Desperate Housewives

Season 3 Episode 3

A Weekend in the Country

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 08, 2006 on ABC
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It is a holiday weekend on Wisteria Lane. Bree and Orson are going on their honeymoon. Gabrielle and Lynette are going a spa vacation. Tom is going on a camping trip with the kids. And Susan is going on a quiet romantic getaway with Ian. But things don't go as planned. Tom calls with an emergency, and Lynette has to go help him. While at the airport, Bree sees Andrew on television featured as a homeless teenager which cuts short her honeymoon. Gabrielle runs into John (special guest star Jesse Metcalfe). And Susan is still insecure about if she's cheating on Mike.moreless

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  • good episode

    9.0
    this was another good episode from season 3, it was nice to see andrew back on the show, but will he beable to forgive bree, it was also nice to see john rowland back agian after a season away, the storyline with susan was probably the worst of the week in writers dont seem to know what to do with her other the silly romatic comedy fluff which make the character the least intresting of the 3, the ending of thsi episode was predictable but still fun with mike waking up,moreless
  • A nice, largely self-contained episode of Desperate Housewives.

    9.2
    This episode featured the return of John, played by Jesse Metcalfe - nice to see that Jesse still holds the show that made him a star in such high regard. Gabrielle and John's relationship is turned on its head beautifully as John is the one who gets to throw Gabrielle out after a lovemaking session at Sinclair Hotels when his fiancee - the hotel chain's daughter (think Paris Hilton) - shows up unexpectedly. There is a poignant goodbye scene featuring Gaby and John and its nice monent when he finally calls her by her first name and not Mrs Solis. He's well and truly moved on.moreless
  • John and Andrew are back!

    8.1
    Gabby went to a health spa, and John was there !!!, she told him her and Carlos were getting divorced, but then he told her he was engaged to some Paris clone Tammy! Her father owns the chain of hotels they were in. She hid in John's suitcase and he wheeled her out after their tryst! He left her in the elevator though! The next morning he told her that they can't be together, because he doesn't want to screw things up with Tammy. Aww so sad! Bree and Orson were in the waiting room to go on their honeymoon, when she was watching tv she saw Andrew! He was being interviewd for living on the streets LOL, so of course Bree went back home!, She finally found him at a soup kitchen, Later Orson found him in the streets, and talked to him.. Guess that must have worked cos at the end he came back home! So Orson isn't all that bad after all? Susan went to Ian's country house, but they got into an argument about how may guys shes been with ( 11 ! goshh), but then she slept with him anyways! What about Mike !!!... Bet she regrets it now ! Lynette is still having a hard time with Nona?, She forced her way to drive with Lyn to meet Tom at the camping site ( why was she invited? was the daughter there?), and of course they argued, so Nona hitched a ride with a truckie! They met up again and had a heart to heart talk.. so guess its all good for now?moreless
  • It is hoilday weekend on Wisteria Lane.

    9.2
    Awesome episode...well Desperate Housewives is always good! Bree and Orson good of went on their honeymoon first then find Andrew and it is kinda Andrew's fault he got kicked out. Susan still thinks she is cheating on Mike but she ends up kisses Ian and sleeping with him. Tom is stuck up camping and the kids are like running and Lynette has to go up and help but she isn't so happy when Nora joins. Nora can be the 2 types of crazy because when she drives Lynette's car over. I think Nora and Lynette at the end finally settled their differences.moreless
  • Getting Away From It All Written by Bob Daily Directed by Wendy Stanzler

    8.0
    On a wet, horrible January day when sometimes I don’t know whether I’m coming or going, the idea of getting away from home sounds pretty appealing but sadly for me, it’s something that will have to happen on a much later date.



    Interestingly that little wish of mine has a point as this week’s episode is all about getting away from it all and like most of the second season, the ladies all embark on mostly separate adventures in an attempts to evade their problems. Suffice to say there are some problems you just can’t get away from.



    For the ranking of storylines will be done on more of a case of who I sympathise with the most (don’t be too surprised who comes in least) and whether their dilemma is interesting or not.



