Desperate Housewives

Season 3 Episode 1

Listen to the Rain on the Roof

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 24, 2006 on ABC
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It is raining on Wisteria Lane, six months after Mike was run over. He is now in a coma, with Susan by his side. Bree gets engaged to Orson. Gabrielle and Carlos are getting divorced, but they are briefly reunited when their 8½ months pregnant surrogate Xiao-Mei (guest star Gwendoline Yeo) runs away. While adjusting to having another child around the house, Lynette realizes that the girl's mother, Nora (guest star Kiersten Warren), is more than she can handle. While at the hospital, Susan is asked on a date by a man, Ian (guest star Dougray Scott) whose spouse is also in a coma. Meanwhile, Edie is desperately trying to sell the Young house.moreless

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  • fantastic!!!!

    this was a brilliant episode of desperate houssewives and a great start for the third season there were so many great moments i loved the storyline with lynette and nora, so many funny moments, the gaby stuff with xiami was also really great, with xiami hiding in a closet eating chicken, haha, the susan stuff was also good as was the bree stuff but i fear for bree what is orson up to ??

  • What in the world?

    Please somebody let me know when Bree\\\'s (yet again) psycho boyfriend kills her; and Lynette leaves Tom; and Mike wakes up so that I can watch the show again.

    This was horrible. The only thing that I was thankful for is that Carl wasn\\\'t in the episode. At least Eva is hot that is probably about the only thing that this show has going for it this season. I am so sick and tired of Susan being a little - why does she have to meet a different guy every episode? If I had the opportunity to be with Mike Delfino I wouldn\\\'t even be acknowledging other men ever.moreless
  • Yet another Desperate Housewives episode with continuity issues. Some funny moments, of course, but all in all, not such a great opening episode for season 3.

    I've always found the lack of continuity troublesome in Desperate Housewives, and this just seems to keep on going.

    Though this season premiere concentrates on the girls, as it should, the second roles are seriously missing. What happened to Danielle? She doesn't even seem to be at Bree's re-marriage party. Is she dead? Gone to college? Did she run away to find her long lost brother? What about Bree's nervous breakdown? Did she follow therapy or something? She just seems pretty perky after what she's been through in seasons 1 and 2.

    Same thing for Susan. So, okay, Mike's in a coma. There'll be some cute flirting that won't lead anywhere as soon as his/her coma patient wakes up, probably lots of "hilarious" I-spilled-the-smoothie-on-your-comatose-wife gags from Susan to expect in the next episodes. But the whole "temporary love interest until Mike gets back" was already used both in seasons 1 (Edie's construction worker) and 2 (the spleenectomy doctor). How's her relationship with Julie these days, by the way? Or with Karl for that matter? Did she finally rebuild her house? It did burn down after all. Come to think of it, isn't Edie supposed to want to ruin her life now?

    Lynette and Gabrielle's storylines were good-ish, though. Loved Xiao-Mey's reply to Gabby's remarks: "What 'a' b***"! Tom's Nora will probably last a few episodes, but I hope they densify her character a bit, or the pouting act will get real old real quick. How do the kids react to each other, by the way? Could be interesting to see if the 3 Ps have adopted their new-found sister.

    As for our dear Mary-Alice, shouldn't she focus a teeny bit on what's left of her family? Like, maybe a line saying "My husband is still in jail" or something, would be nice.

    Of course, it's hard to cram so much information in one episode, but the "six months have passed" idea could definitely have been thought out more.

    Oh, and of course, Kyle Mc Thingy is really great as a psychotic husband-to-be, but the whole "party crashed by an unexpected guest" and "I almost married a psychopath" themes have already been done, so let's hope the writers have some good twists on this. Like... could it be that the body in the club isn't Kyle's wife? After all, he visited this strange woman in the mental institution where Bree was every day, in those last season 2 episodes...moreless
  • I was seriously waiting for more.

    Ok, so I haven't really enjoyed the season 2 and regarding the reviews of this new episode I was really exciting.

    Actually, this episode was really "normal", I mean nothing extraordinary happened and I am tired seeing that Bree is spousing the new "pyscho" of Wisteria Lane. I hope Orson didn't kill his wife, because if he did, the watcher doesn't even have a plot to discover.

    I mean, during the season 1, that was impossible to discover that Mary-Alice Young had killed zach's mother and that was so chocking that you couldn't even get better.

