Desperate Housewives

Season 1 Episode 20

Fear No More

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 01, 2005 on ABC
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Gabrielle plans a big party to bid farewell to Carlos, who is about to head off to jail for eight months. Meanwhile George Williams (guest star Roger Bart) resurfaces in Bree's life, much to Rex's displeasure as he knows George wants to steal her away from him. Also, Lynette is shocked to learn that Tom's old girlfriend Annabel Foster (guest star Melinda McGraw) who he dumped for Lynette has been hired at his firm again. A desperate Lynette turns to Edie for advice on how to deal with the situation. Susan and Julie encounter less-than-neighborly behavior from the Young family as Zach continues to stalk Julie. Paul interrogates Edie about breaking into his house, and she ends up telling him that Susan was behind it. Paul decides to lie to Susan again in order to cover.
Mike tries to separate Susan from Mary Alice's past secrets. Lastly, housewife Gabrielle is suspecting that she's pregnant. She's also looking to buy a new car, which doesn't go so well while at the dealership which begins her suspicions. When finding out that Carlos tampered with her birth control pills Gabrielle retaliates in rage.moreless

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  • Perfection.

    This episode includes everything that I love about the series. Hilarious dialogue, shocking developments, revealing flashbacks, and major public showdowns compete to create an entertainingly fast, and well planned entertainment.

    Gabrielle realizes that she's pregnant, and then finds out how. Lynette feels a surge of jealousy over Tom's new companion. Susan is confronted by Paul, and George is confronted by Rex.

    The party rumble that included Rex throwing George, and Bree, into the pool while Gabrielle yells at Carlos for secretly impregnating her was just classic Desperate Housewives. The extremely funny cutaways of Ginger made the episode even more fun.

    We slowly start to put the pieces together with this installment. Mary Alice was a nurse who worked with Felicia. She was called Angela back then. She, along with Paul, kindapped young Zack from a a drug addicted woman, whom I assume is the daughter of the man who hired Mike. The closer we get to the truth, the more enthralled I become, and the fact that Paul had to blow up Susan's house so she wouldn't find out whatever it is he's hiding, assuming that he was the one who burnt her house down, makes me even more excited. Now, the fact that I've already watched the entire show years ago, is a testimony of how great it actually is. I'm still excited the second time around, and that's saying alot about the quality.moreless
  • great

    loved this episode from desperate housewives there were so many great moments and unexpected suprise's

    susan's kitchen blowing up was a complete shock, gaby finding out she was pregant was also very suprising i wonder how carlous is going to get out of this one, i loved the storyline with bree and her falling in the pool was also bery shocking and funny of course although that george is pretty scary

    overall great episode although not unexpected as every episode the season has been fantastic housewives is an amazing show which justs gets better and bettermoreless
  • Para los que buscábamos respuestas, este capitulo es espectacular.

    Primero: La conversación entre George y Rex en la feria de flores está genial y nos da una idea de lo que se viene para el final de temporada. El embarazo de Gabrielle, la forma de hablar sobre eso con un cura, y de luego decirselo a Carlos es casi ideal, o bueno acorde al personaje. Paul y Susan crean mas tension en la trama y la verdad sea dicha, Bree parece un poco ingenua al darse cuenta de lo peligroso que puede ser George, deberían darle más conciencia. Zach es un muchacho perturbado que hará lo imposible por su amor platónico, así como también lo hara George, de eso no hay duda, la toma en la piscina que los muestra a ambos por un instante es tan perturbadora como el detective al cual acude Susan. Tantas cosas en un solo episodio.moreless
  • So funny!

    This episode rocked the most, one of the better Season 1 episodes it had everything.

    Gabrielle's reaction when she found out that she was pregnant was soooo funny and then at the party, where she accused Carlos of tampering with her birth control pills and the smile on his face. The pharmacy scene when she shouts 'Son of a b***h' was so hilarious especially when she storms past Bree and says I'll talk to you later. Bree is so blind to the fact that George loves her, let alone obssessed with her, evenRex knows. I wanted to grab her and point it out because it is so obvious. Susan had her troubles as well when Crazy Zach keeps harassing Julie and even throws gravel at Susan, accidentally then her kitchen blows up after a confrontation with Paul Young and Lynette becomes paranoid about Tom's ex-girlfriend returning to his company

    Overall, an episode I will no forget.moreless
  • So many surprises in this episode, which were unpleasant for our adored desperate housewives, but exciting for us =)

    Absolutely loved this episode this episode. So many surprises, so many mysteries...

