Desperate Housewives

Season 5 Episode 10

A Vision's Just a Vision

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 07, 2008 on ABC
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Carlos finally regains his sight which leads to him realizing the efforts Gabrielle put into taking care of their family. Susan realizes that her son isn't accepting of his father's newfound relationship with Katherine Mayfair, and Bree tries to prove to her son that she is comfortable with his lifestyle after she learns he is dating Orson's surgeon (guest star Todd Grinnell). Lynette tries to protect her son Porter from going to jail after he is charged for burning down the club, and Dave begins to lose his grip as he is haunted by visions.moreless

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  • season 5 episode 10

    this was an ok epsidoe but once agian not great by any means.

    the whole dave thing made a pretty big develpment this week it finally confirmed that the people in the car crash with susan and mike was his family howver it wasnt really a shock it was so painfully obvious from the very first episode i dont see how dave is going to stay all season long now that his secret is already out he cant spent the next 14 episodes just planning revenge.

    overall a pretty ok episode but i still think that this is the worst season to datemoreless
  • A fantastic episode!

    First of all, I was happy to see that for the first time in this season, all the credited castmembers were in one episode. Finally, the writers remembered to include Parker and Penny, who have been incredibly underused this season. The storylines were fantastic in this episode. Susan's story was hilarious, I loved to see them all interact and I loved that they brought back MJ (guest star Mason Vale Cotton). The bowling scene was very good. Oh, and that "Sports Illustrated" line.

    Lynette's storylines are probably the current most exciting ones, which is awesome, given the fact that in the first five episodes of the season I was really bored with Tom's mid-life crisis. Porter was arrested, the Scavo Pizzeria was mortgaged (I hope they don't lose it), Mr. Schilling (guest star Peter Onorati) threatened Porter and he ran away, leaving Preston in his place. I can't wait to see what'll happen next.

    I am enjoying Andrew's new storyline, I think he had been underused the past few seasons, compared to the first two, when he was a rebel. I like his new boyfriend (guest star Todd Grinnel), I hope they become very happy together, with lots of juiciness, of course. But then again, I think Alex might be a bit of a bore, but Justin was a bit too. I think Andrew is always the bad boy of the couple, and whoever is next to him as the partner is undershadowed, obviously. Bree's reaction to the porn deal was funny.

    I'm glad to see Carlos has got his sight back, I remember how concerned I was watching season four when he lost his sight, but I always knew he'd get it back. Thank God that's finally happened, and thank God Eva Longoria Parker is finally hot again, I missed her old looks. But I'm not a big fan of that haircut...

    So, Dave was related to Lila Dash (guest star Marie Caldare), like everyone thought he was. I tried so hard not to believe it when people were assuming that, because I thought it would be too predictable, and it just happened. I'm a bit disappointed, but it still managed to surprise me when I saw Lila holding her daughter in her arms for the first time this episode. Dave's final scene was shocking, what will he do to Mike and his loved ones? I know the producers will surprise us though some people think the mystery is over. That's stupid, we got fourteen episodes left, it's far from over. Can't wait to find out where this will lead from now on. Is Dave really a bad guy?

    Next episode, Susan and Lee, Carlos and his jobs, Bree and Joanna Cassidy, and much, much more... :)moreless
  • Desperate Housewives: shark. Shark: Desperate Housewives. Jump!

    I knew it. I bloody knew it. Desperate Housewives: shark. Shark: Desperate Housewives. Jump! Despite some wonderful dialogue and superb acting from our regulars, Carlos and Gabby's storyline is a freaking shambles. I'm sorry, but it had to be said. He's been blind for eighteen episodes. Eighteen freaking episodes. That's less than a conventional season of American television. Really, what was the point? Sure, it's made for some fresh storylines, breathing a new lease of life into the Solis' narratives, but surely that could continue? There's so much more mileage left in it. It's a completely wasted opportunity... much like Dave's story, which seemingly unleashed its big reveal at the end of this episode, and it was... he's after Mike. Well there's a surprise. Big whoopie-do. Did anyone really not see that coming? It was about as telegraphed as the sun rising. And did it have to be the idiot plumber again? The one with the established sordid past again? Surely it would've made things a tad more interesting had it been, say, Tom or Carlos? *sigh* Maybe I'm jumping the gun; maybe, given Dave's apparent descent into whacked-out hallucination-land in 'A Vision's Just a Vision', he was blabbering and not actually revealing his true intentions. Or maybe I'm just indulging in a spot of wishful thinking. I suppose we'll have to wait until the New Year to see. But I'm not happy right now, people. Not happy at all. Well, except for the part of me that is absolutely in love with Andrew's story, that is. Nicely written, at times pleasantly comedic and surprisingly moving, and well played by all.. and not a whiff of a stereotype to be seen. Well, not on Andrew and his beau anyway. We'll just forget about Bob and Lee, shall we? At least I'm getting what I want on the Shawn Pyfrom front, I suppose (well, except for his naked body on a platter), but still... grrrrr. Bloody predictable writers. I shake my fist at you. *shake*moreless
  • The ladies are back (in the UK anyway)

    After months and months of waiting, the ladies have now returned to Channel Four in the UK - and not a moment to soon!

