Fast-forward about three seconds, and Bree's managed to spill one hundred percent of the beans, and Gross Doreen has figured out that Chuck's honorably deferred skellington fetish means the whole divorce is balanced on the tip of his tumescence, so she gets grabby.
ONE LAKE HOUSE, PLEASE
As scary as Tony Plana's lurking is, once Alejandro starts talking he's ten times scarier. It retroactively makes the whole tent thing ten times more frightening when he talks, because he's just that good. (And, of course, because Eva Longoria is always that good.)
So she lures him out to this wooded area and pulls the gun and asks firstly why he is in town and secondly why isn't he dead. The answer is that he left Las Colinas on a faked death because of the stink about his creepiness, and that he's back now because he heard she went there and yelled at nuns about it and stirred it all up, and he's afraid of getting witch-hunted again. Poor dude, right?
He does that "I don't even remember what you're talking about" thing, which gives Gabrielle the opening to verbalize not only that she is no longer a defenseless doll (feel me?) but also to verbalize what happened, which is that he raped her when she was a child, specifically taking her virginity.
I don't remember well enough -- I'd put it aside, frankly -- to know if she's ever gotten that specific about it before, but in either case it's very powerful here. I've been calling him her molester because I couldn't remember the details and had no interest in finding out, so either way -- whether we explicitly knew this or the show just let us assume until today -- it's pretty harsh, and moving.
Seconds away from shooting the bastard execution style, she gets him to admit aloud that what he did was rape her, specifically, and he apologizes, and this moment takes off just enough of the pressure that she lets him crawl away, like a dog. Maybe she knows he'll be back, but we hope for the best.
It's not possible to describe a person in a single sentence. Our scars are not ourselves. It's not Abuse Survivor Gabrielle any more than it is Mall Barbie Gabrielle or Cheating Wife Gabrielle or I Love The Gays Gabrielle. But part of creating a character is looking at the big events, and the show's always been pretty honest about how Gabrielle's abuse, and her beauty, led to a particularly bad combination of factors that defined her life from there on out.