Desperate Housewives

Remember Paul?

Season 7, Ep 1, Aired 9/26/10
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  • Episode Description
  • The residents of Wisteria Lane are stunned to discover that Paul Young is out of prison and back in the neighborhood with seemingly dark motives. Meanwhile, while Paul is renting Susan's home, she, Mike and MJ are living in an apartment on limited funds... However, Susan sees a glimmer of hope in getting her life back on the lane when she's offered an unorthodox job by her apartment manager, Maxine (guest star Lainie Kazan). Lynette's rich and successful college friend, Renee (new castmember Vanessa Williams), pays an unexpected visit to the Scavo household, whereas Gabrielle and Carlos find themselves keeping secrets from one another, and Bree, newly single and needing a fresh start after handing out her business, finds herself tempted by Keith (guest star Brian Austin Green), the handsome, young handyman she's hired to update her house.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Felicity Huffman

    Lynette Scavo

  • Marcia Cross

    Bree Van de Kamp

  • Eva Longoria

    Gabrielle Solis

  • Vanessa Williams

    Renee Perry

  • Brenda Strong

    Mary Alice Young

  • Photos (14)
  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • The 7th Season Begins With The Return of Paul Young. Gaby And Carlos Discover Secrets And A New Neighbor Arrives To Wisteria Lane.

    By Matt16020-FIN, Mar 26, 2012

  • A solid start to the season.

    By danny7277, Oct 18, 2010

  • Back to the beginning.

    By rye06p, Oct 17, 2010

  • I truly have missed 'Desparate Housewives', nand Vanessa Williams is a scintillating actress from 'Ugly Betty', so this was a great start and idea for the new season!

    By amazing_race, Feb 03, 2011

  • Not quite sure.

    By lovewinter, Nov 01, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Paul: I hear that my old house is back on the market. I'd like to buy it. Lee: Because of all the wonderful memories? Paul: Just find out what they're asking. Lee: Okay, but you just signed a one-year lease on this place, and you're buying a house across the street. Doesn't sound like a very good plan. Paul: Oh, believe me. I've had ten years to work on this plan. It's a good one.

    • Orson: So are you gonna be okay? Bree: Let's see. Uh, I'm getting a divorce, I lost my business, and I'm sitting here trying to remember why I quit drinking. I've had better Mondays.

    • Gabrielle: (about Paul) Innocent or not, that guy still gives me the creeps. Lynette: I can't believe Paul Young is back on Wisteria Lane. Susan: And he's using my shower.

    • MJ: This is where we're gonna live? Susan: Yeah. MJ: So are we poor? Mike: If you field this one, I'll tell him where babies come from.

    • Tom: So you're not gonna help with anything? 'Cause this place is really starting to go to hell. Lynette: Baby number five! An entire basketball team has come out of me, so I'm officially too exhausted to care.

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    Notes (5)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Paul se vracĂ­ (Paul is Coming Back)

    • International Airdates:
      Turkey: October 12, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Finland: November 8, 2010 on Nelonen
      Croatia: November 18, 2010 on RTL TV
      Germany: January 11, 2011 on ProSieben
      Australia: February 3, 2011 on Seven
      Norway: February 8, 2011 on TV2
      New Zealand: February 14, 2011 on TV2
      Czech Republic: December 1, 2011 on Prima LOVE

    • Brenda Strong (Mary Alice Young) is seen in this episode. It's her 14th on-screen appearance in the run of the series, and it is also the first season premiere to physically show her since the pilot.

    • As of this episode, Kyle MacLachlan (Orson Hodge), Dana Delany (Katherine Mayfair), Drea de Matteo (Angie Bolen), Maiara Walsh (Ana Solis), Andrea Bowen (Julie Mayer), Jeffrey Nordling (Nick Bolen) and Beau Mirchoff (Danny Bolen) have all left the regular cast, and so has Kendall Applegate (Penny Scavo), whose role is now being played by new regular Darcy Rose Byrnes. Kathryn Joosten (Karen McCluskey) is now billed as a "starring" castmember, and recurring guest stars Kevin Rahm (Lee McDermott) and Tuc Watkins (Bob Hunter) have been promoted to series regulars (however, the latter doesn't appear and is therefore not billed in this episode). In addition to that, Mark Moses (Paul Young) re-joins the main cast, after having starred in the first two seasons, and Vanessa Williams also joins the show's cast as new housewife Renee Perry.

    • This episode features the return of both Steven Culp (Rex Van de Kamp) and Christine Estabrook (Martha Huber), who hadn't been seen since the 100th episode in season five, and also of Harriet Sansom Harris (Felicia Tilman), who made her latest appearance in the season two episode "No One is Alone".

    Trivia (2)

    • Continuity Error: In flashbacks shown in this episode, Martha Huber is seen opening the front door of her house to Paul Young, on the night she was murdered. This contradicts the actual events that transpired in the episode "Guilty", in which Paul helps Martha with her groceries, taking them from her car and heading inside her house with her.

    • The baby in the picture of "the day Juanita was born" is in a crawling position and supporting itself by its arms, which would be impossible for a newborn.

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title: The title of this episode is taken from lyrics in the song "Getting Married Today", from the Stephen Sondheim musical Company.

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