Desperate Housewives

Season 2 Episode 10

Coming Home

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 04, 2005 on ABC
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Lynette tries to put a daycare center in Parcher & Murphy by recruiting employees' children to get the program started. Gabrielle and Sister Mary Bernard (guest star Melinda Page Hamilton) face off over Carlos’ mission of mercy to Africa. Bree brings Andrew home and tells him about the revelation of George poisoning his father Rex and killing him. Lastly, Susan confronts her biological father's wife after she thinks they are having an affair.moreless

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  • loved it

    another good episode of desperate housewives i loved the bree stuff, andrew coming back was pretty good although im sure he is going to be causuing alot of trouble for bree, the lynette stuff was ok mostly just filler but entertsining, the susna storyline was ok but not very juicy once agian her storylines seem to be the weakest the year comapred to last year when they were the storongest
  • Aunque el episodio tiene mucho para convertirse en un clásico, por alguna razón la pequeña historia de Susan lo hace un poco continuo.

    Definitivamente la hermana Mary es una bomba, un personaje lo suficientemente fuerte para contrarestar el poder que tiene Gabrielle sobre Carlos, es sencillamente detestable. Lynette logra su cometido, la guardería, pero no evita inmiscuirse un poco en el matrimonio de su jefe. Susan termina el capitulo con su padre; en verdad me parece un acierto ya que no me parecia tan buena historia. Y Bree (al parecer) une sus lazos con Andrew al confesar su crimen por omisión, pero él sigue siendo un hijo rebelde y odioso el cual espera el mejor momento para darle a su mamá una puñalada en la espalda.moreless
  • I hate Andrew

    It\'s official: I honestly hate Andrew. Sure there are characters who did much worse things (Paul) or were much creepier (George), but Andrew is just a stupid kid stuck in his silly teenage rebellion against poor Brew. He keeps blabbing on and on about getting revenge on George and when Bree reveals that he got what he deserved, Andrew only thinks about getting revenge on Bree...for what exactly? Because she freaked out when he told her he was gay...I\'m gay myself and Bree\'s reaction (dinner with priest, the hell comment) were nothing to some things I know that real parents have done to their gay kids. At least she didn\'t abandon him or throw him out of the house...

    Sure, she put him into a boot camp (if you could even call it that, it looked not too bad there, when his parents visited hiim) and I\'m not a fan of such camps, but he was really acting out and not taking responsibility in any way..for god\'s sake he ran over an old womanand shrugged it off like he stepped on an ant. But enough of my rant about Andrew..

    Susan got her usual mix of touching (conversation with her father at the end) and just plain whacky scenes (the attack in the supermarket).

    Lynette manipulated someone yet again and this time she managed to avoid major consequences like last episode. That comment to the receptionist was hilarious (\"Can\'t you see I\'m holding a baby hostage here?\") gotta love Lynette.

    The catfight between Gabrielle and Sister Mary got a little more intense and Eva Longoria\'s delivery was priceless as usual..she\'s really underrated.

    Finally, regarding the Applewhites, it\'s amazing what tricks and plans you can pull off if you\'re a concert pianist. ;-)

    All in all an entertaining episode, but not quite as riveting and exciting as the last.moreless
  • Wasn't bad, but definitely wasn't great.

    The police are inspecting George's home, when they pull out a life sized mannequin dressed up as Bree. Lynette tries to put a day care centre in her work, and only needs one more child to make it happen, unfortunately its her bosses', and his wife wants their child to be raised at home. Gabrielle and Sister Mary face off again over Carlos’ work at the church. It turns out that they can't afford to send Sister Mary, so Gabrielle donates the needed money for her to be able to go. Little does she know, Sister Mary wants Carlos to join her on the trip. Gabby is furious, but decides to fail to mention Carlos' allergy to eggs on his medical forms, and he becomes too sick to go. Bree brings Andrew home and tells him about the revelation of George poisoning his father Rex and killing him. Andrew is furious with Bree, and he tells her that she doesn't get to tell him what to do anymore. Andrew invites Justin over, and Andrew tells Justin he wants Bree to catch him, so he can break her heart, and that one day, he will wait until she slips up so that he can destroy her. Betty and Matthew get their way into an institution, to get Caleb out. A man sees them, he had gone there to kill Caleb. Susan confronts her biological father's wife after she thinks they are having an affair. Susan ends up bailing out her father, after he is arrested for being with a prostitute. After she decides to give up on him, he comes around and tells her he'd like to get to know her better, after he sorts out the mess with his family. Bree and Andrew are having another argument about George, and Bree tells him the truth about George's death. Andrew hugs her, and smiles to himself while he thanks her for sharing that information with him.moreless
  • Back Again Written by Chris Black Directed by Arlene Sanford


