Lynette hauls the woman out of there after closing the deal and comes back to see what the fuck is wrong with Renee. The reason that she's crying, she moans, is that she did "something terrible" twenty years ago; Lynette's response is awesome: "God, who cares? Ten minutes ago, you did something amazing!" I love that approach. Lynette always has the right idea for about five seconds and then it goes wrong. Renee explains about how Tom and Lynette were on a break and she slept with him, and Lynette's face goes colder and stiller and lovelier than it's been in a long time. She flutters her hands in a particularly recognizable way and storms out, but then comes back because Renee's her ride.
In some ways, you lose the exit -- which was beautiful -- but on the other hand, it transitions well into the actuality of what's going to happen between the two women, which is that Lynette is going to be pissed for awhile and then calm down, because it was a long time ago and Tom has done many, many more disappointing things since then. So there's the obligatory scene in the car where Lynette tells her to stop talking a few times and then says the truest thing anybody's said on this show in a long time: "I do foresee a day far in the future when I might only hate you a little. You know what the worst part is? For the last twenty years, you two have been walking around knowing this, and I didn't." That is absolutely the worst part about a secret like this, is the fact that you were carrying on one way and things were actually another way, and you feel like a jerk. Anyway, she tells Renee not to tell Tom, and her only reason for asking this favor is a hearty Because I Said So, Asshole.
Some lady introduces herself to Gabby at Juanita's birthday party but once she finds out the lady is the mother of a friend of Juanita, she loses interest. After meeting Celia, she asks if they have more kids and of course Gabby stares into space morosely and says no, because Carlos told her never to say Grace's name again. And behind her is a bouquet of balloons, as though the show is taunting us with the fact that this storyline already happened and Machete came and made her let that balloon float up into the sky like a flying miscarried fetus.