Desperate Housewives

Season 4 Episode 17

Free (2)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 18, 2008 on ABC
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Katherine finally comes clean to Dylan regarding her secrets, and Dylan runs away as a result of their conversation. After telling everyone she has to leave town, Katherine leaves Bree with absolutely no help to cater Bob and Lee's commitment ceremony, so she hires all of her girlfriends. Lynette and Tom have hit a rough patch after what happened with Kayla, and Susan has a hard time adjusting to the fact that her daughter will be going to college soon. Gabrielle finds 118 thousand dollars in Ellie's teddy bear, and Wayne takes Katherine hostage in her own house.moreless

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  • Brilliant 2-hour season finale of a brilliant 4th season.

    This was just must see! In the first episode Lynette is arrested for child abuse, but turned out that Kayla made it all up (of course). Then Tom sent her to her grandparents which was good move and strong scene. Bree and Reverend Green was not exciting story for me at all. Susan and Mike didn´t know how to pick a name for their baby. Mike picked "Maynard" after his dead grandpa :) Gaby & Ellie story was funny, especially part in second episode where they had a big fight. I also loved the whole Katherine story. Dana Delany and Gary Cole did great job. I was thrilled. Definitely the best season finale since the 1st season. And the last 3 minutes took place in 2013, so this season will be definitely amazing.moreless
  • Everyone has a secret and we are only as sick as our secrets.

    Dave is putting his plan into play to get even with Mike Delfino for his role in the death of his First Wife an Daughter. Lynnette Scavo wants to sell their pizzaria due to the bad economy and Tom doesn't want to and fires his staff and decides to use his children as labor. When he roughs up one of his sons for not wanting to be embarrassed in front of classmates, Tom comes to this senses and decides that selling the Pizzaria is in their best interest.

    Gabrielle Solis catches Carlos's boss making out out with another woman after his company say's their will be no bonuses this year. When Gabrielle gets home Carlos's boss is there to give Carlos a large bonus. Carlos's boss's wife ends up pregnant and they want the Solis's to be the Godparents.

    Bree gives her son Andrew a very large raise to the disdain of Orson. This could be the undoing of Orson Hodge. Orson is very envious of Andrew and will stop at nothing to find out how much money he makes. He pries information from Bree and get the information from the the company accountants and is furious when he finds out that Andrew makes twice as much and he does.

    Susan is having problems with the way her so M.J. is taking Katherine. Susan started a new job at the school M.J. is going to and M.J. is suppose to go to mikes after school, but sometime goes to Katherine's when Mike is still working. This is infuriating Susan. Susan tells Katherine that M.J. is only allowed at Susan's house or Mike's house and Katherine tells her that is going to be hard with Mike moves in with her. Susan has a hurt look on her face with given this information.moreless
  • An amazing season finale that finally delivered what I was expecting.

    I remember how excited I was about watching the season three finale of "Desperate Housewives", and how disappointed I was with it after I finally saw it: it wasn't really that juicy. The seasons one and two finales were fantastic, funny, dramatic and exciting, and the season three finale suffered a bit because no one died and the mysteries had already been solved. But it was still a great episode, though, like every episode of the show.

    But the two hour season four finale was just fantastic, and "Free", part two, is a very exciting chapter in the characters' lives. There's just too many remarkable things going on at the same time: Julie is going to college, Bob and Lee are getting married in a commitment ceremony, Wayne is torturing Adam, Bree is preparing the biggest party in her career thus far, Tom is adjusting to what happened with Kayla, Gabrielle is having problems with Ellie and Katherine's secrets are all finally revealed. The death of Ellie Leonard was the most shocking moment to me, I really didn't see that one coming. I expected Wayne to die, because he was a bad guy. I was unfortunately already aware of the time jump because that information had been leaked on the Internet. Too bad, I could had not been prepared for what would probably be the most shocking surprise in the DH history. I already saw it coming. It was disappointing, truly, I hate that sort of spoilers. Come on, shows are much more entertaining when they shock us. Quit with the huge spoilers already!

    A great show. Truly. :)moreless
  • Brilliant, until we jump 5 years in the future

