Desperate Housewives

Season 6 Episode 10

Boom Crunch

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 06, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Gabrielle and Lynette's friendship is on the brink of collapse, whereas Bree and Orson come to an agreement about their marriage. Meanwhile, Susan hatches a plan to help an irrational Katherine, and Danny's vital mistake might cost Angie her freedom. In the meantime, Christmas cheer is curtailed when disaster strikes, as a plane crashes down on Wisteria Lane, putting lives in peril.moreless

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  • spoiler ... re dylan finding. out

    Are we expected to believe that Dylan not only dd not go to "her mom's wedding to Mike" nor that she has never seen a photo of said wedding day??

  • How to end a bad wedding on a plane.

    (Sorry for the bad english, I'm italian) I don't know why all the people that wrote a recap about this episode describe it as "ridiculous" or "boring". Ok, it was a little bit predictable as someone already said, but maybe the christmas spirit in the air, the funny moments and the ends of a lots of storylines made me thing "ok, ok, good". And when there were the scenes on the airplanem I felt the tension, like "you bet your ass that something bad is going to happen!". The only two ridicolous things that i found were: the fight between Carl and Orson and how Lynette save Celia. But all in all, good episode.moreless
  • Ridiculous!!!!!!!

    Im sorry but has Desperate Housewives completly lost there mind??

    Whoever tought that a plane skiting across the lane would be dramatic and exciting should be fired, this episode was just completly and utterly stupid. Even the other storylines this week were utter rubbsh, Bree comes clean about her affair with karl, orson and karl fighting was stupid, I hope karl is dead, his affair with bree has been one of the worst storylines the show has ever given us,

    Katherine has gone completly mad watching her is so sad because i remeber what a fantastic chracter she used to be but this show has completly detroyed her, i feel sorry for Dana delany she deserves so much better then thiss tripe!!!!!!!!!! Awfullmoreless
  • Jewish women in Wisteria Lane on Christmas day.

    Usually there aren't any Jewish people in this neighborhood at all, unless they need a gossiping witch neighbor or someone else you don't really want to identify yourself with.

    In this episode there were two of them: one is an annoying, unbearable wife that her husband can not stand, the other is an extortionist who blackmails her (christian) victim in a cold-hearted manner. Both had unmistakable typical Jewish-woman features.

    There were two 9/11 references in this episode. Danny mentioned 9/11 at the beginning of the episode, and the other reference was the plane crashing into the house. Notice who crashes the plane - the annoying Jewish woman. Is this an analogy that was meant to insinuate that the Jewish people are destroying America? That They were the ones to cause 9/11? In the end, the two women die to our great relief. The poor husband was redeemed and the poor woman/ex-murderer's secret is safe.

    I don't necessarily think the show's writers are Anti-Semitic. Unfortunately, what matters isn't the writers' intentions, but what the viewer interprets, and what messages his sub-conscience absorbs.

    I apologize for my English as it is not my first language,


    (Specializes in Psychoanalysis in film)moreless
  • Jump the shark? No, but it's damn near an overdose of absurdity...

    By far the worst episode of season 6 for me. I've loved the season until now, but just like last year, the season lost its strength once disaster hit Wisteria Lane. Only this time, it looks even worse than S5.


    The best of the night. To finally get some clarity on Katherine's real mental status was a huge relief, you didn't know what to think anymore, and it was nice to see Dylan again, although she was just a plot device. The writing for Susan (or the acting, depends on how much you like Teri Hatcher) in the first part of the episode was bad. It looked as if she was having fun in trying to get Katherine to the loony bin by calling Dylan, but a friend shouldn't act that way. It didn't help for the comedy either. But the second part (starting when Dylan came to the Lane) was wonderful. Dana Delany is a great actress and the breakdown in the hospital hall broke my heart. I guess we won't be seeing her for a while, now she's going to the mental institution, but at least she went out with a bang.


