Why Women Kill was a godsend for Desperate Housewives fans, giving back the dark comedy, soapy drama feel of the old show in a new setting. Season 2 leans more into the familiar mold of the legendary show, though the set pieces, actors, and story do enough to set it apart in its own ways.
Season 2 started off with a bang — dare we say even better than Season 1, condensing the 3-story narrative into a single time period with different characters. A mystery was brewing, a shocking reveal was uncovered — and Ms. Yost is dead in the Fillcot’s yard. Bertram (Nick Frost) and Alma (Allison Tolman) have amazing comedic chemistry and this episode really makes those moments shine. Alma and Bertram in Ms. Yost’s house and their attempts to hide the body, ditching the car in the river — it’s all really funny in that dark humorous sort of way.
Rita’s plot continues on and Lana Parrilla proves her comedic chops, particularly in her scenes with Katherine and Scooter. Katherine has become such an interesting foil for Rita, someone who is cunning and smart enough to take her down and make her think on her toes. They’re really playing a game of cat and mouse here, which is really entertaining to watch. Katherine really gets her chance to shine when she explains why she hates Rita — it’s such an interesting dynamic presented.
Scooter and Rita come to a halt as his relationship with Dee gets outed (more on that later). This is a very different role for Matthew Daddario but he plays this oblivous doof role so well. The fact that the Dee/Rita/Vern/Scooter arc has already hit a peak
Dee and Vern have an interesting arc this episode revolving around self-worth, one that reaches its pinnacle with Dee’s confrontation with Scooter. After Scooter fails to treat her right once again, Dee confronts him in front of Rita — which of course blows the affair into the open, causing Rita to dump Scooter. It’s good drama, but it’s also a good moment for Dee and how her self-confidence as a plus-size woman has evolved. She knows her worth — and she knows she deserves better.
The shots afterward with Vern, revealing his prosthetic, open up for some interesting scenes in the future between him and Dee. They’re two outcasts in this world, two good people who deserve more than they get.
The final shot with Ms. Yost’s hand sticking out of the ground in the Fillcot’s lawn is a great one –and it promises more drama full steam ahead in future episodes.
Why Women Kill episode 3 isn’t as explosively good as the first two episodes, but it still is a lot of fun. The show is moving at such a great pace that plots don’t feel like they’ll drag out, giving a lot of drama every episode. It’s never a boring show and it knows it.
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