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Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode Six, "There's Always a Woman"

Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode Six, "There's Always a Woman"

Lily Tomlin! Frances Conroy! Hooray for some great new blood on Desperate Housewives! Overall I think this week's episode is better than the others have been thus far this season, but in particular, it's so awesome to see these new ladies reinvigorating the show. Tomlin plays Mrs. McCluskey's saucy, smart-talking sister while Frances Conroy (known to Six Feet Under fans as Ruth Fisher) is a massage client of Carlos's who has a very, ah, "special" relationship with him.

The theme, of course, is "dangerous women." To chat about the goings-on in this episode,


Susan — OK, I'll admit, I think the beginning is really funny with Susan blabbing on and on about Jackson to her new painter, an older man who calls her Suzanne by mistake. Of course, in real life, Susan would be insanely annoying, but this scene made me chuckle. After basically telling Jackson she doesn't see a future with him, Susan's now having second thoughts and she goes to Jackson's apartment to talk. Hearing the shower running, she decides to undress and climb in to surprise him. Sigh. If TV's taught me anything it's that the person showering is rarely who you think it is. Susan hasn't been watching the same shows, though, and she comes upon a woman Jackson picked up at a club. The two exchange insults, Jackson returns to the apartment, Susan yells at him and leaves in a huff. Later, Jackson goes to Susan's and eventually they decide to "start over."

Bree — Poor Katherine! She has a good point: When she and Bree started the business together, they were two lonely women, doing something for themselves. Now Bree has all this success and is one half of a "power couple" with Orson. So, Bree plays matchmaker and sets up Katherine with Peter, a man Orson says is an old college friend. Who else saw the fact that Peter was really a fellow inmate coming a mile away? What I did not see coming, however, is Peter's history of stealing organs. Gross. Katherine looks so happy after her evening with Peter! But Bree breaks the news to her about Peter's past and Katherine breaks things off. In the end, though, it looks like there might be something promising happening between Katherine and Mike. . .

Gaby — I loved this storyline! Carlos inadvertently helps one of his older clients, Virginia Hildebrand (Frances Conroy) have a "happy ending," so to speak, and she tips him very generously. He's done such "wonders" for Virginia, she wants to pay Carlos an extravagant amount to be her personal masseur when she goes to Europe. Gaby, once she finds out about Virginia's happy massages, rejects this idea. . . until Virginia offers to bring Gaby and the girls along and asks if Gaby would like to be her personal shopper. As long as she "doesn't mind being paid in dresses," that is. Of course, this is an offer Gaby can't refuse!

Lynette — Lynette comes upon Tom chatting with an attractive woman (the first "dangerous woman" we learn about in the show) and immediately assumes that Tom is having an affair with her. Turns out, this woman is Anne Shilling, real estate agent and mother to Kirby, a friend of Porter's. She helps Tom find a rehearsal space for the band, but Lynette's suspicion is raised once again when Anne drops by the space to hand off some old furniture — including a futon. When Lynette confronts Tom about this, he assures her that he would never hurt her by having an affair. He spots a condom wrapper on the floor and soon discovers that Porter is actually using the rehearsal space as his own personal love lair. What Tom doesn't know: Porter's lady is actually Anne Shilling! Yikes. Lynette follows Tom to the rehearsal space and spots a messily dressed Anne hurrying out the door. She now thinks her suspicions have been confirmed about Tom and Anne, we last see Lynette angrily packing a suitcase.

Edie, Dave and Mrs. McCluskey — Mrs. McCluskey pretends to be just a frail, sweet little old lady when Edie comes to visit her in the hospital, when in fact, she's recruiting her brassy, sassy sister Roberta (Lily Tomlin) to help her investigate Dave some more. I can't wait to see more of the snooping sisters — they are so fabulous! Later we learn that Dave had a drug addict brother named Steve who was killed in prison by a fellow inmate.

