Desperate Housewives

Season 6 Episode 5

Everybody Ought to Have a Maid

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 25, 2009 on ABC
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Gabrielle is deemed a bad mother during her daughter Juanita's playdate, and she tries desperately to prove to others that she is a responsible parent. Bree gets defensive when she's judged by a motel maid (guest star Aisha Hinds) for having an affair with Karl Mayer, and Lynette is put off by her new handyman, Roy Bender (guest star Orson Bean), when he defers to Tom for approval on all things, whereas Susan and Katherine come to blows over Mike. Meanwhile, a lapse in judgment on Danny's part leads to a terrible mishap that Angie and Nick must cover up.moreless

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  • The monkey killed the clown

    The monkey killed the clown the funniest part of this episode. I love that part.

    Gabby is called a bad mother and has Juanita a big B-day party that turns out bad

    Bree and the maid have words about Bree's afair giving her insight in to cheating Lynette hires McCluskey's befriend Roy as a handyman who only listens to the man of the house Tom Susan's shots Katherine with the gun from the Bolen's

    Nick still has some feelings for Julie

    Danny Gives Julie the family gun thats in there real name

    Angie talks Katherine out of calling the cops and taking the high roadmoreless
  • "Then I will pour gasoline onto Katherine and if you love me then you will provide me with a match and an alibi" Susan talking to Mike.

    After a dramatic previous episode, the ligther side of Desperate Housewives returns in another excellent episode of the new Season Six.

    Firstly, Aisha Hinds who played the maid did a very good job. Her insight into Bree's afair was rather nice to see and the fact Bree couldn't see it herself speaks volumes for her relationships. Good to see Marcia Cross being naughty again.

    Lynette and Tom have problems with Roy, Karen M's new fancy man. Lynette's fears about losing control are realised and Doug Savant proves once again that he plays the role of Tom Scavo rather well. The birthday party Gabrielle hosted was highlight number one. The monkey attacking the clown was sooo funny! Gabby is not a bad mother and as Carlos points out her girls are growing up to be strong. Susan and Katherine's feud was highlight number two. Once again Dana Delany plays Mad Old Katherine with delight and when Susan shot her accidentally I was laughing so hard! Let Katherine's schemeing comence.moreless
  • The best thing about 'Everybody Ought to Have A Maid' is Aisha Hinds.

    What's the best thing about this episode, ladies and gentlemen? Is it the distinctly insightful, and rather moving, conversation between Tom and Roy about Lynette's inherent need for control? Could it be the wonderfully astute observation by one of the Solis children that 'the monkey's killing the clown'? Or perhaps the continued inclusion of the ludicrously attractive young Danny Bolan, who needs to wear less clothes pronto? Well, frankly, no. It's none of these things. The best thing about 'Everybody Ought to Have A Maid' is Aisha Hinds, one of the best character actors in the business right now, who manages to knock the pants off of pretty much everyone else in the episode in her minor role as the observational hotel maid. She's cropped up in Prison Break and True Blood of late (and in the later, she was bloody fantastic as the kooky Miss Jeanette) and now she's here, providing Marcia Cross with the springboard that she needs to give Bree Hodge some of the most in-character moments she's had in one hell of a long time. The final conversation that the two have is just superb, brash and to the point but loaded with meaning. Finally guys, something to get excited about in this otherwise rather contrived storyline.

    The aforementioned highlights are also, obviously, worthy of praise, but a nod should be given to the ongoing mystery surrounding the Bolans for ramping up the tension and the intrigue with the inclusion of the dreaded firearm. Unfortunately, this being Desperate Housewives, the episode wouldn't be complete without a thoroughly contrived slice of out-and-out farce and, lo and behold, good old Susan and Katherine can be relied upon, once again, to come up trumps. Honestly guys... shooting her? Really? And that Neighbourhood Watch meeting... ack! Do we really need to be hammered over the head with Mayfair's incessant lust for her ex and comedy-villain hatred of his lover? It's just tiresome. Get these two out of this thoroughly unenjoyable rut and into some interesting narratives, stat. Then we'd have something good on our hands.moreless
  • After Juanita's friend is hurt during a playdate Gaby is deemed an unfit mother. Things only get worse when the chimp at Juanita's bithday goes on a wild rampage. Meanwhile Katherine and Susan friendship continues to goes down the drain.moreless

