Desperate Housewives

Series 8 - 23. Finishing the Hat

Finishing the Hat
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

This is it — the very last episode ever. And it’s a real sob-fest with a birth, a death, a wedding, a secret and one final glimpse of Mary Alice, while in between there are references to the past, the return of a former resident and a slightly eerie “ghosts of Wisteria Lane” sequence featuring Mike, Martha Huber and Paul Young among others but not, for off-screen legal reasons, Edie Britt.

Creator Marc Cherry milks it for all he’s worth but it’s Kathryn Joosten as the terminally ill Karen McCluskey who steals the show. So no alien invasion, no life-threatening earthquake or terrorist attack — just a neatly written finale that will leave you in a sodden heap.

About this programme

23/23. In the final episode of the drama, the four friends reach turning points in their lives - and some of them realise it may be time to leave Wisteria Lane. Katherine Mayfair makes an unexpected return to offer one of the ladies a tempting opportunity, Renee frantically prepares for her wedding to Ben, and a dying Mrs McCluskey decides to use the time she has left to heal a rift. Starring Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria. Last in the series.

Cast and crew


Susan Delfino
Teri Hatcher
Lynette Scavo
Felicity Huffman
Bree Van de Kamp
Marcia Cross
Gabrielle Solis
Eva Longoria
Renee Perry
Vanessa Williams
Carlos Solis
Ricardo Antonio Chavira
Tom Scavo
Doug Savant
Ben Faulkner
Charles Mesure
Juanita Solis
Madison De La Garza
Mary Alice Young
Brenda Strong
Mike Delfino
James Denton
Karen McCluskey
Kathryn Joosten
Lee McDermott
Kevin Rahm
Bob Hunter
Tuc Watkins
Porter Scavo
Charlie Carver
MJ Delfino
Mason Vale Cotton
Julie Mayer
Andrea Bowen
Roy Bender
Orson Bean
Martha Huber
Christine Estabrook
Trip Weston
Scott Bakula
Celia Solis
Daniella Baltodano
Katherine Mayfair
Dana Delany
Dr Bailey
Wes Brown
Lindsey Kraft
Patrika Darbo
Natalie Klein
Nike Doukas
Todd Weeks


David Grossman
Marc Cherry