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Desperate Housewives Episode: "Putting It Together"

Season 8, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Chuck questions Gaby, Susan and Lynette individually about Alejandro's disappearance, and Bree becomes despondent when her friends blame her for their predicament: They say that Chuck is taking his anger at her out on them. Meanwhile, Lynette asks a favor of Tom that could upend his relationship with Jane (Andrea Parker); and Susan's art career could get a once-in-a-lifetime boost.
Original Air Date: Dec 4, 2011
Guest Cast Cynthia Sophiea: Mother Jeremy Luke: Jimmy Charles Carpenter: Bartender Andrea Parker: Jane Leslie Jordan: Felix Bergman Shulie Cowen: Deirdre
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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "Putting It Together" Season 8, Episode 9

On this week's Desperate Housewives, Bree struggles to accept life without her friends. The other ladies are interrogated by Chuck just as he finds a startling link between Wisteria Lane and the missing man.

SUSAN
Dear Susan, you are an idiot for painting that picture ... Love, me. OK, now that I got that out of my system, we can move on. Susan is the first one to be questioned by Chuck. When he asks what inspired the work, she says she doesn't know before making up some bull about eating pizza before bed. Susan tells Mike how worried she is that she will really crack, and realizes she must get out of town. She tries to go to Andre's mentor, Felix the gallery owner, since she needs the money from her paintings ASAP, but he's experiencing some cash flow problems. Felix eventually gets the money for Susan, but tries to proposition her to move to New York to pursue her art career and go into business with him. Obviously, she's worried about MJ (yes, he still exists, viewers!) but it's clear she's tempted. Too bad the only good art she ever did tied her and her friends to a murder.

When she tells Mike about the possible move, he says moving to New York won't stop Chuck and says Susan is running from something instead of toward something. Susan says she sees it as living the life she has always dreamed of before she (possibly) is locked up for a long, long time. Mike says it's not his dream.

LYNETTE
Lynette's time in the interrogation room is by far the most entertaining. She insists she doesn't know Alejandro, and when Chuck asks whether the disappearance led to her split from Tom, she slaps him clear across the face. "You said to forget you were a cop," she retorts. Soon, Lynette is back to playing crazy-ex-wife-who-can't-let-go and realizes she needs to tell Tom what's going on so he can be there for the kids in case anything happens to her. Of course, this comes right when Tom is supposed to jet off to Paris with his girlfriend. She tells him she's an accessory to murder in the men's bathroom at the airport. He only looks frustrated that he didn't know sooner. It's not the case for Jane, who finds the two of them in the bathroom together and he promises to go to Paris with her at the end of the month. Jane thinks this is simply another ploy by Lynette to win back her ex (most women would think the same) and when Tom can't explain why he has to stay in Fairview, Jane leaves for Paris on her own. Obviously, Lynette did the right thing, but now that Tom is on the market again and now knows about the murder, how much will he be involved in what's next? What will his relationship be like with Lynette now that they'll have to stay in touch about the case (at least for the kids' sake)? At least this brings Tom back into the mix of the Wisteria Lane crew after he spent so many episodes out of the loop in his faraway condo with his annoying girlfriend. Au revoir, Jane!

GABY
Gaby snaps even more than Susan under the pressure, and creates a big lie for Chuck. When he asks about Carlos' alcoholism, Gaby gives away that it's a new problem. Like any good cop, he asks what the trigger was and Gaby says it was an affair (uh, smart move, Gaby). Chuck asks if Carlos will tell the same story when Chuck goes to visit him in rehab, Gaby, of course, says yes when, of course, the real answer is no. Gaby then must go to rehab to fill Carlos in (which involves an elaborate scene where she sneaks into rehab with a new patient who thinks he slept with Gaby and doesn't even remember. When he comes to believe he doesn't even remember sleeping with a beautiful woman like Gaby, he finally realizes he needs to get better). Gaby finds Carlos, but telling him about the lie just stresses him out and is obviously not a part of the AA program. Gaby tells him not to worry (even though he probably really should).

Chuck does more digging and realizes that the missing man is Gaby's stepfather. (Apparently, it took him this long because Alejandro at one point went by Ramon. But come on, I'm not buying it). Chuck tells Gaby the investigation into Alejandro's disappearance has gone from informal to official, and tells Gaby to be at the station the next morning or else a squad car will come get her. She tries to phone Carlos, but he's already checked himself out of rehab and cannot be stopped.

BREE
I know it sounds bad, but I forgot how much I love drunk Bree. After (unsuccessfully) trying to win the ladies back with cherry scones, Bree jumps further down the rabbit hole at a local restaurant. After a few glasses of wine, she notices a group of friends giggling in the corner who look strikingly like Susan, Lynette and Gaby and invites herself over. Before you know it, Bree is going on and on about her sad little life ("aren't gay men supposed to love their mothers?") before she tries to invite them over for a sleepover when they want to leave. Seeing Bree drunkingly plead "please come home with me" in a dark restaurant is priceless. The next day, she gets a rude awakening when Ben stops by  to remind her how she spent the rest of her night (trying to pay for the cab with zucchini, cursing out Ben for not making her pancakes). He encourages her to stop sulking and start winning back her friends, starting with the one who is least mad. (Gaby, perhaps?) He hugs Bree outside her door as he goes to leave. Renee sees from down the lane, natch, and is none too pleased.

You got to give it to Chuck, he's good at his job (and he's particularly good at being a mean cop). In one short visit, he manages to put Ben back in the doghouse with Renee and says he plans to shut down Ben's project for two weeks (just long enough to lose his investors) because Alejandro's last phone signal came from somewhere on Ben's site. Bree tries to woo back Gaby, when Gaby informs her about Chuck's interrogation. There's no beating around the bush this time, so Gaby simply tells Bree that Chuck is out for revenge and that all the women are going to go down with her unless Chuck is stopped. Bree goes to the source, and she tries to offer her own confession as a sacrifice so that Chuck will leave her friends alone, but he turns her down because he says he loves seeing her in pain. Chuck phones Bree in the final moments of the episode to tell her that the investigation is now official, and is hit hard by a dark car immediately after the call. (Please say it's not Carlos, he's already to blame for one murder, but then again, he has the most to lose since he actually killed Alejandro). Bree only receives the call, and doesn't know about accident afterward, and checks herself into a seedy motel with a big bottle of booze and a gun. She tells the manager she doesn't plan to have breakfast and suddenly sees Mary Alice sitting across from her. When Bree asks if Mary Alice is happy now, she says she's not unhappy. The episode closes with Bree staring the gun.

So what did you think of the episode? Who you think hit Chuck? Do you think he's really dead (the impact looked bad enough)? Will Bree really pull the trigger? (We're guessing not since there's still half a season to go).Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below!

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On this week's Desperate Housewives, Bree struggles to accept life without her friends. The other ladies are interrogated by Chuck just as he finds a startling link between Wisteria Lane and the missing man.

SUSAN
Dear Susan, you are an idiot for painting that picture ... Love, me. OK, now that I got that out of my system, we can move on. Susan is the first one to be questioned by Chuck. When he asks what inspired the work, she says she doesn't know before ... read more

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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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