Desperate Housewives

Season 2 Episode 21

I Know Things Now

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 07, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Bree and Andrew finally reach an impasse in their relationship as tension has finally reached a critical point. Meanwhile, Ed finally fires Tom with the pressure from his wife. Lastly, Edie's private detective begins to uncover numerous details of Karl and Susan's relationship as of recently. Gabrielle is having a tough time keeping her servant in the country.moreless

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  • great

    good episode of housewives i couldent believe what edie did though i mean i know she it angry at susan but burning down her house didnt see that one coming , the gaby stuff was fun espically when they were trying to explan to xiao about the surrogate thingy overall tho a great episode setting up the finale nicely
  • Varias personas se enteran de cosas que cambiarán sus vidas drásticamente.

    Xiao Mei se da cuenta de que tendrá que perder su virginidad para poder quedarse en America, y en ese momento sale a relucir la forma en que fué criada en China. Lynette comienza a darse cuenta que Tom no es el esposo perfecto y la verdad con tantos roces entre ellos esto será una posible causal de divorcio. Edie se da cuenta de quien fue la mujer que alejo a Karl de su lado y decide tomar medidas drasticas para tomar venganza, al estilo de Edie. Y finalmente Bree y Andrew enfrentan una situacion que pone a Bree en un estado de desesperacion extrema, y muestra el porque es uno de los personajes más fuertes de la serie.moreless
  • Season Finale material!

    This episode was extremely exciting, with Gaby and Carlos finally being able to get a baby, Andrew literally screwing Bree's relationship with Peter, Tom losing his job, Lynette finding out that there's another woman in Tom's life, and Edie with her private detective finding out things about Susan. At the end of the episode, Bree leaves Andrew at the side of the road, Carlos likes the maid, and Edie burns down Susan's house. This really was like a season finale. The good news about "Desperate Housewives" is though, their season finale two episodes later, was even better and more exciting than this episode. I do agree that the 2nd season wasn't quite as good, but it certainly was not bad at all.moreless
  • "One of the better episodes in this season."

    Yes, this was the one of better episodes in this season, although it wasn't that good. I still think Season 1 was way better than this one.

    And finally, Bree and Andrew "solved" their boring argues. I actually liked those Andrew-Bree scenes, but from the moment she left him, I realized that should have been done loooong time ago. Really.

    But, there were parts in this episode that were really Desperate-Housewives-type. Like the one with Edie's letter and the mailman, hahaha. Oh, and Gabrielle and Carlos are getting a bit boring with Xiao-Mei.

    OK, Susan, Bree, Gabrielle, Edie... ah, yes... Lynette and Betty. Now, that's the real mystery. I just can't wait to see what will happen now between Lynette and Tom, and even more... what will Betty do?moreless
  • I loved this episode. Bree's story was the best,with the Andrew plot sort of reaching a conclusion. Brilliant acting

    Not many people liked this episode, but I loved it! I especially loved the Bree storyline. I know it's weird, but I love Andrew. The actor, Shawn Pyfrom, was brilliant in this episode, and so was Marcia Cross, when she drove away from Andrew I cried. He was so sad, too, when he said,

    "I was right. When I told you I was gay, I could see a look in your eyes. I knew one day you wouldn't love me. I was right."

    And then Bree smiling, with tears in her eyes. "Well done." that was so sad! That quote isn't exactly right, but it's the gist. After months of the writers wanting us to hate Andrew (I'm sorry, but the actor was so good I loved Andrew, he was funny) we were finally given the opportunity to pity him, to see his reasons. I hope that we see Andrew again, because he was a great character and portrayed by Shawn Pyfrom splendidly. I mean, just the look on his face when Bree opened the door to find him and Peter, when he said, ..."Now we're even." Great episode!moreless
John Mariano

John Mariano

Oliver Weston

Guest Star

Jim O'Heir

Jim O'Heir

Sam Killian

Guest Star

Michael G. Hagerty

Michael G. Hagerty


Guest Star

Lee Tergesen

Lee Tergesen

Peter McMillan

Recurring Role

Gwendoline Yeo

Gwendoline Yeo


Recurring Role

Ryan Carnes

Ryan Carnes


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • During the scene at the rockwater lake, Caleb is eating Black's Frozen Yogurt. This is the advertising client on whose account Lynette was working (with Tom's help) in season 2 episode 13, "There's Something About a War."

