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Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode Four: "Back in Business"

Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode Four: "Back in Business"

Ah, jealousy. Even your closest friends harbor jealousy toward you when you are successful, according to this week's episode of Desperate Housewives. As Bree's book is about to hit shelves, there seems to be a ripple effect of jealousy and resentment hitting all of her friends — and even Orson. But as the voice of Mary Alice soothes at the end, the way to deal with so much jealousy is to "simply share what you have."

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Susan — I have written in my notes from last night, "Susan = mentally deficient??" Who on earth would instruct her kid to purposely fall off his bike just so his dad's feelings aren't hurt? When Mike realizes that MJ is starting to regard Jackson as a father figure, Mike feels threatened and buys MJ a bicycle, saying he'll teach MJ how to ride it the following week. Of course, as Susan points out (and as she maybe should have pointed out in the first place?), you can't give a five-year-old a bicycle and tell him not to learn how to ride it. So, MJ begs Jackson to teach him, and when Susan finds out, she instructs MJ to purposely fall off the bike when Mike comes over so Mike can feel like he's really helping MJ learn how to ride. This causes MJ to injure his arm (nice going, Mom!) and Susan and Mike have a frank conversation about the realities of parenting as a divorced couple. Then, in the end, Mike moves into Mary Alice's old house on Wisteria Lane, so now I guess he can watch Jackson parent his kid up close.

Bree — Bree's having a time of great career success: her book is about to be published and she has been named Businesswoman of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. However, sensing resentment from her friends, she downplays it all (that scene with her finding out about the Businesswoman of the Year made me mad; I hate it when women downplay their accomplishments just to make other people feel more comfortable). Meanwhile, Orson is trying to find a new job and when he suggests to Bree that he become her business partner, Katherine makes it clear that she will leave if Orson comes on board. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Bree turns Orson down. Later Bree confides in Lynette that "there is nothing successful about me!" And she wonders if all the success is worth it if her friends are jealous, Katherine is resentful, and Orson is sleeping in the guest bedroom after feeling snubbed by his wife. In the end, Bree gets a loyal pep talk from Lynette and decides to bring Orson on as her partner. I really liked that this episode ended on that sweet note: Orson opening up the box with the chef's hat inside and climbing back in bed next to Bree.

Lynette — Lynette, in fact, is quite jealous of Bree and she decides to try and rework the marketing strategy in place for Bree's book. But when Bree rejects Lynette's ideas and decides to stay with the original marketing plan (which was cooked up by Lynette's former assistant — who now has his own company), Lynette drinks herself silly and makes a big scene just before Bree is named Businesswoman of the Year. Later Lynette goes to Bree and they talk it out: Bree is conflicted about her own success, Lynette is envious of Bree's success but vows to stand by her.

Gaby — Gaby decides that she and Carlos need to get Juanita invited to a weekly play date so she and Carlos can have some time alone to have sex. But then Juanita witnesses them "wrestling" (which, disturbingly, Gaby allows Juanita to think is something during which Daddy hurts Mommy?) and tells all the kids at the play date all about the facts of life. So, no more play dates — in any capacity — for any of the Solises.

Edie — Honestly, sometimes when Dave's face is on the screen, I have to look away. He just gives me the heebie-jeebies. We're getting closer and closer to understanding his deal: he lashes out at Edie one day when he apparently hasn't taken his meds. Later he tries to make it up to her by buying Mary Alice's old house, which Edie somehow decided they should buy and rent out. Of course, Dave is not someone with very pure motives, and he bought the house mostly so he could lure Mike back to Wisteria Lane, as he clearly seems to be zeroing in on Mike as his target for. . . something.

Next week we're promised all sorts of salacious details about the five years we haven't seen. I look forward to some answers in that regard, how about you?

