Desperate Housewives

Season 3 Episode 20


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 29, 2007 on ABC
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Susan is forced to see a therapist and realizes she must choose between Ian and Mike. Travers is having a birthday party which only spells trouble for Mrs. McCluskey, Gabrielle's engagement party is upstaged by an unexpected announcement and the neighborhood is full of gossip about the dead body found on Wisteria Lane.moreless

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  • Season 3, Episode 20.

    Susan goes to the therapist and realizes she must choose between Ian and Mike. Travers is having a birthday party which only spells trouble for Mrs. McCluskey, Gabrielle's engagement party is upstaged by an unexpected announcement, and the neighborhood is full of gossip about the dead body found on Wisteria Lane.

    Wow, cool episode. Ha, I loved what Susan did to the guy in the parking lot. She had to go to court-ordered therapy! LMAO! I loved when Carlos carried Gabby out of Travers' birthday party. Aw poor Mrs. McCluskey! I felt so bad for her when they wrote the word "Witch" on her door. :( Good episode. =]moreless
  • Oh Edie i love you...

    What a funny yet pivotal episode of Desperado Housewives!!

    The beginning was great - Edie telling Gabby about Carlos and Gabby breaking the glass and injuring her hand was well done.

    Gabby then confronting Edie in the street was dramatic. i felt sorry for Edie when Gabby said "Do you know how you think everyone hates you, well they do". Edie's hurt face made me react. but then our Edie fought back with playground psychosis and dragged Lynette and Susan into this private little war (Gabby had already done this). Susan and Lyn trying to dodge Gabby was hilarious ("mommy can we play too?" "no go bother the snake!").

    The end where Susan and Ian broke up was heartbreaking. i was a big fan of Dougary Scott's character and seeing him leave was upsetting. but it was well written and done with gentle pride rather than anger and despair. Overall good stuff - love this one favourite of Season 3!!!moreless
  • Susan made her choice,and almost everything will be okay...though Lynette and her family..well the season 4 will tell all the answers...

    Gossip its just a harmless form of recreation,it's careless talk,the deals and polite fiction.It's nasty speculation that's based on not so polite fact.How do we protect ourselves from the venimist thing of such idol gossip?The best way is to just tell the truth and wait for people to start talking about someone else.

    In every housewives closet theres an articel of clothin that tells you more about its owner,than she would want you to know.It might be a shirt that she despises,but wears without complaint.Perhapsh its some lingerie she knows isnt hers,but refuses to discuss.Or a dress she once loved,tha she can no longer bear to look at.Yes,you can learn a lot about women,from what they choose to wear.You can learn even more by what they choose to take off,and who they take it off formoreless
  • Susan finally chooses between Ian and Mike.

    Susan goes to the therapist and realizes she must choose between Ian and Mike. First she chooses Ian telling Mike she is going to marry him until Ian admits that Susan loves Mike a little more. Ian then leaves to go back home. I was hoping it would be Susan and Ian but it didn't turn out that way. Travers is having a birthday party which only spells trouble for Mrs. McCluskey. She later tells everyone the truth about her husband. Gabrielle's engagement party is upstaged by an unexpected announcement and the neighborhood is full of gossip about the dead body found on Wisteria Lane.moreless
  • Not the best episode this season but had its moments. Bring back Bree!!!!!

    This episode continues on the same vein as previous episodes post-Who killed Monica? storyline-not a bad episode, but not nearly as good as pevious episodes. The Lynette-could -have-an-affair storyline gathers momentum,as she starts to shun spending time with her family for hanging out with Rick. I thought this storyline was quite interesting, as Tom and Lynette have played the rock-solid couple for too long. Gabrielle finds out about Carlos and Edie and its clear that both her and Carlos still love each other, but its hard to see them getting back together. The Susan-Ian-Mike triangle came to a conclusion, but there was no happy ending yet. Overall, a good but not great episodemoreless
Stacey Travis

Stacey Travis

Jordana Geist

Guest Star

Kylie Sparks

Kylie Sparks


Guest Star

John Bobek

John Bobek


Guest Star

Dougray Scott

Dougray Scott

Ian Hainsworth

Recurring Role

Pat Crawford Brown

Pat Crawford Brown

Ida Greenberg

Recurring Role

Jake Cherry

Jake Cherry

Travers McLain

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When the boy paints the word "witch" on Mrs. McCluskey's front door, he was holding the container in his left hand and the brush was in his right. The next shot when Karen gets out and he runs away with the kids, the two items switch positions.

