The game changes
Dave seems legitimately upset, all unkempt and unshaven. But is it because of Edie's death or because he didn't get to kill Katherine? Mike sends Susan to look in on him, and she ends up telling him she was the real driver the night his first wife (and child) died. He tells her that everything that ever mattered to him is gone. Then she sees a gun, which makes her think he's going to kill himself. So she offers to play cribbage (her idea of a cure for the blues), then she steals his gun, knives, and pills before leaving him alone. He finally opens up, and admits he's blaming himself for Edie's death. To convince him it's not his fault, she tells him about the accident: She was the driver! And Dave has a new target for his vengeance. So, the first 19 episodes of the season have been for nothing, and now we'll get to the good stuff, right? Finally? If, by "good stuff," we mean Dave going after MJ (who apparently wasn't a target when Mike was the killer).
Tom is jealous that Lynette and Carlos are together all the time, especially since she won't have sex with Tom. When Lynette falls and hits her head in the shower, Carlos ends up seeing her naked. That's not going to help things, I don't think. Lucky for Tom, he joins Gaby's garden club, which she and the other ladies are using as an excuse to drink. He gets lots of attention from Patty, who has a thing for married men. So Gaby's a real friend to Tom and his wife and tells him he's not allowed to see Patty. Then there's a dinner between the Scavos and Solises (Gaby cooked lamb) in which everything is awkwardly revealed and everyone ends up mad at each other. It ends on a high note, with Gaby asking Carlos why he comes home smelling so bad if he has a shower at the office. His reply: "I don't know. Why does lamb taste like sawdust." They all end up friends in the end, though.
The beginning of the end
Bree believes Orson when he says he's decided to be happy and won't be a thief or a whiny baby anymore. Andrew's a skeptic and is going to start looking up divorce lawyers. Which might be a good idea, since Bree eventually realizes Orson's the one making everyone think Rose is losing her mind. He lies to her about it, and she realizes Andrew's right: She has to divorce him.
A Rose by any other name
Speaking of, everyone thinking Rose has lost her mind because of Orson breaking into her home — and him pushing it so far as to get Rose committed — was reminiscent of Dave convincing everyone Mrs. McCluskey was crazy when she was getting too close to the truth about him. Does anyone else think they might have an age stereotype on Wisteria Lane? Or a lack of creativity in the writers' room.
Life without Edie
With all of the lead-up intro, at first it seemed like she wasn't even gone. But Katherine does a great job filling in: She's a kinder, gentler, better fifth housewife than Edie was. But Mike might not agree, since he sort of panics when she tells him she wants to spend the rest of her life with him.
DeAnn Welker is a writer in Portland, Ore.