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"Desperate Housewives" Recap: Episode 22, "What Would We Do Without You?"

"Desperate Housewives" Recap: Episode 22, "What Would We Do Without You?"

Whoa. What started out as a typical over-the-top episode of "Desperate Housewives" ended on a very sobering note last night. Susan and Gaby fight over wedding dates and florists while Edie tricks Carlos into moving in with her. Lynette and Tom finally blow open the Rick the Sexy Sous Chef issue, but end up having to face an even more challenging reality. Oh, and still no sign or mention of Bree. Bree who?

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The episode begins on the one year anniversary of the date that Mike was supposed to propose to Susan before he unexpectedly got ran over by Orson. Mike recreates the scene at the trailer where the proposal was supposed to have taken place last year. Susan can't wait for him to say the words and ends up blurting out a proposal before Mike even has a chance. Never mind that they just got back together five days ago, Susan and Mike are now engaged. The very next morning Susan starts to work on planning the wedding. Since she had just called off her wedding to Ian five days earlier, planning is easy: The only thing to change is the groom's name from Ian Hainsworth to Mike Delfino. Piece of cake!

However, Susan finds out that Gaby has now scheduled her wedding to Victor Laing on the very same date. Susan also discovers that not only did Gaby take the date, she took the florist, caterer and swing band to boot! Naturally Susan and Gaby get into a huge fight that ends with Susan throwing the "stolen" centerpieces right at Gaby's head.

Later that night in a somewhat tipsy state, Susan and Gaby decide to share the wedding date and have a double ceremony! (Also, in a slightly awkward moment, Gaby tells Susan that if she were a lesbian she would "totally do her." Not sure where that came from, but okay.) The next morning Gaby and Susan each wake up and realize that a double ceremony is a terrible idea. Mike tells Susan to tell Gaby that he is refusing to share the day — an act of chivalry so huge on Mike's part that Susan's doubts about rushing into things too quickly disappear. Phew!

Meanwhile over at Gaby's, Victor firmly tells Gaby that since he is mayor of the town, he refuses to share his wedding day with Gaby's "friend and her ex-convict fiance." Gaby suddenly realizes that Victor's attention to detail in planning their wedding is really just about his image. Hmmm, what was that I was saying last week about us seeing a more evil Victor Laing emerge?

Now, I am still not buying the Edie/Carlos storyline, but here goes anyway. Edie invites Carlos to move in with her but Carlos gently tells Edie that he likes her but that he is not in love with her. No matter. Edie simply takes it upon herself to get Carlos evicted from the house and convinces him to stay with her by giving him a pregnancy scare. Carlos, who has been wanting a baby forever, gets excited about the prospect of a baby, and though the pregnancy test is negative, Edie sees what a dramatic effect this almost-news had on Carlos. She suggests they try to have a baby together, and Carlos agrees to the plan, saying he's "tired of waiting for his life to start." In the end we see Edie slip her birth control pill in to her mouth, since she has no intention of having a baby.

As for Lynette and Tom, their scenes have a completely different feel than the rest of the episode. Lynette is in genuine pain about the departure of Rick (The Sexy Sous Chef) and can't bring herself to have a civil conversation with Tom. Tom says that if they can't talk, then they could at least have sex. Lynette agrees, but as they are wrestling, she falls off the bed and cracks her head on the nightstand. At the hospital, Lynette tells Tom that she fired Rick because he admitted that he had feelings for her. Tom asks Lynette point-blank if she has feelings for Rick, and though Lynette does not admit to having feelings for Rick, Tom can see the answer through her tears. Lynette and Tom are overcome with emotion, since this is the hardest thing they have had to deal with in their marriage... until the doctor comes out and tells them that the CAT scan revealed swelling in Lynette's lymph nodes and they need to test her for lymphoma, a kind cancer.

Photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.

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