    So now, apparently Orson is a murderer going to be a Van de Kamp... and Susan will certainly going out with the guy from "ever after" (with Drue Barrymore). I am tired seeing that she will never be with Mike Delfino...

    Oh and what about Paul young? He sold his house right? I didn't get that point, WHY?

    What about the Applewhite? I am pretty much sure that in the next episode we are gonna have "6months ago" with all the story + where is danielle + where is Andrew + where is Edie's house + where is karl (+++++++++) Anyway... that was not so good, period. I am waiting for the next one!moreless
  • Kind of boring. Definitely not season premiere worthy.

    I was looking forward to this episode so much. Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed. It was an okay episode overall, but I expected more. Susan taking care of Mike was cute. Especially when she was shaving him and cut his face all over. I don't really care for Ian. He adds nothing to the show. Gabrielle has to take care of her husbands mistress. That was hilarious to see. But again, not interesting.

    Bree is yet again engaged to a madman. I don't like that this is happeneing to her again. She is like the black sheep of the housewives; nothing good ever happens to her. And where is her daughter????

    Lastly Lynette. By far the most entertaining. The family photo, the birthday party, etc. It was goooooood!moreless
Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf

Carolyn Bigsby

Guest Star

Jeanne Sakata

Jeanne Sakata

Li Wang

Guest Star

Mike Baldridge

Mike Baldridge

Guy #1

Guest Star

Rachel Fox

Rachel Fox

Kayla Huntington

Recurring Role

Valerie Mahaffey

Valerie Mahaffey

Alma Hodge

Recurring Role

Dougray Scott

Dougray Scott

Ian Hainsworth

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • It is revealed that Bree is a republican, while Orson is a libertarian.

    • Goof: When Orson is washing the wine glasses at Bree's house, he finishes washing the last glass and puts it on the counter beside the other glasses. When they walk away to the bedroom, we can see the glasses all lined up at the counter and no glasses in the sink, only dishes and bowls where the water is still on. Then goes the scene in the bedroom. When it goes back to the kitchen when we see the water coming up in the sink, there is a glass sitting on top of the bowls in the sink filling up with water.

    • We learn in this episode from the "for sale" sign Edie is putting up at Mary Alice's house that her cell phone number is 555-0199.

    • Goof: Nora knows that there is a party because a kid gets into the room from the bathroom. He comes out from the wrong place, we have seen several times that the bathroom is on the other side (on the left side of the little room near the kitchen).

    • Goof: When Lynette fights with Tom about Nora being in the photo, you can see behind them that Nora is not in the sofa despite the fact that she should be there.

    • This is the first time we see the room on the right side of Lynette's house.

    • Goof: Before Nora comes inside Lynette's home and she throws the cake away, you can see Lynette putting some candles in the cake. If they are trying to hide the party quickly, why is she bothering to put candles in it?

    • Although Tom uses a helium voice with the balloons, it is not real helium, as the balloon he drops does not then float.

    • When re-introducing the audience to the cast in the first episode of season three, and describing what has happened over the last 6 months, we come across the Scavo's (+2) Nora, Lynette, Tom and Kayla run in out of the rain, then Nora throws her jacket at Lynette, picks up Kayla, and you can see Lynette's eyes follow them back where they came from (out in the rain).

    • Error: When Carolyn comes over to tell Bree about Orson killing his wife, Bree is holding a tray in her hands as Carolyn walks in the house, when she starts telling Bree about Orson's past, the tray is gone.

    • This is the second time a woman has warned Bree not to get married. First, with George and now Orson.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Bree: Excuse me. Did you lose something?
      Orson: No. I just thought... for you.
      Bree: Oh, um. I don't do that.
      Orson: Why not?
      Bree: I'm a republican.
      Orson: I'm a libertarian. I believe in minimizing the role of the state and maximizing individual rights.
      Bree: But Orson?!
      Orson: Trust me. I know what I'm doing.

    • Lynette: (talking on the phone) Hey Gaby, It's Lynette. Got a little emergency here. Is it okay if we use your back yard? (pauses) Great, great. And we take complete responsibility for whatever the pony does. Hope you get this message soon.

    • Lynette: Wow. White gloves. What, are we having lunch in the 1880s?

