Desperate Housewives

Season 1 Episode 19

Live Alone and Like It

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 17, 2005 on ABC
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Lynette learns that no good deed goes unpunished when she momentarily befriends the mean Mrs. McCluskey. Susan's mother (guest star Lesley Ann Warren) decides to try and jump start her and her daughter's love lives. Susan later finds her mother in her kitchen with a man she picked up, and Susan asks her mother to get rid of him. Andrew talks to a priest about his feelings, and tells him of his shocking plans for his mother, Bree. Carlos sends Gabrielle a big message about what will happen if she leaves him for another man, and John offers to take care of her. Meanwhile, Mike makes some shocking discoveries about the disappearance of his former girlfriend... and the involvement of the Young family in her disappearance.moreless

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  • A little bit mundane.

    The writing is still impressive. I can't imagine Desperate Housewives going stale with the dialogue. They always seem to re-invent themselves, the writers that is. The speeches by Mary Alice are always so moving. This epsiode especially, accompanied by a brilliant music score, really hits home in many of it's instances.

    Regardles of the impressive aspects, this epsiode was still to uneventful. It just seems like the same story over and over again. Bree wants to change a member of her family as usual. Gabrielle and Carlos are fighting again. Susan is still heartbroken, and Mike gets hurt. The only positive plotline wasn't even a main one : this new friendship formed by McCluskey and Lynette.moreless
  • good

    this was another good episode of desperate housewives with some really great storylines iloved all the stuff with lynette and karen it was so funny and rather heartwarming in the end, the bree storyline was also good although in feel for bree andrew is pure evil, susan had a good storyline this week aswell sophie is so funny, overall this was another really good episode from desperate housewives
  • Season 1, Episode 19.

    Lynette helps Mrs. McClusky after she falls outside due to a minor overdose. I love Gabby! She is so awesome! I loved when she said, "Boy, with all this passion it's too bad we're not having sex!" Then she said she wanted to be completely honest with that guy and he called her Tina. LMAO. I love Gabby so much. She's my favorite. :) Wow, that dinner was weird. I like Andrew. He's awesome. :) I wasn't so crazy about the Lynette plot, but at least she's "friends" with Mrs. McClusky. Gabby's plot was the best, and John is just smokin' hot! Susan's plot with her mom was decent, and Bree's was entertaining. Good episode. I liked the later seasons more than season 1 though.moreless
  • Sencillamente nadie puede vivir solo, así sea para que le molesten la vida.

    En este episodio empezamos a ver lo compleja que es la mentalidad de Bree, que al principio cree que el problema de su hijo es sencillamente temporal y cree que con alguna charla religiosa y una compañia adecuada, su hijo pasará esta etapa rápidamente, tan equivocada está. Peor aún es la forma de ser de Andrew, jamás pensé que el odio que le tenía fuera tan alto, el se quiere vengar de ella, pero aún no entiendo cual es el gran daño que le ha hecho, Bree tiene sus momentos, pero es un buena madre. Lynette se ofrece a ser más amiga de Karen, lo cual se podrá apreciar más adelante, y Susan sigue con su mamá en la casa, para al final mostrarse vulnerable; eso me parece encantador, por un momento llegué a pensar que Susan ya estaba superando su estado emocional, pero gracias a Dios estába equivocado. Y Gabrielle, sí sabe como se maneja un hombre, y cuanto se puede lograr en la vida, siendo hermosa.moreless
  • A very cool episode

    I loved this episode. It was really sweet of Lynette to “take care” of her arced-nemesis, as she once referred to Mrs. McClusky. Although see wasn’t radiate about it in the beginning, we could see that she really was committed to her at the end.

    Susans mother is really starting to annoy me. She’s crazy. She got Susan a date without even consulting her and even wanted her not to be sad or gloomy or whatever she said.

    I’m really “looking forwards” to see what Andrew will do to his mother. Poor Bree… I pity her. I was surprised, but not surprised at the same time about the way Andrew talked to the priest.

    The way Gabrielle “seduced” the guy to pay her tab was hilarious. The way she looked at the waiter after he noticed that it was the man paying, was so funny.

    I felt real bad for Mike and Noah when they found out that Deirdre had been murdered fifteen years ago. After Mike read the list of people that had bought a toy chest like the one that they found Deirdre body in, you just know that Mike is going to do something to Paul.

Geoff Pierson

Geoff Pierson


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James Michael Connor

James Michael Connor


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Patrick Dollaghan

Patrick Dollaghan


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Shawn Pyfrom

Shawn Pyfrom

Andrew Van De Kamp

Recurring Role

Brent Kinsman

Brent Kinsman

Preston Scavo

Recurring Role

Shane Kinsman

Shane Kinsman

Porter Scavo

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the previous episode, the police visited Paul to talk to him about a toy chest that Mary Alice had purchased 12 years prior, although on Mike's copy of the police report it states that Paul purchased the toy chest.

    • Bree's line to her gay son Andrew, "I would love you even if you were a murderer", is what creator Marc Cherry's mom said to him when he told her he was gay.

    • Originally there was meant to be a scene in which Edie gives Paul a hard time for being a bad kisser, but it was cut for time.

