"Not Particularly Desperate Housewife" is an episode of the animated series American Dad!. The title is a reference to Desperate Housewives, a popular television series. The episode features guest stars Molly Shannon as Kristy White, Paget Brewster as Casey, and Sandra Oh, as Katie.
Francine wants to escape her routine. Stan refuses to eat lasagna which Francine prepared on a day other than Thursday, while neighbor Linda Memari insists on doing jigsaw puzzles with her every Wednesday night. Shopping with Linda at Red State Grocery, Francine sees "the Ladybugs," a group of women with "a fast lane lifestyle and slow motion walk." These women all wear ladybug brooches. At the supermarket's parking lot, Francine sees a woman who was crushed to death by a train of shopping carts, and takes in the dead woman's dog, Fussy. When she brings it home, Stan wants it out of the house because he think's Fussy is too effeminate, until Fussy mauls Roger.
Francine skips puzzle night with Linda to go to an art opening with the Ladybugs at the nightclub . The Ladybugs still refuse to admit Francine, until a misunderstanding causes them to believe Francine is having an affair with the valet. They reveal to Francine the true nature of their organization: they cheat on their husbands. Francine receives a ladybug brooch and tries to maintain the fiction of her affair with the valet.
However, Francine does not want to cheat on Stan, nor does she involve the valet in her charade. When Francine refuses to show her lover to the Ladybugs, she asks to leave the organization. The Ladybugs refuse, because they fear Francine could betray their secrets, and they have no secrets on her with which to counter-blackmail her. They tell her they wouldn't want her to wind up like Anne Flemming. Francine does some research, and learns that Anne Flemming was the woman who was crushed by the shopping carts in the beginning. The Ladybugs make it apparent that they are able to get to Francine at any time since practically every woman in Langley Falls (except perhaps, Linda) is a Ladybug. They prepare to kill Francine at the supermarket parking lot the same way they killed Anne, but she is saved in the nick of time by Linda, who passionately kisses her so that the Ladybugs think that Francine's affair is with a woman. Believing that they have a good enough counter-blackmail they leave her alone with a warning. Francine thanks Linda for faking that kiss, though Linda awkwardly hints that it may not have been fake after all, and runs off.
Meanwhile, after mauling Roger many times, Stan takes a liking to Fussy and begins acting rather effeminate himself. While Roger eats a dog biscuit for food, Fussy stops to lick him instead of attack him; Roger decides to use this feature to make Stan jealous. Stan, who has grown more concerned about Fussy rather than Francine's problems, sees Fussy "cheating" on him with Roger. Fearing that Fussy will leave him, Stan tries to establish his authority as "alpha male" by attacking Roger (and, in the process, reveals Steve and Klaus living in Hayley's closet, whom Hayley locked there as punishment for reading her diary). By this time, however, Fussy runs away and goes to live with a hobo in an alley. Stan grows depressed, but he decides to put it all behind him. He and Francine meet up in the end, both eager to return to their daily routines.
Local woman crushed by shopping carts
By Howard "Scoop" Yang, Gardening Desk
A local woman was crushed to death yesterday by a row of runaway shopping carts in the parking lot of Red State Grocery, a humorously named hangout of both bored housewives and the posh socialite they envy. Police report that Anne Flemming (see obituary in previous freeze-frame joke) was crushed by the carts as she exited the store.
And when I say crushed, whoo-eh, do I mean it. Far too violent to show on Fox, even in cartoon form. We're talking blood, guts, bones sticking out of skin, the works.
I wasn't there, but I heard her neck was ripped open (the "article" interrupts here).
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