    This week, I extend the most sympathy to Lynette because aside from being my favourite housewife, her situation is more problematic and surprisingly enough, one in which she isn’t exactly responsible for as well.



    Not only is dealing with the fact your husband has a secret love child until a few months ago even he wasn’t privy to but when the mother of this child happens to be a full on nut job such as Nora, you’d certainly need a hefty dose of narcotics and alcohol to deal with her on a regular basis.



    Lynette was getting a god start this week with Tom taking the kids away and her and Gabby delighting in spa treatment but when Fairview’s most weakest of me couldn’t deal with the little nightmares he helped co-create, Lynette ended up getting shafted and had to swap bliss for boredom yet again. I love Tom but damn, can the guy not have some form of backbone at all?



    If I had to pick between being stuck in the Brecon Beacons with cannibals and cadavers or being stuck in a car with Nora, then oddly the former would have a better sense of appeal because as Lynette has pointed in no shy terms whatsoever, Nora has a tendency of swooping in and invading way too much.



    I’d like to say that Nora’s decision to join Lynette on a car journey to the campsite for Kayla’s sake was her motivation but we all know that it wasn’t. As threatened as Lynette is by Nora, it turns out that Nora feels the same way herself about Lynette and only wanted to go on the journey just so Lynette couldn’t be a martyr and sadly, that’s not where Nora’s petty behaviour ends.



    Not only does Nora annoy the hell out of Lynette in every scene during the car ride but there’s also one incident where Nora’s wacky behaviour nearly gets them killed which is another reason to hate backseat drivers all the more.



    Lynette’s patience with Nora reaches breaking point during this episode where she begins to openly call her new enemy a nut job and in a moment of slight coldness mocks Nora when the latter jokes about killing herself. I can understand why Nora wouldn’t be especially pleased to have someone crack a joke during her strop but if I had been in Lynette’s position and I had to deal with that amount of insanity I think I would’ve responded in a similar manner and Nora didn’t do herself any favours by getting in a truck with a complete stranger in another attempt to manipulate Lynette.



    Still Nora did have her plus points in this episode and one of them besides great comedy was her calling Lynette on how the latter treats Tom and in a very interesting scene on the way home, Lynette encourages Tom to go find his dream whatever that may be but here’s hoping for Lynette that Tom’s dreams are somewhat realistic ones.



    Speaking of reality, Bree is hit with a nasty dose of it when her honeymoon is put on hold after spotting a news report on homeless teenagers in the airport with one of those teens being Andrew. The look of sadness when Orson had to bin their tickets was priceless though.



    Bree’s guilt for what she feels was abandoning her son during a pivotal time is understandable but at the same time, Andrew got left on the side of the road because once again, he went too far and Bree couldn’t deal with him anymore. If anyone’s to blame for Andrew’s current situation, it’s Andrew not Bree and even Orson has a difficult time conveying that message to his new wife.



    Orson’s attitude in regards to learning more about Bree is interesting because although he’s insistent on their not being any secrets in their marriage we both know that neither Bree or Orson have any intention of addressing their past baggage and we don’t know whether or not Orson’s is any better or worse than Bree’s.



    Bree’s attempts of apologising to Andrew are pretty feeble, mainly because I maintain that Andrew is the one at fault and not Bree and also because I could see Andrew rejecting Bree’s attempts of making amends without even thinking about because there are times when certain character traits are just too easy to tell.



    Orson on the other hand has a much better try of talking Andrew into coming home despite the fact that they’ve only met and there’s a fantastic sequence where Orson manages to get Andrew back into the now Hodge household by discussing anger issues. Orson and Andrew also have the fact that they’ve been involved in hit and run incidents as common ground anyway and the camaraderie between them is very interesting indeed. It’ll be very interesting to see how these two will interact for the rest of the season because so far, I think Andrew kind of likes Orson.



    Meanwhile Susan and Ian get to know each other much better while on vacation and to throw in a further divide between them, there’s the neat little revelation that Ian is a little inexperienced when it comes to the women department and despite his protest, you get the hint that he has a complex about that as well.



