Desperate Housewives

Season 2 Episode 20

It Wasn't Meant to Happen

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 30, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Gabrielle and Carlos are shocked when the father of their baby shows up to take the baby back. Cops and a lawyer arrive to a house on Wisteria Lane. Lynette tries to help Ed heat up his sex life. Meanwhile, Karl decides to break up with Edie, as Edie has no idea that Susan is the "other woman." Edie causes a fight to break out in a bar, after she trips a waitress. Lastly, Bree is taken a step forward to help Peter when she finds out how bad his other addiction is.moreless

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  • great

    this was a great episode of desperate housewives with some great moments, the stuff with edie and susan was ok although i thought susan was abit cruel letting edie attack that waiter, the bree storyline was also pretty fun with her sponser, the gaby stuff however was the best i felt so sorry for her at the end evea longoria really is a brilliant actress her best work on the show so far, the applewhites made an apperance this week which wasnt very enjoyable but i will be glad when that broing storyline is overmoreless
  • Omg When te police come and take lilly away!!

    This made me cry soo much my heart was breaking for Gabby! she really did love Lilly it was unbelievable and she just looked soo innocent and delicate when Carlos was holding her back as the cab drove away! I hate that mother and father i cant believe they took the baby back incase it might work they didnt even love Lilly! its not right! its terrible! aww i cried soo much it really did touch me and i was soo proud that Gabby loved Lilly! I really hope that Gabby and Carlso get to be happy eventually with a beautiful baby!

    luff it xxmoreless
  • One of the best

    This episode really was one of the best of season 2. It had that special mixture of drama and comedy that makes Desperate Housewives such a great show.

    Susan has to learn how to say the truth and not hide everything from the people in her life. She did that with Mike, Dr. Ron and now with Edie..and I'm sure the consequences will be nasty once again. That said, the scene at the bar was hilarious.

    Lynette's storyline takes a darker turn because Ed's a coward too and I pity Bree for her two monster children. But it's Gabrielle who takes the center spot in this episode turning into a showcase for the awesome Eva Longoria. It's a shame she didn't get nominated for an Emmay for her performance in this episode. I'm so hoping that she'll get her baby back, it was heartbreaking to see them take it away from her just because that awful stripper wants to "give that whole family thing a shot". Poor, poor Gaby.moreless
  • poor gabriel!!!!!!


    i ve seen this scean again and again an i cantt stop crying!!!

    Eva longoria made me cry for the first time in this show!!!

    when they took the baby away and she started shouthing she was so in to the charachter......

    my favourite character is Lynet (F. Haufman) but in this episode E. longoria was brilliant!!!!

    this episode is this season best episode and keep watching and keep watching this episode again and again two years after.....

    this episode and the bang (season 3 ep. 7) are my favourites.....

    go desperate housewives......

    greedings from greece......

  • "Thrilling, funny and sad episode."

    Finally, after several bad episodes in a row, a good episode is aired. Finally!

    I laughed when I watched episode, but it was so sad to see Gaby and Carlos when they took their baby. Haha, and it was funny when Lynette sent Ed a "message" :D.

    But I really dislike the Susan-Edie scenes, oh come on, it is enough that she burnt Edie's house in first season, now this too?

    Well, I guess it was neccessary because, they are so running out of ideas.

    Also, Bree was good in this episode. But, Andrew didn't appear, so finally, Bree's life is not only focused now Andrew and her.

    Hmh, and Applewhites... so shocking. I really wonder wht will happen next.moreless
Eddie McClintock

Eddie McClintock

Frank Helm

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Sam Horrigan

Sam Horrigan

Dale Helm

Guest Star

Whitney Dylan

Whitney Dylan


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Currie Graham

Currie Graham

Ed Ferrara

Recurring Role

Lee Tergesen

Lee Tergesen

Peter McMillan

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Note the poster at Parsons Christian Academy with Jesus catching a football and the words "Jesus Never Punts!"

    • The "End Zone" bar and restaurant where Edie and Susan fight the waitresses is a clear take-off on "Hooters". At the "End Zone" the name is printed across the waitresses shorts' rears rather than on the shirt fronts.

    • In the teaser, Mary Alice talks about Karl and the women he dumped, they show us three unknown women. Karl was married to Susan for 14 years before he left her for Brandi his secretary then after they broke up he started dating Edie until now. So is it possible that he was having affairs? It was revealed however that he and Edie once made out at a party while still married to Susan, which arouse the question "how many other women could he possibly have been with?", so no one can be sure. It could also be that this was all made for the teaser and for entertainment only.

    • When Gaby goes to get the 'release' form signed she takes it out of her bag and it is all folded and crumpled. Yet when she gives Carlos the signed version it has no fold marks and the only crumple marks are from where Gaby places it on the table.

    • In the scene where Bree goes to the party and finds Peter in the bathroom she just walks right in, but one of the party guests says that he locked himself in the bathroom. How would Bree be able to open the door if it was locked?

    • In the scene where Bree and Peter are talking in Bree's kitchen, she is seen pouring a glass of juice. In the next shot of the table, you can clearly see that there are only two drinks on the table, Peter's milk and Bree's coffee.

    • In the scene where Susan, Lynette, Bree, and Gabrielle are consoling Edie, they start talking about how mistresses are. Gabrielle too, even though she was one. As the matter of fact, she said that they always say that they don't have enough love at home. That's what she used to said to Carlos!

    • In the scene where Bree enters to Danielle's room to protect her, you can see a person in the round mirror in front of the door at the moment she opens it.

    • In the scene where Edie is talking to Susan in the restaurant, Edie pours a full glass of beer then takes a sip. They cut to Edie's face and the beer glass is half full. Then when the camera faces Susan, the beer glass is full again.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Lynette: You're an award-winning copywriter, Ed, you get paid to write!
      Ed: Yeah, jingles for oatmeal, not soft-core porn!
      Lynette: For God's sake, it's not brain surgery!