    If there’s one Desperate Housewives likes to do is make religious references and this week, we get the return of not one but three so called prodigal sons, two who have been a lot longer than Caleb.

    Dealing with Zach first, it’s nearly been half a season since him and Paul have interacted and strangely enough, even I found their little reunion a bit sweet. Paul may be capable of just about anything but it seems that deep down even he cares for Zach, who he’s raised as his own for the past fifteen years. It was actually strange that we got a scene in which both Paul and Zach were acting sane and had no ulterior motive with each other. That was until Paul admitted to Zach about Deirdre but left out the part about Mike being his biological father.

    It was inevitable that Paul and Mike would eventually clash about Zach and while I think Zach would be better off with Mike in the long run, I can’t see Paul giving up so easily. No matter how much he blackmails Mike into staying away, the latter should’ve no problem in eventually getting dirt on the murderous Paul. After all, there’s Martha’s journal and the hope of at least finding evidence that makes Paul Martha’s killer. All Mike needs to do is to look hard enough. Credit to this episode for fully setting up two major feuds for this season.

    The second most pivotal one of course being between Bree and Andrew, who is busted out of Camp Hennessey and is informed about George’s involvement in Rex’s death. Does Andrew even sympathise with Bree? Does he hell! Instead he actively blames her for letting George into their lives and uses this information to get Justin to spend the night.

    Not seen since “One Wonderful Day”, having the lovely Justin back on our screens is a highlight, even if he did balk at kissing Andrew. Actually Justin was really nice in this episode by trying to get his boyfriend to lighten up on Bree, although he could’ve tried a bigger tactic when Andrew openly expressed his desire to ruin his mother. I don’t blame Andrew for being pissed off for what Bree said to him in “Live Alone And Like It”. In that score he has every right to be angry for that incident but he accuses his mother of letting a psycho like George into his life and yet he’s planning to spectacularly destroy his mother? Pot, kettle, black, you moron!

    I felt bad for Bree in this episode, not that it wasn’t hard. She may not be the best mother in the world by a long stretch but she actually making an effort to reach out to Andrew and he threw it back in her face. In a lot of ways, Andrew is no better than George and now that he knows that Bree did nothing to save the unstable pharmacist, I dread to think how he’s going to use this information against her. At least Bree got some support from Susan, Gabrielle and Lynette because with those lousy children she has, she’s almost alone.

    Unlike Betty, whose two kids absolutely love her and even if Caleb is a killer, he seems to be a better person than either Andrew or Danielle (what exactly does Matthew see in the latter?). With Caleb transferred to a psych ward, Betty and Matthew come up with an expert way of getting him out. Betty distracts the orderly staff and patients with her piano skills and Matthew and Caleb just walk out of there.

    Talk about a simple plan or what? Seriously though, how long can Betty and Matthew keep Caleb a secret before someone really becomes privy to his presence on Wisteria Lane? I’m guessing not too long seeing as a rather rough looking guy had actually appeared at the hospital to get Caleb before the Applewhites sprung him out. I’m wondering if this guy is a relative of murdered Melanie Foster or a hired hitman from the dead girl’s family. Only time will tell but more answers in upcoming episodes would be nice.

    Keeping with family, Susan and Addison getting to know each other makes for an uncomfortable viewing. Maybe he’s heard of some of her past antics but Addison wasn’t exactly bursting at the seams to get to know his daughter, was he? Again I still felt really bad for Susan. The woman may be pathetically needy at times but even she showed a level of restraint when trying to bond with her Dad, which only then happened after Susan had to bail Addison out of jail for trying to solicit a prostitute.

