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Desperate Housewives Episode: "School of Hard Knocks"

Season 8, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Gaby seeks to get even with the volunteer who banishes her to a faraway parking lot when she breaks school rules by dropping off Juanita in front of the building; Bree discovers that Danielle's new business might not be as wholesome as she thought; Lynette begins to suspect that Tom is dating; and Susan tries to cope with her guilt by taking an art class with a no-nonsense instructor (Miguel Ferrer).
Original Air Date: Oct 16, 2011
Guest Cast Jillian Armenante: Rachel Miguel Ferrer: Andre Zeller Michael Dempsey: Det. Murphy Beth Littleford: Dana Jake Soldera: Benjamin Van De Kamp Melissa Greenspan: Cindy Andrea Parker: Jane
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Season 8, Episode 4
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Aired: 10/16/2011
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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "School of Hard Knocks" Season 8, Episode 4

On this week's episode of Desperate Housewives, Gaby becomes obsessed with getting revenge on the evil PTA overlords at her daughter's school. Lynette goes to great lengths to find out whether Tom is dating. When newly single Danielle comes to town, Bree struggles to deal with her new path in life. Susan tries to move on by taking an art class, but the results aren't so pretty.

LYNETTE
Poor, Lynette. After watching her once cynical sister ride off into the totally groovy sunset with her fiancé last week, she buys up half of Barnes & Noble's self-help section to get her marriage back on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, one look at Tom's teeth-whitening braces and new workout clothes, and Renee is certain that Tom has already moved on. Yes, he says he wants to go to marriage counseling, but he's also drinking protein shakes.

Lynette becomes determined to find out what's going on, and buys Penny an iPad so that she can show her mom Tom's new place through the video feature (but not so Lynette can help Penny with her fractions). During her virtual tour, Lynette sees Tom talking with a young, blond fitness instructor and is devastated. Like any healthy adult, wife and mother, she deals with this by dragging Renee to an intense butt workout class to get the lowdown on Tom's new lady. Just as Lynette looks like she's about to collapse in the middle of the class, her spirits are lifted by the kindness of the doctor next to her.

Yes, the producers are trying to pull a fast one but it's pretty clear that it will turn out that Tom is not dating the 20-something blondie but the more respectable and witty doctor. Tom ends up running into Lynette at the end of class, where he tells Lynette the news of the doctor — who he's had dinner and coffee with a few times — and she is clearly torn apart by the news. He says he was going to tell her in counseling, but she suddenly no longer sees the point in the sessions. Lynette has been put through the ringer on this show — miscarriage, cancer— but because of the viewer's emotional investment in her marriage over the years, this might be the most heart-breaking story line she's had. The fact that she's still so clearly in love with Tom, but knows things aren't working right now rings very true, and I think we all knew that — shocker — she was never going to die from cancer. However, it really is unclear if Tom and Lynette will be able to find their way back to each other by the end of the season.

SUSAN
Susan starts off the episode freaked-out that Mike will stop loving her because of what she helped Carlos do, but — considering his own checkered past — he assures her there's nothing that could make him stop loving her. However, he sees the internal torment over the cover-up within her and tries his best to help her along in the healing process. He tells her that she must find a way to accept what she's done and really move on, the way he's accepted his past indiscretions (which would explain why they haven't been mentioned on the show in, oh, five years or so). Mike can obviously help her (and is clearly relieved his wife was not cheating on him) but there's only so much he can push Susan.

Instead of getting herself in trouble with the law (since that didn't work out too well), Susan is newly focused on getting in an art class taught at the local college by an artist she has greatly admired. However, while she is technically a professional artist and paid handsomely for the art she does for children's books, the teacher, Andre Zeller, is not impressed at all by her fluffy art. He asks about her dark side, but turns her down again the next day when she brings him a simple picture of a bare tree on a cold, winter's day. Andre calls Susan and her work shallow and says someone like her can afford to see the world solely in such rosy colors because of the life that she's lived. She loses it, and says he'll never know what kind of secrets she's hiding. She says this, of course, all while she squirts and spills red and black paint all over a blank campus before tearing into the thing with her bare hands.

Shocked, but very impressed, Andre lets Susan into class, but only on the condition that she brings the crazy version of herself to class every single day. That doesn't sound like it should be a problem, but Susan tells him she's scared of her crazy side, which he thinks is a good thing. Is anyone else as excited as I am that Susan finally has a proper outlet for her crazy? I was starting to get frustrated with her, but it will be interesting to see her work with this teacher and in this environment over time.

