"Running to Stand Still" was the 6th episode of Season 1. It originally aired in the United States on Sunday November 7, 2004.
Susan learns more about the mystery surrounding the Young family, when she and Julie discover Zach is at Silvercrest Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, a mental institution. Julie sneaks in with the help of Susan, and talks to Zach about why he's there and about what happened to Dana. Julie later tells her mother about their conversation and begins to search around for clues about Dana. Susan finds no trace of Dana in any school yearbook or documents and is curious to learn what really happened since Mary Alice was such a warm and kind friend to her. Little does Susan know that an item she had purchased at Paul Young's garage sale was wrapped in a baby blanket with the name "DANA" embroidered on the side.
Lynette meets a new rival, Maisy Gibbons, while pitching in to help with a theatre rendition of Little Red Riding Hood at Barcliff Academy. Lynette soon discovers that Maisy Gibbons runs the play committee to her own liking, including neutralizing the ending of the play and shooting down Lynette's suggestion to keep the true ending as Lynette is not doing any "heavy lifting". When Celia Bond breaks her wrist playing tennis, Lynette decides to step up and take on the task of making costumes for the play in order to have the right to comment on the play's new politically correct ending, and suggest they go with the original script. The other mothers timidly agree, but now Lynette is swamped with Maisy's demands for the costumes. If Lynette doesn't want her boys to be taken out of the play, the costumes have to be perfect. Lynette asks Jordana Geist, another mother helping out, how she manages to complete all of her tasks, and she confides in Lynette that she takes her child's ADD medication for energy. Lynette is initially reluctant to follow her steps, but eventually decides to take the medication, finishing the costumes in time as well as putting Maisy Gibbons in her place on opening night.
During couples therapy with Dr. Goldfine, Rex suggests that he and Bree seek the advice of a sex surrogate in order to keep their relationship alive. Bree is horrified at this request and talks privately about it with Dr. Goldfine unexpectedly at a restaurant, embarrassing him with her sensual description of what she likes about sex. Shortly after, Bree surprises Rex at his hotel room where she arrives in a fur coat with only lingerie underneath. As Bree and Rex kiss, Bree cannot help but be distracted by Rex's burrito on the edge of the nightstand, whose contents are about to spill over onto the ground. Bree asks Rex to stop for a moment so she can move the burrito, but he tells her to leave it alone. Bree tries to ignore the burrito, but she can't help it. Bree abruptly stops and pushes the burrito aside, much to Rex's annoyance, and he asks her to leave.
Gabrielle begins to tire of Mama Solis as she continues to follow her around. After Juanita cleans the girls out while playing poker, Carlos reveals that his mother has a gambling addiction, and Gabrielle slyly uses it so she can secretly see John at a motel who is losing interest in her. Meanwhile, Juanita has maxed out the $150,000.00 limit by gambling with Carlos's credit card. Gabrielle turns this to her advantage, offering to cover the loss. Juanita changes her suspicions of Gabrielle's infidelity after her sudden friendship and kindness to her mother-in-law. Carlos then tells her that he revealed to Gabrielle that she knows Juanita had a gambling addiction. As Gabrielle leaves the house, she does not associate with John Rowland signaling to Juanita that he may be the person sleeping with Gabrielle.
- Although credited, Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan) and Mike Delfino (James Denton) do not appear in this episode.
- The episode title Running to Stand Still comes from a U2 song of the same name.
- Dr. Goldfine: Bree, it's not uncommon for people experiencing sexual repression to distance themselves during the act.
- Bree: Is that how you see me? As some sort of prude who just lays there like a cold fish? I love sex.
- Dr. Goldfine: All right...
- Bree: I love everything about it. The sensations, the smells. I especially love the feel of a man. All that muscle and sinew pressed against my body. And then, when you add friction! The tactile sensation of running my tongue over a man's nipple ever so gently. And then there's the act itself. Two bodies becoming one, and that final eruption of pleasure. To be honest, the only thing I don't like about sex is the scrotum. I mean obviously, it has its practical applications, but I'm just not a fan.
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