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  • Sunday, October 02, 2005

    Scene by scene summary of YOU COULD DRIVE A PERSON CRAZY

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    1. Mary Alice talks about how Danny Farrell has been a paperboy for 6 months . . .
    2. And we see him toss a paper in a puddle, frustrating Gabrielle.
    3. He tosses a paper in a rosebush, frustrating Bree.
    4. And he tosses a paper on a cat in the sun, frustrating Ida Greenberg.,
    5. Susan sees her paper’s been left in the street. She goes out to get it, as Mary Alice talks about how obnoxious boys like Danny grow up to be obnoxious men . . . like Karl, who Susan sees getting the paper outside Edie’s home. Susan chases after Karl, who admits he’s sleeping with Edie. She forbids him from being with Edie but he doesn’t care about this one bit. As Susan storms off, Danny confronts Susan about a late payment for the newspaper, but Susan’s too angry with Karl to care. Susan tosses her paper at Danny; the paper hits the bike and causes him to crash. Mrs. Greenberg gives Susan a thumbs up as Mary Alice speaks of an enemy of an enemy being a friend….

    ACT I

    1.Mary Alice talks about various things . . . beautiful lawns, families, skirmishes, etc., as we see all these things.
    2. At home, Lynette sees the garbage is piled up. She confronts Tom, who says he cleans every two days. Why doesn’t she see it clean, Lynette wants to know. It always gets messed up before Lynette returns home. She wants him to clean it up, and as she picks up a plate and shows a utensil stuck to it, she makes her point that this is more than clutter.
    3. Bree and Phyllis at the dry cleaner’s, where Phyllis is frustrated the dry cleaner is not waiting on her yet. The dry cleaner gets to them and asks how Bree is, but Phyllis manipulates the situation and melodramatically cries and sobs about losing her son. Bree tries to get Phyllis out of there but she tells someone else that her life’s over now that her son’s dead.
    4. At prison, Gabrielle has checks for Carlos to sign, but she’s frustrated she can’t have control of the money herself. She insists she’d visit anyway, but Carlos doubts this and reminds her of the affair. He forgives her but doesn’t trust her. She wants to know why all rich men are jerks, but he wants to know why all beautiful women are bitches. As their meet ends, they kiss.
    5. As Susan’s doing the laundry, she and Julie talk about Karl and Edie. Julie knows it’s not a one night affair, and it’s been going on since the day after Julie’s birthday party. Susan remembers that was the time when Karl told Susan he still loved her, but she doesn’t tell Julie this. Julie reminds her mother they’re known for telling each other everything, but Susan says they’re known for . . . sharing clothes.
    6. We see the chained hands as they’re banging and clanging in the Applewhite basement.
    7. Upstairs, Matthew wants to know why their captive’s making the noise, and Betty says it’s because he knows it’s annoying. Matthew heads to the basement and yells at him to stop, but Betty reminds him they don’t talk to him: that’s part of the punishment. But why does she listen to it? Because, Betty says, that’s part of her punishment.

    ACT II

    1. At prison, Gabrielle’s meeting with Carlos again and is frustrated because she’ll be late for her hair appointment. Carlos is freaked; a guy named Richie is threatening him for $7,000 because it got out that Carlos is a rich man. Gabrielle’s to take the money to Richie’s girlfriend Rita. Gabrielle doesn’t understand why Carlos can’t handle it . . he did go to college on an athletic scholarship. But, Carlos reminds her, it was for golf.
    2. Mike’s at Susan’s place because he left all his pants there when he was going to move in. He gets them, and then wants to know where they are in their relationship. She doesn’t know, though she confesses she’s still crazy about him. She thinks they should keep things casual . . . see a movie, jogging, shopping . . . he pulls towards her, hoping to take things further, but she pulls away. He exits.
    3. Phyllis ends a tearful conversation on Bree’s phone and then Bree learns she was chatting with Bree’s electrician, who called to offer Bree condolences. Phyllis chastizes her mother-in-law for being too emotional, but Phyllis says Bree is withholding her grief and some wonder if Bree even mourns Rex’s passing.
    4. Gabrielle finds Rita in a rundown home, but when Gabrielle hands over the cash, Rita tosses down the money. As Gabrielle scoops up the money, she gets Rita back outside, where Rita reveals Richie wants Rita to use the money for a boob job. Gabrielle convinces Rita her breasts are fine as is and she should stand up to her husband, who can’t do anything to her from prison. Gabrielle leaves with the money.