    Katherine at police station years before reporting her husband. Police woman tells her to run. Back to present day and Katherine goes to police again and they tell her to fill in some paperwork, after she tell them that he may kill her. Katherine tells Dylan the truth (not us), and runs out. Julie going to college and she has to leave next week. Susan says no. Carlos tells Gabby that they are broke and may end up on the streets. Bree's car breaks down with the ice sculpture inside and so she has to push it to the reception. Katherine goes to Susan to see if Dylan is there. She isn't. She goes home and he is there waiting for her. He attacks her and pulls her own gun on her. Susan changes her mind. She and Julie have a lovely mother daughter scene. Bob and Lee's wedding seems to be called off until Tom and Lynette try to make things right. Adam comes round and steals a car and drives off. Carlos hears Ellie breathing upstairs and Gabby goes upstairs to protect the money in true Gabby style. Mean while Katherine is still being held hostage by her ex. Ellie enters Katherine's house and sees the ex. He shoots and kills her with the help of a pillow. Bree learns that Katherine has not left yet. So she goes off to see her. He opens the door and pulls Bree inside. Wayne. He puts the gun to Bree and threatens to pull the trigger so Katherine agrees to tell the truth. We have a flashback. As they prepare to leave again as he has found them, he turns up again. Wayne and her argue about Dylan and he goes to attack her and she swings an ornament at him. He gets up bleeding and leaves hit with candlestick. She has a drink and hears a cream, Dylan is found under the bookcase, she was trying to get the doll off of the top. We then see that her body was buried in the woods. Katherine found a girl in a Romanian orphanage and basically replaced Dylan with her. Adam turn up, Wayne goes after Adam. Bree undoes the tie ups on Katherine. They hear s hoot and then Adam comes upstairs with the gun in his hand. Wayne tells her that his cop buddy's will take care of him; she holds the gun and pulls the trigger. Bree pulls Lynnette and Susan to one side and says that they have to talk. Gabby turns up and Susan tells her to listen. They all co-operate her story about him being abusive. The cop says it was self-defence and take the cuffs off of her and take her to the hospital. Dylan turns up Five years later. Poker game, all clothes look dated not like in 5 years time, Gabby has 2 kids. Bree is now like a Martha Stewart type. She and Orson are back together. Police at Lynette's a son has broken into a car and joyride, this time its Preston, who is in trouble. Dylan has been asked to marry her bf. Susan goes home to a man and they kiss, but it isn't Mike.moreless
  • The final moments of the mystery and an added bonus at the end. However, something just isn't right.

    Okay, so this episode was the conclusion to the season with the mystery being centered around Katharine Mayfair and her family. When the secret unfolds out in front of us, it feels like not much of a secret at all, considering during many episodes it was revealed that Dylan was not the "Real" Dylan. It wasn't hard to guess that she died, and Katharine swapped her with another baby. That whole build up was just too predictable.

    This episode had great moments from Tom, who is so incredibly cool all the time. Except when he's running off to New Jersey to check up on what's her name and his evil bastard daughter. No, but the mystery regarding Katharine wasn't very satisfying, nor the hold up in her house. It ended very anti-climatically. However, the best moment was the jump five years into the future, where you see the housewives and their new lives. And no Mike in the picture? Figures, nice going Susan Mayer. This was not the best season finale at all. It seemed like it wanted to go for the greatness they had at the end of season 1, but they couldn't repeat.

    But the addition of the jump 5 years into the future was interesting. Very interesting indeed.moreless
Ellen Geer

Ellen Geer

Lillian Sims

Guest Star

Andy Umberger

Andy Umberger

Detective Pete Romslo

Guest Star

Josie DiVincenzo

Josie DiVincenzo

Female Police Officer

Guest Star

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Karen McCluskey

Recurring Role

Justine Bateman

Justine Bateman

Ellie Leonard

Recurring Role

Nathan Fillion

Nathan Fillion

Adam Mayfair

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Curiosity: The Solises' oldest child was named Juanita, after Carlos' deceased mother.

    • With this episode, all the main housewives of the show have had children: Susan had Julie and Maynard; Lynette had Preston, Porter, Parker and Penny, and stepdaughter Kayla; Bree had Andrew and Danielle, and grandson Benjamin, who posed as her son; Edie had Travers; Mary Alice had adopted son Zach; Katherine had her biological daughter and her adopted daughter, both named Dylan; Betty had Caleb and Matthew; and Gabrielle, after a miscarriage, a surrogacy that didn't take, and an adoption that went wrong, now has two daughters, Juanita and Celia. Even Mrs. McCluskey had a son that died at the age of twelve.

    • Brenda Strong (Mary Alice Young) is seen in this episode in a flashback.

    • Some events of this episode are very similar to the events of the season 1 finale, "One Wonderful Day": a hostage situation occurs, at the Sims house no less, and then someone comes over and knocks on the door. Only then Edie leaves at the end, whereas in this episode Bree is taken into the house.

    • In episode 2.13, "There's Something About A War", the famous fighting scene between Gabrielle and Sister Mary (the nun) occurs, with an interesting music featured in the background, which was made especially for that scene. In this episode, Gabrielle is shown in yet another fight scene, with the same music featured, only this time it was with Ellie over the bag of money.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Carlos: I'm gonna go read porn... in Braille.

