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Down the Block There's a Riot 

Paul's nefarious plan for Wisteria Lane is put into full effect; Juanita discovers Gabrielle's secret; Tom is confronted about his past indiscretion with Renee.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gabrielle Solis (as Eva Longoria Parker)
Renee Perry
Carlos Solis (as Ricardo Antonio Chavira)
Tom Scavo
Mary Alice Young (voice)
Mike Delfino
Porter Scavo
Parker Scavo


Bob and Lee, who fears to be blamed, sell out to Paul when they think Mitzi already sold him the casting vote in the street syndicate, only to find they just did. Despite Parker's pertinent question where the ex-cons should go if not Wisteria Lane, Lynette calls in the cavalry: Brent Ferguson's rough neighborhood activists, who come armed to her dismay. The mayor, who comes to decorate Paul, only 'presides' over mayhem in which the respectable residents misbehave almost as badly. Tom fears his past with Renée requires a drastic solution. Bree downscales Keith's proposal to cohabitation, but that proves unsatisfactory. Juanita discovers Grace is Gaby's biological daughter. Written by KGF Vissers

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12 December 2010 (USA)  »

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Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van de Kamp) appears in this episode, though he is not credited. See more »


[as the riot goes on]
Lynette Scavo: This is all on you, I hope you know that!
Paul Young: Me? Those are your friends out there, Lynette. The solid citizens of Fairview! Tell me again why you think they're better than a bunch of ex-cons.
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Arguably The Best Episode Of The Show
5 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Down the Block There's a Riot,Paul's wicked plan of opening a halfway house at Wisteria Lane is put into place which send the people in the place into chaos and out of control.As for Gabrielle,she tries cope with the loss of her daughter Grace.Meanwhile Susan tells Tom about Renee's feelings for him after their unlikely bond last episode.As for Bree,she asked Keith to move in with her.Finally,Lynette tries to find out if anyone would get screwed by selling their house to Paul.

This is definitely the best episode and arguably the best episode the show has ever had.The viewer will witness how people react when evil plans are put into place.Added to that,it will definitely allow the viewer feel really something for the people who are affected by it.In addition to that,there is a lot of drama,suspense,mystery and truly a lot of unforgettable scenes that will be remembered by many fans particularly the riot that takes place at Wisteria Lane.The ending was truly spectacular.

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