You Take for Granted

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"You Take for Granted"
Desperate Housewives episode
Episode no. Season 8
Episode 16
Directed by Jeff Greenstein
Written by Matt Berry
Production code 816
Original air date March 11, 2012
Guest appearance(s)
Episode chronology
← Previous
"She Needs Me"
Next →
"Women and Death"
List of Desperate Housewives episodes

"You Take for Granted" is the 173rd episode of the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives. It is the sixteenth episode of the show's eighth season and was broadcast on March 11, 2012.


The police read the details on Alejandro's death; Mike is forced by Susan to tell the police about Ben's loan shark; Carlos' strange behavior about money concerns Gabrielle; at Penny's birthday party, Jane tells Lynette some news; Bree is asked by Karen McCluskey to help her commit suicide; Mike is killed by the loan shark.


According to Nielsen ratings, "You Take for Granted" was watched by 8.39 million viewers and held 2.6/6 rating between 18 and 49 years of age.[1] The episode was competing against The Good Wife on CBS, which was watched by 9.88 million viewers but held a 1.7 rating, the combination of Family Guy and American Dad! on Fox which averaged 5.18 million viewers for the hour, and had a 2.5/6 rating, and Celebrity Apprentice on NBC, which averaged 6.45 million viewers and a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic, leading to the episode placing #1 in the rating in its timeslot. The episode gained an additional 1.8 million viewers and 0.8 rating in the week following the original broadcast due to DVR recordings.[2]


  • In the scene where Bree, Roy and Karen are talking at the car a member of the crew can be seen in the wing mirror.
  • Penny had her birthday in episode 16 in season 6 just like she had in this episode.
  • The episode title comes from the song "Good Thing Going" from Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along.

International titles[edit]

  • Polish: Rzecz oczywista (Something obvious)
  • German: Tod eines Nachbarn (Death of a neighbor)