Last night's Desperate Housewives was highly informative, with flashbacks to the real story of Alma and Orson. It turns out Alma is alive and well and that she left Orson without any kind of real fight — and certainly without violence. Orson, in fact, was relieved to be rid of Alma, as he was then free to enjoy his extramarital affair with Monique. So, apparently Orson was not actually lying to Bree when he told her on their wedding day that he didn't kill Alma. Whether or not he played a part in Monique's death, however, remains to be seen.
Alma shows up on Bree and Orson's doorstep and Bree, of course, invites her in for tea. She tells Bree she feels it's "time to make amends," and Bree uses Alma's reappearance to her advantage by hosting a dinner party in which she unveils Alma to her friends, proving that her husband is certainly not a murderer.
Unfortunately, Susan has already called Detective Ridley to tell him about Orson's stint at the mental institution when he was 17, making him again a suspect in Monique Pollier's death.
The police arrive during the dinner party to Bree's shock and dismay. Susan offers weakly, "I didn't know they'd come tonight." Susan has succeeded in casting suspicion on someone besides Mike but in the process tainted her friendship with Bree.
Also, anyone notice how, in last night's episode, Bree was always shown from the chest up? That's because the show was taped when Marcia Cross was quite pregnant! Anyway, for more juicy recap details
Susan goes to the police station one last time to tell Mike about his new expensive lawyers, saying she can't visit him anymore because it makes Ian uncomfortable. Later, we see Mike in the prison cafeteria, and who's sitting nearby but Paul Young! When Ian finds out that Susan went to see Mike one last time, he's extremely upset, but during Susan's frustrated explanation, she yells "I love you!" That seems to make everything perfectly okay again.
It looks like the daughters of Bree and Susan are about to be feuding as well. Julie holds out on sleeping with Austin, but Andrew helpfully informs her that if a guy seems to be okay with not having sex, he's definitely getting action from someone else. Danielle "Van De Tramp" (hee hee) sweetly tells Julie she should hang on to that virginity of hers just as long as she pleases. In the end we learn that the person Austin's been lovin' on the side is none other than Van De Tramp herself!
In the saddest storyline, Lynette makes good on her promise to take care of Tom and Nora's daughter, Kayla, who comes to live with the Scavos. Kayla resists Lynette's best efforts to bond, however, by playing power games with her. That scene when Lynette's three boys drag the screaming Kayla into the car was pretty unsettling, though I suppose Lynette had come to the end of her rope. In the end, we find out that Kayla blames Lynette for her mom's death and tells Tom that she will never love Lynette.
Gaby's new man, Bill, is such a nice guy he bores her. Frankly, he bored me a little, too. Carlos and Gaby use the nice man as a game piece in their little back-and-forth flirty fighting until Nice Guy gets sick of Gaby's fixation on her ex-husband and calls it quits. Gaby receives a basket of pink roses from an admirer and assumes it's Carlos. In a super adorable scene, Carlos proves it wasn't him, as he knows her too well to send her pink roses: sunflowers to cheer her up, irises for the flu, and white orchids because those are her favorites. Swoon!
At the end of the episode, Alma Hodge decides to move into a house on Wysteria Lane where she believes the morals to be good and the friendships to be lasting. Ha! Tune in next Sunday for a new episode, and until then, take this quiz to find your inner Desperate Housewife.
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