On Sunday's episode of Desperate Housewives, Lynette thought it was high time that her older kids start helping to raise the younger ones. Bree and Renee exposed each others' vulnerabilities to compete for Keith's attention. Susan's secret job went unexpectedly public. Gaby located her biological daughter — and forged a questionable relationship with her. And a strange real estate deal put Paul Young's motives in the spotlight again.
As usual, parenthood is getting the best of Lynette, but this week little, 11-year-old Penny comes to her rescue. Lynette consults the Wisteria Lane Parenting Handbook and decides it's a good idea if Penny watches Paige while Lynette returns to the grocery store to retrieve her license, indulges in a scented-candle-perfumed bath and plays cards with the girls. We don't really know much about Penny, so it's nice to see that at least one of those kids appreciates her mom.
Unfortunately, Penny's largesse backfires when Lynette forgets to be home from a run in time so that Penny can get to school to take a math test. Penny, not knowing what else to do, hops on the bus with the baby to school with her. The principal, who raised eight children herself, is not sympathetic to Lynette's plight, especially since she knows that Penny takes the baby monitor to bed with her so her mom doesn't have to get up for feedings, which is why she's been falling asleep in class.
Lynette very sweetly tells Penny that her babysitting days are over (for now), and then she tells Tom they need a nanny.
As Bree embarks on her improbable relationship with Keith, someone is watching: Renee, who's determined to derail Bree's budding flirtation with her handyman. When Lynette lets it slip that Bree is a grandmother, Renee knows exactly how she's going to do it. She sends first-class tickets to Danielle and Benjamin, who show up on her doorstep calling her "Grandma" in front of Keith and just in time to make Bree's date with Keith impossible.
We all know that Bree is a fighter, so when Renee swoops in and scores a date with Keith herself, Bree asks Lynette for ammunition. It seems like Renee has a fear of little people, which was brought on in childhood by The Wizard of Oz. Bree enlists the help of a little-person friend from church, who shows up while Renee and Keith are supping on sushi to scare the bejesus out of Renee, who literally climbs the walls to get away from the poor little guy.
Renee sees that Bree has confusing, but nonetheless real feelings for Keith, so for now she agrees to stand down. Besides, Bree's stunt is enough for Renee to realize that she'd rather have Bree as a friend than an enemy.
Maxine stops by to tell Susan that Va-Va-Va-Broom.com has been purchased, and the new owners want to push for a large American presence. That means that Susan has to quit within two to four weeks, lest her secret be discovered. Unfortunately for Susan, the website business moves quickly, even more so on television. That means that the next afternoon, there's a billboard of Susan in her delicates going up right there in downtown Fairview.
In order to get rid of it, Susan has to pay the new owners $9,000 to cover the cost of printing the billboard, which puts the Delfinos back at square one, and now she's out of a job — unless she takes Maxine up on her offer to do racier work.
But that might not be Susan's biggest problem. In a shadowy scene, we see a man come across Susan's discarded billboard, pick it up and fold it under his arm. At first blush, I suspected Paul Young, because, as you'll see below, he's acting kind of strange lately. But then I thought: What if it's Mike?
So the Solises meet the Sanchezes — and their daughter, Grace, who is actually Gaby and Carlos' biological daughter. The Sanchezes are nice, but simple people, but Grace, well, she's like a mini-Gaby — headstrong, slim and fashion-conscious. Gaby later tells Bree, Lynette and Renee about meeting Grace, and how incredibly moving it was that Grace knew that Gaby's handbag was expensive. Gaby bought by her a "starter Chanel," which moves Renee to tears. "You are the best mother ever," she says.
Obviously, Renee doesn't know Gaby that well. When Gaby pops over to the Sanchezes (after they had previously agreed that they would call first) to give Grace her Chanel, Mrs. Sanchez sets her straight. "What we need is for you to let us be who we are, not who you are," she says. Carlos, of course, agrees with Mrs. Sanchez.
But Gaby never met a bad decision she didn't love, so when Grace and her family are visiting, she secrets her away in her bedroom and gives her a fancy necklace she bought with her first big modeling check. Even worse, she asks the kid to keep it their little secret.
Paul does something strange this week -- actually, two strange things. First, he buys his old house, even though his lease on the Delfino place isn't up until next year. He tells Beth he bought it so he can remember a happy marriage. Then, he tries to convince Mrs. McCluskey to sell him her house before she's too feeble-minded to negotiate a fair selling price.
What's his endgame here? Is he trying to buy everyone out of their houses one by one? Is he going to sell his amassed property to the town dump? Revenge by real estate? I don't quite get it yet, but I can fairly say by now — he's no Katherine Mayfair.
What did you think of "The Thing That Counts Is What's Inside"? Do you like where Gaby's story is heading? Are you warming up to Bree and Keith's relationship? What kind of nanny should Lynette get? And are you sad to see Susan's softcore career end so abruptly?
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