On Sunday's episode of Desperate Housewives, Susan tries her best to embrace life when she learns her dialysis isn't working, and Bree goes on a mission to find her a kidney donor. With the school talent show coming up, Gaby pressures Juanita to put together a number that will grab the spotlight. Lynette tries her best to discourage Renee from adopting a baby.
After a fairly hard-hitting season thus far for Gaby — learning she has another daughter only to lose her, revealing that she was abused as a child — it's back to more superficial territory. Gaby notices Bob and Lee's adopted daughter practicing day after day on the violin and tries to tell Lee to chill out. He criticizes Gaby for not pushing her daughters more and the two agree to let the results of the school talent show speak for who is the better parent.
Gaby, of course, goes into full-on competitive mode and pushes Juanita to pick up tap dancing again. She gets her to practice day in and day out, but when the day of the talent show comes Gaby is unimpressed with Juanita's routine and hides her tap shoes so that she can't perform. She tries to bribe Juanita with ice cream, but Juanita is visibly upset that she won't get to do her routine. When Bob and Lee's daughter performs her violin, she stumbles twice over one particular part, but still gets a standing ovation and a bouquet from her dads. Gaby finally comes to her senses, finds Juanita's tap shoes and gives her a standing ovation at the end of her performance. After what's happened to Gaby so far this season, it's a little frustrating to see her storyline revert back to her an incidental predicament brought on by her selfish parenting. Hasn't she come farther than this by now?
After watching her boys really and truly leave the nest at the end of the last episode, Lynette is clinging to the memories (and the interesting smell) they left behind. She asks Renee to help her pack up the final boxes. Although she doesn't actually help put anything away, Renee is greatly moved by Lynette's love for her children and for the experience of motherhood. Now Renee thinks she wants to adopt in order to find meaning in her life.
When she first tells Lynette the news, she is a little skeptical, but offers to help by allowing Renee to practice by babysitting baby Paige one night. It's a tell-tale sign that Renee says she wants to make motherhood easier by adding the baby to her life, rather than retooling her life around her kids like Lynette, but of course it's more fun to watch Renee fail. When Lynette and Tom go out to a fancy dinner while Renee is babysitting, they get a rude awakening when they learn a nearby crying baby is actually Paige, who Renee brought on a date. Lynette sees Renee hand the baby off to a waitress and has a little fun making Renee think the baby is lost. The rouse is short-lived, but Renee walks away from the experience knowing motherhood will never be her cup of tea. However, Lynette assures her she will find something or someone that will satisfy her and fill her days.
Although the show still seems to be under-utilizing Vanessa Williams, Renee's relationship with Lynette has been interesting and Renee's struggle to find purpose blended nicely with the struggles of the other ladies.
Susan gets grim news from the doctor after fainting in the restaurant last week. The doctor tells her the dialysis treatment isn't working to help her kidney and that she should do anything she's been waiting to do since it is unclear if they will be able to find a kidney donor in time. Susan takes the news in stride, telling her friends that she's not comfortable asking neighbors to do that kind of favor and asking Mike if they can celebrate their anniversary early.
Unfortunately, their special day goes from bad to worse quickly. Mike leaves their picnic basket on the top of the car and it falls off, their afternoon delight is then interrupted by a Civil War re-enactment and then Mike trips on a rock. Susan asks him what's wrong and Mike says he's frustrated because he knows there is nothing he can do to help Susan and he feels like she's saying goodbye. She tells him she is fighting inside with everything she has, but in the meantime, she wants to enjoy whatever time she has left.
Now that Keith is gone, Bree is searching for meaning in her life. She invites her pastor over and tells him she feels like Job, because everything she loves (her children, her business, Keith) have been taken away from her. Her pastor tells her it's bad to complain, and better to give to others. So it only makes sense that when Susan tells the girls about her situation, Bree takes it upon herself to find a match for Susan. She goes door-to-door with flyers and even lures all of Wisteria Lane over for a fancy brunch to get them to be tested by the nurse.
While Susan is off roughing it in the woods with Mike, Bree gets the good news that her search found not one, but two matches for Susan: herself and Beth Young. However, the doctors have been having a hard time finding Beth since she was kicked out of Paul's house. It is shown that Beth is now going through the same search for meaning as Bree. After Paul kicked her out, she tried to convince him to take her back until he reveals that he did, in fact, kill her aunt. With nowhere to go, she turns to her mother, but Felicia is disappointed that she failed in getting revenge against Paul and tells Beth she will live a long, lonely life and tells Beth not to come visit anymore.
Bree gets a hold of Beth and tells her the news about the donor search. She thanks Beth for her effort, but tells her that she is going to donate the kidney to Susan because of their close friendship and because of her recent "dark path." Beth slowly processes the information as Bree leaves, not saying a word. In the final scene of the night, Beth walks into the hospital ER and tells the nurse she wants to donate her kidney to Susan and that she has all of her paperwork filled out. The nurse tells her she is in the wrong area, but Beth urges the nurse to make sure the papers get to the right place because this is the most important thing she's ever done. The nurse agrees and Beth swiftly shoots herself in the head in the middle of the ER.
Now both of Paul Young's wives have committed suicide, oddly enough. While the move makes sense to keep Susan alive while wrapping up Beth's time on the lane, this was the first time viewers got to know the real Beth and it left me sympathetic towards her. It would have been nice to see her fight back a little more against Paul.
What did you think of the episode? Did you see Beth's suicide coming? What else will Bree and Renee do to find meaning in their lives? And how will Beth's suicide affect Wisteria Lane, and most importantly, Paul? Sound off in the comments below.
On Sunday's episode of Desperate Housewives, Susan tries her best to embrace life when she learns her dialysis isn't working, and Bree goes on a mission to find her a kidney donor. With the school talent show coming up, Gaby pressures Juanita to put together a number that will grab the spotlight. Lynette tries her best to discourage Renee from adopting a baby...