    Then Susan’s day got worse when his wife Carol mistook her for a fancy woman and graffiti-d “whore” on her garage door. That generated a nice snide remark from Edie, who then disappears again (when are the writers actually going to give her something constructive to do?). We also had to endure Carol acting hysterical and chucking food at Susan in the supermarket until the latter explained who she really was and Carol warned her against Addison. Wonderfully enough she took heed of Carol’s advice and remained distant towards her father while painting her garage door in the rain. We’ve had Susan behaving level headed for two episodes in a row, surely I must be dreaming.

    Level headed is a thing Lynette proved to be also this week as her solution for dealing with being an absentee mother was to try and set up a day-care centre. Not a bad idea but how convenient that Ed’s wife Fran would try and put a dampener on things. Keeping with a tradition for Lynette’s advice going awry, Ed snatches his daughter away from Fran, Fran then comes into the office acting hysterical and Lynette has to snatch little Mindy in order to get her day-care centre and Ed and Fran to agree with each other. It’s a totally silly plot but fun in it’s own right.

    Which means the only real low point of the episode is Gabrielle this week. As much I love her and Sister Mary’s all out campaign to maintain their individual hold on Carlos, can’t that woman think of someone other than herself? I hate to admit but Carlos actually sounds like he does want to do something genuinely good and Gabrielle seems intent on sabotaging for no real reason other than her selfish desire to be in charge. For a woman who claims she loves her husband, withholding vital information about Carlos’ allergies was low even for her and worse still, the writer of this episode tried to make light of what she did.

    Also in “Coming Home”

    Housewife of the week: Detective Barton told Bree about George’s death while cops were removing evidence of his interest in Bree from his hose, including a Bree doll.

    Gabrielle (re George): “He was our pharmacist. It’s enough to make you go holistic”

    Susan (to Bree): “I don’t mean to sound cruel but I’m glad he’s dead”.

    There was a joke from Caleb’s would be kidnapper about a ball gag, which makes me think that he’s a hitman. It’s also nice to see Betty interact with Mike and Edie.

    Bree (re Justin): “What kind of friend is he?”

    Andrew: “The real good kind”.

    Lynette needed sixteen kids for the day-care centre. I know there’s Penny and Ed and Fran’s daughter, Mindy but with six kids from one woman, two from the parking guy and three from someone else, that only makes up thirteen.

    Carlos: “They are people dying in Botswana”

    Gabrielle: “They will be people dying in this church if you don’t get that patronising look off your face”.

    Susan (re “whore” sign): “Do you have something you would like to say?”

    Edie: “No, that pretty much says it all”.

    Andrew and Justin were playing Chronicles Of Narnia, the video game. I have yet to see that movie.

    Ed: “I left a sticky note”

    Fran: “I wasn’t looking for a sticky note. I was looking for my baby”.

    No Karl, Tom, Julie, Danielle, Porter, Preston and Parker in this episode.

    Addison: “Painting in the rain. Is that smart?”

    Susan: “Well let me see. Painting in the rain or letting the whole world think I’m a whore? I don’t know, what do you think?”

    Bree (re George): “He didn’t die on his own terms. He paid for what he did to your father”

    Andrew: “Thank you for telling me this”.

    No chronological reference, though it’s probably only a day or two since last episode.

    “Coming Home” is a rather funny episode. While it’s both within the series style of funny one moment, sinister the next, it’s only one of those episode where every other plot is alright but only Bree and Betty’s standout. It’s a set up episode really.

Paul Dooley

Paul Dooley

Addison Prudy

Guest Star

Melinda Page Hamilton

Melinda Page Hamilton

Sister Mary Bernard

Guest Star

Michael Ironside

Michael Ironside

Curtis Monroe

Guest Star

Currie Graham

Currie Graham

Ed Ferrara

Recurring Role

Kurt Fuller

Kurt Fuller

Detective Barton

Recurring Role

Jeff Doucette

Jeff Doucette

Father Crowley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the Fairview Herald article about the mysterious intruder, Karen's last name is spelled "McClusky", and her age is given as 74 years old.

