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'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES' A HIT

I sit down in the family room with my mom (yes, we watch shows together) and grin as the scene opens. It's ABC's newest prime-time soap, "Desperate Housewives," and despite its obvious plot line, it's getting viewers all over hooked.

The show takes the place of "Alias" (which will return in January) on ABC's Sunday nights at 9. It follows the lives of four women from Wysteria Lane, a picture-perfect suburb. But not everyone is as happy as they seem and they all have their dirty laundry, which is often revealed in comedic and ironic situations.

The show starts off with Mary Alice (Brenda Strong) describing the interesting event that happened to her last Thursday: she went into her closet, got a revolver and shot herself. Now that she is dead, Mary Alice is privy to more details of her friends' lives and narrates these events to the viewers.

First is Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), a woman who was on her way to the top of her career -- until she found out she was pregnant with her fourth child and her barely-there husband convinced her to become a stay-at-home mom. Then there is Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher), a recent divorcee with a daughter. Desperate for love and a terrible cook, she will try anything to get the attention of newly widowed neighbor Mike Delfino, including starting fires (actually that was an accident). Hunky Mike, however, seems to have an agenda of his own.

Next comes Bree Van de Camp (Marcia Cross), who can best be described as a Martha Stewart on steroids. She lives a seemingly perfect life. Then one night her husband announces that he wants a divorce, her kids start to speak out about her "perfection" and she accidentally (or perhaps purposely) tries to kill her husband.

Last is Gabriella Solis (Eva Longoria), a former supermodel with the husband of her dreams, a rich tycoon always out to close the deal. He promised her all she ever wanted; she came to realize she wanted all the wrong things. Her dissatisfaction with her husband is the reason for her affair with John, the 17-year-old gardener.

As with any good soap opera, "Desperate Housewives" incorporates the oh-so-important aspect of suspense into its plot line, that last little cliffhanger that keeps viewers hooked.

So it looks like ABC has found a hit with "Desperate Housewives." Although it's definitely not for younger kids, most older teens and adults will probably enjoy the wit and sarcasm. Once you start, you are sure to be addicted, and you may even begin to wonder what skeletons are hiding in your friends' closets.

Krystyna Hanley is a junior at Nardin.

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