Susan needs a kidney and Julie is back in town ready to give up one of hers. After all, a blood relative is the best chance for a match. Susan puts the kibosh on Julie's plan. There has to be another way. Actually, there is. Susan's mom, Sophie (guest star Lesley Ann Warren), has come to see her ailing daughter along with Susan's eccentric Aunt Claire (guest star Valerie Harper). Sophie dismisses the notion of giving up one of her kidneys because she's going on a cruise. Seriously?! Hey, in Sophie's defense, the tickets are non-refundable.
Susan can't believe her own mother won't even get tested to see if she's a viable match. Aunt Claire says the reason Sophie can't help is because she has cancer. Chemo treatments start in a week. The cruise story was just a cover. This leads to a touching heart-to-heart chat between mother and daughter where it becomes abundantly clear just how much each one loves the other. Guess that's the one good thing about a health scare. Susan says, "It makes you think about what the important things are." True.
As we predicted, Lynette is exacting revenge on Tom in slow, subtle, methodical ways. 20 years ago he slept with her best friend, so it's payback time for two decades of secrecy. Lynette effortlessly doles out many little pranks like adding salt to Tom's coffee and taking a seam-ripper to his pants. But stunts like removing the screws from his recliner and planting porn in his PowerPoint presentation take a bit more planning.
Renee eventually tells Tom that his wife is hip to their ancient affair. That's how the guy knows he shouldn't taste-test Lynette's latest batch of laxative-laced brownies. Tom knows his wife is ticked. He's beyond sorry and hopes that something so meaningless that happened so long ago won't destroy the wonderful life they've built together. A fairly innocuous conversation between their kids has Lynette realizing they do have a pretty good thing. So, we're thinking her next batch of brownies will be filled nothing more than double fudge.
News that Lee and Bob are adopting a little girl has Gaby longing for Grace. She finds solace in the doll she bought. She calls her Princess Valerie. Gaby goes ballistic when she catches Juanita and Celia playing with her doll. She brings it back to the store for repairs. The slightly-kooky saleslady says every doll has a story. We get an uneasy feeling when Gaby tells Princess Valerie's tale. It sounds a lot like what happened with Grace. No one around here is a psychiatrist, but that slightly-detached look on Gaby's smiling face can't be a good thing.
Reverend Sykes convinces Bree to reach out to Beth Young. Gotta love religious guilt. Bree invites Beth over for a little soiree with her friends. Sure they all loathe Beth's hubby, but that doesn't mean they can't get together to enjoy some cheese puffs, does it? Renee is the only one who doesn't balk at the idea. She says, "You guys are like the mean, pretty girls who won't let anyone sit at your lunch table."
DING DONG. Someone's at the door. It's not Beth yet. A deliveryman has some beautiful flowers for Bree. There's no card. They must be from Keith, right? Bree fields a few subtle digs from her friends about the Beth situation as she digs for tip money. She gives the delivery dude a few bucks just as Beth makes her way up to the front door. Time to get this awkward party started!
Bree convinces the ladies to give Beth a chance. Things seem to be going well until the guest of honor leans back on the sofa. Something behind a throw pillow is jabbing Beth in the back. It's a 38-caliber gun. Hey, that's the same kind that was used to shoot Paul! Beth smells a set up.
The rest of the housewives suspect that Beth is the one who planted the weapon. Could she possibly be as twisted as her hubby? Nah. Then who put the gun behind the pillow? The only other person who had access to the room was the flower delivery guy with the mustache and goatee. Make that FAKE mustache and goatee. When the disguise is removed, we see a familiar face. Zach Young is back. Think he returned with a bang?