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You Could Drive a Person Crazy 

Susan discovers that Karl is seeing Edie. Tom can't keep up with housework. Carlos needs Gabby's help surviving in jail. Bree's mother-in-law feels the need to share her grief with the world.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Mayer
Lynette Scavo
Edie Britt
Betty Applewhite
Carlos Solis (as Ricardo Antonio Chavira)
Paul Young (credit only)
Julie Mayer
Tom Scavo
Zach Young (credit only)
Karl Mayer
Mary Alice Young (voice)
Mike Delfino
Andrew Van De Kamp


Susan does not know where she stands with her undefined relationship with Mike, but things get complicated when she wakes up one morning to find that her ex-husband, Karl, had a sleepover with her arch-rival: the sluttish Edie Britt. Phyllis freely expresses her grief to anyone within range, totally upstaging a very annoyed Bree. Unfortunately, that's the least of Bree's problems when the police begin to investigate Rex's death, and George Williams returns wanting to re-start his relationship with Bree. Carlos is being exploited in prison and needs Gabrielle's help to deliver money to his violent cell mate's girlfriend. She accepts to help only if she gets access to his secret bank account. Lynette, unsatisfied with Tom's approach to stay-at-home parenting, does some cunning intervention involving a stray rat. The Applewhites' secrets are slowly revealed to their mysterious captive in the basement of the house and their continuing adjustments to keeping a low profile in Fairview. Written by Jonathan Oshiro & matt-282

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2 October 2005 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The movie Lynette watches when she decides to sleep on the couch is Willard (1971) See more »


During Gabrielle's visit with Carlos, her posture changes from leaning forward with her elbows on the table to leaning back with her arms crossed in between screen shots. See more »


[Phyllis has been crying all time since Rex's death and stealing all the attention from Bree]
Bree: For God's sake, Phyllis, don't you ever worry about dehydration?
Phyllis Van De Kamp: Are you saying that I am too emotional?
Bree: I'm saying that even Italians take a break now and again.
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References Willard (1971) See more »


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More Slapstick Comedy
23 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You Could Drive a Person Crazy starts when Susan is dismayed to see that her ex-husband, Karl, has moved in with Edie Britt.But nevertheless,she and Mike continue their relationship casually. When Phyllis sees Bree seeking comfort in George Williams,this leads her to suspect that Bree had a motive to kill Rex. Gabrielle demands control over their finances after she get tired of bringing bills to Carlos in prison.Meanwhile, Lynette releases a rat in her house to urge her husband to do household chores.Erstwhile,Betty slips sleeping pills into the food of her secret prisoner to keep him quiet.

After the season premiere, this episode was definitely a great follow up.I enjoyed Bree and Phyllis constant bickering with one another.The animosity between Edie and Susan is funny as well.Both provide a lot of slapstick comedy to the show.Lynette was as good as usual, and Gabrielle could have been more interesting especially with her husband in prison. The show promises to be better in the episodes to come.

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