Danny Feld/ABC
Tanner Stransky
April 18, 2011 AT 07:40 AM EDT

Leave it to a little death to inject a little life into Desperate Housewives. The end of the road for two of the show’s characters — Beth Young, recently, and Juanita “Mama” Solis, years ago — provided enough fodder to fuel the nighttime soap through yet another strong episode last night, and that was after a particularly robust outing two weeks ago. Last night’s hour was titled “Moments in the Woods,” so it was fitting that it took these two linchpin story lines and their attached parties — Paul and Felicia in one camp, and Bree, Gaby, Carlos, and Andrew in the other — to the woods, albeit separately, to sort out their issues.

Bree and Gaby headed to the great outdoors after finding out that Andrew had gone there alone with Carlos. What’s the issue with these two being alone? Well, after it came to light two weeks ago that Andrew was an alcoholic, the young gay entered Alcoholics Anonymous, like his mother, and began his 12 steps to recovery. Step 8 proved a difficult one for him: Andrew was to list the people he’d done harm to and make amends. At the top of his list wasn’t Bree (she was predictably and hilariously miffed at that!) but instead Carlos, who Andrew wronged by running over his mother with a car when he was a teenager. So now you see why Gaby and Bree — who both were aware of the situation, too, and thought Andrew would take the opportunity to bare his soul to Carlos — ran up the mountain to find the pair on their solo hunting trip. A mad Carlos is never a good thing, especially in a setting with guns readily available.

In that wonderful way that she always does, Gaby summed up the whole situation in a delicious sound bite: “Okay, this is the problem with sobriety — it ruins lives!” Well (and crassly!) put, you insane beast. Andrew’s secret was eventually revealed, rather stupidly by Gaby and Bree, of course, and Carlos flew off the handle and tried to force Andrew to take a drink in remembrance of his ill-fated mother. “Oh, great, we’ve got tension and firearms,” Gaby zinged. “Let’s add alcohol!”

Carlos then ran off, before Bree, Gaby, and Andrew caught up with him at his family mausoleum, where he was mourning his mother’s death in light of the new information about how she died. Andrew earnestly apologized, and vowed to make it right, and Carlos forgave him. But Bree wasn’t so lucky when she marched up to his house with a basket of muffins as an apology for keeping the secret for all these years. “Listen carefully because this is the last thing I am ever going to say to you,” a fuming Carlos told her. “We are no longer friends, not you and me, and not you and Gaby. No barbecues. No cocktail parties. No poker games. You are not to even wave to us on the street. That’s how it’s going to be. You can keep your muffins.” Ouch.

NEXT: Felicia returns and begins to unspool her plan for revenge on Paul Young.

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