Desperate Housewives

Season 1 Episode 18

Children Will Listen

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 10, 2005 on ABC
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Susan's mother, Sophie (guest star Lesley Ann Warren), pays an unannounced visit to Wisteria Lane after she and her boyfriend (guest star Bob Newhart) break up. Meanwhile, Gabrielle faces Carlos' wrath after he learns about the hospital settlement and tries to change their pre-nuptial agreement in order to keep Gabrielle in check while he serves his jail sentence. Lynette and Bree experience a chill in their friendship after Bree babysits Lynette's kids and dares to discipline Porter. Also, Bree and Rex visit Andrew at the teen rehab camp where they learn some shocking news about their son. Lastly, Felicia (guest star Harriet Sansom Harris) gets closer to Zach and reveals some disturbing details about his family's past.moreless

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  • Very intense...

    Although there's already been a handful of deaths and moments that could very well equal depression, this one has to be the darkest one of the season yet. Everything seemed very intense. Seeing Carlos grab Gabrielle like that, so angrily, rotates my support for him, and throws it right at John. I don't know wether the writers were trying so hard to redeem Gabrielle's character by making Carlos the bad guy, or if they just needed to heat things up, but this deffinately added darkness to the contrastingly light themes of the show.

    The arrival of Susan's mother adds much needed humor to the episode. She makes her entrance with a bang, which is in true Susan-ish fashion. Her storyline as unecessary as it may have been did uplift the show, and it was nice to finally meet a mother of one of the ladies. I recall that we'll be meeting Lynette's soon.

    Lynette and Bree are still dealing with their children, and their children create a raft between them. Personally, I think Bree had no right to do what she did. You cannot just discipline other people's children, especially without their consent. I think that borders on child abuse.

    This installment gives the show more of an intense depth. A darker depth that I know for a fact the show will be experimenting alot with in the upcoming seasons. So far, my favorite is Lynette. She just seems like an actual, real housewife, and I adore that she loves her kids so much. She reminds me of my own mother. In second place, for me, it's Susan. Everything about her is funny, and she really does seem like a very sweet person. Then comes Edie, who is equally as funny, and also present from this episode. Then finally, Bree and Gabrielle whom I have mixed feelings for.moreless
  • great

    loved this episode of desperate housewives as i have done everyone that has procedded it, i loved the stuff between bree and lynette and there diffirent views on parenting it great to see susans mum atleast now we know where she gets all her clumsyness from haha, the gabby stuff was also good although i thought carlous was abit scary, also did the ending narration suggest that gaby is going to get pregnant !moreless
  • Cada madre recibe a sus hijos, sin saber si serán una bendición o un fastidio.

    De este episodio dedicado a la maternidad rescato la primera aparición de la mama de Susan, la cual es mucho más disparatada que ella misma. Lynette continua mostrando que sus hijos son incontrolables y que ella está llegando al límite. Carlos busca su hijo, Gabrielle se niega, pero sin saber lo encuentra en otro lado. Y Bree que en mi opinión personal fué el centro de atención del episodio entero, sus problemas con Andrew son de por sí terribles, y ahora enfrentarse a la homosexualidad de su, hasta ahora, único hijo varón será un gran problema para su integridad y las apariencias que siempre maneja.moreless
  • Very good episode but old women doin the dirty like that put me off :(

    Gabrielle finds out that Carlos has been keeping secrets from her as well, though his regard his less-than-legal business practices. Bree is outraged that her husband, Rex has been dabbling with the oh-so-perfect Maisy Gibbons. Elsewhere, Lynette tries to confirm her suspicions about her new nanny The relationship between Susan and Mike intensifies. And the mysterious Paul Young has something to get off his chest. Great episode but seems that the other perfect stepford housewife other than bree is up to no good and that was kinda weird especially with Rex and that makes Bree and his relationship more intense !!moreless
  • Bree spanking Porter, Carlos forcing Gabrielle to sign papers and Susan mother comes for a "visit"

    Susan’s mother is so… I don’t even know the word to describe her. Sophie makes me want to punch her, I don’t know if it’s because she’s such a drama queen or because she’s just a jumpy person… I don’t know. Although, when she “bumped” her car into Mikes’ and then explained to him how and when Susan was conceived she was pretty funny.

    I didi like the exchange of words that Mike and Susan had. I really hope they get back together. They make such a cute couple.

    Carlos was such a beast when he forced Gabrielle to sign the papers. No wonder she went back into Johns arms.

    Although Porter is Lynette’s kid and not Bree’s, I do think he (not to mention the other two) did deserve that spanking. It was really nice how Lynette took the first step and forgave Bree for what she did. That’s what being friends is all about.

