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    TEASER
    1. Mary Alice tells us Bree’s known as a perfect hostess -- and we see a dinner party at her house.
    2. She was known for being prompt…
    3. and for the free flowing liquor…
    4. and for enjoyable anecdotes.
    5. But the perfect hostess gets something imperfect for a change, as she and her guests hear singing from outside. She excuses herself and goes to look outside, where George is singing karaoke.
    6. Outside, Bree confronts George, who refuses to believe it’s over even as she walks away.
    7. Inside, Bree tells her guests to take their seats. She’s going to serve dessert soon. She runs up her stairs…
    8. In her bedroom, Bree gets a rifle from beneath her bed.
    9. She takes it to the window and then shoots at George’s car, as Mary Alice says Bree knew how to handle guests -- including unwanted ones.

    ACT ONE

    1. Mary Alice talks of children believing that good guys wear white hats and bad guys wear black hats, as we see children playing outside. Then George cycles up towards Bree’s house on his bike. He tries to tell Bree he’s coincidentally there, but she knows he’s been circling her house for some time. She thinks he should see a therapist and drives away, leaving him there.
    2. At work, Lynette finishes a presentation, but Ed doesn’t like it, and Nina agrees with Ed’s assessment. Lynette’s furious with Nina, as they had all worked on it, and she calls Nina on her awful behavior, insisting that everyone else agrees with her. But none of Lynette’s coworkers will stick up for her. After Nina’s gone, Lynette chews out the group for not doing as they’d originally said. When Stu brings in muffins, Lynette says they don’t deserve fresh muffins.
    3. Gabrielle gets a call from the “warden”: Carlos held up guards and then escaped from prison! Except -- he didn’t. That was Carlos calling, and he’s there now, paroled from prison. Gabrielle’s happy. He tells his wife that a Catholic group successfully lobbied for him. And now -- it’s time for sex!
    4. Susan and Julie have driven up to her father’s feed store. She doesn’t plan on telling him the truth, but wants to meet him . . . see what he’s like.
    5. Inside the store, Susan sees her father say goodbye to a customer. Then, he talks to Susan. He knows what she’s there for: the promotional cowboy hats he’s giving away! He puts one on Susan.
    6. A gleeful Susan returns to Julie. She’s met her father, he gave her a hat, and he’s great!
    7. In the aftermath of sex, Carlos needs ten minutes to recharge before he can continue. Gabrielle finds letters from Sister Mary Bernard, who helped arrange Carlos’ release, and she laughs at the contents. But Carlos is adamant that time in prison helped him to become a better person, and now he’s going to be good. Gabrielle’s horrified, wondering just what they did to Carlos in prison.

    ACT TWO

    1. The five women are together at poker, but Lynette has to go soon and finish work, thanks to Nina. They don’t like that Lynette’s job is cutting into poker time. Edie brings up Susan’s father -- when will she talk to him? She’s going to get a job at her father’s store, get to know him, and then, when he likes her, she’ll admit the truth. Edie thinks this is the stupidest plan ever and the other women are also hesitant. But Susan feels she needs to know her father. Edie scoffs at this point, as she never knew her father and turned out fine, but admits the point’s taken when she’s asked when she lost her virginity.
    2. Lynette’s at the office, late, when she sees a shirtless Stu bringing a bottle of wine to -- Nina! Stu and Nina are having a torrid affair. Lynette sees this, and Nina sees that Lynette sees.
    3. The next day, Lynette’s pleased as punch and Nina asks to see her in Nina’s office.
    4. Lynette and Nina face off: if the truth comes out, Ed could fire Nina! In return for her silence, Lynette wants Nina to be nice to her, and Nina agrees to try.
    5. Gabrielle learns Carlos is going off to Mass, and she can hardly believe there’s Mass on days other than Sunday. Sister Mary is there, and Gabrielle looks outside to see the nun’s not as old or ugly as she’d like. Gabrielle accuses Carlos of going off with a hot nun, and Carlos laughs this off and leaves. The nun waves goodbye to Gabrielle.

    ACT THREE

    1. Lynette shows up at work and finds Pat, the new receptionist. Where’s Stu?
    2. Lynette’s mad at Nina for firing Stu, but Nina has an excuse: there are tons of black marks on his evaluation, and Ed’s aware of this. But Lynette knows Stu’s gone thanks to the affair. Nina warns Lynette that more firing is coming, and hints that people who aren’t team players will soon be out.
    3. At the feed store, Susan’s dad thinks she’s overqualified but she argues she wants a change in her life. He decides to give it a try. She comments on his eyes looking like hers, and he thinks she’s there because his wife hired someone to test him. She denies this, and blurts out that she’s his daughter! She explains what happened, and then he walks away. When Susan finds him in the other room, he’s on the floor.
    4. At the hospital, Bree’s meeting with Dr. Goldfine, who’s recovering from his “accident.” She informs him what’s going on in her life, including breaking up with George. She questions him about how to treat crazy people, and he doesn’t like the word “crazy.” Bree saw malevolence in George’s eyes when she broke up with him. Dr. Goldfine brings up the man who shoved him off the bridge, and notes the blue bike he was riding. And Bree picks up on this little detail.

