Desperate Housewives 8.12 “What’s the Good of Being Good?” Recap

Things are about to get rowdy, Desperate fans — well, as rowdy as ABC will allow. If you need to refresh your memory, last week’s recap is right here.

Bree’s constant drinking has led to her bringing multiple men home (although in classic Bree fashion, she’s also been kicking them out before 5am so no one, namely Mrs. McCluskey, sees what’s going on.) This all goes to hell anyway when Bree oversleeps with one of her many boytoys and Mrs. McCluskey comes by raving about a problem with the church bake sale. Though Bree tries to be stealth, Mrs. McCluskey is stealthier and catches her in the act as her date attempts to sneak out. When Bree lies about the situation, Mrs. McCluskey calls her out again and then figures out she’s been drinking.

Gabrielle attempts to remodel the living room where Alejandro was murdered while Lynette decides she wants to start dating again. She asks if Gabrielle or Renee know anyone she could be set up with, and Gabrielle says fixing her up would be a challenge because of her difficult personality. Meanwhile, Ben surprises Renee by asking her to dinner — presumably so he can propose and use her money to get out of the massive amount of debt he’s in.

Susan is in the middle of cleaning when she gets a surprise visit from Claudia who is looking for her husband because she thinks that Susan’s having an affair with him. Just as Claudia is about to get violent, MJ comes home from school and stops her but we know we haven’t seen the last of Claudia’s antics. And sure enough, when Susan leaves the house the next morning, she sees a massive littering of ‘Missing’papers with Alejandro’s face all over Wisteria Lane. She freaks, as does Gabrielle who sees the evidence as she’s walking the girls to school and then Susan lets it slip that she found his family. Before Gabrielle can get upset, she tells her that Marissa, Alejandro’s 16 year old stepdaughter, was taken advantage of in the same way that Gabrielle was. This obviously strikes a chord with Gabrielle, who decides to talk to Claudia herself and tell her the truth about her husband.

Lynette and Renee take a trip to her hair salon, where Renee gets her a date with Frank, one of her stylists. Lynette soon finds that part of the reason he disliked his ex-wife so much was for the same reasons she would get on Tom’s nerves and despite figuring this out, she still manages over the course of dinner to not only insult his choice of profession, but also his choice of food and his aspirations. Soon, Lynette is drawing up a five year business plan on a napkin and clearly putting Frank in a less than stellar mood. When Renee shows up for her appointment and asks about the date, his response is turning her hair into a disastrous mess. Renee visits her friend, calling her out for being controlling and overbearing.

Reverend Sikes surprises Bree at a bar (spurred by Mrs. McCluskey’s tip-off) and offers to get her help. ‘How can you say who I truly am when I don’t even know myself?’Bree asks when he tells her that this person she’s become isn’t who she really is. Meanwhile, Ben toasts Renee over dinner and then, as predicted, proposes. Renee accepts, telling him how happy she is at the fact that she feels she can trust someone again, especially in the wake of her divorce. ‘I know that in my heart this is right,’says Renee, pushing Ben over the edge with her unexpected sincerity. He retracts the proposal, and then admits that he only wanted to marry her because of her money. Obviously hurt, Renee leaves despite Ben’s insistence that he does truly love her.

Claudia shows up at Gabrielle’s house, asking for her husband. Gabrielle tells her that Alejandro was her step-father and also a child molester, which Claudia refuses to believe her until, prodded by Susan’s encouragement, Marissa speaks up. Before they leave, Claudia thanks her being honest, but not before noticing the ‘red wine’stain on the rolled up couch — can we say ‘uh oh?’

 

Lynette shows up at Renee’s house to apologize and says she knows how she acts but she doesn’t think she can change. Renee tells her she’s the most determined person she knows and that she believes Lynette will find someone who loves her for who she is. She then admits that she’s broken up with Ben. Meanwhile, a perky Bree shows up at the church in an attempt to show Reverend Sikes that she can, indeed, take care of herself just fine. Her plans backfire when she unexpectedly runs into Craig, one of the many men who she’s taken home (as well as his wife) and she’s called out for being a whore and then turned away in front of the entire church. This shame does nothing to deter Bree’s character, however — instead, it causes her to embrace her downfall rather than hide it. Who thinks that Bree’s new antics are going to be the start of some rather interesting moments on Wisteria Lane?

The theme of the night was ‘renovation,’a term that could conceivably be applied any of the Housewives’respective storylines over the course of the show. In this hour, however, it pertained to life, relationships and homes — all things that have been a crucial part of this past season. What did you think of the episode?


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