Desperate Housewives

Season 4 Episode 17

Free (2)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 18, 2008 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Zase volná (Free Again)

    • The final minutes of the episode take place five years into the future, where season five picks up. This is the first time jump on Desperate Housewives to occur in the season finale. Previous time jumps occurred in the premiere episodes of season three (six months) and season four (one month).

    • International Air Dates:
      Norway: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 on TV2.
      Australia: Monday, June 16, 2008 on Channel 7.
      Latin America: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Spain: Wednesday, July 9, 2008 on TVE2
      The Netherlands: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 on Net 5
      Finland: Monday, October 20, 2008 on Nelonen
      Sweden: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Denmark: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 on TV2
      Germany: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 on ProSieben
      Czech Republic: December 18, 2008 on Prima
      Belgium: January 9, 2009 on Canvas
      Croatia: March 5, 2009 on RTL TV
      Greece: June 17, 2009 on ET1

    • This is the final episode of the series to credit Lyndsy Fonseca (Dylan Mayfair), Joy Lauren (Danielle Van de Kamp), Brent Kinsman (Preston Scavo), Shane Kinsman (Porter Scavo), Zane Huett (Parker Scavo) and Rachel Fox (Kayla Scavo) as regular cast members.

    • Although credited, Nicollette Sheridan (Edie Britt), Joy Lauren (Danielle Van de Kamp), Brent Kinsman (Preston Scavo), Shane Kinsman (Porter Scavo), Zane Huett (Parker Scavo) and Rachel Fox (Kayla Scavo) are absent from this episode.

  • Allusions

    • 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.