Season 3 | Episode 17 | Aired 04/8/07
Gabrielle finds new incentive to date wealthy politician Victor when a plumbing leak ruins her priceless wardrobe. She hasn't fallen for him yet, but she flips over the clothes he's storing for his ex-wife, especially since they're couture and just her size! She begs to borrow a dress but Victor says no. So she sneaks back and steals off with a few. She wears one to an event Victor is speaking at and in the ladies room, runs into a woman who recognizes the designer -- because it's her dress! Victor's ex threatens Gabrielle with pepper spray unless she gives the dress back right now, leaving her hiding in the restroom in her underwear. Victor, sporting a fresh black eye, comes to offer her his coat. He admits that he treated his wife more like his mistress, giving her expensive dresses but not his time or affection. Gabrielle says that, finally, she's getting a glimpse of a man she could care for.