    • If the mailman is coming from the left side of the street as we see when Susan is seeing him from the window, shouldn't he have already given the letter to Edie? Edie's house is clearly in the cul-de-sac on the left and he was coming from there.

    • Error: When the P.I. is in Mike's bushes, he takes a drink out of a cup and rests it in the bush. In the next shot, the cup is gone.

    • Why would Gabrielle and Carlos go to Homeland Security for an immigration issue? Isn't it INS that handles non-Americans' immigration issues? Homeland Security deals with terrorists and crimes against the United States.

    • This time it's Edie who burns the house of Susan's. In the season 1, Susan did the same but accidentally...

    • Edie's letter is clearly marked "Eagle State, USA", which confirms yet again the show is set in a fictional state (and not in California, as many people assume).

      "Eagle State" is also written on the licence plates of every vehicle in the show, but was last explicitly seen on-screen in Episode 111 "Move On".

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Susan: I've never stopped caring about you.
      Mike: Then why did you jump in bed with Karl?
      Susan: I would have never even gone there if I thought there was a chance with us. You just closed the door so completely, I- Can we just not talk about him? Have some more pie. (She feeds him) I know you like pie. I know you like me.

    • (At Mike's place after Oliver has played the tape of Karl and Susan talking)
      Susan: Okay, ahm, first of all it was not the best sex I ever had. I just said that to make him feel better. Obviously, you are the best sex I ever had.
      Oliver: That explains the punch in the face.
      Mike: I'm gonna hit you again if you don't shut up.
      Susan: I know that this looks bad-
      Mike: You were actually fooling around with Karl behind Edie's back.
      Susan: No, no, no. No, Karl lied to me. He told me that he and Edie had split up before-
      Mike: You know what? I don't even care.

    • Mary Alice: (After Mike punches Olivr for insulting Susan) Yes, Oliver Weston had become a cynic, which is why he couldn't recognize a man who was still in love.

    • Mary Alice: (narrating) When the truth is ugly, people try to keep it hidden, because they know if revealed the damage it will do, so they conceal it within sturdy walls, or they place it behind closed doors, or they obscure it with clever disguises, the truth no matter how ugly always emerges, and someone we care about always ends up getting hurt, and someone else will revel in their pain, and that's the ugliest truth of all.

    • Andrew: You're going to leave me here, out in the middle of nowhere?
      Bree: I saw a bus stop about a mile back. You can go anywhere you want.
      Andrew: Momma... Mom, please don't do this.
      Bree: I have to. I can't be around you anymore, I'm just not strong enough.
      Andrew: You know what the good news is? I win. (he starts to cry) I remember the look in your eyes when I told you I was gay, I knew that one day you would stop loving me. So. Here we are. I was right. I win.
      Bree: Well, good for you.

    • Tom: I have got the Boston Toy presentation ready to go.
      Ed: Actually, I don't have time for a full pitch, so just give me the gist.
      Tom: Excuse me?
      Ed: You know, boil it down. Give me one line.
      Tom: Okay, basically, it's "toys are fun".
      Ed: Hate it.
      Tom: How can you hate it? I only gave you three words.
      Ed: It's three words I hate.

    • Gabrielle: Okay, uh, well. Oh, okay, it's like this. The three of us are making your famous szechuan dumpings. And I'm the dough and Carlos is the pork and you're the oven!
      Xiao-Mei: I have baby?
      Carlos:Okay, we take care of everything. You know uh, hospital bills and maternity clothes and Lamaze classes. And of course, you wouldn't have to do any work!
      Gabrielle: Well, uh, maybe just a little light dusting, nothing major.
      Xiao-Mei: No!
      Gabrielle: Xiao-Mei, you don't have a choice. It's either this or go back to China.
      Xiao-Mei: No to baby! No!
      Carlos: You had to push the dusting, didn't you?

