Desperate Housewives: Season 3, Episode 12

Not While I'm Around (14 Jan. 2007)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery
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Bree freaks about the security of her home life when she learns Orson's ex-wife, Alma, is moving in down the street in the old Applewhite house. Meanwhile, Gabrielle freaks about her own ... See full summary »



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


Bree freaks about the security of her home life when she learns Orson's ex-wife, Alma, is moving in down the street in the old Applewhite house. Meanwhile, Gabrielle freaks about her own home security when she learns she has a stalker, and goes even further when she learns the identity of her secret admirer: the natty and unbalanced-as-ever Zach Young, who has inherited Noah Taylor's entire estate, while Carlos is just plain amused by Gabby's new admirer. Elsewhere, Tom becomes angry when he learns Lynette helped him secure the liquor license after he told her that he did not want any help to open his restaurant. In prison, Mike is approached by Paul Young (whom he does not remember), who tries to get on Mike's good side by pretending to be an old friend so he can seek revenge. Also, Susan freaks when she learns that Julie has secured birth control pills to consummate more her growing romance with Austin, who finally gets caught with Danielle by Susan and Edie. Written by Moviedude1

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Alma Hodge Moves Into Wisteria Lane
17 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The return of Alma Hodge brings more bad news for Bree as Orson's ex- wife decides not only to visit her but to also to become her new neighbor as she moves into Wisteria Lane.As always,this provides more trouble for Bree considering that she is there to put tension in her marriage.Added to that,it also provides more laughter as well as interest considering that Alma is one of the more interesting characters of the show.Credit Valerie Mahaffey for the portrayal of Alma.

As for the other story lines,Susan overhears Julie and Austin discuss about sex particularly birth control and how Edie is willing to give a hand on them.This troubles Susan considering that she herself does not adhere to using them.As for Lynette,her husband Tom does not want her to go to his pizza place considering that there are problems that he wants to be kept hidden from his wife.Finally,Gabrielle finds out who her new secret admirer is but he happens to be someone she knew very well.

Not While Around is an interesting episode as it is both funny and full of drama.Added to that,more secrets are revealed.What interests me was the revelation of Gabrielle's new admirer.No,it wasn't John Rowland but rather it was Zachary Young or Zach,the adopted son of Mary Alice Young.

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