    The scene in which she told Orson the divorce was set in action was drama gold, but after that it was pure soap crap. Orson finding out everything by just running into Bree talking on the phone, the whole debacle at the Christmas party... was that the best they could come up with? Than I'd rather had it ended in 6x08, when Orson almost walked in on them in bed. Even a todler could write better story development. And they've ruined Karl's character by bad writing. At least the cliffhanger is good, as you can't tell (by the story) who'll die: Orson or Karl. Although I think we all know who'll kick the bucket. I'm afraid how they're going to pick up the story once the plane thingy is over.


    Again, Felicity did a good job, Lynette's storyline was worked out properly, but Gaby was reduced to a self-indulgend drama queen - once again. I hate it how they spent season's of development on this character and than drop it away for an episode, just to make it fit and force the viewer to choose a side. I felt bad for Eva Longoria for having to play such a flat, just childisch character without even getting the chance to redeem herself (yeah yeah, next episode, but you get the point). And if you think at how big this story's been the past few weeks, they didn't get nearly the screentime they deserved.


    Nothing new for the first time in weeks. They've always hinted something, but the only thing they did this time was laugh away some of the viewer's suggestions and say something about terrorism. This was the first time the mystery got on my nerves because you could really tell how they were writing around having to say anything relevant. Mona was stupid. She reminded me of Martha Huber (hell, blackmail, same house), but it would be a disgrace of Martha's memory to mention them in one sentence together. It would've been better if they let the Bolens kill her, at least we would've been spared from the ridiculous scene in which she gets mowed of the street.

    But this week it was clearly a hommage, if not so say parody, to Drea's Sopranos background.

    --The plane crash--

    Worst disaster episode ever. They started with a little backstory on the passengers of the plane (god, they were annoying) and went back to 'Three days earlier', like they did every year. I can live with that, but please make it something worth waiting for. All we get is one minute of the plane crash, with nothing that could even remind me of the suspense I've felt in 'Bang, 'Something's Coming' or even 'City on Fire'. I guess it could be blamed on budget cuts, but the crash was executed horribly and you could tell they figured out how they could save as much money possible by wrecking almost nothing. Remember when the tornado destroyed Wisteria Lane?

    Anyway, I'm gonna try to forget this episode as quickly as possible. I still love the show and I'm gonna tune in anyway, but I'm afraid what this episode'll do to the ratings. It's the last of the year and is meant to leave an long lasting impression on the viewers. And if you also count in the huge drop in viewers they have every January,...

    Let's just say I hope I'm the only one who hated this episode this much.moreless
Caroline Aaron

Caroline Aaron

Daphne Bicks

Guest Star

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Jeff Bicks

Guest Star

Perry Smith (II)

Perry Smith (II)


Guest Star

Richard Burgi

Richard Burgi

Karl Mayer

Recurring Role

Kevin Rahm

Kevin Rahm

Lee McDermott

Recurring Role

Maria Cominis

Maria Cominis

Mona Clark

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Orson: You?!
      Karl: Hey, if I were a betting man, I'd have lost a bundle on this, too.
      Orson: So... you were having an affair with my wife?
      Karl: The point is, we don't want to make this any harder for you than it has to be. I just wanted to warn you that in a few minutes...
      (Karl gets punched in the face by Orson)
      Karl: OK. You're the husband. I'll give you that one. I'm trying to spare your feelings, which is why...
      (Karl gets punched in the face a second time by Orson)
      Karl: All right. That's it. To hell with your feelings. (pulls Orson closer to his face) The truth is, I am proposing to Bree today with an airplane banner, and, trust me, that will be the highlight of your day!!

    • Bree: Karl, when we began this affair, we agreed to be discreet. Do you know what discreet means? No skywriting!

    • Bob: I can't believe they wouldn't let you sing with them.
      Lee: It's their group, they can do whatever they want. Whores.

