The day begins just as every other... Except today, there will be a deadly hostage situation in a local supermarket.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Solis (as Ricardo Antonio Chavira)
Mike Delfino (credit only)
Danielle Van De Kamp (as Joy Lauren)


Everyone's lives on Wisteria Lane are forever changed when Carolyn Bigsby holds shoppers hostage at a local supermarket after finding out that her husband, the store manager, was involved with the mystery dead woman. Meanwhile, Gabrielle and Carlos finish dividing their assets: Gabrielle gets the house, and Carlos gets everything in it. Susan is preparing to go to Paris with Ian, but cancels when when learns that Julie is one of the hostages along with Austin who was caught shoplifting, as well as the cynical Edie, and Lynette and Nora whom are still feuding over Tom. Also a new guy move into Whisteria Lane into Paul Young's old house; a middle-aged man named Art Shepherd who also ends up being one of the hostages at the mercy of he psycho Carolyn Bigsby. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

5 November 2006 (USA)  »

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[Bree hears, on the TV, that someone, female has been shot, and thinks it could be Lynette]
Porter Scavo: Mrs. Hodge, when's mommy gonna be back from the store?
Bree Hodge: I'm sure she'll be back soon, why don't we have some... cookies?
Parker Scavo: Mommy said we can't have cookies before dinner.
Bree Hodge: Well, um, I'm sure she won't mind, come on.
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References Roseanne (1988) See more »


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It doesn't get any more "housewife-ish" than this!!!
6 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So far, the most brilliant episode ever in all 3 seasons up to this point. Feels like inspired on Almodovar's "Women At The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown". The sequence of situations and environments capture the essence of the show's tittle like never before. The proposed absurdities develop exquisitely. The extreme contrasts between the tension and the drama within a salute to vaudeville comedy takes the show to never before reached rocket-high levels of entertaining hysteria. All to finally wrap-up in cherry-on-top tear-triggering impeccable emotional epilogue that leaves the viewer floating in an ecstasy of a roller coaster of emotions throughout a 44 minute long TV masterpiece. Standing ovation for Joe Keenan or whoever were the brain factories behind the creation of this episode. It should become one of the reference models for developing all further plots and stories of the show.

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