Post-limo ride. Gabby walks into her house, adjusting her coitally mussed clothing with a practised air, and checks her answering machine. MAVO: "For Gabrielle, the best part of having sex with a new man was seeing how quickly his affection would turn to obsession." Ugh. Ew. Sad. That's the best part of sex, the inevitable obsession that follows? Oh Gabby, how you disappoint me.
And wouldn't you know it? Now that Gabby's back to true form, I kind of miss the independent and circumspect Gabby of the last two episodes. Anyway, so, no messages tonight, or the next morning. And when S&P still hadn't called by the next afternoon, MAVO gloats, "it was Gabby who was doing the obsessing."
Susan and Edie arrive at Gabby's for margaritas and fun boy talk. (Edie: "I love limo sex! Town car or stretch?" Gabby: "Well, stretch, of course; I'm not a complete slut.") Susan tells Gabby to relax about the lack of a call from Maybe Mayor; he's probably just very busy getting ready for the big debate with the current mayor tonight. Gabby pooh-poohs that excuse: a man can carve a minute out of even the busiest of schedules to call and tell her how obsessed he now is with her! Just then, a buff workman in a wife-beater strolls in. He's been fixing Gabby's closet after last week's burst water heater incident, yay continuity. The ladies all watch him admiringly as he leans deep into Gabby's fridge to grab some water. Edie, whispering: "Who? Is that?" Susan: "And why don't you put your water on a lower shelf?" Whee!
The workman returns upstairs, and Susan steers the conversation back to Maybe Mayor. Just how good was he, limo-sex-wise? Gabby: "Fantastic. As good as with Carlos." Edie, with secret private arch delight: "That good, huh?" They banter awhile about how smart and powerful the ladies of yesteryear were, what with making their men wait and beg for sex and never letting on they the themselves had sexy needs of their own. Edie claims that she makes all her men wait, which...hello? What about Carlos? Maybe in Fairview aiming your cross(short)hairs directly at a man is called "waiting," but not in my America. Susan: "It's true. She has a little room with magazines and an aquarium." It's a funny line, but weirdly, it feels almost too witty, like...oh, it's hard to explain, but the line sounds like something a wry, funny scriptwriter for a show called Desperate Housewives would say, and not something you'd hear coming out of dopey Susan from Wisteria Lane. You know? Oh fine, I'll shut my criticism hole. Back to Gabby: Edie advises her to put Maybe Mayor back in his place by playing the old jealousy card. Gabby, for some reason, puzzles over how something like that might be accomplished, ha, like she didn't write the book on making men jealous. But her puzzlement provides a nice springboard for the Closet Man's timely return to the kitchen. "I got all the shelves up," he says. "Anything else?" The ladies exchange a knowing look, and the "birth of a hare-brained scheme" music swells!