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Desperate Housewives Episode: "She Needs Me"

Season 8, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: Susan offers to help the father of Julie's baby raise the child; Bree agrees to go to Maine with Orson—perhaps for good; Karen pleads with Gaby not to tell Roy about her condition; and the loan shark who threatened Ben sets out to ruin Renee.
Original Air Date: Mar 4, 2012
Guest Cast Orson Bean: Roy Bender Sal Landi: Donny
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Season 8, Episode 15
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Aired: 3/4/2012
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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "She Needs Me" Season 8, Episode 15

On this week's episode of Desperate Housewives, Susan and Lynette clash over their yet-to-be-born grandchild. Gaby learns the real reason behind Karen and Roy's split, and Orson continue to be creepy and mysterious around Bree as they prepare to flee to Maine.

Lynette continues to struggle with Porter's decision to keep Julie's baby. Naturally, all she can think about is the five times she raised children pretty much on her before, and how she'll probably end up raising her first grandkid as well. Porter announces he'll need Lynette to watch the baby for about eight hours a day every day while he's at his restaurant job, but he attempts to sweeten the deal by saying he'll name the baby Lynette. Come on, Lynette, be strong! She also struggles with letting her children — particularly baby Paige — go when Tom takes them to his place over spring break and says his girlfriend Jane will be watching the baby. Oh no, he didn't!

Susan, unlike Lynette, is "high on baby" and has no intention of coming down. When Porter tells her about Lynette's reluctance to watch the baby, Susan jumps in to save the day and offers to set up a nursery in her home (poor, Julie). She is quick to share her real feelings about the baby being named after Lynette, who is horrified when she goes to Susan's and finds the nursery complete and with the name Sophie on the wall. Susan calls Lynette the hands-off mom. Lynette calls Susan the pushy mom and the scene ends with Lynette attempting to steal the bassinette from Susan's place.

After the storm, the hubbies try to mend fences. Tom explains to Susan that Lynette has been initially reluctant to having all five of her children and that that is just how she reacts to things before she morphs into protective, loving mom. In turn, Mike tells Lynette that Susan's life isn't as perfect as it seems because Susan is doing all this baby planning with Porter, and not her own daughter. Lynette eventually returns the bassinette and they agree to start sharing the grandmotherly duties.

Gaby finally changes her mind about trying to get Karen and Roy back together, but when she pushes Roy to make a move, it's unsuccessful. Gaby does her usual snooping and finds out the truth about the return of Karen's cancer. Karen explains her wanting to protect Roy from her illness, but Gaby blabs the truth to Roy right after promising to keep Karen's secret. Karen isn't too surprised, and Roy is happy to stand by her side during her treatment.

The entire ordeal makes Gaby that much more thankful when Carlos finally returns home from rehab. She says she never really thought about death before, and doesn't know what she would do if he were to die. Carlos says she proved just how strong she really is when she was his rock during rehab, but the possibility still weighs heavily on her.

While Susan has baby on the mind, lobster rolls are on Bree's mind as she and Orson prepare for their trip to Maine. Orson continues his creepy ways when he lies about talking to Lynette about the letters, and he also talks about a beautiful plot of land at his property (to bury Bree at?). Bree thinks they'll only be in Maine for a month, but Orson is oh so sure they'll end up staying longer. However, right before they go to the airport, Bree suggests they stop by his place to pick something up for Orson and he panics.

He gets into his apartment before Bree can and cleans up most of the evidence that he has been following Bree. However, she finds just enough pictures to put the pieces together and realizes that Orson, indeed, killed Chuck and wrote the letters. Orson confesses, saying that he was trying to protect her by killing Chuck and that he wanted to separate her from her friends, which is why he wrote the letters. He says he's in love with her and wanted her all to himself — a crazy plea for help that her dead ex-fiancée George would be proud of. She tells him how the letters almost drove him to suicide and says she never wants to see him again. "You're everything to me, Bree," Orson tells her. "You are nothing to me," she replies and storms out on him. Orson later calls Bree to apologize for his "irreprehensible" sins and says it's time for him to make the ultimate sacrifice. She tells him not to commit suicide and he says goodbye forever. However, Orson doesn't actually commit suicide and is instead seen sending a big envelope to the Fairview Homicide Dept. Thanks for nothing.

Renee is happy to report to Ben that his debt is completely paid off, but it's really not so easy. Since the loan shark now knows where she lives, and just how well off she is, he comes back saying Ben actually owes more money. Renee isn't buying it and tells him she's not like every other intimidated wuss in town. Her message is not kindly received — shocker — and the man comes back while she is away to mess up her place. Mike catches him in the act and beats him up before throwing him out. He tells the guy to get lost, but the guy says Mike should have killed him. Hooray for the return of bad boy Mike at least.

This week's episode obviously pointed a lot to the big tragedy about to hit Wisteria Lane. Will it be Karen? Will it be Carlos? Will it be Renee? My money is still on Mike, at the hands of the loan shark, since he's now pissed this powerful guy off multiple times this season. Maybe then Mike's death would change Julie's mind about being involved with the baby? Who knows, but no matter what, the writers have done a great job of leaving a lot of avenues open. 

So what did you think of the episode? Who do you think is going to die? Sound off below!

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On this week's episode of Desperate Housewives, Susan and Lynette clash over their yet-to-be-born grandchild. Gaby learns the real reason behind Karen and Roy's split, and Orson continue to be creepy and mysterious around Bree as they prepare to flee to Maine.

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