While Lynette looks on, ruffling her hair in suspicion and frustration (and wearing a light blue men's top with rows and rows of goofy embroidered grey dots, which I either love or hate, I still can't quite decide), Tom cheerfully packs for a trip with "Jerry" and some of the other guys from the "old gang" to Atlantic City (which, according to the official Atlantic City website, is the city that is "Always Turned On"). Tom: "It's been forever since I've been, so how could I turn that down?" Lynette: "'How,' indeed?" Tom's married-forever meter picks up on Lynette's sarcasm, so he starts to grill her. She denies that anything's wrong and laughs dismissively, so Tom turns back to his packing. But then Lynette finally gives in, and all in a rush, she says, "Except that I know you've been to Atlantic City three times in the last month without telling me." Tom bursts into laughter, but Lynette doesn't join him. Tom: "Am I going to have to ruin the surprise? Because it's a really good surprise." Lynette immediately gives him the green light to obliterate the surprise. Tom, with unbridled enthusiasm, reveals that he's up for a top spot at Jerry's firm, "Huffington Promotions." He hands Lynette the business card of "the CEO himself" and challenges her to call the man if she doesn't believe him. Lynette's tension melts, and she puts the business card down on the bed and hugs him in huge relief. And yet...wouldn't Lynette be just as upset by the possibility of Tom taking a job in Atlantic City, thereby uprooting the entire family? Tom, teasingly: "Did you think I was cheating?" Lynette guffaws and then spits out a couple of denials, but then yes, yes, she laughingly agrees that maybe, just maybe, she thought that there was another woman. Tom turns back to his packing, and Lynette continues to say that her suspicions weren't all that nuts, what with the flowers and the show tickets, and...speaking of which, what about those flowers and show tickets? For a split second, Tom's face freezes in a very suspicious way, but then he turns back to Lynette, and, with conviction and sincerity, he tells her that Jerry was his date for the show, and the flowers were "for Milt's wife." Lynette bobs and weaves, bobs and weaves, pretending that she's all totally cool and down with Tom's story, except...why flowers for Milt's wife? Tom, looking fed up now, gives her a look, and she backs down. Lynette retreats from the room, gushing out an "I love you" as she goes. Tom "I love you"s back, and then he turns back to his packing. But then at the last second, Lynette turns back and sees Tom slyly move that business card into his bag -- you know, the one with the phone number that he told Lynette to call to confirm his story? Lynette looks sick, and the "Cheating Cheetah Cheat Cheater" music thrums. Wow, Tom is a liar. An agile and quick-on-his-feet liar. It's kind of surprising he didn't do better back at the old ad job.
Episode Report CardEvany: B+ | 562 USERS: C+
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