Mrs. McCluskey has spread the word about Art, so when he shows up dressed as Santa Claus at the holiday block party the mothers won't let their children near him.
Lynette is on her cell phone, arranging a meeting with all the concerned mothers when Art's wheelchair-bound sister, Rebecca wheels herself over to tell Lynette that everyone's treating Art like a pariah because of her. She says she doesn't need this stress in her condition. Lynette is sorry but says she has her kids to think about.
[break]But when Lynette goes to the meeting, she's alarmed to see they're making anti-pedophile signs for a protest outside Art's house. She tries to tell the women that they don't know anything for sure, but they won't listen to her. She and Tom watch the protest from their yard and Lynette says she knows it's all her fault. An ambulance arrives and they find out Rebecca has had a heart attack. As Art is leaving the house, a protester throws a rock that hits him in the head. Lynette tries to get the protesters to leave, but to no avail.
Later that night, she finds Art packing and offers to help. She heard on the news that Rebecca died and she's feeling incredibly guilty. To her surprise, he thanks her. He says that because he had to look after Rebecca he always had to keep himself in check because he didn't want her to know the truth about him. But now that she's dead, he's free to do whatever he wants in a new town where no one knows him. Lynette backs away, horrified by what her actions set in motion.
[break]Gabrielle and Vern want to dump a girl named Amy from their roster of beauty pageant contestants since she has no talent. But when Gabrielle lays eyes on her handsome father Bill, whose wife died a year ago, she offers to give Amy private tutoring instead. Amy sees Gabrielle flirting with her father and says she doesn't want her dating him. She already has a plan for Bill to marry her best friend Sheri's mother. Gabrielle seems to have met her match, but she turns Sheri, the most talented of their contestants, against Amy by saying she's planning on making them dance together in the show. With the girls' friendship over, she's free to move in on Bill.
[break]Ian wants his parents to meet Susan and for her to make dinner for them. She confesses she's a horrible cook but he isn't satisfied until she promises to try to make them a nice roast. She asks Bree to help her out and she agrees, saying she's glad for the distraction since she just threw Orson out after finding out about his affair with the murdered Monique. She still believes Orson is innocent, but Susan is telling her that you have to face the facts, even if it's someone you love, when they see Mike being arrested.
Edie visits Mike in jail to let him know she's dumping him. Susan is his next visitor. She tells him she knows he's innocent, even if he doesn't know that for sure himself.
[break]Susan arrives late for their weekly poker game and asks if Bree has told the police her suspicions about Orson yet. Bree cheerily informs here that her suspicions are gone now that Mike, who was previously convicted of a murder, has been arrested. The two women argue over who's more guilty, Mike or Orson, and an infuriated Susan heads for the door. She loudly slams the front door and only pretends to leave. She tiptoes back in and steals the key labeled "Orson's office."
[break]She goes to the office and finds Orson there, watching a game and eating pizza. She's just starting her search when Bree arrives and she has to hide. Bree tells Orson she's there to take him back because Mike has been arrested for Monique's murder. But she says she still needs to know the whole truth from him. With Susan listening in, he confesses that he never loved Alma, but that his mother pushed them together and then Alma got pregnant, so he did the honorable thing and married her. She miscarried shortly after the wedding, but his mother wouldn't hear of a divorce. He resigned himself to a loveless life but then he met Monique. Bree, fully won over, tells him to come back home.
[break]Susan sees a box labeled "Orson's Spare Room" and in it she finds a document that shows Orson was admitted to an Elm Ridge Mental Institution in 1981. She rushes home to show Ian the incriminating evidence. He's furious because she's 40 minutes late and there's no dinner. Luckily, his parents' flight was snowed-in, but he's still upset that she blew him off for Mike. He offers to hire the most expensive lawyer in town for Mike, if she swears never to see her ex-boyfriend again. She says Mike barely remembers her, but Ian is sure that he'll fall in love with her all over again. Susan agrees to his terms.
Bree and Orson tell Gloria they've rented her a condo and she's out of their lives for good. She makes a phone call, arranging for someone to pick her up. When the car arrives, the window rolls down to reveal Alma -- alive and well!