Desperate Housewives

Season 8 Episode 16

You Take for Granted

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 11, 2012 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Susan convinces Mike to go to the police when she discovers that Ben's loan shark is out to get him, which could have dire results. Meanwhile, Gabrielle is justifiably concerned when Carlos exhibits some strange behavior on his first day back to work, and Tom's girlfriend, Jane, drops a bombshell on Lynette during Penny's birthday party. In the meantime, Mrs. McCluskey, who is suffering from terminal cancer, asks Bree to help put an end to her life.


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  • 8.16 "You Take for Granted"

    Written by: Matt Berry

    Directed by: Jeff Greenstein


    Yeah, well ... we totally did take you for granted Mr. Delfino. Ever since season 2. And now you are dead which is kinda shocking because I thought Susan was gonna live happily ever after. Damn it. Lynette almost let Jane choke to death. Heartless bitch. Jane did not steal your husband from you, you drove him away! She needs to die - Jane should do the honors and cut her annoying throat. Gabs was selfish - how new is that again? lol, Carlos is now spiritually connected and wants to give all his money to some former employers. This guy is batshit crazy. Juanita almost fell of the roof because of the cat a l 1970s sitcom. Renee had 2 scenes - one with Bree (who had a problem with agitated McCluskey, explain it later) and one with Susan when they talked about loan shark threatening Mike to kill him. Which he did at the end of the ep and it was amazingly done. Bree promised McCluskey to help her die / kill her which was odd but you never know with DH these days. All in all the episode as a whole is 7 for me, but I loved the last scene so so much with the nostalgic montage of old scenes/memories that I just had to give it a 9 :) see ya.moreless
  • Mike Goes To The Police When The Loan Shark Is Hunting Him. Jane Crashes Penny's Birthday Party And Bree Is Asked To End Karen's Life.

    Aside from its obvious significance in that it is the end for one of the beloved characters (next episode is Women and Death), "You Take For Granted" is memorable for other reasons. One such reason are the excellent performances by all the cast members. Their firey acting is just terrific. It's a shame that we won't see many of those in the future anymore. The best storylines in this episode were Carlos' storyline and Mike's storyline. It was great when Carlos got mad at Gaby about her selfish acts. The reason why i'm giving it a "10", is the final scene. The death of a beloved character brought more spark to the show. The final montage was so beautifiul and it made me cry. I think that it was a good ending to this special character. The episode ends with a crazy cliffhanger. Flawless. 10/10.moreless
  • So sad! :'(

    Wow, this was unexpected and depressing. Not the ending I was hoping for. I assumed Karen would be the one to die, seeing as how she was planning suicide throughout the episode, but it was not to be.

    The storyline with Carlos and Gaby was different and a little interesting in places, but for the most prt, not very dramatic, and very few epic Gaby quotes in this episode, which was a little disappointing.

    Meanwhile, Bree & Karen's storyline was really emotional in som e ways, and funny in others. The Suicide Pie was a funny conecpt, in a ll honesty! I found it funny!

    Lyntte's storyline has been borderline torture to watch for the last season or two, and that continues today, as expected. It's honestly not even worth watching any scenes with Lynette in them these days. So disappointing.

    But obviously the part that was best in this episode was the loan shark storyline. I don't wanna spoil exactly how this ends, but it was shocking, emotional and upsetting! I can't wait to see what happens netx!

    One things for sure! Desperate Housewives continues to supply the excellent drama, and I can't wait to see what lies ahead, even though I am extremely depressed to see this show go! :(moreless
  • With the exception of Lynette and the ending, this episode does not fit in with the rest of season 8.

    Season 8 has been quite splendid. So full of life. Colorful and crowded in the cosy way. This episode however felt messy. Desperate Housewives usually does a good job at splitting the laughs and tears into the right places, but this one was too dynamic for my liking. Between laughing at Lynette trying to get into every picture, and frowning at how upsetting it'll be to lose Ms. Mcluskey, it was all to exhausting to watch. The ending left me angry. Really angry. Every foundation of Desperate Housewives had been destroyed this season. Tom and Lynette, not together. Carolos, drunken disaster. The Bree we used to know is losing her mind and now they kill of Mike.

    I am really, really enjoying season 8 and it's shaping up to becoming one of my favorite seasons on the show, but this one felt like a step in the wrong direction.moreless
  • No, don't kill Mike!

    No, don't kill Mike!

    Then again, the series is ending anyway, so I guess it's not quite so bad.
Jayne Entwistle

Jayne Entwistle


Guest Star

Derek Webster

Derek Webster

Detective Harrison

Guest Star

Stuart Pankin

Stuart Pankin


Guest Star

Daniella Baltodano

Daniella Baltodano

Celia Solis

Recurring Role

Orson Bean

Orson Bean

Roy Bender

Recurring Role

Andrea Parker

Andrea Parker


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • "You Take for Granted" was watched by 8.39 million viewers and held a 2.6/6 rating between 18 and 49 years of age. The show lost out to what is arguably its main competitor, The Good Wife, which aired on CBS to 9.88 million viewers.

    • In the scene where Bree, Roy and Karen are talking by the car, the reflection of a crew member can be seen in the wing mirror.

    • Continuity Error: Lynette reminds Tom that he's only known Jane for three months. However, Bree states, in this very same episode, that she tried to take her life three months before, and Tom had met and started dating Jane long before that.

    • Continuity Error: Carlos says in this episode that he's been sober for 34 days. However, Bree states that she tried to commit suicide three months before this episode's events, which was around the time Carlos was last sent to rehab.

    • Penny's birthday is commemorated in this episode. However, in episode 8.01, Tom mentions that Penny's birthday had taken place to weekends prior, and in episode 8.04 Penny tells her mother, when she's given a Tablet, that her birthday had occurred one month prior.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Mrs. McCluskey: (telling Bree why she went to her to help her die) I need someone cold and heartless.
      Bree: And that's me?
      Mrs. McCluskey: A dying woman's sitting in front of you, and you haven't even offered a cup of coffee. What does that tell ya?

    • Mrs. McCluskey: Did you mean what you said today? About helping me with anything I need? 'Cause a lot of people say that, but they don't mean it.
      Bree: No. No, I meant it.
      Mrs. McCluskey: You sure? Because let's be honest. You and I never really liked each other.
      Bree: We haven't?
      Mrs. McCluskey: No.
      Bree: Well, I definitely meant what I said. Whatever you need, consider it done.
      Mrs. McCluskey: Good. I want you to help kill me.

    • Gabrielle: You had to get the girls a cat, didn't you? Even though you know I'm allergic.
      Carlos: Oh, you say you're allergic to everything you don't like... Cats, raisins, the vacuum cleaner...
      Gabrielle: Hey, that's medically verified.

    • Mary Alice: (narrating) We all take the gift of life for granted. If only we could slow things down... Because before you know it, the gift is gone.

    • Mary Alice: In our neighborhood there are people we see every day, and every day we take them for granted. As we go about our lives, we may be busy with a mundane task, and miss one another completely, or we might give a polite wave only to return to what we were doing. One minute we are spending time with a loved one, and the next we are wrapped up in our work, or preoccupied with our own problems. What a shame these neighbors take each other for granted, because in just a few days one of these people will be dead.

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