"I Wish I Could Forget You" is the 29th episode of Desperate Housewives.
Bree and George Williams have an elegant dinner together without the company of her children. The two enjoy pleasant conversation which leads to George unexpectedly kissing her. Bree has no objections and continues to kiss him. However, she asks him to stop, stating she has an itch on her neck. George assumes it is something she ate but Bree believes her hives come from something much different. She shoos George out of the house and her hives comes under control. The following day, Bree visits Dr. Albert Goldfine, who suggests that her sudden breakouts occur because she still feels she is married. Bree shakes off the suggestion but knows deep down that it's true. She decides she will have to overcome this since she would like to continue to see George again. That evening, Bree calls George to ask him if he would like to accompany her on a romantic overnight trip to a hotel. George happily accepts and makes reservations. However, when they arrive at the hotel, Bree once again breaks out into hives. George manages to stop the hives by recommending that the two stay in separate rooms. Later, the two have dinner and George suggests Bree take some antihistamine pills with her wine. While Bree is initially unsure about mixing pills with alcohol, George insists it's fine. George eventually has to support Bree back to her room, and lays her on the bed, and she immediately falls asleep. As Bree sleeps George observes her and takes off his tie. Bree wakes up hours later to find George watching her. She apologizes for her drunkenness and says that George could have slept beside her. George then tells her that he would like to stay but is afraid her rash will return. Bree confesses that her breakouts likely occur because she still feels married, and asks if George can be more patient. George coldly replies that he has been waiting his entire life, and that she shouldn't be surprised if one day he's gone. As he gets up to leave, Bree asks him to stay. Bree tells him that she will just have to get over her hives. The two proceed to kiss and make love. As George sleeps, Bree sits in an armchair with a bathrobe on, wondering if she made the right decision.
Gabrielle walks into the courthouse where she is greeted by David who advises her to quickly change her wardrobe. Gabrielle refuses but David insists. As they walk out, they are followed by Louis, a man who had a restraining order filed against him. He asks David if he can have the order pulled but the woman who filed it would beg to differ. Louis then takes out a gun and points it at David and immediately he pushes Gabrielle out of the way. The gun fires but David blocks it with his briefcase. Louis quickly runs and throws the gun at David, and he catches it. However, when he turns around he is mistakenly shot by a police officer who believes he was the one who had started the gunfire. Gabrielle visits David the following day at the hospital, his first visitor in the two days since he's been there. Gabrielle proceeds to feed him and he wonders whether he should keep the case or not. On the day of Carlos' hearing, David asks the judge for a recess since he cannot represent Carlos. Carlos tells Gaby that he needs to get David back even if that means sleeping with him which he believes is all part of the plan. Carlos is clearly joking and thinks that this is all part of Gabrielle and David's plan. He goes on to say that he would rather be in prison then to have his wife sleep with the lawyer to get him out. The following day, David meets Gabrielle at her house where he follows her to the bedroom. She gives him her offer which involves a secret affair and concludes that she cannot divorce Carlos due to the guilt and humiliation. David proceeds to kiss her but she automatically stops him when she knows that David is doing it out of lust and not of love. She demands that he be in court the following morning ready to defend Carlos.
Lynette is questioned on her fashion sense by Nina when all of her clothes seem outdated and stained. Lynette appeases her co-worker, her boss and ultimately herself when she buys a new set of suits which Tom immediately asks her to return them due to their expensive prices. Lynette agrees thinking about her family's welfare but cannot resist wearing her favorite new suit to a business meeting the following day. Lynette carefully hides the price tag on the suit jacket, but doesn't realize the price tags are also put on the skirts now too. Nina decides to help by pulling it off before the meeting is continued. Lynette is somewhat disappointed but is also very satisfied and tries to win Tom over by buying him a new set of golf clubs. Tom hesitates at first but decides that sometimes parents need something to make them feel special also.
Susan is helping alter Sophie's wedding dress when the question of whether Mike will pop the question arises. Mike advises the two to keep their expectations high but not to expect it anytime soon since he wants it to be spontaneous. Meanwhile Susan discovers Paul Young's arrival home and with the other neighbors calls the police since they believe he killed Martha Huber. When the police arrive, they ask the neighbors the reason why Paul should be arrested and Susan fetches Mike. When the officer asks Mike if he is in possession of Martha's journals or whether he heard a confession from Paul, he denies it. Susan is shocked and the entire neighborhood returns to what they had been doing previously. That evening, Susan asks Mike why he denied having Martha's journals. Mike explains that since he was in possession of a gun, violated his probation and coerced a confession while holding a man at gunpoint, he could be facing 10 to 15 years. Susan is still confused as to why Mike denies having the journals, as in the journals Martha wrote she was blackmailing Mary Alice, to which Mike counters that Martha also wrote she was blackmailing Susan for burning down Edie's house. Mike continues and says he wants to find Zach Young, and having Paul back on Wisteria Lane may mean Zach will soon come back as well. Susan understands but is still uneasy. The next afternoon Susan is visited by Paul, who he asks of Zach's whereabouts after finding his missing persons flyer. Susan claims she doesn't know, and slowly starts to reach for a knife in the sink. When Paul asks her what she's reaching for, she claims that she's trying to get a knife to chop tomatoes, to which Paul grabs a knife from the knife block and slowly advances toward Susan, demanding she tell him where Zach is. Susan starts off vaguely, saying he could be in Utah, but as Paul comes closer, she says he is likely in Bountiful, Utah, where Paul has family, and then she finally confesses and says she gave him the bus fare. Paul leaves, satisfied with her answer. Mike confronts Paul on his reasons for returning to Wisteria Lane and when he tells him that Susan sent Zach away to Utah. Mike runs towards Susan's home where he asks her if she sent Zach away. Susan tries to explain herself, stating how she was concerned about Julie, but when she replies "yes," he runs out of the house disgusted. Susan chases after him in her mother's wedding dress and creates a scene. Mike says they're done, and drives away. Susan sits in the middle of the street sobbing as Paul coldly stares back at her. At that moment, Bree, Lynette and Gabrielle stop what they are doing to comfort a friend who is hurting.
- Although credited, Alfre Woodard (Betty Applewhite), Andrea Bowen (Julie Mayer), Cody Kasch (Zach Young), Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer), Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van de Kamp), Joy Lauren (Danielle Van de Kamp), Mehcad Brooks (Matthew Applewhite) and Page Kennedy (Caleb Applewhite) are absent from this episode.
- The episode's title, "I Wish I Could Forget You", comes from the Stephen Sondheim musical Passion.
- French Title: Pas dans l'ambiance d'amour (Not in The Mood for Love)
- German Title: Ausschläge und Anträge (Rashes and Proposals)
- Italian Title: Vorrei Poterti Dimenticare (I Wish I Could Forget You)
- Hungarian Title: Bárcsak feledni tudnálak! (I Wish I Could Forget You)
- Polish Title: Wysypka i oświadczyny (Rashes and Proposals)
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