    The funny thing of the week in the way it’s deal with is the fact that besides Jane, Ian hasn’t really had much sexual experience so when he finds out that Susan isn’t exactly the vestal virgin (nor IMO is she a slut), his reaction is pretty immature to say the least and on this series that can go many ways.



    Susan and Ian spend most of the fact bickering over their sexual experience while coming up with names and assumptions of each other that are not totally unjustified. As rushed as this relationship is, Susan and Ian do have the fact that they’re pretty immature emotionally and are impulsive as their own common ground and when they finally do kiss and make up, the time couldn’t be more off if the writers hadn’t planned it even more.



    After lying in a bed and nearly having his face mutilated everytime Susan tried to shave him, Mike has finally woken up and while it’s not like a cool moment from Kill Bill when Beatrix woke, it ends the episode on a great hook and the first person to spot the discovery is Edie. Again, the writers couldn’t have planned it any better if they had tried.



    Although Edie is not evil personified, her reasons for visiting Mike were more to do with getting back her CD player as opposed to seeing how the man she lusted for was doing but you can imagine what kind of thoughts are now surfacing in that devious little brain of her. I think someone is about to get shafted due to Edie’s advantage of being the first around Mike.



    Then again, Edie does have her good points and one of them includes warning Julie off her leery nephew Austin. Julie is beginning to see him in a new light when he helps her during a science project and Edie’s pretty quick to point out how good girls become bad girls and Edie more or less told Susan back in Season One that she was something of an outcast, although I don’t particularly see Julie as one.



    Elsewhere the only other person beside Susan to get her holiday was Gabrielle and after being ditched by Lynette, a reunion was in store for Gabby due to the return of John Rowland and while Jesse Metcalfe’s acting is still pretty dire, it seems that John has moved up several ladders in his life.



    Instead of mowing gardens, he now owns his own business and instead of screwing housewives, he’s hooked himself to a vapid Jessica Simpson look alike. Not all change is good and neither are all constants as the quick and speedy way that John and Gabby get reacquainted in the bedroom.



    Luckily in the increasing trend of watching Gabrielle getting shafted, she’s pretty pissed off to learn that John didn’t tell her about his fiancé Tammy and more hacked off when she’s stuffed into a bag and left in a lift as John tries to hide his indiscretion from his bride to be. The funniest part though is John refusing to allow Gabby to become the other woman after she offered to be and although hypocritical, he’s right when he told her that if you keep screwing up, you’ll end up alone. Maybe that will make Gabby realise that part of the reason why her marriage went up in smoke is down to her because I’m getting of her blaming Carlos all the time.



    Also in “A Weekend In The Country”



    Housewife of the week: Once again it was Bree, who was with Orson at the airport when Andrew’s new situation was made public. Gabrielle: “I’m all about relaxing, rejuvenating”

    Lynette: “Could you be all about shutting up?”



    Lynette (re Tom/kids): “God I hate my life”

    Gabrielle: “I know. I wouldn’t trade with you for anything”.



    Maybe I wasn’t paying attention but where exactly were Tom/the kids and Susan/Ian situated in the country?



    Susan (re negligee): “Did you notice?”

    Ian: “Hard to miss”.



    I loved the transsexual Bree was talking to. I think she was called Pearly Gates and I think the actor playing her may have played a similar role in Sex And The City once.



    Gabrielle (re her imminent divorce): “Really so why are you smiling?”

    John: “I don’t know why are you?”



    Isn’t it a bit of a stretch that John is this quickly successful? I wouldn’t mind getting an update on Justin at some point as well.



    Nora: “You think I’m crazy?”

    Lynette: “No you’re colourful, colourful in a way that might respond to medication”.



    Austin: “Let me grab a flashlight”

    Julie: “Maybe you could also grab a shirt and some pants. Pants would be good”.



    Julie’s little project reminded me of Lisa Simpson, who in a lot of ways Julie could be modelled on.



