“Farewell Letter”

During the early days of Desperate Housewives, Gabby was the weakest of the housewives, her storylines less meaningful and even frothier than those of the other housewives.  Now that the show as a whole has grown a little long in the tooth, the situation has reversed, and Gabby’s storylines now have the most emotional depth of the series.  Take “Farewell Letter” for example, in which Gabby and Carlos returned to Gabby’s hometown to confront the demons of her childhood.  She confronted the nun who had never – and still refused – to believe Gabby’s revelations of her stepfather molesting her.  Anyone who has grown up Catholic knows that confronting a nun – particularly a really mean nun – is a powerful situation.  This moment was just as wrenching as Gabby’s hysterics following the loss of Grace, but it was also fulfilling, and the writers had worked hard to get to that fulfillment.

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