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Desperate Housewives Episode: "Lost My Power"

Season 8, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: Bree's lawyer tells her that she must open up about her past to strengthen her case; Gaby is mad at Carlos for poaching one of her clients for his charity; Lynette tries to create friction between Tom and Jane; Renee learns that Ben has hidden his involvement with Bree from her (and also been mum about the body found at his work site); and with Mike gone, it falls to Susan to build a car for MJ's father-and-son Soap Box Derby at school.
Original Air Date: Apr 29, 2012
Guest Cast Scott Bakula: Trip Weston Andrea Parker: Jane Doris Roberts: Doris Christina Chang: DA Stone Alyson Reed: Judge Conti Reed Diamond: Gregg
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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: “Lost My Power” Season 8, Episode 20

On this week's episode of Desperate Housewives, Bree starts to fall for her lawyer as the date for her murder trial nears. Lynette accepts a date from Tom's boss, Gregg. Susan tries to build a soap box car with MJ so he won't miss out on father-son activities. Gaby and Carlos fight over a wealthy old widow. And Renee starts to get more suspicious about what Ben knows about the accusations against Bree.

BREE
Pre-trial hearings begin for Bree's murder trial, but, because this is Desperate Housewives, Bree is more concerned with flirting with her charming lawyer, Tripp, than staying out of jail. Tripp, as it turns out, could not be more different than Bree. He's sued the NRA three times, he talks about prostitutes and sex casually and uses the word "sucks" over lunch — how absurd! Although Bree is a "champion of conservative values," Tripp learns about Bree's slutty phase when the prosecution lists many of her drunken one-night-stands as witnesses. (The prosecution's implication: Although Bree says she never met Ramon (aka Alejandro), she could have slept with him and simply not remember.) Poor Tripp tries to argue that Bree would never do such a thing to the judge, but when he learns the truth, Bree refuses to be honest with him because of her growing crush.

After Bree fails to call him back, Tripp makes a house call  and insists that she tell him everything. She refuses again, naturally, and so he decides to come clean about some of his embarrassing sexual experiences (like his first time when he didn't last long and something about an enlarged prostate that makes him pee all the time) to make Bree more comfortable. She finally comes clean about being in a "dark place." Bree tells the girls that the "worst part" about sharing her sordid past was the look on Tripp's face when he learned the truth. The girls worry immediately, especially after Bree's history with Chuck, and the women tell her to steer clear of Tripp to keep a good head for the trial. However, Tripp doesn't make things easy when he insists on going over trial updates over dinner at a great little Italian restaurant. Bree tries to tell him no, but he pushes her and her feelings supersede her better judgment. If Bree is going to be put away for 20 years, she might as well have some fun before, right? Either way, her chemistry with Tripp is easy and undeniable and of all the ladies, Bree really deserves a good one after so many lemons.

LYNETTE
It's unclear where Lynette's head is at at the beginning of the episode. She makes sure to dress up when she brings something Tom forgot to his office, but as soon as she sees him making out with Jane at his workplace, she accepts an invitation for drinks from Tom's enigmatic, if not slightly sleazy, boss, Gregg. Gregg went through a bad divorce a few years back, so not only is he single and very complimentary towards Lynette, but he also can relate to the difficult times she is going through. The two talk a lot of smack about their respective exes and when Gregg asks Lynette out for Saturday, he goes so far as to offer to give Tom extra work so Lynette will be free to go to dinner. A cute guy who appreciates her beauty and can ruin Tom's life — he's the whole package!

Obviously, Lynette has a bigger problem with Jane than with Tom, but either way the plan works like a charm. Penny comes home and says that her dad and Jane were fighting a lot because Tom has had to work so much, and she also reveals that Tom has yet to file the divorce papers. (We also learn at the beginning of the episode that Tom and Jane haven't done the dirty in a while but it's unclear if that is because of his feelings for Lynette or just his workload). Gregg has also heard Tom and Jane fighting on the phone a lot, and he tells her the next part in his evil plan: to transfer Tom to Mumbai for a year. Uh oh! She's attracted to Gregg's tenacity and power, but is she really going to let him go to all that trouble just for a few dates? She doesn't seem nearly as into him as he is into her, so this one has disaster written all over it. It doesn't help that Tom tries to deter Lynette from dating his boss and she pretty much ignores him. Ugh.