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Empathica Empathica 8 years
I really hope Dave isn't after Mike, and I don't think he is. Mike did kill a guy out of self defence, but that's WHY he went to prison. I know he, Orson AND Carlos have spent time in prison, but surely none of them could have kiled another inmate while in there? I know there was a five year gap, but it would be ridiculous for Orson to have killed a guy and Bree not mentioned it AT ALL since the season began. She said his time in Prison wasn't that bad in Episode 5. I'm wondering whether Dave's little fact is even related to the revenge storyline. It could even be that Dave has some sort of mental illness/schizophrenia where he HIMSELF killed his brother but doesn't remember it because of the tablets he is on? A bit farfetched I know, but we don't know if Dave has been in prison or not. I really don't think it's one of the husbands. This was a pretty good episode, but that Virginia woman is just creepy. Why the hell is she latching herself onto Gabby and Carlos - that just seems bizarre to me. The storyline was pretty good with Tom. I knew it was one of the lads who was actually sleeping with her but even I was convinced it was Tom for a minute there. I can't wait for Lynette's confrontation with the woman next week. I have to say, this season is shaping out quite well, but it's not as strong as four, at the moment. And I'm just desperate for the writers to give Susan a storyline that ISNT about Romance. Her storylines have ALWAYS been about men - Karl, then Mike, then Dr Ron, then Mike again, Ian, Mike again, and now Jackson.
arienne arienne 8 years
I don't think it will end up being Mike who Dave is after. It could be Orson, but my guess is Carlos. Remember how violent he was with Gabby around the time he was in jail?
SexyNeverLeft78 SexyNeverLeft78 8 years
Great, great great ep! I too think Orson may have killed Dave's bro in prison and I love the new additions (especially Ms. Tomlin, YAY!!)
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
oh and I like Katherine with Mike. I really have a heart for her character and want her to be happy. I also like Mike, and Susan is way too crazy for him. Katherine is stable.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I loved this episode! I love all the new characters the most, esp Lilly Tomlin and Dave. Gaby is hilarious again, bc she is not so perfect, like she was in previous seasons, I love her frumpy. Susan, eeeeeeeeeergh, she annoys me, not even going to go there. Lynette? Way to jump to conclusions much!? Why is Tom just not saying anything, you would think a husband and wife would tell each other things about the kids!? :shrug:
cosmic-kisses cosmic-kisses 8 years
drama, drama, drama. unfortunately, the drama doesn't really do me in anymore. I find DH sadly lacking this season. [love] P.S. I don't see any Brothers & Sisters recap. WHY??? just want 2 know.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I thought it was weird how Susan and Jackson just decided to "start over." I'm not really liking them as a couple. And how obvious was it that Jackson wasn't going to be the one in the shower? I felt bad for Katherine, but I hope she doesn't start dating Mike. That seems like a weird pairing. I thought Tom might've been cheating when he hid the condom wrapper, and I felt bad for Lynette. I think the minor dating the milf storyline is a little overplayed though. Remember how Gabby slept with the gardener John in the first season? I have a feeling that the lady that Carlos massages has bad intentions...I don't know what they are though. A trip to Europe sounds like a great idea to me though! I liked having Lily Tomlin on the show...she was fun. I think it's too obvious that Mike would be the one that Dave is after. Maybe it's Orson? He was in jail too, although we didn't hear anything about him killing someone.
canadianchickie canadianchickie 8 years
This was such an awesome episode! I thought that Tom for sure was cheating on Lynette when he hid the condom wrapper from her - but the fact it's their teenage son sleeping with his friends MOM is a pretty interesting storyline! i can't wait to see how lynette will react, and what she'll do to Kirby's mom! I think that Lily Tomlin is going to be the PERFECT addition to the cast! She is hilarious and it seems that she hasn't changed a bit. I've been reading that there's a possibility that it may be Carlos who Dave is after - but all signs do point to Mike at the moment. Did anyone else think that Mike calling Dave out on his weird obsession with the band was awesome!?
kdottt kdottt 8 years
I saw the Dave thing differently . Remember when he got a phone call about his anger ? And how it showed him talking about it , in prison ? I saw it as maybe HE killed his own brother .. But could be wrong !
aras8218 aras8218 8 years
was super excited to see Lily Tomlin at the end of last nights episode and last week and this week's episode's have me tuning in.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I really enjoyed last night's show. Lilly Tomlin and Frances Conroy are the perfect additions to the cast. What a team Roberta and Karen will be! So glad to finally learn more about why Dave is targeting Mike. Lynette and Tom have their hands full with the boys; looking forward to seeing how this plays out. Great recap, Buzz!
smileyface smileyface 8 years
So I guess we know why Dave is after Mike now. Obviously his dead brother was in prison with Mike. This is getting pretty interesting. Love Mrs. McCluskey and her sister. Their scene in the hospital was great. This was a pretty good episode. Laughed out loud a lot :)
littlekaren littlekaren 8 years
Oh, I love Lilly Tomlin!
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