Desperate Housewives

Season 7 Episode 10

Down the Block There's a Riot

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 12, 2010 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • This is the second time in the series that "Skid Row" has been mentioned during character interactions. In this episode Paul talks about the ex-cons helping build the halfway house when Lynette walks over to the property in the initial minutes. Skid Row is an infamous neighborhood in Los Angeles. Although Fairview is in the imaginary "Eagle State" it is interesting to that Skid Row is referred to as the bad part of Fairview when in actuality is it a rough part of Los Angeles.

    • This is the first disaster episode of the series in which no characters die. However, Paul Young is shot and left for dead in the closing moments.

  • Quotes

    • Renee: Tom told me about your little, uh, suggestion that I needed to move off the lane. And I want you to know that ain't gonna happen.
      Susan: You know, if you're really Lynette's friend, you would know that you cannot live two doors down from her husband, a man you still love.
      Renee: That is none of your damn business!
      Susan: Really? 'Cause I am Lynette's friend and I'm not gonna stand by and watch you screw up her marriage!

    • Lynette: This is all on you, I hope you know that!
      Paul: Me? Those are your friends out there, Lynette! The solid citizens of Fairview! Tell me again why you think they're better than a bunch of ex-cons.

    • Andrew: For the third time, no. I'm not gonna sell my house to Paul Young.
      Lynette: I'm sorry. I just had to make sure. The vote is today.
      Andrew: Do you really think that I would let dangerous ex-cons move in next to my own mother?
      Lynette: I don't know. As a teenager, you were pretty nasty. (he doesn't appreciate the comment) But you're all grown up now and so very nice. Thank you for your support.

    • Beth: (to the mayor) I've never met a celebrity before.
      Mayor Franklin: Well, now you have.

    • (the neighborhood is preparing for the protest by making posters)
      Parker: (to his mother) So, if this protest works, and the place doesn't open, what happens to all those ex-cons?
      Lynette: What happens to them?
      Parker: I mean, if they don't get to stay here, where will they go?
      Lynette: They'll just go back to where they came from, or some house in another neighborhood.
      Parker: But what if that neighborhood doesn't want them either?
      Lynette: Well...
      Parker: (interrupting) I mean, if they've done their time and they need a second chance, wouldn't it be better for them to be in a nice neighborhood?
      Lynette: In theory, yes, but that's not the way the world works, we have to think about our neighborhood, our children.
      Parker: Ourselves?
      Lynette: Don't be cute. Some of these men may have good intentions, but some of them could still be really bad guys.
      Parker: But, if we don't even try to help them, are we so sure we're the good guys?

    • Renee: What is happening to this neighborhood? Some van just pulled up and these creepy characters are coming out.
      Tom: That is a school bus, Renee. Those are children.
      Renee: Well, I don't like the way they're looking at me.

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