    • Karen: (talking to a prospective buyer) The police found her severed fingers in the garage. And they never found Felicia's body. I wouldn't be surprised if someday you opened a cabinet and hello!
      Edie: Karen, dear! Have you seen the marble backsplash? Oh I just must show it to you. Excuse us. What are you trying to do to me you back stabbing cow?
      Karen: They asked why the owner was selling. I told them that Paul Young was in jail, they asked why. Conversation has a flow.

    • Mary Alice: Something awful happened on Lake View Drive last year. To understand why, you need to know that when Alma Hodge awoke that morning, she had no idea this would be the day she'd leave her husband. Certainly, it began normally enough. She put away the groceries per his instructions. She hung his dry cleaning exactly as he had requested. She folded the towels just as he had taught her. It was just before noon, when something inside Alma broke and she decided it was time to fly away. Of course she knew better than to say this to her husband. He thought Alma was happy. And Orson Hodge did not like to be contradicted. So she waited 'til he left for work. And then.... The next day Carolyn Bigsby stopped by, and like most nosy neighbors, she knew you learned more if you didn't knock. Yes, Orson Hodge was a man who did not like to be contradicted.... by anyone.

    • Lynette: So what're you saying? You're more afraid of Nora than you are of me?
      Tom: (stuttering) Is that what you think I meant? Because that's not what I meant! (Lynette keeps glaring at him) You scare the hell outta me baby!

    • Mary Alice: It doesn't rain very often in the town of Fairview. But when it does, it pours. It was on just such a day that Bree Van De Kamp went on her first date with her new friend…Orson Hodge. A date that ended with a kiss in the rain. This occurred just as Gabrielle Solis was conferring with her new divorce lawyer, and describing in vivid detail her husband's affair…with their maid, who also happened to be…their surrogate. Meanwhile, Lynette Scavo was busy meeting her husband's illegitimate daughter, while resisting the urge to strangle the girl's mother. This happened just after Susan Mayer learned Mike Delfino had been badly injured in a hit-and-run accident, and was now in a coma at Fairview Memorial Hospital. At that same moment, Edie Britt was putting up a "For Sale" sign on the lawn of the house where I once lived. Edie had also planned to spruce up the property by washing down the driveway, but she was pleased to see the rain had already taken care of that. This is what rainy days are good for: they make everything clean again, which is necessary on a street like Wisteria Lane, where everything can get so messy.

    • Mary Alice: (narrating) Every storm brings with it hope, that somehow by morning everything will be made clean again and even the most troubling stains will have disapeared; like the doubts over his innocence; or the consequence of his mistake; like the scars of his betrayal; or the memory of his kiss. So we wait for the storm to pass, hoping for the best; even though we know in our hearts, some stains are so indelible, nothing can wash them away....

    • Retiring Elder: My only concern would be the neighborhood, we really need a quiet place for our retirement.
      Edie: Oh, are you kidding? There's no place in Fairview that's more peaceful...
      (As Edie opens the door, Tom, Lynette, the clown, and children with balloons run past screaming)
      Edie: Let me show you the Media Room.

    • Doctor (Susan shaving Mike) You know, we do have people here in the hospital who could do that.
      Susan: But I like doing it, I think Mike would want me to. (cuts Mike shaving) Oops!
      (Doctor hands Susan a piece of tissue to stop the blood, she then turns Mike's face and we see this has happened several times already)
      Susan: So have you got the results of his latest MRI yet?
      Doctor: I'm afraid there was no change.
      Susan: Oh, well how long until you can do another one?
      Doctor: I don't wanna tell you not to be optimistic, but...
      Susan: Look, I know it's been six months, but he could still come out of it, right? I saw on the news there was this woman in Peru, she woke up after 10 years.
      Doctor: There was a reason that made the news.
      Susan You might think I'm naive, but I know he's coming back to me.
      Doctor: Susan...
      Susan: Don't say it, you just keep doing your job, and I'll keep doing mine" (cuts Mike again) Oops!

    • Gabrielle: (about Orson) Oh, generous. That means he's good in the sack.
      Bree: Actually... uh no, we haven't had sex yet. We're waiting until we get married.
      Gabrielle: Hahahahaha (Sees that Bree is serious) Oh my God, you're serious? No sex at all? Not even a...?
      Bree: Whatever you are alluding
      Gabrielle: But you're gonna get married. You wouldn't buy a car without at least taking it for a little test drive.

