"Opening Doors" is the 84th episode of Desperate Housewives.
Susan meets her ex-husband, Karl, at a Lamaze class, and finds out that he has remarried and is having another child. Lynette learns who was responsible for starting the fire at Rick’s restaurant. Bree wants Orson to turn himself in to the police. Gabrielle rents a room to a hip artist, Ellie, who has a dark secret. Dylan continues meeting with her father, Wayne, and Katherine decides to go spy on her.
Susan reconnects with ex-husband Karl while she is in Lamaze pregnancy class. She and Julie met Karl and his present wife Marisa at the class. Karl says offensive statements to Susan, like she has aged, gained weight and so on and brags about Marisa being a law professor. Furious, Susan brings Mike to the next class dressed in a suit. Mike lied about him now hiring people to do plumbing and having a great social life, but then he goes on and tells Karl and Marissa the reason he missed the previous class: He was getting the 30-day chip which signifies he has successfully been through 30 days without drugs. Susan is unhappy that Mike told them about his drug addiction, but Mike told her that he should be honest about who he is and he does not care what Karl thinks. The next class Karl told her that Mike tries to be honest as he loves her, unlike Karl who was always dishonest to her.
The twins, Preston and Porter are punished to do chores for burning Rick's restaurant. Tom suggested to take the boys to therapy, which Lynette is against. One morning, Lynette overheard the twin's conversation. They hinted that it was actually someone else's idea of setting the fire, and then at Lynette's command confessed that this "someone else" was Kayla. She then confronts Kayla about the incident. Kayla says that the boys wanted to hurt Rick with dynamite. Kayla told Lynette that she was merely joking when she told them that everyone has matches instead of dynamite. Lynette is shocked that Kayla was incredibly calm and showed no remorse, so she took Kayla to the therapist without Tom's knowledge. In the waiting room, Kayla suggested to talk to the police as well, which Lynette thinks is unnecessary. Tom argues with Lynette subsequently after that while Kayla crept outside the house with an umbrella. She manages to convince the twins that she had just jumped off from the roof (in reality she jumped off from the porch), and Preston broke his arm while he attempted what Kayla told him. Lynette notices Kayla's cold stares as she and Tom take Preston to the hospital.
Bree gives Orson an ultimatum in the beginning of the episode, where she suggested him to surrender himself to the police. Orson regrets his actions and asks her for forgiveness, but told Bree that he can't go to jail, and Bree asks him to leave. Orson waited at the front lawn drunk one night, and told Bree he can turn to the police and explain that he was sleepwalking while he ran over Mike. Bree is more upset about his idea. When Edie drove by and saw Orson and Bree, Bree told Edie to send him back to the apartment. Orson refused to go back to the apartment and she allowed him to stay overnight at her house. Bree confronts Edie that she is uncomfortable about Orson staying overnight with Edie and is concerned that she might start an affair with Orson (with precedences with Karl, Mike and Carlos). Edie told Bree that she is uninterested in Orson, and she will allow Orson to stay as long as he wants. Bree begged Edie to consider their friendship. Fearing that her relationship with Orson might be jeopardized, Edie slams the door on Bree. Edie then convinces Orson to stay longer as she gets herself drunk from Orson's martinis. She talked about Bree being too prefect and people occasionally make mistakes. Orson and Edie both kissed after that (they mutually think it was inappropriate), and Bree notices it when she found Ida's cat Toby in front of Edie's house (Karen McCluskey was looking for it throughout the episode).
Gabrielle rents out her guest room to earn some money, and an art student named Ellie responded to the classified and moves in with the Solis's. When Gabrielle wants to borrow a nail file from Ellie, she saw a man in Ellie's room (who was different looking than a man she saw earlier in the day), which made Gabrielle feel awkward. She then noticed Ellie counting some money after the man left, and made a conclusion that Ellie is a prostitute. Gabrielle then asks Bob to act as someone who wants to have sex with Ellie to catch her in the act. Bob seemed reluctant about the plan, but his partner Lee voluntarily wants to play the role. However, the plan turns sour when Ellie slapped and kicked Lee. When Gabrielle apologized and confessed her intentions, Ellie told Gabrielle that she is running a tattoo parlor in the room so that she can earn some money to open her own shop. Ellie forgives Gabrielle and agrees to stay longer. It turns out that Ellie is actually a drug dealer and there are significant amounts of drugs in her drawer.
Dylan claims that she is dating a boy in school, which Katherine only heard about but had not seen yet, in reality she is meeting her father, Wayne for dinner every night. One night, Wayne would come clean to Katherine and tell her how sorry he is. Katherine discovers their secret meeting when she decided to spy on Dylan one night. Dylan then admits that she is lying about a boy she's seeing and she was seeing her father and then invited him to the house. Wayne told Katherine that he has changed after 12 years, and she told him she is no longer afraid of him anymore. When Wayne left the house, Katherine sighed in relief, and it is revealed that she hid a revolver in the drawer.
- This episode got 16.76 million viewers in its original US airing.
- A scene between Bree, Edie, Karen and Lynette where Bree informed them she and Orson were separating was cut for time.
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