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Desperate Housewives Episode: "Don't Walk on the Grass"

Season 6, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: Bree drifts further away from Orson as she begins to fall for Karl; Katherine keeps trying to get Mike back as her conflict with Susan intensifies; Gaby gets Juanita expelled from school; Lynette learns that Tom is cheating on his midterm; and Angie covers for her mother.
Original Air Date: Nov 1, 2009
Guest Cast Daniel Booko: Mahoney Marianne Muellerleile: Ann Peterson
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Season 6, Episode 6
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Aired: 11/1/2009
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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "Don't Walk on the Grass" Season 6, Episode 6

There are many rules in the world, Mary Alice says, and on Sunday's episode of Desperate Housewives, almost every one of them is broken. Bree is deceiving her husband; Katherine is coveting someone else's. Gaby's bad parenting has left a home-schooled Juanita miserable. Tom is cheating on his schoolwork. And Angie is lying about just about everything. Read on to see how all this malfeasance played out.


Ann Peterson is the principal of Fairview Elementary School, and she believes in rules. Gaby Solis, on the other hand, hasn't met a rule she wouldn't break to get her way, even at the expense of her children. To wit: During Juanita's Thanksgiving pageant, the irascible tyke repeatedly blows her line and drops an F-bomb.

Gaby and Carlos meet with Mrs. Peterson, who doles out Juanita's punishment. When Gaby balks at its severity, the principal takes a jab at the Solises' parenting skills. This is happening just a week after Gaby had her maternal instincts questioned by the other neighborhood moms, so she is naturally sensitive. It ends badly, with Gaby promising to remove Juanita from the school.

But guess what? There are no openings at the private schools in the area, so Carlos insists that Gaby has to home-school her since she taught her the dirty word in question. This devolves into a game of who has the dirtier mouth — a veritable duel of who says "blank" the most — ending with this hilarious couplet: "I know someone who isn't getting blanked tonight," says Gaby. "No problem — I blanked off earlier." Naughty!

Home-schooling isn't going so well. First off, Juanita doesn't like gym class (aka ironing) and she refuses to cooperate. In these tense scenes, I'm really buying Eva Longoria Parker as a frustrated mom. She's very convincing. Carlos points out that Juanita is acting out because Gaby took her out of the school that she loved and ruined her birthday by hiring a monkey that mauled a clown. Moral of the story: Gaby is a terrible mom, as indicated by Longoria Parker's frowny face.

This leads Gaby to explain herself to Juanita, that she was just defending her to Mrs. Peterson because she knows what it's like to be bullied. "You still think I'm a good mom though?" Gaby asks desperately. Juanita's silence speaks volumes. (See moral above.)


"T-Scav" comes home drunk with two of his college buddies, which I think is hilarious. Lynette doesn't see the humor.

Gaby comes over to borrow a globe from the Scavos for home-schooling duties, and helpfully observes that Lynette is getting fat. Just as Gaby is about to railroad the secretly pregnant Lynette into a daily 7 a.m. run, the phone rings. It's one of T-Scav's buddies, and he's wondering where the keg is.

An incensed Lynette crashes a frat party looking for Tom, but he's not there. He just dropped off the keg and left. But there's more. In exchange for enabling underage drinkers, Tom is getting the answers to his exams from the numbskulls. T-Scav is a cheater!

Tom comes clean with Lynette. He's failing Statistics, a required course, which is why he decided to cheat. And his other classes aren't going so well either. When will Tom's midlife crisis end? This is turning into a pretty bad run for him.


Taking Angie's advice, Katherine extends an olive branch to Susan, apologizing for her crazy behavior ("only in a clinical sense," says Susan). She wants them to be friends. Susan is naturally hesitant, and for good reason: Katherine's motives aren't exactly pure. She basically blackmails Susan into brunch by threatening legal action.

Katherine calls Mike claiming to have a late-night plumbing emergency. Susan insists that he go, lest Katherine lawyer up, but she accompanies him just in case Katherine has any funny business planned. Of course she does! She answers the door in lingerie. Candles, rose petals and champagne await in the bedroom; a full bubble bath is at the ready. Susan discovers this scene "out of a bad Jackie Collins novel" and tells Katherine she needs help. (Duh!) This turns into a catfight, which naturally ends with both ladies in the bathtub. "FYI, we hate her again," Susan reports to Mike.


Bree does not want to fall in love with Karl, but she is developing feelings for a man she doesn't even like, so she decides it's time to break it off. He gives her his grandmother's cameo as a "parting gift," to show that he, in fact, loves her. So Bree reconsiders.

Bree — stupidly? — wears the broach to dinner with Susan, who recognizes it as the same broach that Karl gave to her years ago, but that she lost. This obviously angers Bree, who has to make up some lame cover story about buying it in an antiques shop.

Karl's lying is the last straw for Bree, who immediately breaks it off with Karl. In response, he proposes they get married — what a fantastic idea!

Bree quizzes Susan to see if Karl had any good qualities when they were married. Susan comes up with a few, but it's hardly a long list. With her hope restored about her possible intended, Bree tells Karl that he should focus on divorcing her from Orson, and then she'll make a decision about marrying him. To prove he's serious, she's institutes a "no sex for a month" rule.

In the end, Orson goes to the antiques shop at which Bree claims to have bought the cameo and discovers that it only sells furniture. His frowny face indicates that someone is (finally) getting suspicious.


Katherine barges into Angie's house to tell her how well "their plan" is working. Katherine catches her crying looking at an old photo of her mother, who Angie reports has passed away.

Later, though, Angie calls her mom. It's clear from her conversation that they haven't spoken in a long time. Katherine arrives with a cake, just in time to overhear their conversation. She questions her about her claim that her mother was dead, her prepaid cell phone and the fact that she spoke to her in Italian. Angie covers by saying it was Nick's mother, but Katherine isn't really buying it.

This sends Angie into action. She brings Katherine's pineapple upside-down cake to Susan and double-crosses Katherine, telling Susan that they need to get Katherine to move from Wisteria Lane, that she's dangerous. In the process, she plants the idea in Susan's feeble brain that Katherine attacked Julie.

Katherine tells her about her big fight with Susan, and says she's going to the police and needs the Bolens' gun for evidence. Crafty Angie convinces her otherwise... but with Kathy Najimy guest-starring as a cop who went to high school with Susan next week, it seems clear that Katherine is taking "their plan" in an entirely different direction.

What did you think of "Don't Walk on the Grass"? Who should Bree choose? Where the heck are they going with this Katherine-Susan face-off? Will Tom ever grow up? Will Lynette ever reveal her pregnancy? Is Gaby really a good mother? And will we ever find out what Angie's goal is?

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On Sunday's episode of Desperate Housewives, Bree is torn between Orson and Karl, Katherine is still convinced that Mike loves her (much to Susan's chagrin), Gaby has a run-in with the officials at Juanita's school, Lynette discovers what Tom is actually doing on campus, and Angie has to cover for her mother. I'll post a full recap later, but in the meantime, please use this space to post your thoughts about "Don't Walk on the Grass."

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Premise: Following her suicide, Mary Alice Young keeps tabs on friends and family she left behind on bucolic suburban Wisteria Lane. But this being a prime-time soap (if a tongue-in-cheek one), they all harbor a sordid secret or two. Created by writer-producer Marc Cherry (a 'Golden Girls' alum), 'Housewives' was an instant hit and a frequent contender on Emmy night .



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