    • Xiao-Mei: Don't go! I need you to rub my feet. They're sore, and doctor say...
      Gabrielle: Oh, cut it out, Xiao-Mei! The doctor didn't say anything about rubbing your chubby stumps! Rub 'em yourself.
      Xiao-Mei: You treat me like dirt.
      Gabrielle: Would you rather go live with Mr. Solis in a dingy one bedroom apartment with no air conditioning and no cable? Huh? No, I didn't think so.
      Xiao-Mei: You are meanest person I know.
      Gabrielle: I am THE meanest person. You've been in this country a year. Modify your nouns, dammit!
      Xiao-Mei: What. A. Bitch.
      Gabrielle: I can't wait for you to pop out that baby because when you do, I am putting you on the first plane back to Shanghai, and you're gonna be on all fours in a rice patty before the epidural wears off!
      Xiao-Mei: But you promised to get me apartment in Chinatown, so I can work for my friend in restaurant. Start a new life.
      Gabrielle: Tell it to my Chinese friend, Sue Me!

    • Doctor: Ms. Van De Kamp, I think you may have had an orgasm.
      Bree: No, no, no. I've had orgasms before.
      Doctor: How would you describe them?
      Bree: Oh, you know. That warm sensation; that tingling feeling of relief when it's over. No, no, this was much...
      Doctor: Better?
      Bree: Yes.
      Doctor: That's cause it was an orgasm.
      Bree: Oh. Well, I'll be darned.

    • Susan: (to the comatose Mike) So, I need to ask you something. Ian, ya know, from across the hall? You met him...anyway, he sort of asked me out...on a date. I know, you're thrown. I was thrown too. But he's really nice and...I could sort of use someone to talk to who also talks back. Thing is, I'm sorta lonely. And the past six months have been really hard on me. So, what I need is...I need to know if it's okay with you if I go out with him. Because if it's not, I won't. In fact, I'd like nothing better for you to just wake up right now and tell me not to go out with him. So, wake up, tell me! Wake up, please! Fine, I'll see you tomorrow.

    • Susan: So you asked us to a meal to announce another meal? That's so Bree of you.

    • Tom: She sat down so quickly, I didn't know what to say!
      Lynette: How about "You're in the frame, bitch. Move!"

    • Mary Alice: This is what rainy days are good for. They make everything clean again. Especially on a street like Wisteria Lane, where everything can get so messy.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Kyle MacLachlan (Orson Hodge) become a series regular in this episode.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Poslouchej, jak déšť bubnuje do střechy (Listen to the Rain Drumming on the Roof)
      Slovakia: Padajúci dážď (Falling Rain)

    • Kathryn Joosten, Laurie Metcalf, Kiersten Warren and Gwendoline Yeo submitted this episode for consideration in the category of "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series" on their own respective behalves for the 2007 Emmy Awards. Dougray Scott also submitted this episode for consideration on his own behalf in the category of "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series" for the same awards.

    • According to Nielsen Media Research, ratings fell 4 million viewers down compared to the second season premiere. It was viewed by nearly 24 million people compared to the 28 million that viewed last season's premiere.

    • Marcia Cross submitted this episode in consideration for her work in the category of Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards.

    • Due to time constraints, the opening credits sequence was completely cut.

    • Although credited, Josh Henderson (Austin McCann) does not appear in this episode.

    • Cody Kasch and Mark Moses are no longer listed as regulars in the cast and do not appear in this episode. Shawn Pyfrom and Joy Lauren are, but do not appear in this episode.


    • When Bree reveals that she and Orson are waiting until after they are married before they have sex, Gabrielle makes a reference to taking a car for a test drive before buying it. Kyle MacLachlan who plays Orson, also played Charlotte York's first husband, Trey McDougal in "Sex and the City". In that show both he and Charlotte were also waiting until after they were married before having sex, and Samantha made the same joke as Gabrielle upon hearing this.

    • At the beginning of this episode when Carolyn walks in on Orson cleaning up, and asks where Alma is, the parrot says 'Orson no, Orson no!'.
      This is a reference to Kyle McLachlan's past role in Twin Peaks when during a murder investigation, a clue is given by a bird named Waldo screeching 'Leo no, Leo no!'.

    • Episode Title: "Listen to the Rain on the Roof" alludes to the song "Rain on the Roof" from the 1971 Broadway musical Follies by Stephen Sondheim.

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