It wouldn’t be Desperate Housewives if there weren’t a whole lot of changes taking place on Wisteria Lane. And this Sunday, May 15 two-hour season finale promises to be a doozy!
Tom (Doug Savant) and Lynette (Felicity Huffman) have hit a bumpy patch in their marriage and are trying to reconnect by spending a few days alone together at a romantic B&B.
Susan (Teri Hatcher) has to convince the police that she is being framed by Felicia (Harriet Sanson Harris) after being placed under arrest for allegedly poisoning Paul (Mark Moses).
And a progressive dinner party thrown for Susan to celebrate her move back onto the lane leads to a shocking murder!
But before all the action begins, Doug Savant gives us a sneak peek on all the action.
Tom has had a lot of growth — or should we just call it change this season. What is the best part of playing that after the character has been the same for so many years?
Doug Savant: I do appreciate the evolution of the character and the relationship. It is new and challenging and we are always trying to find ways to keep it fresh so the scenes are never what they were a year or two ago. There is always something new and different to be played. It is a new argument and things are not as what they were.
Can you talk about the new dynamic that has emerged between Tom and Lynette? Do you think he is completely right about Lynette having problems accepting the new, go-getter him?
Doug Savant: I think there is some justification on her side. She is certainly acknowledging this change in Tom, but, I believe, a greater percentage of the responsibility is hers. She goaded Tom and challenged him all these years. He has jumped through hoop after hoop. If you remember, she was the one who pushed him to take this job. She wanted the executive husband who was powerful and made lots of money. After she shamed him and manipulated him, he went out and did it. He has given her exactly what she wanted and it is not at all what she expected. Now, he is not backing down from it. After 20 years of marriage, Tom has jumped through every hoop that Lynette has created for him to make her happy, and he has stopped doing that. This was the last hoop. He is successful and he is not willing to go back. Frankly, I believe that Lynette needs to wake up, take responsibility for her choices and realize that she is really fortunate to be with this guy who has done all these things all these years with her in mind.
What is it that we see in Tom and Lynette that makes you the couple we want to root for?
Doug Savant: I think a large part of the audience identifies themselves as Tom and Lynette. The brilliance of the writers on our show is they have found a way to tell stories that, specifically with the Tom and Lynette characters, are grounded. I think when the audience watches they the lifestyle changes and absurdity of the Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) and Gabby (Eva Longoria) and the comedy of the Susan (Teri Hatcher) and Mike (James Denton) stories, but at the end of the day, they see themselves in Tom and Lynette. I think they connect to the relationship in a deeper way when there is identification.
So, what can you tell us about the Wisteria Lane murder in the finale?
Doug Savant: I can tell you it is a character we have heard about before. There will be an “ah-ha moment.” I remember this. It is something that we have touched on in the past on the show.
Any other juicy tidbits from the finale that you can tease?
Doug Savant: One of my favorite things about the finale is the Renee character’s story and how it connects everything and runs throughout the episode. She finds out early-on that her ex-husband is getting remarried and it throws her off in an unexpected direction that is hilarious. She starts drinking and she begins a new relationship. How is that?
What is it about Desperate Housewives in your opinion that has made it so successful for so many years?
Doug Savant: I think it is two elements. At the end of the day, it is wish fulfillment. People wish they could speak or their friends or say the things our brilliant writers come up with in these moments. They appreciate that. Then, at the end of the day, I think that the stories, whether it is absurd comedy or drama, there is a central truth that people connect with. Although, I don’t think the show is reality, I think it speaks to a truth that the audience connects to. Each story speaks to a truth in human nature, relationships and friendships.
What question do you get most often from fans?
Doug Savant: I hear this: You are playing my husband. Or I have heard: How can you be married to her? Then, I heard on an escalator: You are a stupid husband. This was a complete stranger and I ignored her. Then she said it again and I said, “Well, I have had no complaints.” I hear the gamut, but the great thing is people are connected and invested and they let you know it.
The two-hour Desperate Housewives finale airs Sunday, May 15 at 9 p.m. on ABC.