    Tom should have told Lynette that he hired his old girlfriend, but instead she caught him and I think Tom was out of place, because if it was the other way around, I bet he would react like Lynette did. I was surprised to see that Lynette went to talk to Edie about the issue, that was a “fresh” scene and I liked the “interaction” with one another.

    The party scene was a pretty funny one. When Rex pushed George into the pool and he grabbed Bree before falling, was hilarious. George should get a life and move on. We know that he loves, no, not love, is obsessed with Bree but he has to leave her alone and stop tampering with Georges medication. I know that without this “small details” it wouldn’t be the “Desperate Housewives” we all know and love, but what can I say, I don’t like it when people try to break up a relationship. Lol

    I loved Gabrilles reaction when she found out that she was pregnant. The sceam in the farmacy was so funny. And then at the party, where she accused Carlos of tampering with her birth control pills, was pretty funny. Lol

    We know that Edie is mad at Susan for going out with whats-his-name, but she shouldn’t of told Paul that it was Susan idea, although it did “make” Mike talk to Susan about staying out of Paul’s way because he’s not a good person. And the scene at the coffee shop, where just before they talked, Susan tried to run away for him, was priceless. I loved it. That’s what I love about this show.

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Lauren Cohn


Guest Star

Nikki Snelson

Nikki Snelson

Maserati Saleswoman

Guest Star

Melinda McGraw

Melinda McGraw

Annabel Foster

Guest Star

Harriet Sansom Harris

Harriet Sansom Harris

Felicia Tilman

Recurring Role

Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree

Mr. Shaw

Recurring Role

Jeff Doucette

Jeff Doucette

Father Crowley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Susan first arrives to ask Gabrielle if she is ok after she finds out that she is pregnant, we can clearly see that her hair is pulled back with a clip. After they cut to Gabrielle, Susan's hair is down for the rest of the conversation.

    • Just before Gabrielle pukes in the car she says that Carlos is going on a government sponsered sabbatical, she's looking at the steering wheel while saying that he's going for 8 months. It then moves over to the woman and you see Gabrielle's head but when she says "6 with good behavior" she's still looking near the wheel.

    • Gabrielle does not pay for her pregnancy test, that is, we don't see her buying it.

      Response: Gabrielle could have easily purchased the pregnancy test before or after using the in-store restroom. Actually showing her making the purchase wasn't necessary to make the assumption that she did. It's comparable to someone who pays for a can of soda after already drinking part of it, that's all.

    • When Carlos is giving his speech the camera changes into Susan and Julie. Then Carlos can barely be seen on the left and he is just standing there, not even moving his mouth. Then the camera changes again to focus on him and he's speaking again.

    • The gravel that Zach throws on Julie's window during the night comes from beneath the lamppost but later in the day when Zach leaves Susan the flowers you can clearly see that the gravel is gone.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Father Crowley: You're pregnant?
      Gabrielle: Yes and it's impossible. I'm on the pill which I know you probably think is a sin but it's a 99.9 per cent effective sin.
      Father Crowley: Maybe it's in the 1 per cent that God resides.
      Gabrielle: You just couldn't wait to throw that in, could you?

    • Paul (to Zach): I think you're a wonderful kid, I do're not that special Zach, not really.

    • Edie: When I feel threatened by a woman, I pull her in, I make her my best friend.
      Lynette: I thought you said you didn't have any female friends.
      Edie: I don't. And I've never felt threatened by a woman either. But the point is, keep your friends close...
      Lynette: ...Keep your enemies closer.

    • Father Crowley: Gabrielle, what brings you down here? (she looks concerned) Oh, sweet mother of God what have you done this time?

    • Annabel: Yes, Tom and I were in love, but he married you. I'm not looking to break up a happy couple... anyway, that's certainly more your speed, isn't it?
      Lynette: Watch your step. Tom and I are a team. Our marriage is rock solid. Nothing you ever do will ever break that up.
      Annabel: Then why are you down here right now warning me?