    This episode was very funny. Gaby letting Jaunita and her friend sled down the stairs in a suitcase was funny. "You better not be using the good suitcase". Katherine raising her hand over and over as Susan ignores her when shes picking people for the heighborhood watch. Then tries to make Katherine Jealous by kissing Mike in front of Katherine. My favorite part was when Susan shot Katherine thinking she was a prowler. Susan:" Katharine". Katherine: "Susan you shot me". The way Katherine said that was so funny. This episode was another good episode. Katherine is getting her edge back. I love how she can be sweet and sour.moreless
  • Good episode.

    This was a really funny installment of Desperate Housewives. Was it incredibly great, did it advance any of the storylines that much? No and no, but I found myself laughing throughout the entire show. Eva Longoria Parker was in top form tonight and Dana Delaney turned in another great performance as the mentally disturbed Katherine. I was really hoping this was the end of Bree and Karl as Bree and Orson are the best couple on this show and need to work things out, but it doesn't appear to be headed that way. Season finale reconciliation maybe? We can only hope.moreless
Barbara Alyn Woods

Barbara Alyn Woods

Laura Miller

Guest Star

Mackenzie Smith

Mackenzie Smith

Rachel Miller

Guest Star

Cindy Lu

Cindy Lu


Guest Star

Kevin Rahm

Kevin Rahm

Lee McDermott

Recurring Role

Tuc Watkins

Tuc Watkins

Bob Hunter

Recurring Role

Maria Cominis

Maria Cominis

Mona Clark

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When season 5 started, the series had jumped 5 years into the future. At that time Gabrielle wasn't even pregnant, meaning Juanita cannot be older than 5 or 6. However, in this episode, it is implied she is 7 years old.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Lynette and Tom are talking while she cuts some vegetables in the kitchen)
      Tom: So, I still don't get why you fired Roy. I mean, he was putting the bird house where you wanted it, right?
      Lynette: It's not about that. He said I emasculate you.
      Tom: He said that?
      Lynette: Well, not in those words. He went with a more colorful nutcracking analogy.
      Tom: (laughing) He is funny.
      Lynette: He is not funny! And this would be a really good place for you to jump in and tell me I'm not a castrating bitch
      Tom: Sure! Just put down the knife first.

    • Mrs. McCluskey: Lynette, when you've needed a favor from me, have I ever let you down?
      Lynette: Last month we needed a sitter for Penny, but you didn't want to miss Oktoberfest. And just last thursday...
      Mrs. McCluskey: Okay, new way in.

    • (Susan is talking to Mike about Katherine hitting on him)
      Susan: If it was no big deal, why didn't you just tell me?
      Mike: Julie was in the hospital. I didn't tell you because I, crazy me, thought it might upset you.
      Susan: And here's why I'm upset: 'cause now I realize that Katherine is not hurting. She's plotting. So I'm gonna go over there right now...
      Mike: No, Susan, you do not want to pour gasoline on this fire.
      Susan: Well, you're right. I wanna
      pour gasoline on Katherine. And if you love me at all, you'll give me a match and an alibi.
      Mike: Honey, let her have her lies. Let her plot. You got nothing to worry about. You mean everything to me and Katherine means nothing.
      Susan: Well, that's sweet. I'm gonna go tell her you said that.

    • Laura: You're pretty cavalier considering your carelessness almost killed my daughter.
      Gabrielle: I gotta say, Laura, you're kind of a wet blanket since you quit smoking. Why don't you try a pipe?

    • Susan: (Susan has just shot Katherine) Oh my God! Katherine, the gun just went off. Are you all right?
      Katherine: You tried to kill me!
      Susan: Okay, I just shot you. Let's not be throwing accusations around.

    • Karen: When Roy's spirits are drooping, the problem is global. You get the picture?
      Lynette: Getting the picture isn't the problem. It's getting rid of it.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Episode Title : The title of this episode comes from a song in the Stephen Sondheim musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.