    1. Lynette gets out of her car…
    2. Then goes inside to find the house is even more trashed.
    3. Lynette gets into bed with Tom and admits she loaded the dishwasher . . . and had to because the place is so messy. Tom apologizes about his system but Lynette doesn’t want any more talk of the system. Lynette really becomes mad when Tom refuses to change the baby-spittle covered sheets. She pulls off the covers and the sheets and hits her husband with a pillow.
    4. Lynette ends up on the couch. She watches TV and sees a bunch of mice…
    5. And so, the next day, Lynette brings home a mouse and places it inside her house.
    6. Susan approaches Betty outside and asks about the banging going on inside Betty’s house. Betty claims to be clueless but when the banging continues Betty says Matthew’s been doing projects at home and she’ll talk to Matthew about it. Betty politely excuses herself from talking with Susan.
    7. Bree and Phyllis are at a restaurant where Bree can’t get a hold of the insurance agent on the phone. Lynette approaches to ask Bree how she’s doing, but Phyllis becomes emotional again and takes attention away from Bree’s grieving. Bree slaps Phyllis, which shuts her mother-in-law up. Lynette exits and then Bree asks Phyllis if she needs more time with her menu.
    8. Insurance investigator Mr. Flannery is with Rex’s doctor, who’s having second thoughts about Bree even though he’s known Rex and Bree for years. He shows Mr. Flannery the letter Rex wrote to Bree: “I understand and I forgive you.”

    ACT IV

    1. Bree’s gardening when George approaches and says he’s there to kidnap her . . . and take her bowling. But she’s not ready to go anywhere, though she’s grateful for the effort. As they hug, she’s sad and he looks happy . . . and the hug’s witnessed by Phyllis.
    2. At prison, Gabrielle learns Carlos got attacked because Gabrielle didn’t give Rita the money. Gabrielle explains what happened but Carlos demands Gabrielle arrange the payoff anyway. She’ll only do it if she can have control of the checkbook back.
    3. Susan’s in her car to drive off when Edie -- who’s on roller skates -- approaches. Edie claims she feels awful Susan learned about Karl and her, but she taunts Susan about her first date with Karl, and how Karl claims sex with Edie was the best he’s ever had. Susan retaliates by saying Karl told her he still loved Susan. Susan drives off, but, Edie comes along in her skates and confronts Susan, insisting Susan admit she’s lying. When Susan refuses to take back what she said, Susan accidentally backs her car into Edie.

    ACT V

    1. Susan answers her door to find Karl, and she apologizes to him for running down Edie -- whose tibia was shattered. She also cut herself on thorns on the flowers Susan sent. Karl wonders if Susan’s jealous of Edie, and also reveals he moved in with Edie. She wants to be happy for her ex, but wanted to be happy with Mike first, and Karl and Edie are moving in together before she and Mike are. Does Karl love Edie? He doesn’t know, but says he’s never loved another woman like he loves Susan . . . and even now, she’s just down the block from him.
    2. Parker’s glad when Lynette gets out of the car . . . he tells his mom that Tom found a rat.
    3. Inside, Lynette’s happy to find a sparkling clean house. She kisses Tom and feigns surprise about the rat, then follows that with real surprise when she learns he killed the rat.
    4. As Lynette takes the garbage out, she looks into the can and thanks the rat for helping her with Lynette’s marriage.

    ACT VI

    1. Betty’s with a shrink and tells him a story about having an abusive husband, Virgil, who hurt her and then killed her son eight years ago. She claims she hasn’t been able to sleep lately because of nightmares about that. He gives Betty a prescription for drugs.
    2. Bree apologizes to Phyllis for slapping her before Bree goes off to talk with Rex’s lawyer about the will. Phyllis claims all’s forgiven, but as soon as Bree’s gone, Phyllis calls Mr. Flannery -- and tells him Bree has a boyfriend.
    3. Mary Alice talks about how people use various methods to control. Some, like Betty, use deception . . . and we see her place drugs in the food that goes on her prisoner’s tray.
    4. Lynette watches as Tom cleans…
    5. Gabrielle has control of the money…
    6. As Bree and George are together, Mr. Flannery sits outside in his car taking pictures of them together.


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