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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?

To hear all about it,

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.

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kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
God is that Victor in the top picture? He looks NOT cute whatsoever.. whats with all the girls engaged and then getting married right away?
uacosj uacosj 10 years
I dont want Gabby to marry Victor!
Bonfire Bonfire 10 years
Hey careyjr3 go easy on the Buzz-ster!!!! Another great recap! I also don't like Carlo and Eddie together. Carlos and Gaby really belong together- even though (like other's have mentioned) Gaby is soooooo self centered. I was so mad when Susan was going over with the wine to apologize to her! No wonder Carlo's puts up with Eddies manipulations though, he is used to it from being married to Gaby. In the previews Carlos looks like he might be interrupting Gaby's wedding which would be cool. I also can't wait to get Bree back- how gorgeous does she look in the preview!
aras8218 aras8218 10 years
Buzz I love your recaps! I missed D.H this week and I knew I'd get a detailed review from you.
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 10 years
I love the scenes with Gabby and Susan. Funny. I'm glad they have that relationship that they can't be mad at each other for long. It sucks Lynette and Tom's relationship is sort of falling apart but the Lymphoma scare is bringing them together even that's a horrible way to go.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
Hey caryjr3 — I'm not saying "over-the-top" in the negative sense. I really like "Desperate Housewives," which is why I recap it. But it really is ridiculous — in a fun way. :)
smarler smarler 10 years
Bree is in the previews for next week, so I'm assuming we'll see her again then. Although, I'm kind of ticked that they ruined the surprise.
careyjr3 careyjr3 10 years
I am soooo tired of whoever writes these reviews putting down this show. Who cares if it's over the top? I mean, look at all the other ridiculous shows out there! Anyway, I hope Gabby and Carlos get back together! And I can't wait to see Bree!!!!
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
honey... i don't think the marriage will last either. i think the marriage will happen but something will screw it up...i'm thinking something from victors past.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
I missed Bree too!!! I'm so excited to see her! I wonder why everyone gasped? Maybe they'll show her pregnant with Orson's baby? Or maybe she had some plastic surgery? I don't think this marriage of Gaby and Victor will take place she might leave him at the altar or they'll break up right away. They just look kind of odd toguether and she's still in love with Carlos and he with her. Just when I think Edie might have a heart she pulls something like she did last night EVIL!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
The final scene with Lynnette and Tom was heartbreaking; they have struggled through so much, yet all else pales in comparison to this. Susan grabbed some of my sympathy too last night; Gaby, as usual, was focused on self. She may have met her match in Victor. (Wonder if she sees any of her own superficiality in him?) The awkward exchange between Gaby and Susan was funny, though; as much as their friendship is tested, they really do care about each other. Not sure I care much about Carlos and Edie; she certainly is a manipulator supreme. So glad to see Bree in next week's previews; can't wait to see how she muddles up the mix. I've missed her.
sailvivere sailvivere 10 years
haven't lynette and tom dealt with enough?!
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
oh and "(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.)" ... she said that b/c they were talking about "getting married together" then gaby said [after susan gave her a weird look] "no...not to eachother!"
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
I would have KILLED Gaby if I were Susan and Brie looked AMAZING in the preview for next weeks episode!!!
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