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Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode 19, "Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know"

Desperate Housewives Rundown Episode 19, "Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know"

Instead of Mary Alice this week, we have guest dead voice Edie narrating from the grave on Desperate Housewives. The episode follows Lynette, Gaby, Susan, Bree and Mrs. McCluskey as they drive four hours each way to deliver Edie's ashes to her son, Travers. Along the way, they reminisce about Edie, eternal frenemy.

You know, I don't expect DH to be television's finest hour every week — that's not why I tune in. But this episode is still probably among my least favorite of all DH episodes ever. One basic problem with waxing nostalgic about Edie is that Edie's not a particularly likable character. And the moments meant to make her seem more sympathetic are hard to buy (I find it hard to believe that she visited Orson in jail every week). Also, it seems like we just did this whole every-housewife-has-a-tale-about-a-dead-person thing, when Beau Bridges' character died in "The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened." What do you think about Edie's farewell episode? Were you moved? To chat about it all,


Susan — In the end, when each woman gets a little bit of Edie to spread around her yard, Susan's word for Edie is not one word, but four: "One of a kind." Her story about Edie reveals that the two were actually quite friendly at first — until Edie told Susan that Karl was cheating on her, and Susan thought Edie was lying. Turns out Edie was right, but the damage was done and their friendship remained strained.

Bree — Bree's word for Edie is "perceptive." Apparently, after leaving Wisteria Lane, Edie lived close to the jail where Orson was serving time and she visited him weekly. Bree confronted her about this, but only left feeling ashamed that she couldn't bring herself to visit her own husband. This leads to some honest conversation with Orson and a moment of reconciliation between them.

Gaby — Gaby's word for Edie is "sexy." Gaby's story is more believable than some of the others — she goes out with Edie to a singles bar and the two compete to see who can get the most men to buy them drinks — but it isn't all that fun to watch, actually. I couldn't help thinking that they both seemed silly and immature. Anyway, at the end of the night Edie falls into a contemplative mood and tells Gaby her youth is quickly fading, and she knows she'll die before she reaches 50. Thinking back on this, Gaby thinks it's kind of eerie.

Lynette — Lynette's word for Edie is "strong" because when Lynette was undergoing chemotherapy, Edie brought her to a bar and gave her a talking-to about being even stronger in the face of cancer. I felt a little badly for Lynette in this scene. As a cancer fighter she dealt with Tom ridiculing her appearance and Edie telling her she's weak. This character has had a ridiculously tough time!

Mrs. McCluskey — When the women arrive at Travers' school and he appears largely unaffected by news of his mother's death, McCluskey grabs him by the tie (yikes!) and forces him to listen to her story about Edie and how she found it difficult to give up her son, but she did it to save him from Edie's inability to be a good mother. The wind (or "Edie") blowing open McCluskey's door is pretty cheesy — even for DH — but I do think that the odd, unlikely friendship between Edie and Mrs. McCluskey was endearing. Farewell, Edie!

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fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
was completely bored with this ep. i think i mentioned this in another post, but way too much like the beau bridges ep. never really like edie much - but yet dh will def be interesting w/o her. now, can we get edie's creepy husband already and wrap up that storyline?! i'm tired of him too.
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 8 years
I keep fastforwarding in this episode....everything seems so forced and cliche...and yep, there's already an episode similar (and better done) to this one. Also, I find Nicolette's voice over is lazy and uninspired, it's almost like she knows her character is gone forever, and she's not even bother trying. One big disappointment when I'm so looking forward to this episode back from break....:( I think they have to learn how to show without heavy-handed telling...
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
ohhh i didnt finish watching it yet.. i didnt know they were giing the ashes to travers!!! the suspense is gone now :-(
wren1 wren1 8 years
The lamest episode. And their frozen faces, especially Marcia Clark, are getting on my nerves. If you're an actor, your face needs to move for us to believe you.
Countess827 Countess827 8 years
The Beau Bridges episode was more endearing since it was a character that we didn't know on a typical basis so it gave us more insight into this man who helped the women of Wisteria Lane in such a positive way. We've known Edie for too long so seeing these other stories about her are not as appealing since we do know her character. Regardless, Edie was definitely a "one of a kind" character and she was fun to watch on DH.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
One of my least favorite episodes, for sure, but at least we got to see some other sides of Edie that we might not have seen otherwise. Oh, well....time to move on.
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
boring - hated this eppy
weffie weffie 8 years
i cried! edie was my fave and i was so sad for mrs. mccluskey :(
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 8 years
Ugh, I was so bored with this episode. More crazy antics!
Allyace Allyace 8 years
It was like they tried to reuse the story telling method from when Beau Bridges died and it didn't go as well. Which is odd seeing as he was a one episode character and she has been there since the beginning.
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