Desperate Housewives

Season 5 Episode 12

Connect! Connect!

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 11, 2009 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • We learn that Edie had a collection of horses when she was a child. Nicollette Sheridan is an avid horse rider.

    • We learn in this episode that Glen Wingfield, Stella's ex-husband, who was played by Richard Chamberlain in the episode "Distant Past", in season four, has passed away, which lead to Lynette putting her mother in a nursing home.

    • Edie says that her father didn't leave until she was 16. However, in season 2's "That's Good, That's Bad", Edie says that she grew up without a father.

  • Quotes

    • Edie: I know what men are really like.
      Susan: Really? How so?
      Edie: Well, when I was sixteen, my dad had an affair...with this woman who had a ten-year-old daughter, and one day, he told my mom and me that he was leaving us for them.
      Susan: Oh, my god.
      Edie: No interruptions, please. A week later, he comes in the house to get his stuff, and my mom didn't want to see him, so we went to the movies. Now I had this, uh, horse figurine collection...plastic, glass, ceramics, hundreds of them. Anyway, we come back from the movies and my dad had taken all his stuff. So I go into my bedroom and something seems different. And then I realized that all of my horses were gone. My mom called my dad and screamed, and all he said was I was too old for them and that his girlfriend's daughter would appreciate them more. (laughs) I mean, can you believe that? What a fungus!
      (Having heard the whole details, Susan begins to cry)
      Edie: Oh, God. Are you crying?
      Susan: It's just that...well, now I get it.
      Edie: Get what?
      Susan: All these years I have judged you time and again, is not your fault! Come here. (hugs Edie very gently) You are the way you are because of your father.
      Edie: I'm what?!
      (In reaction to Susan's statement, Edie angriliy slaps her in the face)
      Susan: Edie, what the hell?!
      Edie: Don't try and psycho-analyze me, you twit! I was just trying to tell you how selfish men are!
      Susan: And I was just trying to be nice and give you a free pass for being such a big slut!
      (Susan vengefully pushes Edie backwards into the boxes; the boxes crash down on top of Edie)

    • (Carlos is standing in front of a cab, hugging his daughters)
      Gabrielle: Carlos, what's going on? You're gonna miss your plane!
      Gabrielle: They're upset. They're not used to me being away.
      Gabrielle: Oh, for God sakes girls! It's not like he's going off to war. He's gonna be back tomorrow.
      Juanita: Why can't daddy work here?
      Gabrielle: Because daddy has a new job, he's gonna make us lots of money.
      Juanita: We don't need lots of money.
      Gabrielle: Hey, what did I say about that kind of language?
      (Carlos rolls his eyes)
      Carlos: Look, girls... Daddy's gonna be home tomorrow in time for dinner. You can call me whenever you want, okay?
      (they both nod)
      Gabrielle: And the best part is you get to spend a whole day with just mommy!
      (the two girls turn around and hug Carlos)

    • Susan: Have you ever looked in your mirror, Edie? You're famous for the number of men you've conquered.
      Edie: Thank you.
      Susan: It's not a compliment, you tramp.

    • Mary Alice: (closing voiceover) At 5:15 that afternoon, Edie began calling her friends to inform them that her husband had come home. Sadly she never got through to any of them. Gabrielle never picked up, she was too busy watching her children being told they had to obey their mother and trying not to smile. Lynette wasn't home when Edie called, she was with her mother, laughing and sharing stories about the old days, and enjoying every minute of it. Bree was outside, showing her future son-in-law color samples for the home she had bought him and smiling politely when they disagreed. And Susan, well, she didn't answer because she was sitting in her favorite chair with a cup of tea, learning to enjoy, for the first time in her life, what it was like to be alone.

    • Stella: (to Lynette) Well now that you're here, why don't you stay and we can talk a while. I'll get my flask out of the drawer...Hey, I can't be nice, forgiving and sober all at the same time.

    • Bree: It's just that grilling is such a manly pastime. If I suggested that Orson somehow failed to produce the perfect steak, you might see it as another example of emasculation.
      Alex: I see. You're not going to let that go, are you?
      Bree: Well for all I know, telling Orson his steak tastes like charcoal might be de-balling him.

    • Edie: (to Susan) You have holes in your heart that can only be filled by a pair of trousers.

    • Susan: I am not going to take relationship tips from a woman who has hooked up with, what is it, over one thousand men?
      Edie: Okay, that's true, I enjoyed the eighties.

    • Orson: You know, I'm feeling a bit randy tonight. What do you say we make a little love?
      Bree: Well, we've got fifteen minutes until the News is on. Why not?

    • Edie: I asked everyone over this morning because I had this huge thing to share about kicking my husband out. And you prance in with your "me and Jackson are moving to a fairy castle".
      Susan: I'm sorry. I thought we gave your latest break up the three seconds of shock it deserved.

    • Susan: Looks like the mailman switched our mail again. Do you have mine?
      Edie: Yep, it's in my garbage. Come by and grab it at your convenience.

    • Susan: So he was married before. You don't kick a man out for that.
      Edie: No. But you do for never mentioning it. Especially when I laid out my entire past.
      Gabrielle: Emphasis on the word laid.

    • Mary Alice: (opening voiceover) It had been a long journey for David Williams. And, though it began years ago, he remembered every step of it. Walking outside his front door to find a policeman with news of a car crash. Running into the hospital only to be told his wife and daughter had died. Being dragged into a psychiatric facility after his mental breakdown. Strolling into a hotel, weeks after being released and bumping into a beautiful blonde. Marching down the aisle with the woman who, as it turned out, once lived in the same street with the man who had killed his family. But his bride was now unhappy, and Dave Williams was worried that his dream of revenge had been destroyed. Luckily for Dave, fate was about to take some steps of its own.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Episode Title: The title of this episode comes from a line in Stephen Sondheim's 1991 musical Assassins in the show's finale, "Everybody's Got The Right (Finale)". The full line is "Free country means you get to connect! That's it! Means the right to expect that you'll have an effect, that you're gonna connect! Connect! Connect!..."