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Desperate Housewives

Season 5 Episode 19

Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know (2)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 19, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan) perishes on Wisteria Lane after a tragic accident, and the women of the street are brought together by this heart-wrenching event to go on a road trip with the intention of giving Edie's ashes to her son. During the trip, the women look back on Edie's life and their relationships with her: Susan recalls how their great rivalry started off with what could had been a great friendship; Lynette thinks fondly of one time Edie took her to chemotherapy, but not without making a short stop first; Bree remembers how Edie saved her marriage and her soul; Gabrielle reminisces about a very fun and sensual girls' night out; and Mrs. McCluskey tells everyone of how just a good mother Edie Britt truly was. Wisteria Lane becomes the resting place for the quintessential vixenish Housewife of the series, and Edie Britt lives on with this walk down memory lane.moreless

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  • Guess who hanges the tire...

    With Bree behind the wheel and Susan in shotgun, the housewives start reminiscing Edie. I can't believe she is gone. I wonder who is going to fill her pumps. Gabby bitches about how long the 4 hour drive is going to be and it's not quite clear where they are heading until later when they pull up to a private boarding school to break the news to Edie's son. With Susan behind the wheel, the wagon gets a flat tire and is on her knees jacking up the car. This isn't intentionally put in there to show the lack of consideration on the part of these housewives, but a miss by the writers. The humor effect of being able to change a tire doesn't' make up for the offensiveness of having an elderly lady on her knees. No one, not Edie, Susan, Lynette, Gabby, or Bree is that low. Gabby's story was the most Edie as the other was done in more of a tribute to the actor who played Edie. The self proclaimed two hottest chicks on Wisteria Lane are single and spend a night on the town at a club. Their arrival is quickly greeted by a cocktail compliments of a man and what Edie thought was meant for her. Gabby and Edie make a bet on who would get more guys to buy them drinks. In this well done story in season 5 Gabby really looked fabulous and wins causing Edie to abandon her at the singles bar. Gabby's taxi home pulls up to a house with Edie pensive reflecting on the swiftness of her fleeing youth. Lynnette gave a great performance in sitting down Travers and letting him know his mother died in an accident. Karen McKlusky reveals a part of Edie's past and her decision to party with her son for his own good. Ashes of Edie are spread on grass and other parts of Wisteria Lane. I hated how this episode made me think okay, nothing will happen in this episode. In dials down the suspense by a lot and had this been before the Handyman filler episode, it would have been much better. We have no feelings for the Handyman Elie. They should have reserved this for Edie. RIP Edie.moreless
  • I expected something better ...

    After a month of long wait, I must say that I am nearly disappointed although it was very sad episode. Edie is gone for good while Katherine who is so boring stays on the show. Dana is so talented and they practically ruined her character, she was in this episode for about a minute. But let´s go back to Edie. I loved her flashback with Lynette & Gaby. Those were pretty intense. And the end was very sweet but I have to say that final narration was kind of lame writing. Nicollette Sheridan did great job here and she is an idiot if she does not submit this episode to the Emmys.moreless
  • The Startling Death Of Edie Drives The Housewives Down Memory Lane. Each Of The Ladies Recalls How She Influenced Their Lives.

    I have mixed feelings about this episode. I dislike the fact that this season has now two flashback episodes. The plot becomes slow. I think Edie could have died in the next season so there would not be two flashback episodes in one season. That aside, I liked how the ladies remembered Edie. Just seeing the flashbacks with Edie will make the viewer sad as they are done emotionally. My favorite flashback was with Susan and Edie. I found their scenes very plausible and convincing. I found the acting very intense. It was also very nice to hear Nicollette Sheridan as the narrator in this episode. Overall, I'm sad about Edie's death but this was a very good tribute for her. Goodbye, you will be missed. Excellent.moreless
  • Tearful and emotional

    I do not understand why people are complaining about this episode. After all, its not every day one of the leading ladies dies is it? This episode is a perfect way to say goodbye to Nicollete Sheridan.

    First of all, I love how Edie narrates her last days on Earth. As wonderful as Brenda Strong is, it is always nice to break the format and allow other people to narrate the show. Edie is a good narrator.

    The stories the ladies share go through a lot of time. Susan story (before season one), Gabby story (season three), Lynette(season four) and Bree (during the time jump of season five). We also hear more about about Mrs Mcslukey's dead son again.

    Overall there are laughs and tears - but mostly tears. Best bit - a toss up between Lynette waking the others with her horn or when the ladies spread her ashes on the neighbourhood. Goodbye Edie...moreless
  • Hated it

    I've never been a huge Edie fan, but I thought her big send-off episode was horrible and not the least bit emotional. The show did this exact show earlier in the season when the neighborhood handyman died (who, by the way, had never even appeared in a previous episode). The writers couldn't think of an original way to say goodbye to Edie? Pile on top of that all of these nicey-nice stories about how great Edie was to everyone -- she wasn't nice. That was her charm. That is why people liked her. She was the show's "bad guy" and I don't think they did justice to her at all. Her death scene was stupid and anti-climatic, the stories about her were contrived and fake and the entire plot was just a rehash. Didn't Edie deserve better? I think so.moreless
Stephen Lunsford

Stephen Lunsford


Guest Star

Lorin McCraley

Lorin McCraley


Guest Star

Dot Jones

Dot Jones

Female Guard

Guest Star

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Karen McCluskey

Recurring Role

Kevin Rahm

Kevin Rahm

Lee McDermott

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In this episode, there is a flat tire. Susan asks Mrs. McCluskey to fix it, because she doesn't know how to. But in "Every Day a Little Death", Susan fixes Edie's flat tire when they were going to the lake to remember Martha Huber and spread her ashes.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode when the camera pans across the Scavos' backyard there is a swing without any seat in it.

