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Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode Three, "Kids Ain't Like Everyone Else"

Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode Three, "Kids Ain't Like Everyone Else"

Here's what I liked best about this week's episode of Desperate Housewives: the faceoff between fellow housewives Gaby and Susan! It's good to shake things up a bit and have the housewives literally at each other's throats. I do think that if that fight were real, Gaby would win for sure. Low center of gravity and all that. Anyway, the theme of the episode was obviously "bullies," and each storyline fell into the theme in one way or another.

To chat about the episode,


Susan — Poor little MJ (who is, in my opinion, one of the most adorable kids on TV) is being bullied by a girl, and not just any girl — Juanita Solis. When Mike refuses to teach MJ how to fight (because if it wears a skirt, apparently, you can't fight it), Susan is annoyed and declares that "if feminism means anything it's that it's OK for a big mean girl to get her butt kicked." Um . . . yeah. Sure. So, she takes matters into her own hands — literally — and shoves Juanita to the ground (does it make me a bad person that I thought this part was really, really funny?). Of course, Gaby rushes over and she and Susan throw down over their kids' throwdowns. Later the two make up and toast each other for being such good moms.

Bree — So Danielle's grown up to be a hippie-esque, home-schoolin' vegetarian. Interesting. Of course, Bree is conflicted because while she's happy to see her grandson Benjamin again, she can't deal with the way Danielle is raising him. Nobody rocks a horrified expression quite like Bree, and this episode allowed her to do so often. Unable to change her daughter's mind about raising Benjamin as a vegetarian, she devilishly sneaks the boy a hot dog (well, two, actually) which he later regurgitates right in front of Bree's entire dinner party (is it me, or is it really odd that Bree's dinner guests include Mrs. McCluskey, Edie. and Dave, but not one of the three original housewives?). Danielle and her husband take Benjamin and leave in a huff, after which Orson accuses Bree of not trying hard enough to keep Benjamin.

Lynette — In the past few episodes, it's seemed that when they try to give Lynette a storyline that doesn't include huge crises, it just comes out lame. Tom starts playing bass in the garage with creepy Dave on drums, and Lynette has a major problem with this . . . why? I didn't quite get that. Anyway, the woman sets it up so that Tom will run over his own guitar (I'm not even a musician but that scene made even my soul die a little — you don't just run over a guitar like that!). But then Dave comes by with a brand new bass, which he tells Lynette to give to Tom and thank her lucky stars that her husband's mid-life crisis isn't more destructive. It's a good thing she gives the guitar to Tom outside on the front porch so Dave could see the exchange as he cycles by the house. Sheesh.

Gaby — Poor Gaby. Navigating the trials and tribulations of motherhood while also becoming accustomed to a less fancy lifestyle is intensely difficult for her. She and Carlos sell their beautiful car and then Gaby buys Andrew Van de Camp's old, beat-up vehicle, only to find out the car needs a new radiator — which Andrew refuses to pay for. Meanwhile, turns out Gaby's larger-than-average daughter Juanita (who, according to Susan, "could take down a small deer") has been bullying Susan's son MJ. After Gaby and Susan trade insults over each other's kids, they end up wrestling on the lawn before making up over a pitcher of screwdrivers. Susan suggests that Gaby should "get mad more often," so Gaby later threatens to run her car into Andrew's shiny new one unless he ponies up the money for the new radiator. I loved this little moment of triumph for Gaby.

Edie — Well, Dave just keeps getting weirder and creepier, doesn't he? As McCluskey goes sniffing around Dave's past, he starts to seem shadier to everyone, and even Edie is confused as to why she doesn't know any details about her own husband's past — including where he went to college! When Mrs. McCluskey and Katherine successfully manage to raise Edie's suspicions enough that she asks Dave where he went to school in front of everybody, he shuts her down with a story about how he never went to college and is embarrassed about that. Basically, Edie's now guilted into not asking any more questions, and Dave plants the seed in her mind that Mrs. McCluskey is becoming senile.

More drama to come, obvs. What did you think of this episode?

