Bree (Marcia Cross) has been charged with a murder she did not commit — not an uncommon occurrence on Wisteria Lane. With the “Desperate Housewives” series finale just three weeks away, her situation seems hopeless. Fortunately, brilliant attorney Trip is representing her. This week, as they get to know each other better, it seems that he may go from defending her to romancing her. Scott Bakula, who plays the handsome lawyer, reveals to XfinityTV whether Trip will be at Bree’s side when the series ends, shares a few tidbits about the finale, and imagines a ‘Desperate Housewives”/”Quantum Leap” crossover.
What is Tripp’s current defense strategy for keeping Bree out of prison?
It just doesn’t seem possible that anyone could keep her out of prison. Coming up on Sunday, he finds out a little bit more about what he’s actually gotten himself into, which for most defense attorneys would be daunting, to say the least, and he finds out that Bree hasn’t necessarily been forthcoming with a lot of her information — and since he’s already surmised that she knows who’s done it and that she might be covering up for somebody, she proves to be a little bit of an obstacle for him. And he learns from getting to know her better about how he’s going to have to try the case.
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The previews show a little bit of flirtation between them. Are they going to become romantically involved?
There’s definitely a relationship that’s budding. It’s somewhat reluctant in the beginning and we’re kind of an odd match in terms of philosophically you wouldn’t really expect us to be attracted to each other, although they say opposites attract. So that is an element that is going to be introduced.
With the show so close to its finale, will the series end with Bree and Tripp living happily ever after, or as close as people get to it on Wisteria Lane?
On Wisteria Lane, those words haven’t ever been uttered, I don’t think. I can’t tell you that, but yes, of course it’s a possibility.
Are you going to be a part of the series finale?
Yes, I am. I’m around for the rest of the season. I’ve got a lot of court time that we have to get through to figure out who did what and who’s going to get into trouble for it.
The audience knows that Carlos is the killer and the women worked together to cover up the death. How much of the truth is going to come out?
That’s part of the dilemma. Certainly that’s part of my challenge as her defense attorney because obviously she’s trying to protect everybody. What they’ve all done for each other for eight years as friends is come to each other’s rescue at different times. So this is no exception and the only question will be how far will it go? Will Bree look good in an orange jumpsuit? With her hair, I don’t know.
Can you reveal anything about the finale?
All I can say is that, as finales go, I’m hoping that the audience will be as thrilled with how it all turned out. Definitely it’s emotional. You know he’s wrapping up five big stories, and there’s a lot to wrap up. Two episodes ago, I’m looking at everything he set up thinking, “How in the world is [Marc Cherry] going to finish this off?” as was everybody. So I think just even with that, there’s an excitement about that. It’s not going to be boring, I can tell you that.
What is it like to join the cast of a long-running show as it’s wrapping up?
It’s been great. Listen, I’m a fan of the show and I have been for years, and I watched it from the beginning. I feel very grateful and honored to be a part of the end. It’s emotional. Everybody’s going through their own different journey here at the end. But the overall experience for me has been fantastic. The crew is terrific. Everybody is in great spirits, even though their job is coming to an end. But there’s a great love there on the set and mutual respect from the actors and the crew. It’s been a great environment for me to walk into and sit back and watch everybody do their thing. It’s been really, really fun.
If your character from “Quantum Leap” could leap into the bodies of any of the housewives, which one would he choose?
They’ve all had so many challenges at different times in their lives. Sam Beckett being who he was, he was always in there correcting wrongs and trying to put them right. They’ve all had certainly their challenges. If we were doing a funny comedy episode, it would probably be [Gabi] just because Sam dressed up in her clothes and heels would have been pretty funny. If we were doing a more serious episode, it really could be any of these ladies.
With all of the shows that have been remade, do you think it’s time that SyFy did a new version of “Quantum Leap”?
Lots of people have been trying to do it for years and no one’s been successful at it. That doesn’t mean that it won’t happen at some point. That’s a long complicated trail of bodies and challenges and careers. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen.
“Desperate Housewives” airs Sundays at 9/8c on ABC.