On this week's episode of Desperate Housewives, Lynette continues plotting revenge against Tom, and Gaby begins to plot ways to get Grace back. Ailing Susan gets a visit from her mother and aunt. Bree surprises many by reaching out to Paul's wife, Beth.
After finding out about her lonely, deformed kidney, Susan is now on the hunt for the right donor. Since the best chance of finding a match is from within her family, she gets visits from her daughter, Julie (the return of Andrea Bowen!), her Aunt Clara (Valerie Harper!) and her mom. Julie comes to offer up one of her kidneys, but Susan refuses. Luckily, Julie calls in reinforcements in the form of Susan's mom, but the visit goes sour quickly when Susan asks her mom to find out if she is a match and she refuses because she's about to go on a cruise. Susan is obviously hurt by her mother's rejections, but it's got to be clear to anyone who's watched the show before that there's something else going on.
Susan later gets a visit from Aunt Clara, who finally clues her in on what's really going on. It turns out her mother has breast cancer and is using "cruise" as a code word for radiation. Clara explains that Susan's mom didn't want to overshadow her daughter's pain and suffering so she didn't tell her. Although Susan never acknowledges she knows her mother is sick, she has a nice heart-to-heart with her before she leaves town, thanking her for everything and forgiving her for not donating a kidney.
Now that Lynette knows that Tom slept with Renee, Lynette is pulling out all the stops to get her revenge. Whether it's peanut butter on the staircase or salt in the coffee, she's determined to get revenge for the betrayal she feels. Even Renee tries to stop her, but to no avail. Renee decides to take matters into her own hands and tells Tom what's going on. After Tom tries to push a laxative brownie on his innocent daughter, Lynette figures out he knows she found out about the affair and keeps her distance from Tom. She tells him she's so devastated by the tryst because she remembers realizing that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with Tom the weekend he was off with Renee.
Tom, of course, is able to spout a heartfelt speech about their life together and not letting one weekend drown out 20 years of happy memories. At first, Lynette is slow to warm up to his words, but once she sees all the children playfully teasing each other around the table, she grabs Tom's hand and all is forgiven. Anyone else annoyed that keeping the secret proved to be more dramatic than Lynette's finding out? And why is the show ignoring the fact that Renee said she thought she was still in love with Tom a few episodes back? And what is going to be Renee's purpose on the lane now that this has all been so neatly resolved?
At the beginning of the season, I thought the storyline about the switched babies was a lot more interesting and daring. At this point in the season, it is starting to just get seriously creepy. Gaby is so fragile at this point that even Lee and Bob can't mention their adoption (of a girl that looks nothing like Grace) without Gaby getting stone-cold silent and teary eyed. Carlos, of course, gets upset when Gaby mentions Grace's name again, so she reverts to retail therapy rather than the actual therapy she needs.
On her return from the mall, Gaby discovers that her daughters found the Grace doll and have quickly disrobed the doll and even taken her arm off. Gaby loses it, duh, and Bree is there to witness her all too-disturbing attachment to the doll first-hand. Gaby goes to the doll store to get Grace all fixed up and asks the devoted owner how close is too close to a doll. She then tells the owner the story she has given the doll: she was given to the wrong parents after birth and then returned to her biological mom to stay with her forever. It's an understandable pain that she feels, but Gaby is so blind to the fact that she's basically ignoring her children — and all of her family — to focus her energy on something that wasn't really ever hers completely.
Bree is cornered by her priest to lend assistant to Paul's wife, Beth, since she is going through such a difficult time. Bree tries her best to get out of it, but being a good Christian — and with some guilt about her living with her boyfriend — she relents. Beth is cautious at first, but opens up once she realizes Bree is coming from a genuine place. She explains that she just feels bad for Paul because he's been through so much: his wife's suicide, being wrongfully accused of murder, and the shooting.
Bree invites Beth over to hang out with her and the girls, but things quickly go awry. First, Bree gets mysterious flowers right before Beth comes. Then, after Bree forces the ladies to be nicer to Beth, Beth discovers a 38 handgun (the same kind that shot Paul) behind the pillow. The ladies all think the gun is Beth's, while Beth thinks Bree was trying to frame her by getting her to put her own fingerprints on the gun. Beth leaves in a storm, and Bree is left angry and confused about the whole encounter.
The biggest reveal comes when Keith later tells Bree he never sent her any flowers. Cut to the flower delivery man taking off his wig and fake mustache in a hotel room. It turns out the delivery man was Zach, Paul's son with Mary Beth, which means he must have been the one to plant the gun. But why? He left angry with his dad, but angry enough to shoot him? Or even kill him? I love that Zach is back, and that was definitely the last thing I expected to see.
So what did you think of the episode? Did you see Susan's mom diagnosis coming? Do you think Bree and Beth will ever be able to make up? Why is Zach in town, and do you think he really shot his dad? Sound off in the comments below!
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On this week's episode of Desperate Housewives, Lynette continues plotting revenge against Tom, and Gaby begins to plot ways to get Grace back. Ailing Susan gets a visit from her mother and aunt. Bree surprises many by reaching out to...