    • Xiao-Mei: I can't go home. My uncle will sell me again.
      Gabrielle: Oh no, no Xiao-Mei, you're not going anywhere. You're much too important to Carlos and me. We're gonna fight this and we're gonna win!
      Bree: Gaby, you can't promise her that!
      Gabrielle: Bree, you heard what she said. I can't let this poor kid go back to China and become someone's slave!
      Xiao-Mei: Thank you.
      Gabrielle: All right, look my friends want to take some of this to go, so pack it up and we're a little low on coffee.

    • Susan: Oh! Darn it. Guess we'll have to take a rain check, huh?
      Gus: I can come back on Tuesday.
      Susan: Tu-Tuesday? No, no, Tuesday's not good, 'cause Tuesday's the day I, um, become a lesbian.

    • Carlos: I still can't believe it. I mean, why would Xiao-Mei just offer herself up to me like that?
      Gabrielle: Well, honey, she's a virgin. Who knows why virgins do anything?
      Carlos: She's a virgin? Are you serious?
      Gabrielle: Yeah. I wouldn't just slam her for no reason.

    • Bree: Honey, you've got to eat something.
      Gabrielle: Don't have an appetite. In fact, this is all going to go to waste. You guys should take something.
      Lynette: No, no, you should keep it.
      Edie: I'll take a couple. (All the ladies stare at her) What? Karl dumped me, so I'm alone. Food fills the void.

    • Susan: You're always worried about Julie and me and you beat up my new boyfriend. And now you're protecting me from Edie. Do you know what all that means?
      Mike: That you're high maintenance?

    • Mary Alice: When the truth is ugly, people try to keep it hidden, because they know if revealed, the damage it will do. So they conceal it within sturdy walls or they place it behind closed doors or they obscure it with clever disguises but truth, no matter how ugly, always emerges. And someone we care about always ends up getting hurt. And someone else will revel in their pain and that's the ugliest truth of all.

    • Mary Alice: Susan knew she couldn't afford to keep the P.I. from revealing her affair with Karl and since Edie would learn the truth anyway, Susan felt it would be better if it came from her. Which is how she came to write a letter begging Edie for forgiveness. Her words were so sincere and heartfelt, from the moment she mailed it, Susan knew she was a dead woman.

    • Mary Alice: The most successful private investigator in Fairview was a man named Oliver Weston. Try though he might, Oliver couldn't remember the exact moment he stopped believing in love. Was it the night he caught an executive cheating with his secretary? Or was it the day he saw a housewife cheating with her delivery boy? Or was it the time he caught the girl next door cheating with the couple across the street? Whenever the moment, Oliver Weston was now officially a cynic who only believed in betrayal and suspicion. Luckily for Oliver, that's what paid his bills.

    • Bree: Andrew, I'm having Peter over for dinner and I was wondering if you would like to invite Justin?
      Andrew: Yeah, thanks. I'll call him tonight.
      Danielle: Since you to are having your boyfriends over, can I invite Matthew?
      Bree: Out of the question!
      Danielle: So let me get this straight. You can date a lech and he can bring over his gay lover but God forbid I date a hot black guy...

    • Gabrielle: (talking about Xiao-Mei) Bree, you heard what she said? I can't let this poor kid going back to China and become someone's slave!

    • Susan: You are about to unleash a nuclear explosion. Lives are going to be ruined.
      Detective: I'll tell you what, I'll hold off until Monday to report to Miss Britt. I'll give you some time to scrape together some cash.
      Susan: What if I can't?
      Detective: Boooom!!

    • Lynette: Ed can't fire you unless he has just cause, so until this blows over you have to be a model employee: show up on time, no more three martini lunches and above all, have ready all your presentations.
      Tom: I can't believe I've been victimized like this.
      Lynette: Honey, in all fairness...those are all things you should be doing anyway..
      Tom: ...Fine!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Although they are credited Mark Moses (Paul Young), Cody Kasch (Zach Young), Brent Kinsman (Porter Scavo), Shane Kinsman (Preston Scavo) and Zane Huett (Parker Scavo) do not appear in this episode.

    • Due to time constraints, the opening credits were cut for time.