I don’t mean to sound ungrateful–after all, I didn’t think there would be any new episodes coming our way because of the writers’ strike, and that therefore there would be no resoluton to the tornado cliffhanger as to whether Lynette’s entire family was killed or not–but has anyone noticed how no one on Wisteria Lane has a job any more? (Aside from the medical professionals, Orson Hodge and the new OB-GYN guy.) How can they afford it–do they all have incredible disability insurance or something? Gabby was always the decorative doll, and Bree the more-perfect-than-Martha housewife, but Susan allegedly is a children’s book author, and Lynette was a high-powered executive, but neither apparently even thinks about work any more. (And I don’t think that Tom’s restaurant is a going concern, either.) Mike is in rehab, and (SPOILER ALERT) Carlos is hospitaized and blind, so how does anyone pay the bills? My best guess is that they’re living off of cash they borrowed on a fat re-fi back in 2005.
The one woman who still apparently has a job is Edie–and is it just a coincidence that she’s the perpetually single “bad girl” always trying to steal other people’s husbands or boyfriends? (See my entry below about women being demonized for actually expecting a paycheck.) I think not!
DH follows the formula–perfected by Louisa May Alcott, and updated by Candace Bushnell–of 4 girls or women, each with a distinctive personality type, trying to navigate this modern world. But at least Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy fretted about the money that wasn’t coming in while Mr. March was serving in the war, and Meg and Jo (as I recall) took, you know, jobs to help Marmee make ends meet (and retain their servant!). And Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte (until she married) all had jobs–although they never appeared to work at them, or to work out, and somehow they always had plenty of cash and discretionary calories to gossip and drink in restaurants and bars. But, officially anyway, they had a viable means of support.