As I mentioned in my Desperate Housewives Spoilers last month, John Barrowman, who stars as Capt. Jack Harkness in the popular UK sci-fi hit Torchwood begins a five episode visit to Wisteria Lane debuting on Sunday night’s episode.
Last week, Angie (Drea de Matteo) and Gaby (Eva Longoria Parker) traveled to New York to track down their respective son and niece. They found the young lovers Danny (Beau Mirchoff) and Ana (Maiara Walsh) in Angie‘s old neighborhood. Seems Danny had tracked down his never-before-seen grandmother. While waiting for Angie outside her Mom’s walk-up, Gaby was approached by a nosy neighbor who questioned her about Angie. Gaby unknowingly spilled the beans and the nosy neighbor promptly made a phone call revealing that Angie was back in town.
On tonight’s episode, cleverly titled My Two Young Men, we meet the recipient of that phone call, Barrowman as Angie‘s ex-boyfriend, Patrick Logan. Logan stops by to pay off his informant then heads to Wisteria Lane. As we learned last week, Logan was instrumental in Angie‘s troubled past, which culminated in an accidental death during a out-of-control eco-terrorist protest. We also learned that Logan is Danny‘s biological father and that it was Angie‘s current love interest, Nick Bolen (Jeffrey Nordling) who saved Angie and Danny and convinced her to go on the run.
Bree‘s (Marcia Cross) two young men come in the form of son Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom) and Sam (Sam Page), the newly discovered son of Bree‘s first husband, Rex. In an effort to make up for Sam‘s having grown up without a father and in hopes of lessening the resentment he feels for Bree and her family, she invites Sam over for a family dinner, going so far as to call Danielle to join them. Of course things don’t go as plans and the boys end the evening in a huge fight.
Last week, Lynette (Felicity Huffman) rejoiced when her son Preston (Charlie Carver) returned from studying in Europe. Her joy was soon squelched when she learned that he had his fiancee’ Irina (Helena Mattsson) in-tow. Urged by Tom (Doug Savant) to smooth things over with their future daughter-in-law, they continue to thinly veil their disproval of the relationship. Things get messy when they discover Preston has decided to forego college and work at a meat packing plant in order to afford a home for him and his future bride.
Gaby and Susan (Teri Hatcher) go to war for their children’s sake. When both MJ and Juanita begin selling candy for a school fundraiser, both Moms feel it is crucial for their kid to be the top-seller. Gaby thinks it will help Juanita fit in at her new school, while Susan hopes to bolster MJ‘s self-esteem. Things heat up when Susan spots Gaby flirting with construction workers in order to sell candy for her daughter. Later, at a party celebrating Karen‘s (Kathryn Joosten) recovery from lung cancer, Gaby and Susan both take the opportunity to continue their selling spree. Side Note: I am a bit disappointed in the speed with which Desperate is dealing with Karen‘s cancer scare. While they drag out some storylines, I think they should have given Joosten her due, especially considering the actress herself really has been dealing with the diagnosis of lung cancer in real life.
Also at the party, Katherine (Dana Delany), who had decided to ignore her therapist’s advice and continue her budding romance with Robin (Julie Benz) asks Robin to keep their secret a bit longer. As soon as the ladies arrive, Tom steals Katherine away to introduce her to one of Karen‘s doctors, who immediately becomes too flirtatious for Robin. She interrupts them and takes Katherine onto the front porch to talk. While they are talking, the action shifts back to the party where Roy (Orson Bean) and Karen gather everyone to thank them for their support and offer a prayer for those who weren’t as fortunate. When the crowd grows silent for the prayer, Katherine and Robin get louder and louder, thus unwillingly outing their relationship in front of the entire neighborhood.
Desperate Housewives Casting News:
Speaking of Delany, rumor has it both she and Benz will depart the show at the end of the season. Also heading away from Wisteria Lane are de Matteo and the rest of the Bolen family.
A bit more about Barrowman:
While Scottish-born Barrowman is a hugely popular actor in Britain, he’s not had such great luck stateside. Back in the mid-90s, he starred in the short-lived Melrose Place spin-off, Central Park West. In 2000, he co-starred alongside Yasmine Bleeth, Casper Van Dien and Victoria Principal in yet another single-season effort, Titans. Across the pond, Barrowman propelled his Dr. Who character of Capt. Jack Harkness, taking the supporting role to lead character in the subsequent Torchwood series. Barrowman, also an accomplished singer has appeared in a number of musical theatre productions in London’s West End. He played Billy Crocker in Cole Porter‘s Anything Goes in 1989. In 1991, he was the lead role in Matador. He followed that with stints in Phantom, Hair, Miss Saigon, Godspell and most notably, the role of Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard in both West End and Broadway productions. In recent years, he served as a guest judge on BBC One‘s popular Andrew Lloyd Weber reality casting shows, Any Dream Will Do and How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, in which the legendary producer searched for leads for revivals of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Sound Of Music.
Barrowman has also been featured in a handful of film roles, including a blink-and-you-miss-it turn in 1987’s The Untouchables and the forgettable direct-to-video third installment in the Jaws-wannabe franchise, Shark Attack 3: Megalodon. Film roles more suited to his talents include a small role in 2005’s big-screen adaptation of The Producers, as blonde, of course, in the hysterical Springtime for Hitler sequence. He also performed Night and Day in 2004’s Cole Porter musical bio-pic, DeLovely, alongside the film’s star, Kevin Kline.
John Barrowman‘s stint as Desperate Housewives‘ Patrick Logan will end after five episodes, but if FOX has its way, look for him to return to American television if their proposed American bastardization of Torchwood gets picked up as a series. Considering the history of horrific American versions of popular British shows, going as far back as Bea Arthur‘s Faulty Towers rip-off, Amanda’s By The Sea and continuing as recent as the Hugh Jackman-produced Viva Laughlin (formerly Britain’s Viva Blackpool) not to mention the less-than-stellar American remakes of Coupling and Life On Mars, the chances of a successful Americanization are slim. Purist fans of the original are secretly hoping FOX doesn’t go through with the American version, leaving Barrowman free to concentrate on the highly anticipated fourth season of the British original.