What Would We Do Without You?

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"What Would We Do Without You?"
Desperate Housewives episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 22
Directed by Larry Shaw
Written by Bob Daily
Production code 322
Original air date May 13, 2007
Guest appearance(s)
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"What Would We Do Without You?" is the 69th episode of the ABC television series Desperate Housewives. It was also the twenty-second episode of the show's third season. It was written by Bob Daily and directed by Larry Shaw. The episode aired on May 13, 2007.

Ricardo Antonio Chavira submitted this episode for consideration on his behalf in the category of "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" at the 2007 Emmy Awards.[1]

Episode recap[edit]

Mike and Susan go out to dinner, the night exactly a year after he and Susan were meant to get engaged and Mike got run over. Susan waits for Mike to pop the question all night, but Susan is disappointed when he doesn't. On the way home, Susan tells Mike what she expected and when they pull up into Wisteria Lane the trailer Susan decorated on the night they intended to get engaged is waiting on her driveway. They live the experience they were meant to have that night and they get engaged.

Susan calls around, telling everybody the wedding is back on, and that she plans to have the same arrangements as with her and Ian’s wedding. She tells Gaby of their plans but Gaby tells her she's now booked her own wedding for that day. Susan learns she’s taken the exact wedding she and Ian were supposed to have, which leads to an argument. They apologise to each other and Gaby cancels the flowers but leaves the same date. While talking, Gaby and Susan come up with the idea of sharing the wedding day, but the next day they realise they don't want to. To spare Gaby's feelings, she tells her Mike disapproves of the idea. When Gabrielle discusses it with Victor, she’s shocked to learn the press will be at their wedding and that most of Victor’s efforts is all about his image. Gabrielle becomes worried that marrying Victor will be a mistake.

Edie becomes upset when Carlos laughs at the idea of them getting married, when suggested by Mike. Edie asks Carlos if they can move in together but Carlos rejects the idea, having already signed a lease with the owner of Mike's house, Lillian Simms, who's in a nursing home. In an attempt to undo this, Edie visits Lillian and lies about Carlos to get her to rip up the lease, which she does. Under the law she can change her mind within 72 hours of the agreement, Carlos is evicted and Edie offers him a place to stay. Carlos catches on to the fact she has had something to do with this, and she asks him why he won't commit to her. He reveals he's not in love with her, and she tells him she might be pregnant. The pregnancy test comes back negative, and Carlos finds himself disappointed. Finding a new way to keep Carlos, Edie suggests they try having a child even though they're not in love, and Carlos agrees. Edie, however, is still secretly taking her birth control pills.

Lynette and Tom’s marriage continues to decline and Lynette doesn't speak to Tom for five days. In an attempt to rebuild their marriage, Tom gets his old college friend and marriage counselor to try and speak to them without Lynette knowing, but she clocks on to Tom’s actions and becomes even more frustrated with him. With Tom’s doctor informing him on his back recovery, Tom suggests to Lynette they have sex as it's the only way they can communicate unless they talk instead. Lynette agrees to sex and refuses to talk but becomes violent with Tom. In a moment of anger, Tom seizes Lynette and asks why she's mad at him, and she reveals it's because he had lunch with Rick and because she had to fire him. Lynette then shoves Tom back onto the bed, hurting his back. Tom's back spasms and he moves suddenly causing Lynette to fall off the bed, banging her head on the side table. She goes to hospital for her injury and Tom finds out Lynette fell for Rick and misses him. The doctor performs a CT scan on Lynette and finds swollen lymph nodes and suggests they do a biopsy as it could be lymphoma.


Although credited, Bree Hodge (Marcia Cross), Julie Mayer (Andrea Bowen), Orson Hodge (Kyle MacLachlan), Andrew Van De Kamp (Shawn Pyfrom), and Danielle Van De Kamp (Joy Lauren) do not appear in this episode. This is the last episode not to feature Marcia Cross.

Series continuity[edit]

Lynette is warned by the doctor that tests may reveal she is suffering from lymphoma in the episode.

Although mentioned in the very first episode, this is the first time that a member of the Simms family has appeared on the show.

Title reference[edit]

The episode title, What Would We Do Without You? is a song taken from the Stephen Sondheim musical, Company.

International titles[edit]

  • Croatian: Šta bismo mi bez tebe? (What Would We Do Without You?)
  • French: 1001 questions (1001 questions)
  • German: Die Frage aller Fragen (The Question of All Questions)
  • Hebrew: ‏מה היינו עושים בלעדייך?‏ (Ma Hainu Osim Bil'adecha?; What Would We Do Without You?)
  • Hungarian: A nagy kérdés (The Big Question)
  • Italian: Domande (Questions)
  • Polish: Świat bez ciebie byłby pusty (The World Would Be Empty Without You)
  • Spanish: Qué haríamos sin ti (What Would We Do Without You[?])


  1. ^ "2007 Emmys CONFIRMED Episode Submissions". The Envelope Forum, Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2007-06-18.