Leav­ing the Lane

We’ve stuck with Susan, Gabi, Lynette and Bree for yes­ter­day, to­day and tomorrow.

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We’ve loved the Des­per­ate House­wives (2004-2012) through 17 years of their lives liv­ing on Wis­te­ria Lane (thanks to time hops both for­wards and back­wards). We’ve gone be­hind their per­fect front­doors to see their se­crets, sins and dreams ex­posed and on Satur­day 12 De­cem­ber, we’re wav­ing good­bye to the orig­i­nal four: Susan ( Teri Hatcher), Lynette (Felic­ity Huff­man), Bree (Marcia Cross) and Gabi (Eva Lon­go­ria). Noth­ing has turned out the way they ex­pected, but the fu­ture looks bright on the other side of the storm…

SUSAN MAYER

Then: scatty new di­vorcee and sin­gle mother Susan was des­per­ate to land a man be­fore she passed her sell-by date.

Now: Susan got di­vorced twice more and found plenty of love on Wis­te­ria Lane be­fore be­ing trag­i­cally wid­owed this sea­son from her great love Mike (James Den­ton). Aside from dodg­ing mur­der at­tempts and oc­ca­sional prison sen­tences, her fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion has al­ways been shaky, lead­ing to her hav­ing to move to a less posh area and even hav­ing to do house­work in her undies on­line to raise cash. Poor, silly Susan.

Ever af­ter: Susan leaves Wis­te­ria Lane to help her daugh­ter Julie (An­drea Bowen) raise her baby and get her de­gree af­ter sell­ing her house to some­one who has her own se­crets.

LYNETTE SCAVO

Then: des­per­ate mother Lynette gave up a high-fly­ing ca­reer to raise a fam­ily of four mis­chievous kids, only to find her­self mired in ir­ri­ta­tion and ex­haus­tion while her hus­band Tom (Doug Sa­vant) thought that be­ing the bread win­ner was the hard job.

Now: Lynette’s bat­tled can­cer and end­less trou­ble from five (in to­tal) un­ruly chil­dren. She’s been shot and had un­ex­pected twins, one of whom died trag­i­cally in utero fol­low­ing the Wis­te­ria Lane plane crash in sea­son 6. Her mar­riage was torn apart by work pres­sures, jeal­ousy and in­fi­delity and her nat­u­ral in­stinct to ma­nip­u­late.

Ever af­ter: Lynette re­unites with true love Tom and moves to New York to be the CEO of Kather­ine May­fair’s (Dana De­lany) com­pany. She can af­ford a pent­house over­look­ing Cen­tral Park, where she bosses around her six noisy grand­chil­dren, in­clud­ing Julie’s daugh­ter with her son Porter (Char­lie Carver).

BREE VAN DE KAMP

Then: do­mes­tic tyrant Bree had ev­ery­one in­tim­i­dated into be­liev­ing her im­age as the per­fect wife to her doc­tor hus­band Rex (Steven Culp) and mother to her per­fect chil­dren An­drew (Shawn Pyfrom) and Danielle (Joy Lau­ren).

Now: once wid­owed and once di­vorced, Bree strug­gled with al­co­holism and is on trial for mur­der­ing Gabi’s abu­sive step­fa­ther. She’s had trou­ble ac­cept­ing An­drew be­ing gay (and an ex-hooker and ha­bit­ual black­mailer) and Danielle hav­ing a se­cret baby and grow­ing up to make sex toys. For­tu­nately Bree has em­braced her in­ner tart.

Ever af­ter: Bree mar­ries her lawyer Trip Weston (Scott Bakula), moves to Ken­tucky where she joins a club for con­ser­va­tive women and em­barks on a suc­cess­ful po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

GABI SO­LIS

Then: bored with life as a sub­ur­ban tro­phy house­wife to ma­te­ri­al­is­tic Car­los (Ri­cardo Chavira), gor­geous ex-supermodel Gabi was se­cretly sex­ing up her teenaged gar­dener John Row­land (Jesse Met­calfe).

Now: as a model, one of Gabi’s big­gest strug­gles has been ac­cept­ing her chubby chil­dren Juanita (Madi­son De La Garza) – who turned out to be switched at birth – and Celia (Daniella Bolto­dano) and tem­po­rar­ily los­ing her own looks to moth­er­hood, as well as Car­los’s blind­ness and her fam­ily’s de­scent into poverty. And she’s had to process grow­ing up be­ing raped by her step­fa­ther along with cov­er­ing up a mur­der or two.

Ever af­ter: Gabi moves to a man­sion in Cal­i­for­nia with Car­los, who helps her to start a fash­ion busi­ness, lead­ing to her host­ing her own show on the Home Shop­ping Net­work. Gabi and Car­los “ar­gue hap­pily ever af­ter”.

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