This episode of Desperate Housewives
had been billed as the most elaborate episode ever produced in the history of the series according to ABC. The residents of Wisteria Lane were busy preparing for the incoming storm, but that didn't stop the drama.
Carlos and Gaby are still dealing with the aftermath of the Victor saga, Adam and Catherine are still dealing with the Sylvia saga, and Susan and Mike are still dealing with the drug saga. Will they get all this straightened out before the tornado hits? We've been teased with mentions of casualties, which of the Wisteria Lane residents will meet their demise?
Lynette goes to Karen McCluskey's house and basically harasses her into allowing her family to stay with her in her basement during the storm. Mrs. McCluskey doesn't want those wretched kids of Lynette's in her basement with her, and I really don't blame her. She says that she and Ida are just gonna be down there playin' cards, hangin' out and that the Scavo kids will disturb their peace. Lynette harangues her until she gives in.
Katherine is taping up her windows when she spies Sylvia just loitering outside her house. When she goes out to confront her, she finds out that Sylvia met with Adam the day before and didn't tell her. She's not pleased.
Bree knows how her friend, Susan, is. So she's put together some storm supplies and takes them to her home. Susan tells Bree that it may be time to tell Orson about Mike's drug problem so that if Mike goes to Orson for pills, he won't get any. Bree tells her that she told Orson last week.
On her way home from Susan's house, Bree spots the confrontation between Katherine and Sylvia and sees Katherine spit in Sylvia's face. When Bree nosily asks Katherine if she's alright, Katherine is snotty towards her, so Bree asks Sylvia if she's okay and invites her in for a cup of tea.
While drinking tea, Sylvia tells Bree all about her affair with Adam and describes a tattoo he has. Bree begins feeling uncomfortable and asks her to leave, but Sylvia locks herself in Bree's bathroom ... the bathroom that Bree is planning to use for her tornado safe spot.
Susan interrupts Orson in his office while he's seeing a patient. She asks him why he would prescribe pills to Mike knowing that he's an addict. She then threatens him with great pain if he gives Mike anymore pills.
When one of the neighborhood kids comes around to sell storm supplies, Edie finds out that Gaby and Carlos are getting ready to move. She gets that look on her face that says that she's getting ready to cause more havoc.
When Mike gets into his truck, he finds out that Susan has found his stash of pills and left him a note in their place. When he goes in to talk to her, they argue and when she walks away from him, he grabs her arm. Unfortunately, it happens to be on the stairwell and when she pulls away from him, she falls down the stairs.
At the hospital, Mike learns that Susan is not considered an emergency case because she's not bleeding and not cramping. The hospital is busy because of the storm. He begins to lose it.
When he gets home, Adam gets an earful from Katherine about Sylvia. Just then Bree knocks on the door and drags Adam to her house. She wants that crazy woman out of her bathroom. While Adam talks to Sylvia, Katherine tells Bree a different version of what happened with her in Chicago.
While Ida and Karen play cards in the basement, they're invaded by the Scavos. Those kids are as obnoxious as Karen feared. Lynette starts off with her mamby pamby reprimanding of her kids when Tom's asthma starts acting up. It seems that Ida brought her cat and Tom is very allergic. Lynette tries to demand that they put the cat upstairs when Karen reminds her that she invited Ida ... not them. To keep the peace, Tom said that he'll stay on the other side.
At the hospital, Mike gets belligerent with the hospital staff and hits an orderly. They handcuff him to a chair until after Susan is seen and ready to leave. Just then she comes out, after seeing the doctor, and she says she's fine. She tells him that the hospital has a good rehab program and he says that he doesn't need rehab, he can do it himself. When a nurse gives her some pain medication for her ankle, he almost salivates over them. She tells him no and that either he goes to rehab or she's leaving him. He agrees to go to rehab.
While Edie is on Gaby's porch looking through their stuff, a guy comes up and mistakes her for Gaby. He hands her a folder with all the information on Carlos' Cayman accounts and tells her that's the only copy, so don't lose it. After he leaves, Edie gloats and goes back to her house with the folder, but Gaby sees her and follows her.
In Karen McCluskey's basement, she's trying to get television reception with rabbit ears. Tom is wheezing from the asthma and tells Lynette that he has to go upstairs. Most everyone else is asleep and Lynette sneaks the cat from the cage and takes it upstairs.
Gaby is banging on Edie's door, and not surprisingly, Edie won't let her in. Edie grabs a chair and breaks a plate glass window and when she walks in, says “Oh good, you're home”.