    Ian: “Cheers, bob’s your uncle”

    Susan: “Get out”.



    Ian thought Susan worked in the recording industry because she’s had 11 sexual partners whereas Susan called Ian “Mr Virgin + 1”.



    Edie (to Julie): “Oh honey, that’s what all good girls say before they become bad girls. Trust me, I know”.



    John: “You didn’t have any problem sleeping with me when you were married”

    Gabrielle: “You knew about Carlos, my cheating was upfront and honest”.



    Speaking of which, Carlos is the only regular absent from this episode.



    John: “Enough of those screw ups and you’ll end up alone”

    Gabrielle: “Yeah that can happen”.



    Orson (to Andrew): “I know about rage. I know how it eats you up but rage goes away and when it does, you’re just left with the mess you’ve made”.



    Chronology: Seven months since “I Know Things Now”.



    Well you may not want to go on holiday with these ladies but “A Weekend In The Country” offers a nice change of pace for the series and I like the fact the show is feeling more like an ensemble series once again.moreless
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Tammy Sinclair

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Bryna Weiss

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Woman

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Ralph Cole Jr.

Ralph Cole Jr.

Transexual

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Jesse Metcalfe

Jesse Metcalfe

John Rowland

Recurring Role

Christine Clayburg

Christine Clayburg

TV Reporter

Recurring Role

Dougray Scott

Dougray Scott

Ian Hainsworth

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This is the first time we see the room behind the stairs in Susan's home.

    • Lynette catches a cab home to get her car after Tom calls. She arrives to find Nora sitting on the front step. As they walk to Lynette's car you see a toy Jeep sitting in the walkway. Shouldn't this have been put away if both Tom and Lynette would be out of town the whole weekend?

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Edie: Julie, sweetie. You're a good girl. Do yourself a favor and stay away from my nephew.
      Julie: Trust me, I have no interest in swaggering, muscle-bound juvenile delinquents.
      Edie: Honey, that's what every good girl says, just before she becomes a bad girl. Trust me, I know.

    • Mary Alice (ending narration): We all carry something with us. Of course, it's nice if we travel with someone who can help lighten the load. But usually, it's easier to just drop what we've been carrying, so we can get home
      that much sooner... Assuming, of course, there will be someone there
      to greet us when we arrive. Why do we clutch at this baggage, even when we're
      desperate to move on? Because we all know
      there's a chance... We might let go too soon.

    • (Ian knocks on Susan's door after she told him she slept with 11 guys.)
      Susan: Take a number I'm with a client.

    • Mary Alice: Orson Hodge dreamed of the perfect honeymoon. Indeed, he'd begun planning it the moment Bree Van De Kamp agreed to marry him. They'd start by flying first class, to an exclusive 5-star hotel, where they'd spend their days by the pool, and their nights making love. And when they returned home, their perfect honeymoon would continue... forever.

    • Gabrielle: How could you do this to me? I never would've let you seduce me if I knew you were getting married!
      John: Well you didn't have any problems sleeping with me when you were married.
      Gabrielle: You knew about Carlos, my cheating was upfront and honest!

    • (Susan just told Ian that she's slept with 11 men in her life.)
      Ian: Where are you going?
      Susan: To bed! Alone! You know, it's always something I wanted to try, but I've never got around.

    • (Tom is on the phone with Lynette)
      Tom: I can barely sit up. The kids are running wild. I need you to come up here.
      Lynette: Why don't you take a muscle relaxer?
      Tom: I've already taken two, they're not working.
      Lynette: Well, why don't you give them to the kids?
      Tom: Lynette! ... Parker! For the last time, put DOWN the DAMN AXE!
      Lynette: Oh... alright, I'll be there as soon as I can.

    • Orson: (to Andrew) . I know about rage. I know how it eats you up. But rage goes away, and when it does, you're just left with the mess you've made.

    • (Gabrielle gets out of the suitcase she's been hiding in.)
      Gabrielle: (leaving the elevator) Don't laugh. I saved a bundle on airfare.