    ACT FOUR

    1. As Lynette brings him his drink, Stu tells her he’s surprised she called. But Lynette says she thinks it’s unfair he was fired. Though Stu points out his own faults at work Lynette thinks he was fired because of his affair with Nina, and notes that he should talk to Ed. Would Ed listen? Sure, since Stu could sue the company for millions. Would Nina be affected?, Stu wonders. But Lynette claims Nina would just get a slap on the wrist.
    2. At the hospital, Susan’s dad tells her he has a genetic heart problem -- and she might have it too! He wants her to leave because his wife’s about to arrive and the truth about Susan could be the final nail in his marriage. Susan won’t go, even after her dad says he doesn’t want to know her and that she’s a mistake. When his wife arrives and kisses him, she wonders who Susan is, and Susan admits -- shes’ the woman who called for help when he collapsed! As she kisses her father goodbye, she tells him she’s not giving up, and then tells the wife that she’s going to be back at the store soon.
    3. George approaches his home with groceries when he sees the police are at his house -- and they have his blue bike. He calls Bree and tells her what’s happened. She says she knows what he did to Dr. Goldfine, and he should turn himself in to the police. Instead, George tosses his groceries down and runs away.

    ACT FIVE

    1. Gabrielle tells Carlos she’s invited the nun over to see just what the nun’s up to.
    2. At their meal together, Gabrielle quizzes Mary about her work, and learns the nun works in various prisons and does other charity work. Do Carlos and Gabrielle do any charity work? No, Carlos admits, but he wants to start. When Gabrielle jokes about money buying happiness, Carlos ends up deciding to give away his sports car and have Gabrielle cut back on shopping. Carlos exits…
    3. Gabrielle finds Carlos in their bedroom, where she apologizes for her behavior by kissing him. As she says she wants to be a better person, she kisses him all over, concluding by seducing him into their bed.
    4. At work, Lynette finds everything’s in chaos, and Pat tells her people are being fired. Ed calls her in next…
    5. Ed gives Lynette Nina’s job. But why? Stu filed a suit against the company for sexual harrassment and had to be paid off, which led to Nina being fired and others being let go to allow for Stu’s settlement. She’s told to go can two other people.
    6. Lynette sees Nina with a drink outside the office. While Lynette declares she didn’t want Nina fired, she just wanted Nina to be nice, Nina tells her former employee that she did used to be nice -- but working with someone as awful as Ed changed her, and led to her giving up vacations and relationships. Now, that’ll be Lynette’s fate. Nina gives Lynette the drink since she’s going to need it.
    7. Gabrielle’s in a robe, post-sex, as she approaches Mary, who overheard the sex. They need to talk…
    8. Gabrielle leads the nun outside, and tells her to leave Carlos alone, as he needs to get back into the swing of things. But Mary’s not going to back off. She blames the problems in the Solis marriage on Gabrielle and thinks Carlos could fix the problem by annulling his marriage to Gabrielle. The two face off, with Mary saying she comes from the south side of Chicago and she’s willing to fight for Carlos, since she has God on her side!

    ACT SIX

    1. George is in his hotel room when there’s a knock at the door. It’s a bellman, who’s given a note to give to Bree, who’s downstairs at an event. The bellman’s to call George if Bree goes upstairs.
    2. Bree receives the note from George, which urges her to meet him in room 617. Then, she calls the detective who was investigating Rex’s death, and learns from him that they’ve discovered prescription bottles and a diary which suggest George killed Rex! A shaken Bree ends the call by getting on the elevator. The bellman sees this and informs George, via telephone.
    3. In his room, George begins to take some pills, as he says, “She loves me . . . she loves me not.”
    4. Bree stops in the elevator long enough to hit the side of the elevator and cry out.
    5. George is still talking to himself as he takes more pills.
    6. Bree is losing it in the elevator.
    7. George downs even more pills with a drink.
    8. And Bree’s going in the elevator again…
    9. In his room, George calls the operator to ask for help, but ends the call when there’s a knock at the door. It’s Bree, who enters and sees what he’s done. He denies hurting Dr. Goldfine but she’s more concerned about what he’s done to Rex. He thinks that once she forgives him they can call for an ambulance and he can have his stomach pumped.
    She pulls up a chair. She wants to forgive him, but he needs to admit to killing Rex first. He does so, insisting that he knows she wanted him dead! He slips away for a moment, and then when he wakes up, he asks for an ambulance. Bree lies and claims she called for help.
    10. Mary Alice begins her speech about not being able to tell who’s good and who’s bad…Gabrielle’s in bed, while Carlos is praying…
    11. Sister Mary is also praying, and we learn from Mary Alice that people who look like saints often aren’t. Mary uses her fingers to put out a candle.
    12. Nina’s packing away her things, and looking sad, as Mary Alice continues to talk about not being able to classify people as good or evil.
    13. Susan’s father is with his wife…
    14. And Bree walks out of George’s hotel room, leaving him dead, or about to die…

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