BREE
In the wake of her split from Chuck (and his very scary threat), Bree must now also help her daughter, Danielle, put things back in order after her husband leaves her. It's always nice when Bree has scenes with her children, because those were some of my favorites from the early seasons and Danielle is a great foil. Bree reminds her daughter constantly about how she knew her husband would leave her, while Danielle lies on the couch for days watching TV game shows and playing the most pathetic game of hide-and-seek with her son. Danielle tells her mother to stop being so hard on her, but Bree is able to push Danielle toward a new business venture. Although Bree is nervous that Danielle knows nothing about starting a business, Danielle is strangely confident that she has a great idea, so Bree gives her $500 seed money and allows Danielle to use her test kitchen to make her new exercise equipment. Danielle soon informs Bree that her product is flying off the shelves and before you can ask why and how — Bree picks up the object and its clear to anyone not as prude as Bree that Danielle is actually selling sex swings. Oh, kids today!

Bree sneaks into the test kitchen later to try out the exercise tool, but Renee informs her of its real use when she stops by. Danielle hilariously walks by when Bree is all harnessed and swinging from the test kitchen roof. Bree says she's ashamed of her and going to deal with her as soon as she gets out the swing. However, after Danielle runs off and once a police officer helps her out of the swing, Bree says her time in the swing helped her realize that she has no right to judge Danielle (she's now helped cover up two murders after all) and asks Danielle to accept her apology. Danielle accepts, and lucky too, because we see Chuck staring at the engagement ring he hoped to give to Bree in the final moments of the episode and we learn he's still pretty upset about the whole thing. His captain hands him off a big stack of missing persons cases and, of course, at the top of the stack is Gaby's stepfather. This is going to get so complicated.

GABY
Unfortunately, of all the ladies, Gaby gets left with the most shallow of all the story lines, but if there's one thing Eva Longoria knows how to play to maximum comedic effect, its determined, revenge-seeking Gaby. This week, the object of Gaby's attack is the leader of the PTA at Juanita's school, Dana, after Gaby loses her normal drop-off privileges. She then gets relegated to a very far-away parking lot and when she sees the state of the other women stuck in Lot B, she rallies them together to fight the power and to protest for their right to drop their kids off right in front of school. Gaby's efforts are first thwarted when two of her strongest allies are lured to the dark side by getting their privileges back from Dana.

At first, she gives up the fight (very un-Gaby-like), but when she risks losing an important eyebrow wax appointment, she goes all in and drives right up to the preferred pick-up zone sans green pass to drop Juanita off. At first, she's a hero for running over the cones placed right in front of her car with the greatest of ease, but just as she's reveling in her hard-earned victory, she stops paying attention and hits Dana. Dana ends up in the hospital hopped on painkillers for a broken back. Although she can longer fulfill her duties, she finds solace in the rule that she must appoint a successor and makes Gaby do it (or else she will press charges). Although this kind of means Gaby won, in the long term, it sounds like she could lose big as Dana points out that she used to be happy, sane and married when she started as PTA president and now she's none of those things. The final moments of the episode also remind viewers that Gaby cannot do orange well (who can?) so we'll see how long she actually sticks with this new job before she pawns it off on someone else.

So what did you think of the episode? Do you think Lynette will learn to accept Tom is dating and do the same? Or is more wallowing into a pint of wine and ice cream ahead? Is Susan finally going to be able to harness her crazy for good instead of evil? How soon will Chuck catch onto things? And how will Gaby handle her new duties? Sound off in the comments below!

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On this week's episode of Desperate Housewives, Gaby becomes obsessed with getting revenge on the evil PTA overlords at her daughter's school. Lynette goes to great lengths to find out whether Tom is dating. When newly single Danielle comes to town, Bree struggles to deal with her new path in life. Susan tries to move on by taking an art class, but the results aren't so pretty.

LYNETTE
Poor, Lynette. After watching her once cynical sister ride off into the totally groovy sunset with her fiancé last week, she buys up half of Barnes & Noble's self-help section to get her marriage back on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, one look at Tom's teeth-whitening braces and new workout clothes, and Renee is certain that Tom has already moved on. Yes, he says he wants to go to marriage counseling, but he's also drinking protein shakes.
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