Crime Doesn’t Pay

“Crime Doesn’t Pay”

Desperate Housewives episode

Episode no.
Season 5
Episode 16

Directed by
Larry Shaw

Written by
Jamie Gorenberg

Production code

Original air date
March 8, 2009

Guest appearance(s)

Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey
David Starzyk as Bradley Scott
Ion Overman as Maria Scott
Christopher Rich as Bruce
Megan Hilty as Shayla Grove
Don Moss as Father Drance
John Ciccolini as Man in Pizzeria

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“Crime Doesn’t Pay” is the 103rd episode of the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives. It is the sixteenth episode of the show’s fifth season and aired on March 8, 2009.
Mike moves in with Katherine and she decides to throw a housewarming party. While inviting the women, they notice Susan and Katherine being very civil and Edie asks them about it.
Tom is having a close out sale and Orson drops by and notices a salt shaker but Tom says it is not for sale. Tom gets mad at Orson for thinking his situation is like Orson’s. Orson is losing his practice because he went to prison. When Tom leaves to help bargainers, Orson steals the salt shaker. Later, he is picking up his jacket from the couch when the shaker falls out of the pocket and Bree asks where he got it. Bree demands he bring it back to Tom but he refuses because Tom was rude.
When Susan brings over her punch bowl, she notices a painting hanging that Katherine says she loves so Susan reveals that she painted it while on her honeymoon with Mike. After Susan leaves, Katherine takes it down and hangs a picture of Mike and her in its place. At the party, Susan shows them the painting but is surprised that it is gone so when Mrs. McClusky calls Katherine over she explains that it broke when she dusted it. Susan chooses to believe but goes to check the garage anyway, and finds the painting in perfect condition. She tells Mike about it and he yells at her upstairs with everyone listening. Susan shows up the next day and takes the painting back and tells Katherine it is between her and her ex which makes Katherine smile.
After their close out sale, Tom and Lynette have enough money to settle most of their financial problems including paying Bree back. Bree wants to help Tom find a job so she calls her publicist, Bruce, and invites him over to dinner. Lynette tells Tom about the job intervie