The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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.

  • Lynette: I got the job! Tom: Congratulations, baby's arm's sticking out, why don't you high five it?

  • (Gabrielle's thinking about Eli, and what he has done for her) Bree: Gaby? Gabrielle: I'm sorry, what? Susan: We're getting a wreath for Eli's funeral, are you in? Gabrielle: Actually why you don't let me pay for it? It could still be from all of us. Lynette: No, you don't have to do that. Gabrielle: I sort of do.

  • Gabrielle: I've only lived here a month and I want to put a gun to my head, (laughs, slaps her hand on Mary Alice's arm and looking at her) know what I mean?

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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.

  • This is the 100th episode to air on a Sunday on ABC. The show's airdate in America has not changed since the series began.

  • For this 100th episode, Christine Estabrook and Lucille Soong reprise their respective roles as Martha Huber and Yao Lin for the first time since the first season.

  • Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong) is seen in this episode for the first time in the fifth season. This is the 99th episode narrated by Mary Alice, due to Bree's deceased husband Rex Van De Kamp (Steven Culp), who also makes an appearance in this episode, narrating an episode in the third season (although Mary Alice provided original narration for the Previously on "Desperate Housewives"... segment of that same episode).

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".