TRIP BEGS BREE TO COME CLEAN ABOUT ALEJANDRO'S MURDER WHEN HER TRIAL BEGINS TO GO SOUTH...Trip begs Bree to tell him what really happened the night of Alejandro's murder as her trial begins to go south and it looks like she's about to be convicted.
Meanwhile, Gaby tries to come up with a solution that will take the burden off of Bree.
Elsewhere, Susan tries to keep the sale of her house private until she's had a chance to break the news to the ladies. Katherine Mayfair returns to Wisteria Lane and offers Lynette an intriguing job opportunity - which could end her chances of reconciling with Tom.The women all agree to take care of Mrs. McCluskey when they discover that she wants to die with dignity at home.
However, Susan finds herself at wits end when Julie goes into labor at the most inopportune time; and Renee is shocked to discover that, as their wedding nears, Ben has been arrested and thrown in jail.
original airdate--May 13,2012 rating--11.12 million*
songs--Theme song--"Desperate Housewives" by Danny Elfman
Title reference: The episode title "Finishing the Hat" is the title of a song from the Stephen Sondheim musical, Sunday in the Park with George.
Goof: when Lynette was giving her wedding speech to Renee and Ben. When the camera closed in on the newlyweds, the microphone and glass of wine Lynette was holding switched hands.
*--By the end of its eighth season, it had surpassed Charmed as the longest running hour-long drama featuring all female leads.
*--Last time the ratings were this high was back in season 7.16 "Searching" 11.35 and the last highest rated episode was back in season 1.23 "One Wonderful Day" 30.62 which NO program in the past couple of decades has never seen a 30+ rating.