According to my parents:
Carlos's take: This episode was much too close to real life. It was depressing without being at all interesting or very unusual, like it usually is. They must have switched writers or directors. This show has changed.
Karen's take: Where is Brenda? What's going on? Where is all the kinky sex? That is what made the show so great in the first place!!!
My take: Something is fishy here. I think next week we will find out that was just a fake out and everything is as fucked up as it always is. At least I hope so...