fall television schedule, so I'd love some suggestions for a comparable dark drama!

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Georgie Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

I watched probably the first three seasons of Desperate Housewives, and I did love it. I'm just one of those people who loses interest in things pretty quickly. I'm sad that the Nicolette Sheridan court drama sort of overshadowed this season. I think I may eventually catch up with the show on DVD.

As usual, great hub! :)

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Lisa HW 4 years ago from Massachusetts

I've mostly watched the show over the years, not because I thought it all that great a show but because it was "harmless" and kind of pleasant enough. My reaction to the series finale is different from yours. I was really pleased with how they did both of the last "two" episodes. I thought they kind of didn't know when to stop when they added that absolutely final few seconds in at the end, but other than that (and it wasn't a big deal), I loved the way they did everything.

Personally (and I know this may just be me), there was one thing I wish they would have done something else with to wrap up the one individual's story. (I won't say which in case anyone hasn't seen it and wants to be surprised.) I just the think they could let viewers know the same story about the individual in a way that didn't have (to me) take away from the tone of everything else. On that one point, realistic? Yes, but that show hasn't been realistic all along. I don't know why that had to choose the final episode to suddenly turn "nitty-gritty real-life" than the overall whole flavor of the rest of the last two hours.

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BonnyC 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Lisa HW, thanks for your response! I'm glad you chimed in because it's good to hear another point of view. I'm still happy with the shows all together, but I was hoping for something a little more exciting. It came in with a bang (literally!) and I would have loved for it to end that way. That very last scene doesn't count to me, it had basically zero to do with anything and isn't going to lead to anything more.

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BonnyC 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Georgie, sorry for responding a little late! Thank you for your comment, as always. I encourage you to watch the rest of the series. The first 7 seasons are available for instant streaming on Netflix if you are a member. If not, it's totally worth it at only $8 per month, though you don't get DVDs with that membership.

I followed the court drama with Nicolette for a little while. I was sort of shocked that the other actresses were willing to testify against her. I don't know if that meant her accusations were false or if they were just afraid of getting killed off, too. Either way, it ended in a mistrial and her suit against Cherry was thrown out, so that's that.

Chad 4 years ago

I was disappointed in how they ended the show, instead of never playing poker with one another again, they should've made the time like they had promised. It would have tied into the loyalty of each of the friends. Also instead of Lynette screaming at her grand kids, it couldve been that the ladies all returned and repurchased there former homes at retirement age, grow old together, and Lynette yell at her kids on the lane. Now one thing I loved about the ending was when Katherine came back and had become the same "bitch" she was when she first moved to the lane. Oh I also hated mike being killed off, didn't get that earlier in the season when it all and all as a true fan, I was disappointed!

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BonnyC 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Chad, I really hated that they didn't play cards together again. I mean, even if they're far away, there are plenty of online gaming sites you can play cards with other people at and chat at the same time! That would have been a neat way to show that they're still connected even when they're far apart.

I was also disappointed that they killed off Mike. It made for quite a bit of high quality drama, but I really liked his character. He was such a good guy!

Dee 4 years ago

I've been with the housewives from the first episode till the last, not missing a minute of it. Sunday nights won't be the same :( I lost my mom to cancer 3 weeks ago and she was under hospice care in her home for the last week...Mrs. Mc Clusky made me cry because it was like reliving that moment with my mom again. DH helped me take my mind off things for one hour on Sunday nights, and now when I need a show like that more than ever it's gone :(

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BonnyC 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Wow, Dee. I'm really sorry to hear that! :( I just lost my aunt a few weeks ago to breast cancer and she was also in hospice just before she passed. It was so frustrating because she'd been in remission for around 10 years.

Karen's story was really moving. That lady was a rock, for sure. I hope that I could be as strong as her if I ever find myself in a similar situation (God forbid!)

JoeyG 4 years ago

I'm just sad that it's over. A void is now left in my heart where DH used to fill. I know that sounds a little extreme to some people, but it truly was my reward at the end of every week, and my little place i liked to go and feel as if they were my friends and I could live vicariously through those stories. As for my opinion on it, I just enjoyed takes a lot for me to say they've bombed it, because I am so loyal to the show, that I'll take what they give me. In my honest opinion, it couldv'e been a little better....but it could always be worse too.

Jen 4 years ago

I too used to look forward to the reward every Sunday where my kids would be in bed and I could sit and have some me time to do nothing but watch the show I used to record on DVR EVERY week. It used to give me that one hour to take my mind off of everything. I am just wondering if anyone has found another show that is just as good or at least close? I am NOT interested in the reality desperate housewives at all. I thought the original was the best. I miss it, I could relate to each and everyone of them especially Lynette. My life is kinda like hers in a way.

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