    • Tom: You're doomed.
      Lee: Excuse me?
      Tom: The way you just caved on that sculpture thing-you're setting the tone for your entire marriage.
      Lee: I am?
      Tom: Yeah, you gotta dig in your heels. Otherwise, you're going to be pushed around for -- let's see, how long have I been married? -- ten and a half years.

    • (Five years later)
      Susan: (to her new love interest) Honey, I'm home. Did you miss me?
      Jackson: You know I did.

    • Bob: We're sticking with the cherub and later, when he bitches about it, I'll just buy him some jewelry.
      Lynette: You sure you haven't been married before?

    • Mary Alice: (first poker voiceover) There's a ritual my friends have observed for years. Once a week, they meet to play a game of cards and talk about their lives. There's always laughter and wine and talk about the neighbors. (second poker voiceover five years later) There's a ritual my friends have observed for years. Once a week, they meet to play a game of cards and talk about their lives. Of course, there's another aspect to these gatherings that has nothing to do with gossip or poker. Every seven days, my friends are reminded of a basic human truth. There is nothing more important than friendships that endure, especially in a world that insists on changing.

    • Mary Alice: (voiceover) It had been 14 years since Katherine Mayfair had been in a police station but she remembered the conversation like it was yesterday. (scene of Katherine reporting the abuse of her policeman husband and being advised to run) And so she did to a place she thought would be safe. (scene of her returning to Wisteria Lane to live with her mother) Katherine Mayfair had been running from the truth for a long time and it had finally caught up with her.

    • Gabrielle: Come on, we're never gonna have kids. Shoes are my kids. Let me be the mother I was meant to be.

    • Bree: Lynette, I wish I had time to be more tactful but I don't. Your swan is pathetic and I'm firing you from napkin duty.

    • Bree: (to Orson) Don't you dare throw your calligraphy skills in my face when you know I'm at a low point.

    • Bree: Muddling through isn't going to cut it. The gays run the social scene in this town. If we screw this up, we'll be lucky to get a job catering Friday Fish Fry at the Elks Lodge.

    • Bob: (to Lee) Remember how you said I should tell you when you start acting like Faye Dunaway in the boardroom scene from Mommie Dearest?

    • (After Orson saves Bree and the ice sculpture)
      Bree: Was I lucky or were you following me?
      Orson: I thought you might need my help.
      Bree: And you were right. I did. You just think I'm being stubborn, don't you? Making you jump through hoops when it's so clear we belong together.
      Orson: I don't think anything, Bree. I'm just trying to be there for you and hoping eventually you'll forgive me.
      Bree: But that's just it Orson. If I forgive you, then I'm forgiving what you did to Mike. I can't do that. And you wouldn't want me to…If I took you back now, I wouldn't be the woman you love…Turn yourself into the police and let justice run its course.
      Orson: I can't do that, Bree. I want to, for you, more than anything, but I don't think I can survive it.
      Bree: Well, so here we are.

    • Susan: I still have not figured out how I'm gonna get by without you.
      Julie: Mom...
      Susan: Seriously, I just lean on you in ways you don't even know.
      Julie: I think you are stronger than you give yourself credit for.
      Susan: Well, I spend more time with me than you do, and I'm a mess.
      Julie: Well, you were when dad left. I had my hands full then, but you've grown so much these last five years.
      Susan: Really?
      Julie: You're a secure, confident woman now. You're ready to spread your wings and fly. Frankly, my work here is done.

    • Tom: (to Bob and Lee) If you're willing to break up over an ice sculpture, you guys should absolutely not get married. Because who gets to choose the ice sculpture, who should take out the trash, who has to stay home and make the mini pizzas, that's the little stuff. What are you going to do when the big stuff comes along? What are you gonna do when a tornado hits your house, or you have problems with your kids, or one of you gets cancer? At some point, the crap is going to hit the fan. And that is why now, before you make the commitment, you have to ask yourself: Is that person in bed next to you worth the trouble? Do you love him...or her so much that no disease, no disaster could possibly pull you apart?

    • Carlos: I got a theory as to why all this bad stuff has happened to us-my blindness and losing all our money-it's karma. We've been selfish and greedy and the Universe is telling us to be better people.
      Gabrielle: I just found $118,000 in Ellie's teddy bear.
      Carlos: Hey Universe! Bite me!

  • NOTES (5)


    • Katherine's storyline could be considered a reference to a film titled "Enough" starring Jennifer Lopez.
      Slim Hiller (Lopez) finds herself married to an abusive man with amazing connections with the police which makes him impossible to stop. She has no choice but to constantly run away from him. Finally, she gets the courage to confront him until she kills him as if it's the only way to stop him. She was cleared after it was determined that it was self-defense.

    • Episode Title: The episode title is from a song of the same title in the 1962 Stephen Sondheim musical A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.