    • Susan says that she's 38 years old. However, in the season 4 episode Now I Know, Don't Be Scared, it's stated that Susan was 26 at the time she had Julie. And according to the season 2 finale, Susan moves in to Wisteria Lane in 1992 and says that Julie is 2 years old. That would make Julie's birth year probably 1990. So if Susan was really 26 at that time, she would now be at least 41 years old. So is she lying?

    • When Susan is painting the door in white, you can see several times that some points appear and dissapear in red between shots.

    • When Justin and Andrew are in his room you can see clearly that they are not playing any game. When the screen is shown there is not sign of them playing, it is only a story.

    • When Susan sees the word "Whore" written on her garage door, she drops her newspaper. However, she doesn't drop her mug.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Mary Alice: It's a story as old as time itself - the return of the prodigal son. And no matter how many times it's repeated or how the details might vary, or how the names might change, the story always ends the same way, in the tender embrace of a loving father.

    • Bree: I don't understand. I mean, what would George be doing with a life-sized doll? Oh, dear lord.

    • Mary Alice: (narrating)There were many ways to tell Bree Van De Kamp was a lady. She was courteous to those around her, she moved with elegance and grace. And she was very careful to never let others know what she was thinking. You see, like most well-bred women, Bree had something to hide.

    • Addison: You know you were saying you wanted to be part of my life?
      Susan: Uh huh...
      Addison: I'm at the police station. I need you to come bail me out..

    • Gabrielle: You! What the hell did you do with my husband?
      Sister Mary: Please restrain yourself, Gabrielle, you are in the House of God.
      Gabrielle: Tell me where he is!
      Sister Mary: Everywhere, of course.

    • Addison: Painting in the rain? Is that smart?
      Susan: Well, let me see. Painting in the rain or letting the whole world think I'm a whore? I dunno. What do you think?

    • Mary Alice: (narrating) The stories are as old as time itself. The prodigal son who returns home to hte father who forgives him. (shot of Zach playing guitar while Paul watches him.) The jealous wife who tricks the husband who trusts her. (Shot of Gabrielle stroking the head of a sick Carlos.) The desperate mother who risks everything for the child who needs her. (Shot of Betty placing a blanket over a sleeping Caleb.) And the faithless husband who hurts the wife he loves so deeply. (Shot of Addison leaving his house as his wife glares.) Why do we listen again and again? (Shot of Bree gardening) Because these are the stories of family (Andrew is reading on the porch. He smiles at Bree, and she smiles back.) And once we look past the fighting, pain, and the resentment, we occasionally like to remind ourselves, there is absolutely nothing more important. (Shot of Lynette entering her office daycare, where she spends a moment with Penny)

    • Gabrielle: I may be a Catholic, but I am so not above slapping a nun.

    • Susan (standing in front of her garage with the word "whore" spray-painted on): Hello, Edie. Do you have something you'd like to say?
      Edie: No, that pretty much says it all.

    • Susan: Why can't you go home and have sex with your wife, like a normal person?
      Addison: She's a 68-year-old woman. That bell stopped ringing for me years ago.

    • Pat: Lynette, I have Tom on line 2.
      Lynette: Pat, I'm holding a baby hostage. I will call him back.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Scenes involving the Applewhites' in this episode were originally intended for the previous episode but, when the actor who played Caleb was fired, the scenes had to be re-shot.

    • This episode was originally titles "I've Got You Under My Skin".

    • Due to time constraints, the opening credits were cut for time.

    • Even though they are credited, Doug Savant (Tom Scavo), Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer), Andrea Bowen (Julie Mayer), Joy Lauren (Danielle Van De Kamp), Brent and Shane Kinsman (Preston and Porter Scavo) and Zane Huett (Parker Scavo) do not appear in this episode.


    • Episode Title: "Coming Home" is the title of a song written for the Stephen Sondheim musical "Bounce". However, it was only included in the workshop production (entitled "Wise Guys"), then the song was dropped before the 2003 Kennedy Center opening in Washington D.C. So this is an extremely rare Sondheim song, because it was never commercially recorded.

    • The alternate title for this episode, "I've Got You Under My Skin" could refer to two songs of the same name by Cole Porter and Frank Sinatra.