    • Gabby: (about the baby, crying): No! You dont even want to be a mother! We've been feeding her and - and bathing her! And we wake up in the middle of the night to rock her! And if you knew me i dont usually dont do that (to officer) i usually dont...Its too late! we've already fallen in love!

    • Edie: I have told every woman in this town that we are getting married and all you have to say to me is, 'I don't know'?
      Karl: What else to do you want me to say? I'm sorry.
      Edie: What's going on? Is there someone else? Oh my god!
      (Edie drops the note and backs away. She turns around and sees a rake propped against the house. She walks toward the rake)
      Karl: Oh, crap.

    • Gabrielle: Hello, everyone! I'm Gaby Solis, class of '94. Woo-hoo! I just wanted to give God a big shout out to this amazing season. The man upstairs has definitely been on your side. You wanna know why? Because you boys live clean. You keep your noses up. You stay out of trouble. And you don't go around getting strippers pregnant. And that's a good thing, 'cause if one of you caused a scandal like that, ha, not only would that guy get kicked off the team and lose all of his scholarships, but God would drop your school colors so fast it'd make your head spin! And then the football season would go to hell! No pun intended. So my point is, do the right thing and no one gets hurt.

    • Ed: At least you and Tom have a love life.
      Lynette: Well, we do the best we can given the circumstances.
      Ed: Better than Fran and I. We're dead in that department. Ah, no, I don't wanna bore you with details.
      Lynette: I appreciate that. You know, Ed. I don't want to pry into your personal business, but if you are having problems in that area, you don't have to be resigned to it.
      Ed: What are you suggesting, hookers? No, Ed Ferrara doesn't pay for sex.

    • Dale: I got kinda held up in Florida longer than I thought.
      Carlos: Spring break, right?
      Dale: Yeah. Oh man, we were wasted twenty-four seven! Then I got the message and I just thought my friends were messin' with me. Those buttwads!

    • Bree: I think you'd love the opera. The music and the voices, it's just all so passionate.
      Peter: Yeah, three hundred-pound soprano seducing balding tenors. That'd be hot!

    • Gabrielle: Look, I think we all know that Karl is a dog. But let's face it, if these tramps were laying out the buffet, he wouldn't be chowing down!
      Susan: Well, every situation is different and it's hard to judge until we know all the details. (all four women stare at Susan)
      Susan: Which obviously I don't know, because how would I know. (the women continue staring at Susan)
      Susan: She's a slutty, slutty whore, absolutely! (All the women smile and nod)
      Edie: Yeah!

    • (At Gabrielle's house)
      Edie: You know when Karl dumped you Susan, I thought that it was all your fault. Yeah, I figured that you were a nag or bad in bed. But now, but now I see that you were just a victim too. We have a bond, Susan. Like we're sisters. There's even a pretty one and an ugly one.
      Bree: Edie!
      Edie: Oh I'm just saying that Karl screwed us both!
      Susan: Yes, like you wouldn't believe.

    • Mary Alice: There is a prayer intended to give strength to people faced with circumstances they don't want to accept. The power of the prayer comes from it's insight into human nature. Because so many of us rage against the hand that life has dealt us. Because so many of us are cowardly. And afraid to stand up for what is right. Because so many of us give into despair when faced with an impossible choice. The good news for those who utter these words is that God will hear you and answer your prayer. The bad news is that sometimes the answer is no.

    • Mary Alice: Karl Mayer didn't pray often, but when he did, it was usually to ask for God's help in breaking up with a woman. And to spare him the nasty drama that usually accompanied such callous and unexpected departures. Over the years Karl had dumped dozens of women. And not one of them had seen it coming. Every retreat was always meticulously planned right down to the personalized stationary. Hence, his record of successful getaways from women who did not want to see him go. So when he decided to break up with Edie Britt, Karl prayed to God yet again to help him avoid all the unnecessary drama. Unfortunately for Karl, God was in the mood to be entertained. As he sat there, Karl couldn't help but wonder why God had forsaken him. It never occurred to him that God might be a woman.

    • Peter: Bree, it's dangerous to care about me, a lot of people have over the years and they all end up getting hurt.
      Bree: Rex said he'd always be faithful, George said he'd never hurt me, and as it turns out they were both liars, so as long as you are honest with me, you'll be amazed of what I can put up with.

    • Claude: Damn it Peter! What did I tell you?
      Peter: Avoid lust triggers.
      Claude: And what is she?
      Peter: Oh, don't do this man.
      Claude: She's a lust trigger, a lust trigger!
      Bree: Oh excuse me, I don't know what that means but could you stop saying it!

    • Lynette: Guys, I'm all for bashing exes, but lets save a little of our hate for his partner in crime, the Other Woman!
      Bree: Yeah! You know they're always coming up with this excuses to justify being a home record.
      Gabrielle: Exactly, like you wouldn't have been with me if he was getting it at home!
      Lynette: Honey, You're the love of my life she's just a runner up
      Susan: Oh, look! The baby is doing something really cute!
      Gabrielle: She's sleeping.
      Susan: Like an angel!

    • Edie: (to Susan) You know, when Karl dumped you I thought that it was all your fault, I figured that you were nag or bad in bed but, now I see that you were just a victim too, we have a bond Susan, It's like we're sisters. There's even a pretty one and an ugly one!
      Bree: Edie!
      Edie: Oh I'm just saying that Karl screwed us both!
      Susan: Yes, like you wouldn't believe!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Episode Title: The episode's title, "It Wasn't Meant to Happen", is a cut song originally written for the Stephen Sondheim musical "Follies" (1971).