SUSAN
She can't even make a decent turkey sandwich, but Susan becomes determined to help MJ make a car for an upcoming father-son soap box derby. MJ is pretty silent about the whole endeavor and would rather check out a dead squirrel than help his mom. But Susan soldiers on, and, after plowing through a lot of tape and caffeinated green tea, she builds a pretty impressive soap box car. Unfortunately, the soap box car is not long for this earth, as the minute Susan turns away, MJ pushes the car in front of a garbage truck. He explains that he doesn't want to be the "weird" kid who is there with his mom and not his dad. He says that everyone has been treating him differently since Mike's death and that there is nothing Susan can do.

Susan can't replace Mike, but she can implore Tom, Ben, Bob and Lee to help MJ build a new soap box car from scratch — one that looks like a Corvette, Mike's favorite car. It stinks that MJ is such a brat about having a bunch of guys help him with the car instead of his mom, but he would obviously stick out like a sore thumb and Susan used way too much tape on that first soap box car for it to be safe for a child to race in. This is a win-win situation, even if MJ doesn't win the derby.

GABY
Gaby is unimpressed with Carlos' new nonprofit job, but her husband does manage to impress one of Gaby's new clients, an elderly widow who was left millions after her husband's recent death. Gaby has one successful day at the department store with Doris and when she invites her over for dinner, Carlos convinces Doris that she should spend the money to give back to the community and donate to charities — like Carlos' nonprofit. When Doris returns all the clothes she bought, Gaby gives Carlos an earful but he's not having it because his work is more important than her's.

Gaby fights with fire and dresses up Carlos' office a lot: think a fine imported rug, a beautiful baby grand piano and a huge antique desk. It's a huge improvement from the Ikea hand-me-down desk in his office  before. Carlos is hardly pleased because Doris comes in, takes one look at his office, and tells him he can try to shakedown another old lady. Carlos comes home to confront Gaby and, instead of apologizing, she says she also had butler lined up for the scheme, but he booked a commercial at the last minute. Gaby explains that it's just part of Carlos' way to act like a shark and want to be competitive with her. He says he wants to be a different kind of person and that he truly was looking out for his nonprofit, but Gaby says he'll never be able to change to anything but a "different kind of shark."

RENEE
As their wedding planning kicks into high gear, Renee comes across Ben's subpoena for Bree's murder trial and realizes he knows more than he's letting on — a lot more. She tells him to get lost until he's ready to tell her everything because she's still scarred from her first husband who lied to her. Ben comes back in a few days, and explains that while her first husband lied to her to hurt her, he's lying to her to protect her from getting involved in the case and becoming some sort of accomplice. She explains that once they are married, they'll be protected by spousal privilege and demands that Ben fess up as soon as they tie the knot. How romantic! But Renee is usually such a control freak — will she really let this slide so easily once Bree's trial kicks into full gear?

So what did you think of the third-to-last episode of Desperate Housewives? Do you like Tripp and Bree's chemistry together? (The correct answer is yes). Or do you think her love life should be taking the backseat right now? Should Lynette keep dating Gregg, or it just a matter of time before he figures out how in love with Tom she still is? Will Carlos be able to change his old shark mentality for his new career? And what the heck is going to happen when Bree's trial starts? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below!

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On this week's episode of Desperate Housewives, Bree starts to fall for her lawyer as the date for her murder trial nears. Lynette accepts a date from Tom's boss, Gregg. Susan tries to build a soap box car with MJ so he won't miss out on father-son activities. Gaby and Carlos fight over a wealthy old widow. And Renee starts to get more suspicious about what Ben knows about the accusations against Bree.

BREE
Pre-trial hearings begin for Bree's murder trial, but, because this is Desperate Housewives, Bree is more concerned with flirting with her charming lawyer, Tripp, than staying out of jail. Tripp, as it turns out, could not be more different than Bree. He's sued the NRA three times, he talks about prostitutes and sex casually and uses the word "sucks" over lunch — how absurd! Although Bree is a "champion of conservative values," Tripp learns about Bree's slutty phase when the prosecution lists many of... read more

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