    • Karl: So when the plane flies over the Christmas party, I want it pulling a big-ass banner that reads: "Will you marry me, Bree? Love, Karl."
      Daphne: Oh, isn't that romantic?
      Jeff: Glorious. That'll be 600 bucks.
      Karl: I don't care. You can't put a price on love.
      Daphne: He can. Our anniversary, 20 dollar gift certificate to a rib joint.
      Jeff: Well, you didn't have to cook that night. So the gift was for both of us.
      Daphne: Good luck, Mr. Mayer. I hope this Bree says yes. (to Jeff) Almost as much as I wish I'd said no.
      (Daphne walks away)
      Karl: (to Jeff) For what it's worth, I'm a divorce lawyer.
      Daphne: (before entering a room) Oh, for God's sake, just look at the mess in here!
      Jeff: Do you have a card?

    • Carlos: Damn it!
      Gabrielle: Whatever it is, I can explain.

    • Tom: It'll be ok, I'm looking for a job, and in the meantime we've got enough money to live on for the next... four months.
      Lynette: So we'll run out right before the babies are born.
      Tom: Yes. But remember, kids never miss what they never had.
      Lynette: Ah, like food, clothing, a sober mother.

    • Susan: There's Katherine's room. Now, you might hear some screams for help in there, ignore them.
      Bob: Is this what you meant by "I'll behave calmly and rationally"?
      Susan: That was just to get you to unlock the car door.

    • (Bree has just shown Orson the divorce papers and the comprimising pictures of him and Lamar)
      Orson: You really think I would send you to jail?
      Bree: It's what you've been threatening!
      Orson: I was bluffing, Bree. Right from the start. I could never hurt you that badly, no matter what. You didn't need these. You could had called my bluff and walked away anytime. I suppose the fact that you did believe me, that you actually thought I could destroy you just out of spite, that alone should had told me it was over. I will pack after breakfast.
      Bree: For what is worth, I am sorry it had to end this way.
      Orson: Me too. These scones you made are delicious. I'll miss them.

    • Mary Alice: (ending voice-over) The best Christmas ever. That's what everyone had wanted. But something went wrong. Horribly wrong. For those who survived, it would be a day they would try to forget. For those who didn't, this Christmas would simply be their last.

    • (Angie is running after an angry Mona)
      Angie: Mona, can we talk about this? Don't do this, you are screwing with people's lives and this could blow up in your face.
      Mona: 67 thousand by tomorrow, or I call the police.

    • Lynette: Gaby, please, talk to me, I feel just awful.
      Gabrielle: You know why? Because you are awful. You're an awful person.
      Lynette: Ok, you have every right to be mad at me.
      Gabrielle: Thanks, Lynette. And you have every right to go to hell. Stop talking to me!

    • Daphne: Hey, wait up, I wanna go with you.
      Jeff: Can't I have one moment of peace?
      Daphne: Our therapist said we need to do more stuff together.
      Jeff: I know, that's why I don't go to the therapist with you.
      Daphne: Oh, come on, would it kill you to spend some time with the woman you love?
      Jeff: I don't know, would you be upset if I brought her?
      Daphne: As long as she doesn't deflate in the plane!

    • Daphne: Oh, you're unbelievable. You're so cheap! It's freakin' Christmas, for God's sake!
      Jeff: I'm not buying you a new car.
      Daphne: Tricia Reed's husband got her a new car. It isn't even a holiday.
      Jeff: He bought it for her because she beat cancer! You beat cancer, I'll buy you a car. Don't beat it, I'll buy you two.
      Daphne: Why are we even together?
      Jeff: For hot sex.
      Daphne: You're cheap, rude, you lack ambition... I should just dump your sorry ass.
      Jeff: Want a gift? You want a gift? How 'bout a divorce?
      Daphne: Hah! Don't tempt me.
      Jeff: I'm serious. (he shows her a business card) I already got the name of a divorce attorney.
      (Daphne examins the card in surprise)
      Daphne: You want a divorce? You got it.
      Jeff: Yes, Virginia! That Mr. Santa Claus said he's giving me my balls back!
      Daphne: Correction! One of them! I get half of everything.
      Jeff: But not the business, I started that.
      Daphne: With my father's money. So I get half, and I'm selling it.
      Jeff: Wait a minute, let's talk about this!
      Daphne: (she laughs) So now you're scared?
      Jeff: You'd be that vindictive? Destroy the one thing I love out of spite?
      Daphne: Hello?! Have we met? Of course I would!
      (Jeff becomes ill as she goes on talking)
      Daphne: And I'm not stopping there: backdowns, pension funds, ooh!, I'm gonna ruin you!
      (she notices him twistin, trying to unbotton his shirt)
      Daphne: Oh, what's the matter?
      Jeff: I can't breathe...
      Daphne: Nice try. Big faker.
      Jeff: Aww! My chest hurts like hell! Take the controls!
      Daphne: What?
      Jeff: You gotta land the plane!
      (Jeff dies; Daphne becomes horrified)
      Daphne: What? No! You piece of crap! You can't do this to me!
      Mary Alice: (voice-over) And that is how the unhappy marriage of Jeff and Daphne Bicks ended. In a plane losing altitude right above a cul-de-sac.
      (on Wisteria Lane, the Christmas party takes place, and Tom and Parker are seen)
      Tom: Hey, is it just me, or is that plane flying really low?
      Mary Alice: (voice-over) By the name of Wisteria Lane.
      Parker: Dad, I think it's gonna crash.

