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Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode 13, "The Best Thing That Could Have Happened"

Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode 13, "The Best Thing That Could Have Happened"

This week's episode of Desperate Housewives features Beau Bridges as basically our steward in a series of flashbacks to the beginning of the series — and even before. Bridges plays the liveliest, most involved, understanding and talkative handyman that ever lived, Eli Scruggs, who touches each of the women's lives in one way or another. He helps Gaby get over herself and befriend her new suburban neighbors and he helps nudge Bree toward finally writing her cookbook. He is there for Susan for each of her breakups and he objectifies Edie when she needs it most. Oh, and he takes the infant Penny out of a sweltering car when Lynette forgets her there.

I can't decide if this whole Eli Scruggs episode is touching or just a little too goofy for my tastes. What did you think? To chat about the stories,


Susan — We learn nothing new about Susan here, since we all know that she falls in love, breaks up, falls in love, breaks up regularly. It is sweet that Eli was around for her outrage over Karl, her despair over Mike and her calm acceptance of being alone after Jackson and I'll admit that it tugged on the heartstrings a little to hear Eli say "You're damn heroic to me." She tells Eli that their relationship has been her most stable one with an adult male, and then Eli dies on her roof.

Bree — I love going back to other times in Bree's life because while she's always the same old Bree in some ways, she's also changed dramatically over the years and it's fun to see the various incarnations of her character. When he was still alive, Rex discouraged Bree from writing her cookbook (Rex, going back decades further than just this flashback: "Now, can you stop this foolishness and make me something to eat that isn't leftovers?") but on the day that she gave up on her dream and threw out her initial writings, Eli was there to pick through her trash, like a good handyman, and take home her notebook. He returns it to her on the night of Rex's funeral.

Gaby — I gotta say, Gaby made me laugh out loud in this episode! Her blithely unaware selfishness is just so outrageous. For some reason I thought the reference to International Coffee was priceless: "Goodbye doing vodka shots with Kate Moss and hello to sipping International Coffee with you girls." Ha! Eli apparently pulled some strings to get Gaby into the ladies' exclusive poker game, so he's dismayed to learn that Gaby behaved so rudely. So, with humility, Gaby goes over to Lynette's with a basket of muffins and presents her true self: A lonely housewife in need of friends. Only then do the other women warm to her.

Lynette — I also laughed at many of Lynette's lines in this episode. Turns out Lynette was annoyed to learn she was pregnant with another baby, and she doesn't care when Tom points out that this time it could be a girl. "Oh, please. You know it's gonna be a boy. It's always a boy. It's just gonna pee in my face and leave dead things in my shoes." She wants to go back to work so badly she struggles to land a job even as she's going into labor (Tom: "Congratulations! Baby's arm is sticking out, why don't you high five it?"). Later, as a frazzled mom with three boys, a baby girl and a new job, Lynette accidentally leaves Penny in the car on a hot day, and Eli gently brings her inside to Lynette. He doesn't judge her and reminds her that she's got a lot on her plate.

Edie — Edie was married to a gay man and feels completely undesirable. Eli assures her a few times that she is still attractive, so Edie has sex with him. This is the end of Edie's storyline with the handyman.

Mary Alice — When Eli first comes to town, Mary Alice notices that he's having a hard time of it and she gives him work putting together a broken vase. Just before she dies, Mary Alice gives Eli the vase and he later feels guilty that he had the chance to help her but didn't. He vows to help people from then on.

Was this a good episode, in your opinion? Did we learn anything new and interesting about the characters? Will you be relieved to get back to normal time with the next episode (in three weeks!)?

