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School of Hard Knocks 

Lynette begins spying on Tom; Danielle moves back home with her son; Gabrielle tries to affect change at a PTA meeting; Susan battles with her art teacher.



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


Tom is taking his life in his own hands now. Lynette begins spying on him through a tablet given to Penny. Renee's biased bad influence soon convinces Lynette that he is having an affair, supposedly with a foxy aerobics instructor Andre Zeller. Bree has a hard time controlling her 'I told you so' when Danielle moves back home with her son Benjamin, after a six month ill-considered marriage. The real confrontation comes when Bree discovers the starting capital she put up for 'fitness equipment' is for a 'love swing'. Gaby bluntly keeps taking on the tyrannical PTA president over parking privileges, ending in a surprise switch. Susan fakes her artistic personality to get into famous rebel painter Andre Zeller's open college class. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

16 October 2011 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Susan gets angry with Andre Zeller (the painter) and splashes paint on an empty canvas, splattering all over the door and wall behind her. In the next scene, she smudges the paint with her hands, and then walks out. The door and wall are clean. See more »


Bree: Go pack up your sex factory, and I'll make you cookies!
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References Braveheart (1995) See more »


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Susan Takes Art
25 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the fourth episode,Gabrielle becomes angry after a parent volunteer decides to banish her to a faraway parking lot when she disobeyed the rules of dropping off student in front of her daughter Juanita's school.She decides to get even with her in the process.As fro Bree,she discovers that her daughter Danielle is into a new business that is not really to her liking considering that it is far from being wholesome.The marriage of Tom and Lynette continues to crumble as the latter suspects her husband of having an affair. As for Susan,she tries to cope with her guilt by taking Art classes.Wow!!!!Interesting.

School of Hard Knocks was a great and entertaining episode.The characters continue to develop and I liked how Susan is doing some interesting things.I only feel that the Tom and Lynette storyline is somewhat a drag by placing too much in it before coming into a resolution.As for the others,Bree and Gabrielle continue to provide excitement in the show with the events happening.Despite of my disappointment with the Lynette story line,I still continue to enjoy the show.Too bad that this is the last season and I only have a few episodes to enjoy in it.

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