It ended with a roller-coaster plot line that left two of the financially desperate housewives in the worst kind of nightmare. Only Annie winds up in the catbird seat, at least for now.
To do the co-pay for Ruby's daughter's kidney transplant, the family has to come up with almost $90,000.
The three good girls turn gangstas cook up the scheme to hit the grocery store a second time. Not only will that provide the funds needed. They will also leave evidence in the vault that the store is the site for money laundering and that the one heading that operation is GangFriend.
The caper works. They get the money. The FBI arrests GangFriend. Beth is feeling a surge of power. She talks about a fantasy of taking over GangFriend's territory.
Another sweet development is that the blackmailer comes over to their side and records Kevin admitting raping Annie. For now he's neutralized.
Meanwhile Annie's daughter is being accepted by his classmates at school. The custody battle is over as she and her husband get drunk, get romantic, and call a truce.
Then, as is typical in the plotting, things turn sour.
To begin with, Beth finds out her husband doesn't have cancer. Then when she comes home to confront him and probably kick him out, she finds that GangFriend has worked him over.
GangFriend pushes a gun toward Beth. He taunts her to kill.
The question is: Will she kill her husband, will she kill GangFriend, or will she cave and recognize she is not a criminal?
Obviously, GangFriend is out of FBI custody. He's again a danger to all three households. He has plenty of reason to off all of them. After all, the three arranged for the FBI to arrest him.
The kidney transplant goes fine. But Ruby's husband connects the dots, confronts her about her life of crime, and walks out. Will he return to their life together? Or, will he, as the earnest cop, rat her out. If he turns snitch, all three housewives go down.
What might save the situation is that he has the moment of clarity that he would have to return the almost $90,000 to the grocery store. No way could he raise that kind of money on his own. He's not that innovative.
The scary message is that maybe crime doesn't pay.
Sure, the three grew in a sense of self and confidence from robbing, transporting funny money, and actually participating in the laundering. But all that puts their families in mortal danger. The women love their children.
We will have to wait until next season to find out if Beth has it in her to become a murderer.
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