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Sunday, May 15, 2011: <i>Desperate Housewives</i> Season Finale

The least-anticipated season finale of Desperate Housewives ever is here at last. This season has taught us that bringing back old beloved characters from earlier seasons doesn't always bring the best out of a show. It was a great surprise to see the return of Paul Young, an old enemy to Wysteria Lane, but did they do anything clever with it? They repeatedly recycled plot lines we've seen before: Paul Young's wife shoots herself, Felicia is stirring up trouble in Paul's life, Susan Mayer is a victim (this time with a kidney problems), Gaby ticks off Carlos, and Lynette can't keep her man happy. Can this show's season finale save what might be its weakest season?

At the very least, tonight's episode will hopefully clue us in our who the new neighbor will be, since we can count on Paul Young's story to wrap up, as per Desperate Housewives' new-neighbor tradition. The bigger question is whether they'll give Vanessa Williams any real story of her own instead of adding her weak punchlines to whatever conversation the writers have decided to drop her into. Will Bob and Lee finally have their own secrets to hide on the neighborhood block? Don't count on it. After this season, we can be assured that Desperate Housewives has gotten -- to use their own words -- desperate.

The Desperate Housewives season finale airs on ABC tonight at 9 PM, opposite a new episode of Survivor: Redemption Island(CBS), a new episode of Celebrity Apprentice(NBC) and Family Guy (FOX).

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