Desperate Housewives

Season 8 Episode 4

School of Hard Knocks

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 16, 2011 on ABC
8.2
out of 10
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124 votes
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After disobeying the rules of student drop-offs at the front of Juanita's school, Gabrielle makes it her mission to get even with a parent volunteer (guest star Beth Littleford) who banishes her to a faraway parking lot. Meanwhile, Bree discovers that her daughter Danielle's (Joy Lauren) new business may not be as wholesome as she first thought, and Lynette begins to suspect that Tom may be dating someone. Susan tries to ease her guilt by taking an art with no-nonsense instructor Andre Zeller (guest star Miguel Ferrer).

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  • 8.04 "School of Hard Knocks"

    5.0
    Written by: Marco Pennette

    Directed by: David Grossman

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    Ok, not my favorite episode. I was laughing a little bit at Bree & Danielle stuff and all this sex swings business. Renee had good funny one-liners and she made a good point about Lynette looking like a trash. Susan had the beginning of that insanely long and boring art crappy storyline with Miguel Ferrer who always plays the same character on every show. Lynette met Tom's new girlfriend Jane - played by amazing Andrea Parker. Gaby had a filler stuff (plus boring) with this PTA president portrayed by Beth Littleford, she was also in 7.21, played her part well and was very funny. But this was a very very weak ep - 5/10



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  • Not the greatest storylines, but still insanely funny!

    9.0
    I did think that this episode was a little lacking in terms of the storylines, which is why I couldn't score it a perfect ten. However, I definitely loved Gaby's storyline! It was amazing and hilarious, and I lved it a lot!



    Susan's, Bree's and Lynette's storylines were OK, but not as exciting as several other episodes. Bree's was the next best, with her daughter returning, but that sex swing was a little random!



    Like I said, I didn't think the storyylines were too good, but the episode was very funnty! The scene with Lynette and Renee working out at the exercise place was just hilarious!!! And Bree stuck in the swing was hilarious too! Gaby's whole storyline was funny!



    Not a bad episode at all! But I hope there's a little more substance netx week!moreless
  • School of Hard Knocks

    8.0
    School of Hard Knocks was a great and entertaining episode of Desperate Housewives. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had good character and plot development for many of the characters. I thought it was cool how Susan wanted to take an art class, and how the teacher forced emotions out of her. I also thought it was funny when Bree discovered the truth about her daughter's business. Gabby has pushed some boundaries and now she will be forced into a new lifestyle she never wanted. Lynette makes some surprising discoveries of her own about Tom. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!

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Jake Soldera

Jake Soldera

Benjamin Katz

Guest Star

Beth Littleford

Beth Littleford

Dana

Guest Star

Melissa Greenspan

Melissa Greenspan

Cindy

Guest Star

Andrea Parker

Andrea Parker

Jane

Recurring Role

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer

Andre Zeller

Recurring Role

Joy Lauren

Joy Lauren

Danielle Katz

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • It is mentioned in this episode that Bree went to Danielle's and Leo's wedding. However, the episode "Kids Ain't Like Everybody Else" had previously established that the weekend the Katz family spent at the Hodge house marked the first time Leo met Bree, and in it Bree tells her husband that when Danielle came back to get Benjamin she was married to a lawyer, leading us to believe that their wedding hadn't even been announced to Bree before Danielle's return.

    • When Bree and Danielle have their heartfelt talk in the kitchen, in their final scene together, Bree is seen stroking her daughter's hair, and then resting her hands on Danielle's shoulders. In the following shot, she is still stroking the hair, and in the next shot she's got her hands around her head. In the following shot, she's got her hands on Danielle's shoulders again. Then, Bree and Danielle embrace, and it appears as though Bree's got her hands on her daughter's lower back, but in the following shot they're far higher, next to the neck.

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