Season 8 Episode 4 School of Hard Knocks

10/15/11 Season 8 TV-PG D, L

Tom's been whitening his teeth and getting into shape. This has Lynette suspecting he may be dating someone. She presents Penny with a brand new iPad that comes complete with a camera. This way she can get a look inside Tom's new place during video chats. The plan works and Lynette catches a glimpse of Chloe, her hubby's bikini-clad neighbor. She gets pretty darn chummy with Tom by the pool. Uh oh.

Lynette signs up for Chloe's aerobics class to size up the completion. She brings Renee along on this covert workout mission. As it turns out, Chloe is also a lingerie model. Lynette believes Tom could never get serious about a woman like her. But when her hubby shows up, Lynette learns that he's not dating Chloe. He's seeing her mom, Jane (guest star Andrea Parker), who happens to be a nice lady she chatted with during the class. Now this is a woman Tom could really go for. Needless to say, this was a rough workout for Lynette.

Gaby gets into a dispute with Dana, the PTA prez, when she shoos Juanita out of the car in an unauthorized school zone. Her drop-off placard has been revoked. Gaby has been banished to parking in the distant B Lot. She rallies a few of the other placard-less moms to take down Dana at the next PTA meeting. That doesn't happen. All Gaby does is rile up Dana even more. Now she must park in the C Lot.

Gaby doesn't take to C Lot life. She steers her placard-less car toward the carpool lane. Dana calls upon her charges to set up cones to stop the Solis-mobile, but Gaby drives right over them. Then she drives right over Dana. Oops! Now that she's laid up in the hospital, Dana must appoint a replacement PTA president. She chooses Gaby. Apparently, Dana had a life before she took the job. This promotion is her ultimate revenge. On the bright side, Gaby won't have to park in C Lot anymore.

Bree's daughter, Danielle, moves in after her husband leaves her. She's looking to start her own business by selling some exercise equipment she designed. All she needs is some seed money—like, say, $5,000. Bree will pony up $500 and she can work out of her test kitchen. All is well until Renee informs Bree that the equipment her daughter is selling is a sex swing. Wonder how she knew that.

Danielle comes home to find her mom taking her entrepreneurial device for a test drive. Don't worry. Bree is fully clothed and flying solo. She's also furious. A heated exchange sends Danielle storming off. Bree probably would have chased after her if she wasn't dangling from the ceiling while still stuck in the sex swing.

Bree admits to her daughter that she has no right to be so critical. After all, her slate isn't exactly a clean one. She asks Danielle to forgive her. To prove that her apology is sincere, Bree will invest in Danielle's business. She'll be a silent partner—a silent, invisible and completely untraceable partner who supports her from far, far away. That'll work!

Susan is taking a painting class taught by a no-nonsense artist named Andre Zeller (guest star Miguel Ferrer). The guy doesn't care for her children's book illustrations. He only wants to teach real, suffering artists. So Susan shows him a painting of a lonely, isolated tree. It doesn't take Andre long to deduce that she's the tree. He mocks her to the point where Susan becomes very angry. She ends up destroying one of Andre's canvases before storming off. Hey, she really is a tortured artist!

Mike knows that Susan's meltdown is all about that night in the woods. Things are never going to be the way they were. When Susan returns to Andre's class to retrieve her portfolio, he invites her to stay. There's a condition though. He wants to see that same scary, crazy woman who trashed his canvas show up every, single day. Susan says that woman scares her. To that, Andre says "good."

Detective Chuck Vance is still stewing over his breakup with Bree. He's not ready to let go of this one. That's too bad. The guy has a lot of work to do. There's a stack of missing persons reports on his desk. Sitting at the top of the pile is a file bearing a familiar name and face: Gaby's dead stepfather, Alejandro.

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