    • Gabrielle mentions that Bree sent her an engagement present from Switzerland, revealing the place where she and Orson are spending their honeymoon.

    • When Lynette is sending Kayla upstairs her bag is seen both on her shoulder and in her hand between shots.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Susan: Ian, I made my choice.
      Ian: But not for the right reasons. You're just trying to honor a promise you made to me.
      Susan: I will get over him.
      Ian: You've been trying to get over him for as long as I've known you. Haven't had much luck, have you?
      Susan: Ian, I love you.
      Ian: I know you do, but you love him a little bit more, don't you?

    • Gabrielle: What are you two doing here?
      Susan: Uh, what are we doing here?
      Lynette: Well, Edie hired me to cater, so it's just business. I don't know what her excuse is.
      Susan: You are so dead.

    • Carlos: (to Gabrielle) So, if I'm just dating, and you're in love and getting married, remind me again why it is that you get to be the angry one?

    • Julie: There are only two guys in this world who know all your flaws and have still found a way to love you. You're just gonna toss them both away?
      Susan: Yes. I don't need a man. I don't even need sex. I went without it the first sixteen years… (Julie gives her a look)…twenty-two years of my life, and I can go a few more.

    • Edie: (about Gabrielle) Well, if she wants to play these schoolgirl games, fine, 'cause I invented 'em!

    • Gabrielle: (about Edie dating Carlos) It's awkward, it's, it's like if I donated a dress to charity, and I went to a party and you showed up wearing it.
      Edie: Again, if you gave it away in the first place then what the hell are you bitching about?!

    • Gabrielle: Good friends share more than just gossip and brunch, they share enemies too!

    • Therapist: To let one guy go, well, that's life. It happens. To let them both go, that's just stupid.
      Susan: Stupid?
      Therapist: Yes, that would be the clinical term.

    • Roger: It's my car! She tripped me and grabbed my keys.
      Police officer: Is this true, ma'am?
      Susan: Oh, alright, take his side!

    • Gabrielle: Good friends share enemies too, so are you with me or not?
      Susan: Ehm, of course we're with you.
      Lynette: We will give Edie the cold shoulder.
      Gabrielle: No, no! Not cold! Frozen! I want icicles hanging from that bitch's ears.

    • Edie: (to Gabrielle) You are as tall as my legs. What are you gonna do?

    • Mike: (on Susan's answering machine) Hey Susan... um... I don't mean to bug you, but there's just so much I didn't get to say... um... I ju--... God, I'm lousy at goodbyes. Anyway, you will always be the best thing that ever happened to me and, well I hope you find the happiness you deserve. Bye. Oh, this is Mike.

    • Susan: Lynette, what are you doing here?
      Lynette: Edie asked me to cater. I know, I'm a total whore, but please don't rat me out to Gaby.
      Edie: (just as Susan is about to say something) Hi Susan! I have 30 copies of your book. The kids can't wait for you to sign it. Come on, let's go. Come on. Come on.
      Lynette: (looks at Susan and smiles) Looks like we're working the same corner.

    • Gabrielle: So here's what's gonna happen. We're not talking to Edie anymore.
      Lynette: What do you mean we?
      Gabrielle: I mean we as in she betrayed me and you're my best friends so you're gonna support me because that's what friends do.
      Susan: And support you, means acting like we're in junior high?

    • Lynette: Well, it turns out our new babysitter is working out too well, feel up to another tour of duty?
      Mrs. McCluskey: Are you sure you want the Wisteria Witch looking after your kids?
      Lynette: My kids know you're not a witch
      Mrs. McCluskey: Too bad I could use the leverage

    • Julie: (to Susan, who's hiding behind the door) You want something bitchier, then do it yourself.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Klepy (Gossip)
      Slovakia: Klebety (Gossip)

    • This was the last episode to feature the full opening titles. They did not feature in the rest of Season 3, as they were cut due to time constraints, and scrapped altogether for season 4 onwards.

    • This episode marks the final appearance by Dougray Scott as Ian Hainsworth.

    • Although credited, Marcia Cross (Bree Hodge), Kyle MacLachlan (Orson Hodge), Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van De Kamp) and Joy Lauren (Danielle Van De Kamp) do not appear in this episode.


    • Episode Title "Gossip" is the title of a song from Sondheim's 1985 Pulitzer-prize winning musical "Sunday in the Park with George."