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smsoum smsoum 8 years
ok i know this is late but i've got to get it out of my system: what the hell is wrong with marcia cross's wig??? i mean couldnt they have made it look like marcia's hair in season one? sorry but that alone was a bit distracting to me...
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I was crying at the end too! I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one...for some reason, I was really touched by the scene where Eli Scruggs was looking for work on Wisteria Lane and Mary Alice saw the hole in his shoe so she gave him a job. Beau Bridges did a fantastic job.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
i'm not pms'ing and i usually don't cry but this ep made me tear up throughout... it was good to see the old housewives and see mary alice!!!!
Lemerne Lemerne 8 years
I loved it!! But the weird thing is that the part that really made me cry was when Mary Alice was picking up the cards with Eli and she saw the hole in his shoe. I felt so much pity for him... And from then on the episode just got more and more cry-worthy (new word, i know).
bornthisway bornthisway 8 years
i loved it! i thought it was hilarious when the maid whispered, "she likes to make an entrance"
SexyNeverLeft78 SexyNeverLeft78 8 years
I was also bawling the entire ep. Really good writing this season, but the Mary Alice/Eli storyline really did it for me. Seeing Mary Alice at the point of her suicide and how it affected Eli pretty in turn affected ALL of Wisteria Lane and I loved the way the ladies were touched by Eli. Plus, I forgot what a jackass Rex was lol. Really, really good ep, the 5 year fast forward is the best thing Mark Cherry ever did for DH!!!
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
I really loved this episode and maybe I am just overly emotional but I cried quite a few times.
YMO YMO 8 years
I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one tearing up (and not PMSing). I think it was a nice break from the current story line, but I am looking forward to seeing Dave's crazy develop
omigosh omigosh 8 years
linds1019 linds1019 8 years
The episode was okay; it was kind of a waste, being that new episodes are few and far between. I was pretty miffed when I found out that it will be three weeks before we get a new episode...ridiculous.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
Ok, this was by FAR one of the best episodes in a long time. I'm really not enjoying the flashforward business, so going back was great. This one definitely made me cry a few times. Really goood.
smileyface smileyface 8 years
Omg I love Lynette. "If you touch this phone I will have this baby right here and then beat you with it" Hah! So good. I really liked that scene with her and Tom. This was a good epi. I liked how they weaved Eli's story through all of the ladies. Clearly I know Katherine wasn't an original housewife, but she is really not around any this season. The few scene with Mike and a few scenes with Bree but thats it. No real story line of her own, tho I am glad to see that she will be back next episode. Why is that in 3 weeks by the way??!!
flowergirl flowergirl 8 years
My favorite ep of Desperate Housewives ever.
haydee haydee 8 years
i only saw the ending part with Susan's and Mary was a sad part
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
I sat here tearing up and hating myself for it. So I think it was both too goofy and very touching.
hyperhun hyperhun 8 years
I really liked this episode! it was so sweet and sad and i liked the flashbacks. i think it was a good idea for the 100th episode.. ugh three weeks!!
shafiii shafiii 8 years
This episode was soo touching ! i loved it!
mts3282 mts3282 8 years
I am embarrassed to admit this, but I cried throughout the end of this episode!! For some reason, all of Eli's scenes with Mary Alice were so touching. I'm glad that they did this type of episode for the 100th - back to basics. What a great guest spot by Beau Bridges!
amibja amibja 8 years
Oh I loved this episode. It really moved me. Dunno why there is a 3-week-break, maybe because of the Super Bowl Sunday?
JLew1982 JLew1982 8 years
I, also PMS'ing, teared up during the end of the episode. I felt like a dork...but it was a touching episode. That being said, I will be glad to get back to the present-day. There were a lot of funny, memorable lines in this one, though. Why the 3 week break?
meeshee meeshee 8 years
schnappycat, i teared up a lot too!! i'm just a big old sap because i'm not pmsing lol. i thought the episode was great!
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I'm totally PMSing, but I teared up several times while watching. It was surprisingly moving to me, likely because I think Beau Bridges was excellent casting here. And I agree it definitely felt like a good, early episode of the show. It was fun to see several old characters return!
spasiklaki spasiklaki 8 years
IMO this episode felt like the good old days...literally!
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