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Desperate Housewives Episode: "Being Alive"

Season 6, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: The Bolens face suspicion on Wisteria Lane. Meanwhile, Lynette keeps a secret from Susan; Gaby gives her niece Ana (Maiara Walsh) tips on how to get a guy to notice her; Bree's concerned about the effect of her affair with Karl on Susan; and Angie Bolen (Drea de Matteo) is determined to protect her son Danny (Beau Mirchoff) and the family's dark past.
Original Air Date: Oct 4, 2009

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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "Being Alive" Season 6, Episode 2

On Sunday's episode of Desperate Housewives, we find out what happened to Julie Meyer. Her attacker is still at large, but the neighbors' suspicions focus on Danny Bolen, with whom Julie appeared to have a perhaps-rocky relationship. Also, Susan helps Lynette make a very important decision. Bree's secret weighs on her. Angie, ever the protective mother, comes up with a plan involving Ana to cover for her wayward son — that is, until Gaby catches wind of it. Oh, and Katherine might have gone completely around the bend, sanity-wise, this week.

MRS. MCCLUSKEY

Mrs. McCluskey has a new boyfriend, y'all! She and Ray Bender (guest star Orson Bean) are a cute couple, and Karen is actually quite charming when she's lovestruck. The pair is out taking a stroll when they discover Julie Meyer lying in the grass.

BREE

Bree and Karl totally lurve doing it. That is all.

After Julie is attacked, though, Bree thinks they need to redouble their efforts to keep their affair secret, so as not to hurt Susan. When they sneak a kiss in the Julie's hospital room, Julie momentarily wakes up, opens her eyes, sees them and asks: "Dad?"

Bree spends the rest of the episode freaking out, first quizzing the doctor on what coma victims remember in those brief moments of lucidity. Then, she fumbles through an inquisition of Susan about Katherine going out with Mike, as if to judge how she might react to Bree sleeping with her other ex. Needless to say, it doesn't go well. What if Katherine had slept with, say, Karl, for whom Susan no longer has feelings? Bree asks. "No, that would never happen," Susan replies. "Katherine is a lady; she's not one of those dumb skanks who would fall for Karl's come-ons." Heh.

Despite the rift Bree knows her deception could cause, when Karl presents Bree with his motel-room key, she takes it. Never mind what was said earlier. We all know that Bree isn't a skank, and this was not a sleazy come-on. They might enjoy having sex, but they're also falling in love.

KATHERINE

Katherine is at Chez Hodge to tell Bree she's taking the morning off, but a hungover Orson answers the door. An oddly chipper Katherine (remember, she stormed the church just yesterday) tells Orson that her good mood is due to the fact that she knows that Mike and Susan aren't going to last. Um, OK. "He doesn't really love Susan; he just feels sorry for her," she says. "He'll be back."

She brings Mike and Susan a casserole, and then she makes sexy eyes at him, hugs him inappropriately and tries to kiss him. "Just letting you know I'm here for you," she says with a creepy smile. "Anytime."

Since Katherine and Orson appear to be BFFs all of a sudden, she pays him another visit to put a finer point on her "Mike and Susan aren't going to last" theory. She lies to Orson and says that Mike made a pass at her. Orson is naturally incredulous. "It may be their first day [of marriage]," she says, "but he's clearly having second thoughts." She also gilds the lily by asking Orson not to mention anything to Bree, because she would just hate it if the news got back to Susan. Uh-huh. Where could she possibly be going with this?

LYNETTE

The kids hear Lynette puking, but she covers by saying she had some bad shellfish. She tells Tom she doesn't want to tell anyone until the end of the first trimester, but he suspects, rightly, that she has other reasons for keeping it secret.

At the hospital, Lynette reveals that Julie told her that she might be pregnant. Susan is obviously angry by this betrayal, and when Lynette tries to explain why she kept Julie's confidence, it only makes it worse.

Lynette attempts to make amends with Susan, successfully as it turns out. It's just that Susan can't understand why Julie went to Lynette instead of her own mother to tell her about this "complicated" guy with whom she was involved. By means of explication, Lynette tells Susan that she's pregnant — and all the attendant doubts that she's having. Susan does her best, under the circumstances, to understand, but really all she can say is how much she loves being a mother. Without even knowing it, she's helped Lynette come to terms with her pregnancy. So, in the end, she finally gives her family the good news. 

GABY

Ana has the hots for Danny, but he, like most teenage boys, is aloof. Gaby offers her advice: ignore him.

But Ana has other ideas. When the cops come to question Ana about Julie's attack, she tells them she snuck out by climbing down the trellis to meet Danny for some brewskis. Gaby realizes she's lying when her gardener tells her that the decrepit trellis can't hold a person's body weight it's so old. In this week's slapstick moment, Gaby tests the gardener's theory and, with a tumble off the side of the house, discovers that he's right. Gaby drops a dime on Ana, and she changes her tune. She is so grounded.

ANGIE

"Martha Freakin' Stewart, huh?" Angie asks as she squeezes oranges for the morning juice. Nick wants to know where Danny was last night, but he's not getting anywhere. Angie, on the other hand, has a different relationship with her son and gets him to admit that he went out drinking. (Aside: What kind of mother throws a Slushie in another mother's face? Is that good parenting?)

Danny claims that he had nothing to do with Julie's attack, but also that, since he was drunk, he doesn't remember where he was the night before. Nick wants to come up with an alibi for the kid; Angie thinks she should bring Susan and Mike a nice manicotti (she says "manigot" like my Gramps used to) and "get out there and start hugging people."

Gaby tells Angie that Ana is telling the police that she wasn't with Danny on the night of Julie's attack. This sends Angie into panic mode, telling Danny not to waive his Miranda rights, and that they'll send a lawyer down to the station as soon as possible. "Remember, how does a fish get caught?" she asks her son. "He opens his mouth," Danny replies. With that, he's brought in for questioning, as the residents of Wisteria Lane — Susan in particular gives them a choice stinkeye — watch in judgment.

Do you think Danny attacked Julie? Which is your favorite new Wisteria Lane couple: Mrs. McCluskey and Ray or Bree and Karl? Do you like the new unstable Katherine? Will Lynette be a good mother to her twins? Why's John the Gardener back in town next week? And what did you think of Sprint's Another Desperate Housewife ad/minisode?

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On Sunday's episode of Desperate Housewives, we find out what happened to Julie Meyer. Her attacker is still at large, but the neighbors' suspicions focus on Danny Bolen, with whom Julie appeared to have a perhaps-rocky relationship. Also, Susan helps Lynette make a very important decision. Bree's secret weighs on her. Angie, ever the protective mother, comes up with a plan involving Ana to cover for her wayward son — that is, until Gaby catches wind of it. Oh, and Katherine might have gone completely around the bend, sanity-wise, this week.

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