Desperate Housewives

Season 3 Episode 23

Getting Married Today

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 20, 2007 on ABC
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Episode Summary

As Gabrielle prepares for her fairy tale wedding, Bree returns to Fairview with a surprise. Meanwhile, Lynette's mother Stella (guest star Polly Bergen) pays her a visit after finding out Lynette has cancer. Finally, Susan and Mike tie the knot in an unexpected location.

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Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Milton Lang

Guest Star

Ridge Canipe

Ridge Canipe

Danny Farrell

Guest Star

K Callan

K Callan

Ilene Britt

Guest Star

John Slattery

John Slattery

Victor Lang

Recurring Role

Polly Bergen

Polly Bergen

Stella Wingfield

Recurring Role

Pat Crawford Brown

Pat Crawford Brown

Ida Greenberg

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Bree is not doing a good job faking her pregnancy, watch closely at Gabrielle's reception, Bree was sitting with the girls at the table, at the end when she talks to Lynette the fake pillow she was wearing was so obvious, anyone sees it can tell that it's a pillow. She could've been busted for that.

    • With the airing of this episode, Edie has appeared in every episode of season 3, not missing a single episode.

    • For the first time in the series Gabrielle, Lynette, Bree and Susan are actually married.

    • This is the first season finale that didn't show Mary Alice. It's also the first finale in which the season mystery isn't resolved, in which no one dies, in which there aren't any flash-backs and the first in which a previously introduced new character(s) isn't showed as the one who contains the next season mystery. This is also the only season finale so far that doesn't feature a cliffhanger involving Mike.

    • When Gabrielle and Carlos split, it seemed as though she went back to her maiden name, Marquez. At Vern's fashion class she went by Marquez, her wedding invitation said Marquez, and the preacher said Marquez, yet in the opening narration Mary Alice says "Gabrielle Solis".

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Lynette: (to Tom) Well, in that spirit, as soon as I start chemo, I will be giving up shampoo.

    • Susan: I just got a lipstick yesterday. You could wear that!
      Gabrielle: I just paid a make-up artist five hundred bucks to do my face, do you really think I wanna march down the aisle looking like I just ate a popsicle?!

    • Lynette: (about her mom) I am not leaving that woman in charge of our children. In three months, the twins will be chain-smoking and Penny will be an alcoholic.

    • Stella: (to Lynette) I have memorized the whole catalog of subjects you and I can no longer discuss, and if that means that we have to talk about the weather for three months, then fine. But I... am staying.

    • Stella: (to Lynette) Where the hell do you get off having cancer and not telling me about it?!

    • Parker: These are baby toys. We're too old to play with these.
      Stella: Well, I'm too old to remember what the hell six-year-olds like to play with!

    • Susan: (to Mike) My idea of the perfect wedding keeps changing. One day I want white roses and then I want lillies .. only one thing stays constant - and I'm looking at him. Why would I need anything else to make my wedding perfect?

    • Susan: You name one thing that you think is going over the top.
      Mike: The dove wrangler...
      Susan: Well the doves aren't going to release themselves!

    • Susan: I'm thinking a chocolate fountain would be a cool centerpiece to a dessert buffet.
      Mike: Dessert buffet? We're having a wedding cake, right? Isn't that a dessert?
      Susan: Yeah, but you have to give people a choice. Don't you think a chocolate fountain would be elegant?
      Mike: I don't know, you, a big, white dress, melted chocolate? Am I the only one hearing alarm bells?

    • Minister: Are we ready?
      Julie: (about Susan and Mike) Are you kidding? They've been dragging this thing out for three years!

    • Mary Alice: (narrating) Family. There is nothing more important. They're the ones who show up when we are in trouble. The ones who push us to succeed. The ones who help keep our secrets. But what of those who have no family to rely on? What happens to those poor souls who have no loved ones to help them in their hour of need? Well, most learn to walk life's road by themselves. But a sad few of us, simply stop trying.

    • Mike: (to Susan) I'm not Ian. I can't afford to move you into a mansion, or fly you off to Paris. But I'll be damned if I don't give you the same dream wedding he would've given you.

    • (Gabrielle asks Carlos to come to her wedding).
      Carlos: I can't go.
      Gabrielle: Why not?
      Carlos: I'm a jinx. I wen't to your last wedding and look how that turned out. (Gabrielle gives him a look.) C'mon Gaby, we both know it'd be weird if I went.
      Gabrielle: Okay, maybe a little, but it'll be weirder if you don't.
      Carlos: Excuse me?
      Gabrielle: Look, everyone knows you're living with Edie, if she shows up alone people will think I asked her not to bring you like it bugs me that you guys are together.
      Carlos: But it does bug you, you hit the roof when you found out.
      Gabrielle: (now yelling at him) Which is why I have to show people that I'm Okay with it! (calms herself) Please, just, consider it my wedding gift.
      Carlos: Okay.. But I'm skipping the ceremony.
      Gabrielle: What? And just go to the reception? You can't do that.
      Carlos: Well I don't wanna make a scene. You'll vow "Til death do us part" I'll bust out laughing, people will stare...
      Gabrielle: Reception starts at four.

    • (Carlos looks for money to give the paperboy and discovers Edie's pills.)
      Danny: What's that?
      Carlos: It's birth control pills.
      Danny: I'm gonna need cash.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Dneska se vdávám (Today, I Am Getting Married)
      Slovakia: Dnes sa vydávam (Today, I Am Getting Married)

    • For the first time, John Slattery receives the "and" crediting, instead of the "with". Polly Bergen receives the "with".

    • K Callan appears as a guest star playing Ilene Britt. She also co-starred with Teri Hatcher (Susan Mayer) in the 90's in Lois & Clark. Teri Hatcher played Lois Lane and K Callan played Martha Kent.

    • This episode marks Marcia Cross's return to the series after her maternity leave. This episode also marks Kyle MacLachlan and Joy Lauren's return to the series (whose absences were written in to coincide with Cross's absence).


    • Stella Wingfield takes her name from the plays of Tennessee Williams. Stella is the wife of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcat Named Desire whereas Wingfield is the family name of the main characters in The Glass Menagerie.

    • Episode Title: "Getting Married Today" is a song from the 1970 Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical "Company".