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Since Desperate Housewives began in 2004, I've seen six seasons of interesting plots and twists, and of course, some ridiculous storylines (Alfre Woodard chaining her mentally disabled son to the basement). This time, the Solis family is at the center of the epic curveball that Season 7 has thrown at its viewers.
The first time I saw Demi Lovato's little sister, Madison De La Garza, she was 6, and playing the oldest daughter of DH's Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria Parker). Former model Gabrielle had surprisingly given birth to a chubby, smart-mouthed kid, Juanita, who struggled to squeeze into the largest size made in the princess costumes. To "help" her big-boned daughter exercise, Gabrielle would drive her car and make Juanita chase it. Frustrated, Juanita got tired of running after her mom and ended up outwitting Gabrielle by hopping on a local bus. This is when I fell in love with the little girl who was the opposite of the glamorous woman who had given birth to her -- or had she?
Along with the expected fall television surprises, including Vanessa Williams joining the cast, the Solis' discovered what Gabrielle had always questioned -- that Juanita might not be their biological daughter. I don't normally get weepy watching Desperate Housewives, but seeing Gaby's emotional reaction to the news that her child had been switched at birth made the floodgates open.
When Gabrielle and her husband Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) agree to meet with the family whose daughter was switched with theirs, Gabrielle can't help but be drawn to the well-behaved, attractive, petite girl who admires her Chanel bag. When Gaby's biological daughter asks for money to buy ice cream, she is told no by her parents, but Gabrielle offers to pay. Juanita then approached the adults and demanded ice cream money as well -- and in true Juanita fashion, when Gabrielle asks what the magic word is, Juanita's response is "Hurry?"
I don't know where this storyline is going, but losing a child -- whether it's the one you've raised or the one with your DNA -- is something no parent wants to contemplate. Gabrielle is sinking fast in adoration for her very similar biological daughter and Juanita's biological mother is falling hard for her daughter as well. How will Desperate Housewives handle this storyline? Is there a right way to correct a mistake that has affected both families, but which neither had any control of?
This is a sensitive matter that concerns parents and their children and even the most outrageous fictional drama needs to respect this. The Solis' difficult position and situation may be challenging for the Housewives writers, but it's one worth exploring and handling properly. I look forward to viewing the outcome this season.
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