Susan's back at Mr. Hobson's, telling him she can't afford the tuition, but she read that faculty members get a 50 percent discount and would like to offer her "award" "winning" children's-book-illustrator self for his art department. He doesn't have any room in the art department. He appreciates her enthusiasm, but thinks this won't work out. She gets up to leave, but turns back and pushes a little harder, saying she'll take any job to get poor, poor MJ out of public school, where he's struggling. He needs extra attention instead of the big classes at his school. Susan will work any job -- lunch lady, janitor, anything -- so that she can feel like she's contributing as much as Mike is. Mr. Hobson has one job that's she's overqualified for: an assistant to an art teacher. [I thought he didn't have any openings in the department? And considering that she doesn't have a teaching degree, I hardly think she's "overqualified" for an assistant spot. - Z] Could the art teacher be Jackson? Dare I hope? I know it's not likely, but I'd love to see Gale Harold again (who wouldn't?).
Lynette's in Bree's test kitchen giving her a check for the damage to the car, since she can't afford to go through her insurance. Bree thinks it's silly since it's just the bumper, but Lynette needs to do it. And she's going to pay back every penny of Bree's investment, with interest, once they're back on their feet. She storms out, and Bree follows, saying she doesn't want money to get in the way of their friendship. Lynette says snottily, "Yeah, I think it's a little late for that." Um, why? Because she did you a favor? You're the one letting it get in the way! Why is Lynette acting like this? It's so out of character, and infuriating. That all said, I still love Felicity Huffman. She can convince me of anything, even this out-of-character nonsense that will surely be resolved in a week or two, knowing this show.
Mary Alice says there's a lot you can do with money in the suburbs, as Bree pulls the check for the car out of the envelope. She says: "You can pay for a night on the town," as lovely Gaby comes down the stairs to Carlos. "You can provide a private school education," as Susan has MJ trying on his cute, tiny uniform. "You can purchase a token of affection," as Mike kisses Katherine, who's fondling her fake pearls. But Mary Alice says that the one thing you must never do with money is use it as a weapon, because someone always gets hurt. As she says this, Bree tears up the check from Lynette and leaves it on the counter. Then she walks out of the kitchen and the breeze blows some pieces of it around. I don't get what Mary Alice was saying. Was Lynette using it as a weapon? Or Bree? Or both? Or neither? I am so confused by that wrap-up voiceover. Someone please explain. [As someone who has endlessly waited for a check I've written to show up in my bank account, I think Bree is the one hurting Lynette here. - Z]