    • In the previous episode, the police questioned Paul about the toybox, stating that he had bought one twelve years before. However, at the beginning of this episode, it is stated that Deidre had been dead for fifteen years.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Mary Alice: Every morning as she went to take out her trash, Lynette Scavo would indulge in a little daydream, the details of which were always the same. One day, her nasty neighbor Karen McCluskey would keel over and die. And her home would be bought by a lovely Swedish family with two adorable twin daughters. The families would form an everlasting friendship, culminating in their daughters marrying her sons at an elaborate wedding the Scavos wouldn't have to pay for. Yes, Lynette enjoyed her little daydream, but Mrs. McCluskey always had a way of pulling her back to reality.

    • Gabrielle: I don't need your credit cards, Carlos, and I don't need your money, but if our marriage is gonna work, I need your respect.
      Carlos: I'm not ripping up the post-nup.
      Gabrielle: Yes, you are. Because if you don't, I'm gonna put on my new shoes and walk out the door.
      Carlos: You're threatening me?
      Gabrielle: No, I'm just pointing something out. I'm a pretty girl, and pretty girls are never lonely.

    • Andrew: You know what my mum said to me last night? She said she doesn't think I'm going to Heaven. Can you believe that?
      Reverend Sikes: I'm sure she didn't mean to hurt your feelings, but the only way you can know Paradise is by repenting your sins.
      Andrew: When she said that to me, suddenly it hit me how I was gonna get back at her. From now on, I'm going to be so good. I'm gonna eat my vegetables, I'm,I'm gonna get good grades, I'm gonna say "yes, ma'am" and "no, ma'am." I'm gonna make her believe that God has delivered her this little miracle. Until one day, when she least expects it, I'm gonna do something so awful, it is going to rock her world. I mean, it is really going to destroy her. And when that day comes, trust me. I'll know Paradise.

    • John: What about me? Can't I be your plan B?
      Gabrielle: Damn it, John. What is our new rule?
      John: Stop pretending we have a future.
      Gabrielle: Thank you.

    • Gabrielle: If you ever hurt me again, I will kill you.
      Carlos: If you ever leave me for another man, I'll kill you.
      Gabrielle: Boy, with all this passion, isn't it a shame that we're not having sex?

    • Reverend Sikes: I'm sorry -- just so we're clear -- are you a heterosexual are aren't you?
      Andrew: Look...I love vanilla ice cream, okay? But every now and then I'm probably going to be in the mood for chocolate. You know what I'm saying?
      Reverend Sikes: I do, but God would prefer you to stick to the vanilla.
      Andrew: I don't believe in God.
      Reverend Sikes: You don't.
      Andrew: No. Sorry.

    • Mrs. McCluskey: Got to hell!
      Lynette: Run by Germans!

    • Rex: (to Bree, in front of the Reverend) Can you at least wait until dessert to call our son a sodomite?

    • Andrew: (referring to the wine) You don't suppose I can get some of that?
      Rex: Nope. I'm gonna need every drop.

    • Gabrielle: (to Jonh) Carlos cut up all my credit cards. I'm married and I can't shop which is the worst of all possible worlds.

    • (On the phone)
      John: Why don't you return the shoes and get the money back?
      Gabrielle: Return the shoes?! I can't talk to you when you're being hysterical? (Hangs up)

    • Mary Alice: Yes, life is a journey, one that is much better travelled with a companion by our side. Of course, that companion can be just about anyone... a neighbor on the other side of the street... or the man on the other side of the bed. The companion can be a mother with good intentions... or a child who's up to no good.
      Still, despite our best intentions, some of us will lose our companions along the way. And then the journey becomes unbearable. You see, human beings are designed for many things, but loneliness isn't one of them.

    • Susan: Could you not flirt with the ice cream man?
      Sophie: Why not?
      Susan: Do you need a reason besides he's the ice cream man?

    • Bree: (to Andrew) Your father is into S&M.
      Rex: Bree!
      Bree: He makes me beat him with a riding crop, and I let him. It's no wonder you're perverted. Look who your parents are.

    • Susan: (to Sophie) If you don't go out there in 5 minutes, I will tell Tim how old you really are.

    • Rex: (about Andrew being gay) Just be cool.
      Bree: You'll see I'm just as cool as you.
      (Andrew comes out to hug his parents)
      Bree: I would love you even if you were a murderer.
      (Andrew & Rex give Bree a weird look)

  • NOTES (7)

    • Although credited, Nicollette Sheridan (Edie Britt), Mark Moses (Paul Young), Andrea Bowen (Julie Mayer) and Cody Kasch (Zach Young) didn't appear. It's the first time Julie doesn't appear in an episode.

    • It is revealed that Deidre is the woman in the toy chest.

    • Susan (Teri Hatcher) references her mom and Morty's break-up as occuring two weeks ago, because this episode was moved up a week. This show normally uses the length of time between episodes as the length of time used in the show between episodes.

    • Marc Cherry, the creator of Desperate Housewives, appeared on FOX's Arrested Development the same night.

    • Kathryn Joosten (Mrs. McCluskey) tells Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) to "Go to Hell!" This is ironic, seeing as she had played "God" in a few episodes of Joan of Arcadia recently.

    • ABC originally scheduled a repeat airing of Desperate Housewives on this date (1.14 "Love Is In the Air"), but decided to air this new episode, "Live Alone & Like It" on this date instead.

    • Led by Desperate Housewives (Overnights: #1, 17.4/25; Viewers: #1, 24.57 million; Adults 18-49: #1, 10.5/25), ABC once again won the ratings battle on Sunday, April 17, 2005.