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    Scene by scene summary of THE SUN WON'T SET

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    TEASER

    1. As we see Betty, Mary Alice informs us she was a gifted woman.
    2. FLASHBACK: Betty as a child playing the piano, where her piano teacher noted her dexterity.
    3. FLASHBACK: Betty in college playing the piano, with her professor praising her rhythm.
    4. FLASHBACK: Betty at her first symphony, where the conductor liked her flair.
    5. In the present, Betty's at her home -- the site of the neighborhood watch meeting, and all the neighbors are there. Mrs. McClusky thinks the area's an easy target, and they should hire security. As they debate this, Betty goes to the piano and begins to play. This distracts everyone away from discussing security, and Mary Alice says Betty's true gift was her timing.



    ACT ONE
    1. Mary Alice tells us Gabrielle had a miscarriage, and now we see her at home. Our narrator says women after a miscarriage don't want to leave their home and want to keep reminders of what they lost. But Gabrielle's not like most people: she puts the baby stuff away and strolls out of her house.
    2. Outside, Gabrielle joins Lynette, Bree, and Susan, who were coming over to get Gabrielle so she could join them for banana bread and coffee. But Gabrielle's swamped with errands and agrees to call them later to arrange a new time. The women are surprised by her lack of grief and also don't think she should return the baby things so soon, but Gabrielle holds firm.
    3. At jail, Carlos surprises Gabrielle by revealing he's hurt his hands thanks to grief over the miscarriage. He's been given tranquilizers because he ripped up his mattress. When he says he came up with 5 names for their child, he's stunned to find she's nonchalant about the miscarriage and she's been shopping. When he questions her grief -- or lack of grief -- he grabs on to her and then goes to leave, as Gabrielle thinks he should have another round of tranquilizers.
    4. Susan approaches Mike's house, as hes' on the roof taking off debris. Is he still going to Sophie's wedding? He's not, and he expresses his displeasure by tossing down his debris near her feet, but Susan doesn't seem to get this. She brings up the book she's writing and mentions her father, a Merchant Marine - but Mike points out the story's impossible as the battle never existed and Merchant Marines only delivered supplies.
    5. Lynette drives home to find the twins playing in the street. As she gets out of the car, Mrs. McClusky says the kids are safe as she's been watching them from her house.
    6. Inside, Lynette shows Tom the kids playing outside, and Tom realizes they got out of bed. The couple argues about his parenting skills, especially as there was a break-in on the street lately. Tom swears he can watch them, but he briefly freaks out when Lynette questions where Penny is -- luckily Penny's still where she was before.
    7. Bree's cutting something out of the newspaper when she turns it over and realizes it's an engagement notice for her and George.
    8. Bree confronts George at the pharmacy about the engagement notice, and he claims he forgot to take it out of the paper. She thinks it will be okay, as people don't read the announcements unless the front page is boring, and luckily enough there was a huge flood in Sri Lanka. He insists she wear the engagement ring if she won't tell people the truth, so she reluctantly puts on the ring before she leaves.

    ACT TWO
    1. A car drives to the Solis home and a man comes out of the car and approaches the home. He startles Gabrielle, and tells her, from outside, that his name is Hector and he's been sent by Carlos to look in on her. She wants him to leave, so he goes out to his car. She locks the door.
    2. Tom shows Lynette that the boys know what to do about strangers. Tom's convinced they're safe but Lynette's sure it will go in one ear and out the other.
    3. Bree's outside when Leila, one of George's exes, approaches. She's read about the engagement and needs to talk to Bree.
    4. Inside Bree's house, Leila tells Bree she dated George for six months. She continues to describe how George became possessive and even set her ex's car on fire. Bree's upset -- with Leila. Bree doesn't believe these stories and tells Leila to leave. Angry, Leila suggests Bree's a good match for George after all.
    5. Sophie's happy Susan finally arrived at her wedding rehearsal. As Sophie and Susan start to march forward, Susan asks about her father, as she couldn't find any evidence of his existence. Morty approaches and learns of the problem. Sophie doesn't want to handle this now, and exits, after first declaring she's a bad mother. Morty tells the minister he does know what he's getting himself into.

