Everyone's starting to gather outside as the place burns. Porter comes up in the background and looks at the gun he has stashes in his pocket. Uh-oh. Jackson comes running around from the other side. Susan asks where Mike is, but Jackson didn't see him. Creepy Dave hears that Mike's still in there and says he'll go in after him. This is the point when I freaked out, not knowing the true depths of this man's psychosis. He wants something more than Mike's death, obviously. I was so afraid he'd go in and leave Mike to die. Anyway, Porter finds his mom and dad, and runs to them. Warren comes up and accuses Porter of burning down his club. Tom and Lynette look at him like they think he possibly could have. Katherine and Susan wonder where Mike is. Edie's in a panic about Creepy Dave, and it makes me seriously sad for what's going to happen to her when this is all said and done. I feel sad for Edie, people. I never thought I'd see the day. Creepy Dave walks out with Mike over his shoulder and puts him on a gurney, telling him, "I'm not done with you yet."
Mary Alice says you can read about the fire in your morning paper: those who survived (Jackson and Susan); those who were injured (Carlos, with Gaby alongside him); those who barely escaped with their lives (Mike, with Katherine watching in horror as he's put into an ambulance); and those who didn't (a body bag: the doctor). She says you'll also read about a man who risked his life to rescue his neighbor, but you won't read about the reasons why. Because no one ever doubts a hero.
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