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.
"Why should she have to suffer for the sins of her husband?"
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.