    This episode was great! we have so many things going on its hard to talk about everything - here it goes.

    First I must say how pleased I am about the Gabby and Carlos relationship. Compared to season one, two and three where they bickered all the time, I can actually see the love between them now. Good news about Carlos regaining his sight - he can now see how hard unselfish Gabby has worked for her family.

    Lynette crosses the line between right and wrong again. She did something wrong by lying in court but for the right reasons to protect her family. Susan, Mike and Katherine also advanced - little MJ is so adorable he remind me of my Godson! I felt sorry for Katherine a little but it was also kinda funny. But the episode belongs to Bree - she has fully accepted Andrew as her gay son and has repaired the fractured relationship between them. Say what you want about Andrew - I think being good is best.moreless
  • We learn more about Dave's past

    In this episode of Desperate Housewives, the following happens. During breakfast, the police turn up and arrest Porter, for the arson and murder at the club. Carlos has the surgery and gets part of his sight back. We learn from the doctor in time his sight will become better.

    At the doctor's office, Bree learns that Andrew and the doctor are going out and have been living together for 6 months. So Andrew and Alex (the doctor) are invited over for dinner, so that Bree and Orson can get to know him. Dave spots a woman in the street and freaks out. The woman is holding a little girl in her arms. At Bree's social dinner she invites over the only other gay couple she knows. They son realise that they know Alex from somewhere, but can't place him. When Gabby returns home, we learn that Carlos' sight has returned. Alex and Andrew are getting married, which gets announced over dinner. Bree gets it out of Lee that Alex is a gay porn star. MJ no longer likes Katherine now that she and Mike has started dating and he starts to take his anger out on her. Bree gets a copy of Alex's movie and gives it to Andrew, who already knows about it. When Carlos looking through the walk in wardrobe, he sees how poor they have become. When she goes in her wardrobe the next day she sees a beautiful dress hanging there which Carlos bought for her with the money he got from selling his baseball. At the end of the episode we see Dave talking to two graves. We see that the graves are that of a mother and daughter, his wife and daughter. The mother and daughter are the ones who Mike and Susan crashed into and they are the ones who died (from episode one this season).moreless
Peter Onorati

Peter Onorati

Warren Schilling

Guest Star

Marie Caldare

Marie Caldare

Lila Dash

Guest Star

Todd Waring

Todd Waring

Dr. Martin

Guest Star

Tuc Watkins

Tuc Watkins

Bob Hunter

Recurring Role

Mason Vale Cotton

Mason Vale Cotton

MJ Delfino

Recurring Role

Madison De La Garza

Madison De La Garza

Juanita Solis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Oddly, there are no birth and death dates on Lila's and Paige's tombstones. Presumably this is to avoid confusion with show's 5-year time jump, their deaths occurring in the viewers' future, yet in season five's past.

    • Originally, the Italian businessman Gabrielle meets in this episode was supposed to be Japanese. The scenes were reshot for unknown reasons.

    • Due to Gale Harold's motorcycle accident, the episode had to be rewritten to exclude his character, Jackson.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Gabrielle: (About the baseball) So, you see, it belonged to my husband's grandfather and if I don't get it back I'm telling you, I'm gonna be in the crapper.
      Secretary: (Translating to her Italian boss) Questo è un cimelio di famiglia. Se questa signora non lo ritrova finirà nel "crapper".
      Businessman: Per nulla!
      Gabrielle: (Happily) "Per nulla"? What does that mean?
      Secretary: "Per nulla" means "No way". I'm sorry.
      Gabrielle: Please! This is important!
      Businessman: (To his secretary, referring to Gabrielle) Lei è molto attraente.
      Secretary: (To her boss) So quello che stai pensando! Non lo fare!
      Businessman: (To his secretary) Fallo! Io voglio che lei balli!
      Secretary: Va bene, va bene!
      Gabrielle: What's he saying?
      Secretary: He'd like to watch you dance.
      Gabrielle: What?
      Secretary: On the table.
      Gabrielle: Yeah, you know what? I'm gonna have to call a big fat "per nulla" on that one!

    • Gabrielle: (Sees Carlos hugging their daughters, crying) Carlos, what's wrong?
      Carlos: (Referring to the girls) Gaby, I can see them.
      Gabrielle: What?
      Carlos: I can make out colors and shapes, and everything is starting to coming focus!
      Gabrielle: Oh my God! That's wonderful (They all hug)

    • Tom: You're my rock Lynette, you know that, don't you?
      Lynette: Tom, your rock is trying to get fingerprints off a weapon. Do you mind?

    • (Carlos is talking to Bree and Susan during a party to congratulate him for getting his sight back)
      Carlos: Everything is still a little blurry. I can only make out, like, shapes and shadows. But in a week or so, everything should be clear as a bell.
      Susan: Wow. The whole thing's like a miracle.
      Carlos: And Gaby has been so patient through all of this. She's really been an angel.
      Gabrielle: Damn it, Carlos! What are you, a moron?
      Carlos: Ah, I hear a little voice from heaven now.
      Gabrielle: Why aren't you wearing your blackout glasses? The doctor says your eyes can't be exposed to any light. I can only handle my husband going blind once per marriage.