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dannynosabe dannynosabe 8 years
im dying to know whats the brand of the fabulous pale pink blouse bree wears at dinner on this episode, anyone knows by chance?
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
schnappycat - I also agree with you, Jamie from One Tree Hill is so adorable and precocious! But something is weird about his front teeth this season..its really bothering me. Anyway, I think the boys who play MJ and Benjamin are really cute too. I loved Susan and Gaby's fight - it was hilarious. And I don't really mind when Susan pushed Juanita, she didn't do it hard and Juanita was being really mean to MJ for no reason. I really miss Mike with Susan, I don't think Susan goes well with Gale Harold's character. It was great to see Danielle all grown up, and as a hippie no less! She seems to have gotten her act together for the most part, but I don't like that Benjamin calls her "Danielle." I think that's odd. I also thought it was weird that Bree cared so much about Benjamin eating meat. It's NOT that big of a deal. Lynette is really controlling and rude, I don't think a lot of men would want to be married to her. I don't see anything wrong with her husband being in a band, and I don't like how she blamed it on Penny. And I agree Buzz, it was very contrived that she would give Tom the new guitar on the front porch. Who does that? And Lynette's hair should be longer by now. Look at Natalie Portman's hair, she had it shaved off like 3 years ago and now its longer than shoulders. I also someone who did chemo less than a year ago and her hair has grown much faster than Lynette's. I miss when Gabby had money, I know its supposed to make her more "real" because she is struggling with money issues, weight gain, and taking care of two kids but I feel really bad for her and I miss the old Gabby a little bit. Dave seriously creeps me out. And I really hope he doesn't harm Mrs. McCluskey's cat! That would be cruel.
sunny1intucson sunny1intucson 9 years
Lynette's character has been acting lame lately. But other than that, I have to admit I've been enjoying the new episodes. I also thought it was kind of funny when Susan pushed Gaby's daughter.
Ashenturtle Ashenturtle 9 years
I wasn't happy with Lynette either in this episode. I also agree with schnappycat, I'm worried for Toby, creepy Dave needs to leave the kitty out of it!
spacebear spacebear 9 years
lynette always had a daughter - penny i think. and then tom's daughter who they took away at one point. What i want to know is whats up with lynettes hair...its almost looking like a wig(?) but its been more than 5 years since her remission.
nikecold nikecold 9 years
Ummm where the hell did Lynette suddenly pick up a daughter ???
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 9 years
I agree with you schnappycat Jaime from One Tree Hill has every television kid beat in the cuteness quotient. Also, I don't understand why they are turning Lynette into the ultimate nag. She needs to get a hobby or something!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great recap, Buzz! I sure hope it doesn't make you a bad person for enjoying Susan's shove of Juanita since I, too, thought this was one of the funniest scenes of the night. Susan and Gaby bonding over wine and toasting good parenting was a touching moment. Lynette annoys me this season; she needs to be thankful for what she has. I was surprised that Bree fed Benjamin the hot dogs but it may have had something to do with answering his question about what Danielle was eating in the picture she showed him while they were sitting on the bench; not a rational decision, but a revenge against Danielle moment. And Dave is just creepy and intriguing. I enjoy the tension he adds and look forward to seeing how his story line plays out.
emms emms 9 years
I'm really sick of Gaby being unglamorous and broke. When is she going to get herself together?? Seeing her drive that crummy car around broke my heart! I was also surprised when Bree decided to give Ben the hot dog. Remember on the the VERY FIRST episodes when Danielle and Andrew were complaining at the dinner table that their friends Mom's make pork and beans for dinner and Bree always has to make a five course gourmet meal? That might have been the pilot episode in fact. Anyway, HELLO!? THAT Bree would never have given that kid a hot dog. So, either Bree's character has grown, or the writers forgot about continuity. Lynette is such a hag. She is always on Tom's back, I would hate being married to her!
littlebmac littlebmac 9 years
I agree that the little boy who played MJ was adorable but so was the little boy who played Benjamin, Danielle's son. It just broke my heart when I saw how Bree and Orson miss him so much.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
I loved it! I still don't get why Bree would choose a hot dog to feed him. That has NO nutritonal value. Why would she be so against her grandson being vegetarian? odd.
smileyface smileyface 9 years
This was a good episode. IT definitely has a few lol moments. So mad that Lynette set her own daughter up. But also glad to see her, cause I was wondering what happened to her since she wasn't seen or even mentioned in the first 2 episodes. Bree as always is hilarious in her trying to be proper shenanigans, and I agree with Buzz that no one can pull off a horrified look quite like Bree. Can't wait for more drama to come!
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
MJ is cute, but not nearly as cute as Jackson Brundage, who plays little Jamie on One Tree Hill. Dave creeps me out. After last week, I really worry about McCluskey's little kitty.
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