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Desperate Housewives Episode: "You Take for Granted"

Season 8, Episode 16
Episode Synopsis: Susan talks Mike into going to the police when she discovers that Ben's loan shark is out to get him; Mrs. McCluskey, who's dying of cancer, asks Bree to help her commit suicide; Tom's girlfriend, Jane, stuns Lynette at Penny's birthday party; Carlos behaves oddly on his first day back at work, and Gaby is worried.
Original Air Date: Mar 11, 2012
Guest Cast Derek Webster: Det. Harrison Sal Landi: Donny Jorge-Luis Pallo: Det. Gillette Orson Bean: Roy Bender Andrea Parker: Jane Michael Dempsey: Det. Murphy Stuart Pankin: Patrick
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Aired: 3/11/2012
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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "Women and Death" Season 8, Episode 16

On this week's episode of Desperate Housewives, the ladies of the Lane look back as they gather to say goodbye to Mike.

After several strong episodes, this hour lacked the emotional punch that seemed almost automatic given the tragic circumstances. Instead of just focusing on Susan's grief and bitterness in the days following Mike's death, there was an act devoted to each of the four housewives reflecting on how Mike's death impacted them. It allowed the otherwise depressing episode some comedic moments, even for new widow Susan, but all the combination of all the flashbacks didn't give viewers enough time to let Mike's final hoorah really sink in.

Gaby's flashbacks showed her — much to the dismay of Carlos' overbearing mother — picking out a $12,000 wedding dress and then asking Carlos for diamond earrings to top it off. Thinking about all the things Carlos has given her over the years finally made Gaby change her mind about Carlos' big career change. So, she gave him her blessing to quit his job and become a counselor.

Lynette flashed back to her first date with Tom (complete with absolutely horrendous wigs for both Felicity Huffman and Doug Savant) as well as the first time Lynette stepped onto Wisteria Lane. The memories made her realize she really had to fight to get Tom back. Wasn't she fighting to get him back at the beginning of the season? And what happened to her cute boyfriend? Either way, Lynette seems determined to get her man back.

Bree's flashbacks showed just how she became who she is today. We saw her learning how to whip cream while simultaneously learning how (and why) to conceal her emotions from men. (They don't teach that second part in home economics!). And we soon see why it's important for Bree to have a good poker face: She's  getting questioned by the police about Alejandro's disappearance! Although she answers all their questions without being too suspicious, she leaves her fingerprints on a department coffee mug, which the police then match to fingerprints found on the recently discovered body. (Thanks for the heads up, Orson.) Knowing her ties to Chuck, the police say they want to make sure they have enough evidence to put Bree away for life. Yikes!

Finally, Susan is shown to be completely bitter and removed for much of the episode. She doesn't care about what the reverend says at the funeral, she doesn't care what shoes she wears to the service and she decides not to say anything. However, after her flashbacks to her wedding night with Mike (he her a dorky poem from his elementary school days about loving her more than rice and beans) and a recent night out with M.J., she gets up the courage to say that Mike is in heaven eating his favorite hamburger. She says a quiet goodbye to his coffin before they bury him. She finally cries and starts the grieving process afterwards with the other women when she realizes all the things she has to do on her own, like teaching M.J. how to pitch and learning to check her car tires. The other women rally around her and offer to send their husbands over to fill in for Mike. It's a nice scene, but it's a disappointment that, after Rex's appearance in this episode as well, Bree doesn't offer Susan more support about what to do after losing your husband. Bree and Rex were not on the best terms at all when he died, but you would think she could give Susan some pointers on a 1-to-1 basis, no?

Overall, it felt like a huge sacrifice was made in killing Mike five episodes before the end, yet that sacrifice was hardly justified in this episode. Obviously there are still four more to go, but it feels like the future will be focused largely on Bree's impending arrest (and possible trial?) for the murder of Alejandro. Is this really all the goodbye we get for Mike? Or were we expecting too much emotional payoff when there is so much more story left to cover?

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On this week's episode of Desperate Housewives, the ladies of the Lane look back as they gather to say goodbye to Mike.

After several strong episodes, this hour lacked the emotional punch that seemed almost automatic given the tragic circumstances. Instead of just focusing on Susan's grief and bitterness in the days following Mike's death, there was an act devoted to each of the four housewives reflecting ...
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