    • Martha (about Mary Alice): Are you saying she stole the baby?
      Felicia: Don't look shocked, Martha. It makes your face look fat. The biological mother was a drug addict. If Angela is your neighbor, which I doubt, then that child was very lucky.

    • Mary Alice: (narrating) If there was one person Lynette never expected to see again, it was Annabel Foster. Eight years earlier Annabel had begged Tom to marry her but he told her he wasn't the marrying kind.(shot of an opening elevator showing Tom and Annabel kissing) then one day, Tom happened to meet a rising young executive by the name of Lynette Lindquist.(shot of an opening elevator showing the intimate Tom and Annabel, then Lynette walks in, and Annabel leaves, Lynette and Tom exchange a look) and after a few torrid weeks Tom decided he was the marrying kind… after all. (shot of an opening elevator showing Tom and Lynette kissing) causing an embittered Annabel to move back to Chicago… permanently. (shot of an opening elevator gets in it Annabel holding an opened box with her things and a rose in the middle) or so Lynette had hoped. (facing with Annabel in Tom's office).

    • Gabrielle: (to father Crowley) I'd be an awful mother, I'm selfish and I'm self-centered, and only person more self-centered than me is Carlos, I mean, he's so self-centered that he doesn't even know how self-centered I am.

    • Mary Alice: Since she was a little girl, Susan Mayer wanted to be a mother in the worst way. And from the first day she brought Julie home from the hospital, she was.

    • Zach: Ms. Mayer, I am so sorry. It's just, one pebble wasn't working, so I tried a whole handful.
      Susan: Ow, ow.
      Zach: Look, I'll make it up to you.
      Susan: Oh, how? Are you gonna give me your corneas?
      Julie: Mom, lay back.
      Zach: I just wanted to talk to Julie. She hasn't been returning my phone calls.
      Julie: Well, I'm here now. What do you want?
      Zach: Come on, Julie. I just want to see you again. You know, talk, hang out.
      Julie: Maybe it would be better if we just cooled it for a while, okay?
      Zach: Why?
      Susan: Well, you just threw rocks in her mother's face. How's that for a start?

    • Rex: A whole evening of bonsai trees? Wouldn't it just be easier to shoot me?
      George: Probably.

    • Gabrielle: Carlos, you son of a bitch! I am pregnant and it's all your fault! (she slaps him)

    • Mary Alice: Spring comes every year to Wisteria Lane, but not everyone remembers to stop and smell the flowers. Some are too busy worrying about the future (shot of Tom kissing Lynette as he leaves for work, and Lynette has a worried expression on her face as he leaves), or mistakes they've made in the past (shot of Gabrielle worriedly rubbing her stomach). Others are preoccupied with not getting caught (shot of Bree sneaking off to meet George), or thinking of ways to catch someone else (shot of Susan and Paul staring down at each other across the street). Still, there will always be a few who remember to take a moment and appreciate what spring has given them (shot of Felicia gardening). Just as there will always be those who prefer to sit in the dark, brooding over everything they've lost (shot of Zach looking at a photo montage of Julie).

    • Bree: Honey, do your hands still tremble when they touch me?
      Rex: (laughs) No. But come on, we've been married eighteen years.
      Bree: Yes we have. And you still don't know when I need you to lie.

    • Bree: Rex! I think you owe George a little something...
      (Rex pauses)
      Rex: Okay, you're right. (Rex pushes George, who grabs Bree before they both topple into the fountain)
      Bree: Rex, have you lost your mind?!
      Rex: To be fair, I only pushed him.

  • NOTES (2)


    • The name of the episode is the same name of a song from a Stephen Sondheim play, The Frogs, in which Roger Bart had a starring role.

    • Episode Title: This episodes title comes from yet another Sondheim song. Fear No More is from the early Sondheim work The Frogs

    • "Haft's Detective Agency"
      Susan Mayer's seen in a final scene looking up Private Investigators in the Yellow Pages. She happens to stop on a listing for a "Haft's" Detective Agency which coincedentally is the agency run by Richard Roundtree's character. The same actor that played "Shaft" in the popular movies of the seventies. The name of the agency is very likely a pun on the name "Shaft".