John Lacy

John Lacy

Detective Beckerman

Guest Star

Brett Cullen

Brett Cullen

Detective Burnett

Guest Star

Joel McKinnon Miller

Joel McKinnon Miller


Guest Star

Shane Kinsman

Shane Kinsman

Porter Scavo

Recurring Role

Brent Kinsman

Brent Kinsman

Preston Scavo

Recurring Role

Harriet Sansom Harris

Harriet Sansom Harris

Felicia Tilman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: Lynette's children are in the bathroom and one of the twins is about to drop a toothbrush in the toilet bowl. She tells the boys to brush their teeth. The boys turn around and, in the mirror, you can see Lynette saying the same thing with no sound.

    • Parker is tearing all the flowers apart till there were none. Then, in the next shot, there are some flowers left. In the next shot, all the flowers are gone once again.

    • Bree sneaks the lemon bars into the package, when she's preparing a care package to ship to Andrew's camp, and quickly closes the two side flaps of the cardboard box, leaving the end flaps out. The scene cuts and she is immediately taping the box with all flaps down.

    • Susan is cuttting a whole onion while talking to her mother. There's a brief close up and then it cuts back to a wide shot. The pile of perfectly-diced onions on the cutting board seems too large to have been done in that brief cutaway.

    • The police state that Mary Alice was the one who purchased the toy chest, however, in the list given to Mike, it is stated that Paul purchased the toy chest.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Tom: Lynette, the kids are getting older and they are getting smarter. Soon, they're going to realize that they outnumber us and, then...
      Lynette: We're screwed.
      Tom: Exactly.

    • Mary Alice: Children come into the world with their own agendas. Some to brighten our days, some to test our patience, some to give us purpose, some to take care of us. Yes, when they come children change everything. Especially when they're not invited.

    • Mary Alice: There were many things Gabrielle Solis knew for certain. She knew red was her color. She knew diamonds went with everything and she knew men were all the same. But the one thing Gabrielle knew above all else...she would never want children. Unfortunately for Gabrielle, her husband, Carlos, felt differently. Yes, Gabrielle Solis knew without a doubt she didn't want to be a mother, but what she couldn't know was just how much her husband wanted to be a father, or that he'd been tampering with her birth control for months. Or that within one week's time, she'd be pregnant.

    • Gabrielle: What's that?
      Carlos: It's called a post-nuptual agreement. It's a legal document that...
      Gabrielle: No, I know what a post-nup is. What is it doing on my coffee table?
      Carlos: Well, I can forgive that stunt you pulled with the settlement check...if I'm sure that you're really going to be around when I get out of jail.
      Gabrielle: And the post-nup changes the terms of the pre-nup. So...
      Carlos: So if you try to divorce me while I'm gone, you get nothing.
      Gabrielle: You don't trust me?
      Carlos: I'm afraid not.

    • Carlos: Sign it! Sign it!
      (Crying, Gabrielle signs the paper. Carlos lets her go and takes the paper, walking over to the entrance of the living room. He leans against the wall)
      Carlos: I know, baby. It hurts to lose.
      (Gabrielle storms out of the house)

    • Bree: Porter, what did I tell you?
      Porter: But I'm hungry.
      Bree: Well, then, I will fix you a very nice bowl of peaches and cottage cheese.
      Porter: Ew, barf.
      Bree: Don't be common, young man.

    • Sophie: People think we're sisters.
      Susan: Well, that's 'cause you tell them that.

    • Gabrielle: Look, you really want to get back at him? Then kiss me.
      John: How's that going to help?
      Gabrielle: Because one day, when the time is right, I'm gonna tell him how he drove me right into your arms. And that's gonna kill him. And tonight, just whatever you do, don't call me beautiful.

    • Bree: Rex, don't get up, I'll just be a moment. (to Andrew) Now listen here. A parent has to provide for everything their children needs: an education, love, and a clean, safe home. And I've done all those things. I am through feeling sorry for myself. If you want to piss around and blame all your faults on your sorry home life, that's your business, but I want it stated for the record that I am a good mother!
      Rex: Bree, Andrew told me he thinks he might be gay, and he wanted to tell me first because he thinks I could handle it better.
      Bree: Well, he's right. I'll be waiting in the car.

    • Felicia: (referring to Mrs. Huber's house) This is the place where good taste goes to die.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Both Lesley Ann Warren and Teri Hatcher have played the role of "Lois Lane". Hatcher in ''"Lois and Clark: the New Adventures of Superman"'', and Warren in ''It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman''.

    • Fictional housewives read fictional magazines in this episode. Susan is seen with a copy of "Dazzle", her mother enjoys "Dream", Gabrielle browses through "Trendy" and Bree finds a new edition of "Woman's Circle" in her mailbox.

    • In the original script the character Edie was supposed to have a storyline where she got in touch with her biological father, but that was later dropped.

    • We finally learn the identity of Dana: it's Zach's (Cody Kasch) original name.

    • Although credited, Nicollette Sheridan (Edie Britt) is absent from this episode.