Karen catches Lynette as Lynette gets ready to kick the cat out of the house. Lynette tries to guilt Karen with the friendship thing and Karen tells her that they are not friends. Karen lays it out for her and tells her that she's a user. Just then, the storm blows open the front door and the cat runs out. Karen follows the cat because it's the only family that Ida has and Lynette follows Karen.
Gaby and Edie are fighting over the folder and eventually Gaby gets hold of it and runs outside. They fight some more and the pages all fly away. Edie sees something that scares the hell out of her and she pulls Edie into her house.
Just then we cut to Karen trying to get to the cat under a car. As Lynette tries to pull her up to get her to come into the house, they both look up with that same look that Edie had. Oh heck! That is one ginormous tornado bearing down on Wisteria Lane! They can't get back to Karen's house, so they run into Lynette's.
Edie has this little storm cellar in her home, but Gaby refuses to get into it until a burst of wind breaks glass. Adam is still arguing with Sylvia, trying to get her to open the bathroom door. They give up and he, Katherine, Bree, Orson and the baby go into a closet (I wish my closets were that big). Lynette and Karen hide in a bathtub covered with a mattress.
Edie and Gaby bond in the storm cellar. When Gaby apologizes for what she and Carlos did, Edie interrupts her and tells her that there won't be any deathbed confessions. She plans on hating Gaby for years to come. When Gaby asks her if she really hates her, Edie says yes. Then she says no. She just allowed herself to really fall for Carlos, knowing all along that he'd go back to Gaby.
In the Hodges' closet, there's blame casting going on. After Bree tells Katherine that she should be more gracious, Katherine tells her that if she wasn't so blasted nosy, they wouldn't be in her closet. Adam tells Katherine that it's not Bree's fault that there is a loony in their safe room, and Bree complains that they didn't have to listen to Sylvia babble for an hour. When Orson asks her what kinds of things she was babbling about, Bree tells them that Sylvia said that she and Adam were lovers. She said she could prove it and tells about the tattoo. Ooh, you should have seen Katherine's face at that.
It seems that Katherine actually believed the story she told Bree earlier. She's distraught that he actually had the affair and realizes that was why they had to settle and leave everything behind in Chicago. When he attempts to apologize, she tells him 'Not here, not now'. Her eyes are filled with tears and Bree reaches out and places her hand over Katherine's.
Carlos finally makes it home and runs through the house like a mad man looking for Gaby. He then spies Victor sitting in the front room. When Carlos asks Victor where Gaby is, Victor tells him that he doesn't know, but that they will wait for her together and pulls out a gun. When Carlos begins to explain to Victor that he and Gaby are two halves of a whole, and they never meant to hurt anyone, Victor starts shooting at him.
They run outside and in the midst of the storm start fighting over the gun. The gun flies out of Victor's hand and as they look at it, a car falls upside down on it. They continue to fight as the winds destroy Bob and Lee's sculpture (where are they anyway?), and tear fences apart. Carlos manages to punch Victor out and runs for shelter. Just as Victor recovers and raises some kind of iron pole to smash Carlos' head in, Victor is impaled by a white picket from a fence. I think we have our first casualty here, folks.
Meanwhile, Sylvia is bored in the bathroom by herself and comes out. She's wandering towards the front door yelling for Adam. She tells him that this is his last chance to come to her or she'll tell the world about what happened. She opens the front door and is sucked out. It was hilarious! It was just like that scene on Las Vegas
when Lara Flynn Boyle is blown off the roof of the casino. It also reminded me of the wicked witch. I can picture Sylvia in a black dress with the striped stockings being blown out that door.
The storm rages. Things are thrown through windows as we see the residents of Wisteria Lane huddled in their hiding places.
After the storm abates, there is destruction everywhere and it's time for the Mary Alice voiceover. She tells us that it was supposed to be a beautiful day. But then the winds came and changed everything. Not just the houses and lawns were changed, but the people, too.
We see our beloved Desperate Housewives
cast emerging from their hiding places to utter destruction. The Scavos bathroom is filled with trees. The Hodges' emerge to see the plate glass windows have been blown in and a hole in their roof.
Mary Alice tells us that they've learned something about friendship, forgiveness and redemption. And some have learned the hardest lesson of all. That life is fragile and very often unfair. Lynette and Karen McCluskey make their way out of the Scavo home to find that Mrs. McCluskey's home is no longer there.
This episode of Desperate Housewives
ends with Lynette's primal scream as she and Karen McCluskey try to make their way to where Karen's house used to be.
-Ladytex, BuddyTV Writer and Forum Moderator
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