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Tanner Stransky
October 03, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EDT

It was a slow week in Fairview. That is to say, ahem, that very little of interest happened on last night’s new episode of Desperate Housewives: Gaby and Carlos’ sex life petered out (literally), and she tried to spice it up with a stripper; Susan morosely moped around town, trying to get in trouble so she could be punished and feel less guilty about the murder she’s helping to cover up with the other ladies; Lynette and Tom bickered about how to raise the kids (and she did one hell of a keg stand); and Renee continued to try to get her hooks into new neighbor, Ben — and it seemed to work. Oh right, and haggy ol’ Karen McCluskey also triumphantly returned to the Lane, woo hoo!

But it was Bree’s storyline that justified the episode’s title, “Making the Connection,” which picked up just seconds after last week’s installment that found Bree discovering the exact same note — “I KNOW WHAT YOU DID. IT MAKES ME SICK. I’M GOING TO TELL.” — in her mailbox that Mary Alice also received back in the show’s epic first season. The “Connection,” it appears, is Bree’s current love interest, Detective Chuck Vance, who should only exist on the series with his shirt off. Turns out that — per a call from the imprisoned Paul Young, whose memory suddenly was jogged — Chuck is the same detective that Paul told about the note during the investigation about Mary Alice. Something is fishy here, eh?

There seem to be a couple of scenarios that could play out. First, there’s the option that Chuck somehow knows exactly what he’s doing and targeted dating Bree so that he could put all the pieces together with her crime, although that’d be rather odd, considering that the pair started dating before Bree helped to cover up a murder. (And wouldn’t he have just arrested her by now?) Or, there’s the simple possibility that Bree now has to completely stay on board with Chuck — despite wanting to break up with him — because he could know something and get all the ladies in trouble. No prison time if she keeps pleasing him, maybe? What kind of world of hurt is headed her way?

But truly, there’s likely a deeper “Connection” here — one that we don’t know about quite yet. That look in Bree’s eyes, though, at the end of the episode — as she was forced to hug the delightfully fresh-out-of-the-shower Chuck — basically screamed: “Help!” Ugh.

What did you think of last night’s episode of Desperate Housewives? Are you intrigued that Chuck is the “Connection” to Mary Alice? What are your theories?

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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