    ACT THREE
    1. Morty informs Susan that Sophie went home. She wants to know where her father is, and gets in Morty's car to hear his answer. He has a rambling story about how he lost his virginity in an alley behind a Korean nudie stand, to point out that everyone's done things they're ashamed of. He tells Susan her father's no war hero, and Susan realizes her father and Sophie had a one night stand.
    2. George is stocking stuff at the pharmacy when Bree enters to tell him of Leila's visit. George explains that Leila's a liar who still wants him -- and he can prove it.
    3. George shows Bree the records on Leila, who had antidepressants and antipsychotics. He believed her, he says, because in the beginning you can be blind to your better half's flaws. As Bree leaves, she removes her engagement ring. And we see George wasn't using Leila's records, but someone else's.
    4. Gabrielle comes home to find Hector there. She tells him to go home, as she's going shopping! He thinks she's trying to make up for something, but he's never heard of shopping out the pain. She yells at him.
    5. Betty's suspicious when Matthew goes out. He says he's going to look for Caleb in the park, before Caleb hurts someone else -- and he's talking about Melanie, not Gabrielle.
    6. In the park, Matthew finds Danielle waiting for him.

    ACT FOUR
    1. Sophie's preparing her reception as Susan arrives. Will Susan still be her matron of honor? Yes. Susan understands her mother lied to protect her. They end up hugging.
    2. Lynette sees her co-worker Stu working and tells him she has a job for him. He's excited, as he's ready for more responsibiity. And she tells him she wants him to kidnap her kids.
    3. At home, Lynette brings Tom to the window and they watch the twins outside. Stu drives up and Tom realizes Lynette's brought Stu there to try and kidnap the kids. Stu entices them with various things, none of which works -- until he offers candy. They go to Stu and his car. That's when Mrs. McClusky comes along and uses a taser on Stu, then gets the kids to run away. Lynette's horrified to realize what's happened.
    4. At Morty and Sophie's wedding reception, Morty gives a speech about taking Sophie on a 4 month cruise. Sophie begins her own speech, speaking the praises of Morty and Susan. Then she admits she's a horrible person, as Susan's father was no one night stand; he was 33, married, and Sophie's boss. He dumped her after learning of the pregnancy, and his name's Addison Prudy, but she doesn't know where he is now. Someone at the wedding shouts out that Susan's father works at a feed and supply store. Susan's mad as she realizes her father's lived on the other side of town all these years and she never knew. She storms off and Julie follows. Morty questions whether Sophie's still seeing this man.

    ACT FIVE
    1. Bree's out of it at a restaurant but tells George she's just feeling tired. She explains she's not wearing her ring because the jewel's loose and has to be taken to the jeweler. That's when Ty Grant, Bree's ex, shows up, and George learns Ty and Bree dated in college. George reveals he's engaged to Bree. Bree asks Ty to dance and George is jealous as the dance begins. George cuts in to the dance in hopes of getting Bree to put on her ring again, so Bree gets mad and tells George the engagement's off! George leaves...
    2. And George manages to get Ty's car, and drives away in it.
    3. Hector's peeling an apple outside Gabrielle's home when she arrives. He notices her new haircut and she points out she's had a full makeover. She wants to pay him a thousand dollars to leave, and he agrees, but they'll need to go to the bank to cash her check. When she gets into his car, she realizes there are no handles and she's locked inside. He tells her Carlos didn't send him there to watch over her. And then, he drives off.

    ACT SIX
    1. Hector's brought Gabrielle to a park, where they'll be alone. As he goes to get something from the back of the car, she starts to run away -- until she realizes he's pulled out a balloon. Carlos sent him to help her with her grief, which he knows all about after spending 17 years in prison. She's supposed to release the balloon, which will symbolize her acknowledging and releasing her grief. She claims this is a stupid idea, but as she goes to get it over with, she's apparently overcome with emotion and tells him the names she would have given the child. She lets the balloon rise into the air.
    2. At home, Mike's dog Bongo barks at something outside, and Mike goes to check it outside. What is it? It's Caleb! Mike chases him down and tackles him to the ground. Mrs. McClosky runs up and agrees to go call the police.
    3. The police are there to pick up Caleb, as others look on.
    4. Mary Alice begins her final voice-over speech. We see George as he watches Ty's car burn.
    5. Tom watches his kids as they play outside.
    6. Susan watches her father from her car.
    7. Everyone watches Caleb as he's taken away. Betty puts her hand to her mouth, signaling to Caleb to be quiet. He appears to take the hint as he's taken away.

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