    • (Lynette and Penny are cutting coupons)
      Lynette: 50 cents off paper towels. That's a great coupon.
      Penny: This is fun.
      Lynette: Yeah, it sure is. And me doing my own roots is gonna be fun, and getting rid of cable is gonna be fun, we're gonna be having so much fun around here.
      Penny: Mommy...
      Lynette: Hmm?
      Penny: Are we bored?
      Lynette: Oh... (she kisses Penny on the forehead) only finantially.

    • Lee: (to Gabrielle and Lynette, about their apparent feud) Hey, what is going on with you two?
      Gabrielle: I don't wanna get into it.
      Bree: Well, whatever it is, you need to work it out, we are carolling at the festival on Saturday, and we can't have two of our "Jingle Belles" fighting.
      Lee: You know, if you need a replacement, I've been told I have a dusky alto.
      Mrs. McCluskey: No way. Girls only, we're the "Jingle Belles", not the "Jingle Balls".
      Lee: Shouldn't you be out stealing the last can of Who hash?
      Mrs. McCluskey: Wanna see me go all "Grinch" on your ass?
      (Lee just looks at her)
      Gabrielle: To be honest, Bree, I don't think I'm gonna be able to sing with Lynette after she...
      Lynette: (interrupting) After she... what? Are you about to trash me?
      Gabrielle: I have way too much class to trash you, no matter how much you deserve it.
      Lee: Merry Christmas to me. (to Gabrielle) What did she do?
      (Lynette looks annoyed)
      Gabrielle: She's suing Carlos.
      Mrs. McCluskey: You're suing him?
      Lynette: Because he fired me.
      Susan: He fired her?
      Gabrielle: Because she lied about being pregnant!
      Bree: (surprised) You're pregnant?
      Susan: (cheerfuly) With twins.
      Mrs. McCluskey: You knew?
      Lynette: I told her to keep it quiet.
      Bree: Congratulations.
      Gabrielle: Sure, take her side.
      Lynette: She's not!
      Susan: Stop fighting! I mean, with all we've been through lately, Julie being attacked, Danny Bolen's overdose, we really need some Christmas spirit around here.
      Bree: Susan's right.
      Susan: This is the time we should come together and celebrate peace on Earth, and good will towards men and...
      (Susan is distracted by the sirens of an ambulance and two police cars arriving on the lane)
      Susan: Oh, crap! Who's dead now?

  • NOTES (3)


    • Lee: Shouldn't you be out stealing the last can of Who hash?
      Mrs. McCluskey: Wanna see me go all "Grinch" on your ass?

      This is an allusion to the Christmas themed children's book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", written by Dr. Seuss. In it, a gruesome creature named Grinch tries to end Christmas (and in the meantime, he steals the last can of Who hash, human food).

    • Episode Title: The title of this episode comes from a song that was cut from the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The song was cut before the show opened and replaced by the song "Last Midnight", though the words "Boom Crunch" were retained as the final two words.