    • Goof: As Susan recalls her first meeting with Edie, the amount of her doughnut goes from less to more between shots.

    • Goof: When Bree is visiting her husband in prison the waiting room and the people in it changes. First there is another woman in with Bree and the signs on the wall are different. Later,there is an older man with a briefcase with repositioned signs. Then once again it changes back to the original scene.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Susan: Oh, you met Ed?
      Edie: Oh, yeah. I've gotten to know him...quite well.
      Susan: Yeah?
      Edie: We're kinda...doin' it.
      Susan: Doing what?
      Edie: It.
      Susan: Ed is married!
      Edie: Yeah, I'm a naughty girl.
      Susan: No, you're being immoral! You're committing adultery!
      Edie: Actually, Ed's committing adultery. I'm just gettin' laid. You know...forget I ever mentioned it.
      Susan: I can't forget something like this. Helen is my very good friend.
      Edie: I thought you just said that she was...
      Susan: She is annoying and I hide when she knocks on my door, but she does not deserve for you to be wrecking her marriage.
      Edie: Where are you going?
      Susan: Home.
      Edie: Oh, so you're not gonna be my friend anymore?
      Susan: I don't think so.
      Edie: I thought you said you didn't like running!
      Susan: Well, that depends on what I'm running away from!

    • Edie: (voiceover) Two days after I kicked the proverbial bucket, my husband asked my neighbors to do me a favor. You could tell from the looks on their faces it wasn't something they...wanted to do, but...they agreed to do it, anyway. So the next day, they piled into a car with two thermoses filled with coffee, a basket filled with baked goods and an urn that was filled with...me.

    • (Katherine brings food to Lynette)
      Edie: Ugh! What is that?
      Katherine: It's a health shake of fermented brown rice, and for her entry, a salad of radish, burdock root and bok choy.
      Edie: Mmm. What's for dessert, waterboarding?

    • (Lynette opens the urn with Edie's ashes and looks inside)
      Lynette: Kinda looks like cat litter.
      Susan: Lynette, don't look at Edie.
      Lynette: Or what, I'll turn to stone? She's all rough and gritty.

    • Mrs. McCluskey: We still gotta figure out where we're gonna spread the ashes. Now, it's gonna be some place that was meaningful to Edie.
      Gabrielle: Well, Edie once told me she lost her virginity in a cow pasture. If we can find that exact field...
      Susan: ...We'd find a lot of traumatized cows.

    • Bree: (talking about Orson) So, you're not... trying to start up something?
      Edie: He's in jail. My boobs are impressive, but they can't bend iron bars.

    • Susan: Why don't we talk about Edie?
      Lynette: And say what?
      Susan: I don't know, but she is the reason we're on this trip. Uh, maybe we could share memories or tell stories.
      Lynette: Hmmm... Why don't you start with the time she tried to steal your comatose boyfriend? That was fun.
      Susan: Okay, I was thinking of stories that put Edie in a positive light.
      Gabrielle: And after that fives minutes is up, then what do we do?

    • Mrs. McCluskey: Bup, bup, bup. I believe I called shotgun.
      Susan: God, she is so good at that!
      Gabrielle: She should be. She's been doing it since she road shotgun on an actual stagecoach.

    • Edie: Well, well. What are you doing here?
      Bree: I wanted to see you.
      Edie: And you didn't bring muffins?!

    • Edie: (opening voiceover) So I'm driving my car the other night, and what do you think happens? I crashed into an utility pole. Then, to add insult to injury, I was electrocuted! What can I say? It was one of those days. All my neighbors heard it happen. So they quickly left their microwaved burritos, and their expensive jars of moisturizer, and their racy "Pay-per-view" movies, and they hurried outside, excited to see what all the ruckus was about. But then, when they saw it was me, this weird thing happened. For a moment, no one moved or said anything. They just stared. And then, without warning...
      Gabrielle: Oh, my God.
      Edie: (voiceover) All hell broke loose.
      Katherine: Does anybody know CPR?!
      Lee: (speaking on cellphone) There's been an accident.
      Mike: Edie! Can you hear me? Answer me!
      Edie: (voiceover) Yes. Everyone suddenly became very concerned, which was touching, but ultimately... pointless. Moments before the ambulance finally arrived, I heard someone whisper...
      Susan: Don't worry, Edie. You're gonna get through this. You're gonna be just fine.
      Edie: (voiceover) Susan Mayer...wrong again. Two seconds later, it happened. With all my neighbors surrounding me, I took my last breath. The good news? I died just like I lived, as the complete and utter center of attention.

    • Edie: (closing voiceover) And that is how Wisteria Lane came to be my final resting place. My ashes were spread over grass I had once walked on, beneath trees that had once given me shade, on top of roses I once admired and beside fences I once gossiped over. And after my friends had finished saying goodbye, a wind came along and took what was left of me into the air. As I looked down on the world, I began to let go of it. I let go of white picket fences, and cars in driveways, coffee cups and vacuum cleaners. I let go of all those things, which seem so ordinary, but when you put them together they make up a life. A life that really was one of a kind. I'll tell you something: it's not hard to die, when you know you have lived. And I did. Oh, how I lived!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Episode Title: The title of this episode comes from the song "The Ladies Who Lunch", taken from the 1970 Stephen Sondheim musical, Company.