Desperate Housewives

Season 8 Episode 10

What's to Discuss, Old Friend?

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 08, 2012 on ABC
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Episode Summary

With a gun at her side, Bree prepares to end it all, now that her friends have abandoned her and her life continues to spiral further into despair. Meanwhile, Gabrielle begins to suspect that Carlos may have had something to do with Detective Chuck Vance's murder. An angry Tom cancels his plans to go to Paris with his girlfriend when Lynette confesses that she's an accomplice to murder and may soon be arrested. Susan makes up her mind to go to New York to become a true artist - with or without Mike.


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  • Bree Is Ready To Kill Herself When Her Friends Have Abandoned Her. Gaby Tries To Find Carlos And Lynette Makes A Confession To Tom.

    Desperate Housewives returned better than ever after the mid-season break. Finally it seems that the plot is going somewhere. The last episode ended with Bree in a motel room grabbing her gun and ready to kill herself. I liked the way how the scene ended at the motel. Another strong point in this episode was Vanessa Williams's excellent performance. In my opinion, it is her best performance during her run in the show up to this point. Finally, she was serious and did not try to be funny. The music in this episode is awesome and creepy. However I can't rate this as a "10". There are a few flaws in this episode. I can't understand that what made Gaby talk to the police about Chuck's death. It was silly and stupid. The ending scene with Mike and Susan was good, but it could have been much better if it was not copied from their previous scene in the episode. And once again, Desperate Housewives gave us an wonderful cliffhanger ending. I am looking forward to the next episode.moreless
  • 8.10 "What's to Discuss, Old Friend?"

    Written by: Wendy Mericle

    Directed by: David Grossman


    This was a beautiful episode of Desperate Housewives and when I watched it on 1/9/2012 I was just reminded of the good old days. Vanessa Williams proved to be a great addition to the cast and everybody seems to like Renee more this season. Her relationship with Bree is very sweet, it was great when she saved her from suicide. The only weak link of this episode is Susan and her weird storyline. Lynette and Tom had some powerful stuff and the ending was surprising since she sent him to Paris to meet his girlfriend Jane there. Gaby was her usual selfish ego when she went to the police and asked all those questions. All in all - this had an early season vibe in it. 10/10moreless
  • Love it!!

    Love it!!
  • One word: EPIC!!!

    What an amazing episode! So much drama in the aftermath of Vance's death. Bree is ready for suicide, while we see an interesting and amazing new side of Renee, which I just loved seeing!

    Gaby was at her hilarious best at the police sation as usual. She is just amazingly hilarious!!!

    Meanwhile, I thought Lynette & Tom's storyline was rather interesting for once. And Susan sets off on a task to ease her guilt. Should be interesting to see how that pans out! :)

    But the best part was the cliffhanger at the very ending of the episode! Another note: "You're Welcome" ot Bree! I can't imagine who this comes from! I can't wait to see how this develops!!!moreless
  • How the mighty have fallen ...

    This episode wasn't bad, but it's not even close to what we were used to with DH. It's like the writers run out of ideas. ABC - the 'cancel it without warning' network, actually gave the once great show a one year warning, to pack up and have a proper ending. So far,, this is by far their worse season and this is simply unacceptable! They are building up worthless episodes on the poor to begin with storyline with Gabriella's stepdad that they formed out of thin air in the last couple of episodes of previous season.moreless
Rob Reinis

Rob Reinis


Guest Star

Lee Meriwether

Lee Meriwether


Guest Star

Jeremy Rowley

Jeremy Rowley


Guest Star

Christine Clayburg

Christine Clayburg

Anchor Woman

Recurring Role

Michael Dempsey

Michael Dempsey

Detective Murphy

Recurring Role

Daniella Baltodano

Daniella Baltodano

Celia Solis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Renee: (to Bree) Ever since we met you've been spouting those Sunday school phrases, making folks think you're this grand lady. Well, I got your number now. And you are nothing but a middle-aged skank in a Nancy Reagan nightie.

    • Renee: (to Bree) You think I won't hit you? I once slapped a waitress because she forgot my croutons. You are dead!

    • Carlos: What the hell are we doing here? There are cops everywhere.
      Gabrielle: It's a cop's funeral. What'd you expect? Clowns?

    • Bree: Did you take the laces out of all my sneakers?
      Renee: Yeah, and I also got rid of all your knives, razors, pills, cleaning fluid and your shower curtain.
      Bree: How could I kill myself with a shower curtain?
      Renee: You can't. I just thought it was ugly.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Canada: January 8, 2012 on CTV
      Norway: February 21, 2012 on TV2
      Germany: February 29, 2012 on ProSieben
      Finland: March 5, 2012 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: November 29, 2012 on Prima LOVE


    • Episode Title: The title of this episode comes from a lyric in the song "Old Friends", taken from the Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along.