    • Bree: You're living with the man? Since when?
      Andrew: Um, Alex moved in six months ago.
      Bree: Why the secrecy? Did you think I'd disapprove? The man's a doctor, for heaven sakes. You've done better than I did.
      Orson: That was a bit of a drive-by.
      Bree: I'm just trying to understand how my son could keep a secret like this from his own mother.
      Andrew: Mom, uh, come on. I mean, since I came out, you haven't shown the slightest interest in my love life.
      Bree: Of course I have.
      Andrew: Handing me a pamphlet on the resurgence of gonorrhea? That's not what I'm talking about.

    • Bob: If we can verify your story, I can probably get the charges dropped. We wouldn't even need bail. So where were you?
      Porter: I was at Edie Britt's.
      Tom: Oh please. Tell me you're not having sex with her too.
      Porter: Dad.
      Tom: What is wrong with girls your own age? Do you know what I would give to date a 17 year old?
      Lynette: Okay, we're going to talk about that later. You were saying?
      Porter: I'm not having sex with Edie. After I left the club, I went to her house, but only so I could break in and steal her gun.
      Lynette: Why would you do that?
      Porter: Mr. Schilling beat up Anne and then humiliated me. I wanted to scare the hell out of him, just to wipe that smug look off his face, but when I got back to the club it was on fire, so I went home and hid the gun in mums flour jar. Anyway, that's my alibi. Think that will help?
      Lynette: Did anyone see you do this?
      Porter: No.
      Lynette: Then this is really not an alibi, it's more a confession, to another crime.

    • Bree: You're going to marry him. I thought he wasn't being honest with you. I wanted to protect you, so I...
      Andrew: So you decided to meddle in my love life?
      Bree: Yes.
      Andrew: You know what mom, this might be about the nicest thing you've ever done for me.

    • Dave: (to two tombstones) I know it must seem like I've forgotten about you, but you have to know I think about you every day. I live for you, just like always. But I have a plan. So I hope you can wait a little longer. I'll be with you soon. But first, Mike Delfino has to pay for taking you away from me. And I need just the right moment to do it. He destroyed what I loved the most and I want him to feel that hurt. I want him to lose what I lost.

    • Mary Alice: It's an awful thing to live in darkness, unable to see what others take for granted; but if we are lucky the darkness leaves and we can finally see the secret sacrifices made by our wives, the surprising progress made by our mothers or the unintended consequences of our own actions, but there are those who prefer the darkness because there they see only what they choose to see.

    • Mary Alice: It's an awful thing to live in the dark, unable to see what others take for granted, but sometimes for a lucky few a flicker of light purses that darkness and brings with it the promise of better days to come.

    • Lynette: (To Preston) Sit your ass down.
      Preston: Dad, make mom let me go.
      Tom: Everyone at this table who thinks I have the power to make your mom do anything? Raise your hand. (Nobody raises hand; and then he looks to Preston) I wish I could've helped.

    • Mary Alice: One morning it occurred to Lynette Scavo she could not remember the last time her family had breakfast together. So Lynette did what any other mother would do in that situation: she threatened her family with violence. (Two cops come and arrest Porter)
      Lynette Scavo couldn't remember the last time her family had breakfast together and she couldn't know it would be many years before the family would have breakfast together again.

    • (Bree puts the porn DVD on the counter.)
      Andrew: Now where did you get that?
      Bree: A video store I will never return to.

    • Bree (talking about Alex): The man is going to marry my son. If there is something about him I should know, I want to hear it, now. Please.
      Bob: We think we saw him in an adult movie.
      Bree: By adult do you mean complex and sophisticated?
      Lee: No, we mean gay porn.

    • Lynette (removing a gun from a jar of flour): Tom, if you're going to freak out, can you do that in the other room? I'm kind of busy here.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: November 19, 2009 on Prima

    • International Episode Titles:
      France: Circulez, Y A Tout À Voir (Move Along, There Is Everything To See)
      Germany: Visionen (Visions)
      Hungary: Látomások (Visions)
      Czech Republic: Návrat ze tmy (Return from the Dark)

    • Every regular castmember for the season appears in this episode. This is the first time this has happened this season.


    • Gabrielle: Hey, Mike's into baseball. He must know someone who can track down this Lou Gehrig guy and get him to sign a new one.
      Lou Gehrig was a popular baseball player afflicted by what later has been called "Lou Gehrig" disease. It is also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). This kind of disease is fatal and progressive. It is a neurodegenerative disease whose causes are not clear. Lou Gehrig died in 1941.

    • Episode Title: "A Vision's Just a Vision" is a lyric in the song "Putting It Together" from the 1984 Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical Sunday in the Park with George. The full lyric is: "A vision's just a vision if it's only in your head, if no one gets to see it, it's as good as dead. It has to come to light."