Lynette is sitting at the table, waiting for Tom to return from Pleasure Island. He walks in, unkempt, untucked, and with the last dregs of a huge bag of kettle korn in hand. He looks tired and sick, and if you've ever eaten that much kettle korn, which is pretty much impossible to avoid once you take that first handful, then you know exactly how he feels. Lynette asks him if he had a fun day, and Tom laughs that, as a matter of fact, he did: "Probably had the most fun that I've had a long time." Lynette reminds him that she never told him to quit, and Tom agrees, but on the other hand she did make sure that his career went nowhere for the next twenty years. Lynette: "I don't know what to say." Tom: "I hear 'please forgive me' is popular." Hoo, hee! Lynette says that yes, she is sorry, and that she didn't want to hurt Tom, she just wanted to protect the family, and that the traveling he'd have been doing if he'd actually landed that promotion would have meant that they never would have seen him. Tom: "You're right, you're right. That promotion would have just killed us. And this," he stops to give her back a robust and possibly sarcastic rubdown, "is going to all work out!" It's all going to work out because Tom's decided that Lynette is going to go back to work and he's going to be a stay-at-home dad. Lynette thinks that's crazy, but Tom argues that both of them know she's better at the "ad game" than he is, and that she's always complained about how hard it is to be a mom. Lynette makes a good show of it by saying, "Yes it is hard, but I love it too, and I've been doing it for six years, and I haven't complained...the entire time." Tom: "Fair enough. But be honest: secretly you miss the ad game, dontcha? You miss the pressure, and the deadlines, and the power lunches." As Tom says this, Lynette's face slowly lights up. She admits that may be so, but they need to do some long, hard considering before they decide. "I already made the decision," Tom says brightly. "You're going back to work." He gets up from the table and we get a long, lingering shot of Lynette, looking as though she's getting probed in some new, alien way, and the sensation isn't half bad.
Episode Report CardEvany: B+ | 1330 USERS: C+
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