    • (Bree and Orson are leaving to go find Andrew. Orson has only just found out Bree left him on the side of the road)
      Danielle: You know, Andrew is not the only one having a rough year. I'm the one whose boyfriend got shot right in front of her.
      (Orson looks at Bree stunned)
      Bree: (to Orson) We'll... talk in the car.

    • Nora: You think I'm crazy.
      Lynette: No! You're colorful... Colorful in a way that might respond to medication.

    • Ian: Well, there are... There are two bedrooms. One is mine... And there's a guest room.
      Susan: A guest room. That, well, that's handy.
      Ian: Yeah. Uh, unless, of course, you'd like to sleep in my room...
      In which case, I would take the guest room.
      Susan: Oh! I... uh, no, no! I should take the guest room because I am the guest.

    • Bree: Some reporter. All she could tell me was what neighborhood they found him in. They don't have any contact information, no phone number, no address.
      Orson: If he had an address, he would not be homeless.

    • (On the airport after Bree saw a report on TV about homeless teenagers)
      Orson: Bree, what's the matter?
      Bree: A reporter just did a story on homeless teens, and my son was one of them.
      Orson: Oh, my God. Well, we'll call child welfare the minute we get to the resort.
      Bree: Orson, you can't imagine that we're still going!
      Orson: Darling, the tickets are nonrefundable.
      Bree: My son is eating out of dumpsters!
      Orson: Yes, but think how much better you'll be able to deal with this crisis after a nice, relaxing...
      Bree: Orson! My child is in trouble. Don't make me choose between the two of you, because believe me, you will lose.

    • Mary Alice: We all carry something with us. Of course, it's nice if we travel with someone who can help lighten the load. But usually, it's easier to just drop what we've been carrying, so we can get home that much sooner... Assuming, of course, there will be someone there to greet us when we arrive. Why do we clutch at this baggage, even when we're desperate to move on? Because we all know there's a chance... we might let go too soon.

    • John: Gabrielle.
      Gabrielle: God! That's the first time I think you ever called me by my first name.

    • Nora: But it's not your life. You're life's perfect..
      Lynette: Excuse me? Did you smoke that bong before you beat the guy with it?
      Nora: It's just...You have it all! You have the kids, you have the career. You have the husband. You're super mom
      Lynette: And you think that's easy? Okay I have a good life yes, yes I am very lucky, but I work 12 hours a day and then I come home to what seems like 33 children and a husband who refuses to get a job. Believe me there's not a super-mom out there who wouldn't trade in her cape for a chance to read a book and get a massage from a man that has the decency to leave when it's over!

    • Lynette My favorite game is counting all the things I'm dying to say to you, but I don't...like...pipe down you annoying nutjob. I'd never say that.

    • Ian: Well you know my number, it's only fair. Is it more than three?
      Susan: Nine
      Ian: Please tell me you're answering in German...
      Susan: Nine lovers is not a lot! Nine lovers does not make me a slut!
      Ian: Why are you getting upset?
      Susan: Because it was really 11 and I knocked off two and you're still judging me!
      Ian: I'm not judging you it's just... Did you work in the recording industry?

    • Lynette: God, I hate my life
      Gaby: I know, I wouldn't trade with you for anything

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Víkend na venkově (Weekend in the Countryside)
      Slovakia: Víkend na vidieku (Weekend in the Countryside)

    • Eva Longoria submitted this episode for consideration of her work in the category of "Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series" for the 2007 Emmy Awards.

    • Although credited, Ricardo Antonio Chavira (Carlos Solis) does not appear in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • (After seeing everyone in pairs)
      Gabrielle: What is this freakin' Noah's Ark?
      Biblical reference. Genesis 6:9 is where the story of Noah is told. God demands that Noah build an ark of wood covered in tar and that he bring of every living creature of every sort of flesh, two of each, male and female into the ark to preserve them with him.

    • Episode Title: "A Weekend in the Country" is a song from the 1973 Stephen Sondheim musical "A Little Night Music."

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