Desperate Housewives

The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

Season 5, Ep 13, Aired 1/18/09
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  • Episode Description
  • When neighborhood handyman Eli Scruggs (guest star Beau Bridges), passes away, the residents of Wisteria Lane come to realize just how much he affected their lives. Gabrielle recalls how Eli helped her make new friends when she moved in, Lynette remembers how he came to her aide when she was overwhelmed and neglected Penny, Susan reflects on how he was always there for her as a shoulder to cry on each time a man walked out of her life, Edie looks back on their special friendship, and Bree thinks fondly of how a small gesture he once made helped get her to where she is today.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Beau Bridges

    Eli Scruggs

  • Kathryn Joosten

    Karen McCluskey

  • Felicity Huffman

    Lynette Scavo

  • Marcia Cross

    Bree Hodge

  • Lucille Soong

    Yao Lin

  • Fan Reviews (47)
  • the 100th episode of Desperate Housewives!!

    By RockyBoc, Mar 16, 2009

  • An interesting episode and we get to see some of our favourite ladies step a little out of the norm.

    By mistresswitch, Jun 05, 2009

  • Desperate Housewives reaches its 100th episode and, frankly, the jury's out.

    By screenagedkicks, May 17, 2009

  • One of the best episodes of Desperate Housewives. Very entertaining. Great story.

    By NikoGlogowski, Aug 19, 2010

  • A beautiful stand alone episode.

    By attackmonkeygo, Jul 12, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • Susan: You can't retire. I break too many things! Eli: I know! You're paying for my trip to Hawaii.

    • Eli: Come on! You've had a gay guy sleeping with you for two years; now those guys are pretty hard to land. (Eli and Edie both laugh) Eli: Now trust me, no need to be sad. You're a knockout. (Eli kisses Edie's hand. In response to this, Edie holds Eli's hand tighter) Eli: I...I need this hand back. It's hard to be a handy man without a hand. (Edie gives Eli a very passionate kiss) Eli: Ms. Britt, what are you doing? Edie: Put the mirror over my bed. (pushes Eli backward onto the bed) You know exactly what I'm doing. (climbs onto the bed and prepares to ride Eli) Eli: Are you sure about this? I don't want to take advantage over you, unless I have to. (Edie rips open Eli's shirt) Edie: Oh, I'm sure you'll be gentle. (rips open her own shirt, exposing her bra)

    • Lynette: Allright... Time for my luck to change. This hand is for Eli. (Looks at her cards) Hmm... next hand is for Eli.

    • Eli: The ladies in this neighborhood are actually pretty nice. Gabrielle: Yeah. They came by. Brought muffins. One of them wants her basket back. Eli: (laughs) That'd be Bree.

    • (Susan is crying) Eli: Are you alright? (Susan shakes a no with the head) No, of course you're not; I heard you and Mike are getting divorced. I'm sorry. Probably not what you wanna hear but I thought you were a great couple. Susan: (Crying) Thanks.. sweet. Eli: Do you maybe remember what you wanna me to do? Susan: (Still crying) Locks.

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    Notes (4)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: To nejlepší, co nás kdy potkalo (The Best Thing That Ever Befell Us)

    • Beau Bridges received an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series" for his performance as Eli Scruggs in this episode.

    • This episode marks the 100th appearances by Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Eva Longoria Parker as Gabrielle Solis and Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young (although in episode 3.16, "My Husband, the Pig", she only performed an original voice-over for the Previously on "Desperate Housewives"... segment).

    • Although credited, Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van de Kamp), Charlie Carver (Porter Scavo), Max Carver (Preston Scavo) and Joshua Logan Moore (Parker Scavo) didn't appear.

    Trivia (8)

    • Goof: Eli started to help out the residents in Wisteria Lane as a result of not being able to prevent Mary Alice's death. However early in the episode in Gabrielle's flashback Eli helped Gabrielle get her friends when Mary Alice was still alive.

    • This episode marks the third time a character has had a husband that turned out to be gay Sophie Bremmer's third husband, Stella Wingfield's husband Glen (Lynette's step-father), and now Edie's second husband, Umberto.

    • Goof: Martha Huber's hair color and style look different from the pilot when she discovered Mary Alice's body. Back then she was a redhead and her hair looked quite messy while in this episode it has a blondish look and is more blow-dried.

    • Goof: For the flashbacks, Mary Alice's house was painted yellow again, only one mistake - they forgot to paint the side facing Bree's house. This can be seen when Eli rescues baby Penny.

    • This episode does not feature a Previously on "Desperate Housewives" segment. This is the second time that's happened this season (after its premiere), and the third time that's happened starting with the pilot episode.

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    Allusions (4)

    • We see Gabrielle making the remark: "I've only lived here a month and I want to put a gun to my head". She then turns and gives Mary Alice a friendly pat on the shoulder. It is well known that Mary Alice actually killed herself by putting a gun to her head and shooting herself.

    • Gabrielle: I guess I'm just gonna have to get used to the fact that the best part of my life is behind me. "Goodbye" drinking vodka shots with Kate Moss and "Hello" to sipping international coffee with you girls. Kate Moss is an English model born on January 16th 1974. She is very famous for her tiny frame that is pretty uncommon among models.

    • Gabrielle: So I said, 'Pumpkin', that's what I call Jon Bon Jovi, I said 'Pumpkin, even if I could steer a yacht, I'm certainly not about to do it in 5-inch heels. Jon Bon Jovi is an American musician and songwriter. He was born on March 2nd 1962. He is the leader of his rock band called Bon Jovi.

    • Episode Title: "The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened" is a lyric in the song "Now You Know" from the Stephen Sondheim 1981 musical "Merrily We Roll Along".

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