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Empathica Empathica 8 years
Oh, and I'm really looking forward to next week. I love flashbacks on DH, think it's done so cleverly.. even if it's by two or three days like in the episode 'Bang'. Looking forward to seeing a few gaps being filled in.
Empathica Empathica 8 years
I think DH is still on top form. I thought it declined in Season 3, yes, but picked itself back up in Season 4. It still makes me laugh out loud... Katherine in Episode 4, for example, "I didn't say that... I said you'd never change" after Bree says she won't become stuck up. Episode 4 was very good, ended on a very nice note. The change in the 5 years is very startling though. Bree used to be my favourite but at the moment, despite Susan's terrible parenting skills, I think she is my favourite - either her or Katherine, who I feel has been underused in Season 5 so far. Otherwise, as said, Sunday's episode was good. The garage band storyline isn't doing much for me so far, but the story with Juanita was hilarious - I love Gabby and Carlos's kids. As for Dave, he is INCREDIBLY creepy and I also have to look away when he's on the screen. They seem to be much more subtle with this years mystery. Last year we had a lot of clues building up with Katherine, as by Episode 4 we had the chip in the floor and Lily's note that was left. However, with Dave, it all seems to be very amibgious and his motives are really unclear. The obvious thing would be for him to get back at Susan and Mike if he were the husband/father of those who died in the accident, but if so, I'll be very dissapointed as that's too obvious. I really don't think he's after Mike. Has anyone considered this possible theory - Dave WILLIAMS. Possible relation to George Williams? In Which case, he'd be after Bree for letting George die? Good theory I think, but it would annoy me for Bree to be involved in the mystery yet again. I think being held at gunpoint twice is overkill enough.
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 8 years
Is it me or is Housewives' quality been in decline since the start of the show? I really don't care too much about what happened. The only good thing is Dave the creepy guy and Lynette, finding her old drive again, and not being a victim of something for once. (her open admission of jealously is courageous). The thing that I am most concerned is the quality of the writing. It's just not sharp anymore. The laughs are contrived and forced. Yikes! At least Ugly Betty, and Grey's Anatomy (The Brave new world episdeo) are still funny, and laugh out loud funny.
debbie00486 debbie00486 8 years
Dave really gives me the creeps. He's trying to involve Mike and Tom and making him and Edy stay in Wisteria Lane. I'm just wondering what it's leading up to. Also very much looking forward to the next episode. =)
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
My thoughts... Susan: I can relate to the "lens cap" line....I have book smarts, but not common sense :P However, she acted really stupid when she told MJ to fall off his bike on purpose. Mike shouldn't have given MJ the bike in the first place if he was going to make him wait to learn how to ride, but what Susan did was just dumb. I felt so bad when MJ ended up in the hospital. That last scene between Susan and Mike at the hospital made me wish that they were still together. Bree: I understand where Orson is coming from but he acted like a big baby when he didn't get his way. Maybe it's because I'm not a man, but I just don't understand the bruised ego. He should be happy for Bree's success, she shouldn't have to give into Orson so that he would move back into the bedroom with her. Lynette: She's been irritating me lately, but she was funny when she was drunk. I wish she would get back into marketing. Her kids are all in school now, so she doesn't have to be a stay-at-home mom anymore right? Gabby: That part where Juanita walked in on them having sex was just disturbing. Ugh. Edie: Wow Dave is crazy. And I agree with others who said that he is probably the husband/father of the woman & child who died. I wonder what he has planned for Mike. Can't wait for next week's episode! It looks so good.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
I forgot. Most priceless line from last night. Gabby "What am I supposed to say? Mommy rides Daddy like a mechanical bull for jewelry." HA! Loves it!
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
I thought this was a great episode and I was glad it dealt with heavier things (how does a woman balance success/relationships) without being so slapstick. For me though, the mystery is kind lame right now, with none of the signature spookiness of season one. I won't love this show again until that wonderful macabre/ Martha Stewart vibe returns...
CYL CYL 8 years
Ugh Susan bothered me less last night...but that is not saying much since she usually infuriates me. Bree ..I can identify :P
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Mike's the target because Dave is the father of the child killed in the accident. Not a spoiler, just my theory. I didn't mind Susan at all last night, and I usually hate her. I wouldn't have told my kid to take a dive or anything, but she was more vulnerable instead of stupid last night. I loved the lens cap line.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
Why is Mike always the target? lol It was a good episode, but I'm really looking forward to next weeks :) lovemoi, you've never made a mistake like that?
lovemoi lovemoi 8 years
Umm... the five year jump already happened krystalmak. And also about Susan's brain defiency, waht about how Mike was late to the parent/teacher night and Susan told him he missed the performance and Mike was like "i reminded you to film it" and Susan was like "but you didn't tell me to take off the lens cap," seriously, how dumb can she be????
krystalmak krystalmak 8 years
Susan and Mike!!! Omgosh. I hope they get back together??? Seems so unlikely. I'm looking forward to the 5 year forward jump
ep24 ep24 8 years
this show jumped the shark a while ago...
mcpro26 mcpro26 8 years
Smiley, I told my husband on the first episode this season that I thought that is who dave is and I think it might be. It would make sense...
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Bree was excellent last night, as was Juanita! She really has a knack for making me smile. Dave IS really creepy; at first I thought he was targeting Mrs. McCluskey, but now it does seem that he's focusing in on Mike. Looking forward to next week's "fill in the gaps" episode and to seeing how the Bree/Orson/Katherine relationship works out. Great recap, Buzz.
ildergreier ildergreier 8 years
I recognize the envy part...
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I need to catch up, I'm two episodes behind!
smileyface smileyface 8 years
This episode was really good. It has quite a few laugh out loud moments. I thought Bree looked so cute in her glasses. And I think that MJ is the cutest kid and Juanita is so funny, I love her. Can't wait to see what happened during those 5 years we missed. Oh and I think the person who posted before that Dave is the husband/father of the mom and daughter who were killed in the car accident with Susan and Mike might be right! I can't wait to figure out what his deal is...
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