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Desperate Housewives

Season 4 Episode 15

Mother Said

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 11, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Susan is visited by Mike's mother, Adele (guest star Celia Weston), who happens to be very critical towards her daughter-in-law. Lynette is pushed to her limit by her evil stepdaughter Kayla, who threatens to break up their family, and Gabrielle accidentally finds bricks of cocain under Ellie's bed. In the meantime, an escalating war between Bree and Edie becomes ugly when the truth comes out and people get hurt, and Dylan learns her mother plans for them to move away.moreless

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    I loved this storyline between Bree and Edie althought I think Edie had better chemistry with Susan. I loved part when Gaby, Lynette, Susan and Bree went to Edie and gave her really "cold shower". Story with Adele Delfine (yes, Mike´s mother or should I say momma?) was stunning. The chemistry between her and Susan was as great as her southern accent. Lynette slapped Kayla and this was a huge mistake. Now Lynette looks in Tom´s eyes like she prefer her own children, not her stepdaughter. And Gaby & Carlos found out they have a drug dealer tenant in their house. It is nice to see that Wisteria Lane celebrates Mother´s Day.moreless
  • It's an episode.

    Boy, where do I begin. First off, their is only one story that matters in this, Edie and Brees' story. Lynettes' story continues the stupid Kayla thing, something that could have been fixed if she just took the little **** to therapy sooner. As for Susan and Gabbys' stories, I don't honestly remember them (they were very dull). Bree decides to ruin Edies' buisness because Edie kissed Orson (Bree and Orson are sperated, and she repeatedly says she doesn't care about him. So the way to show you don't car about him is to act jealous and ****y?). Edie though finds out that Benjamin is her nephew and Brees' grandson, and uses this to her advantege. She blackmails Bree into leaving her buisness alone, and bringing her mini-muffins (gasp!).

    Okay, what's the problem with this? Bree brought this upon her self. She covered up a pregnancy, she kicked Orson out, and she tried to ruin Edie. Marc Cheery expected people to feel sorry for Bree, but the opposite happened. Bree comes off as ****y and vengful, while Edie did what ever it took to save her buisness. Bree had no right to try to ruin her, no right at all.

    Finaly, that little scene where they all turn their backs on Edie. That was the cherry on the **** sunday. They are willing to throw Edie out of the group because of the blackmail? Really? Have they forgotten some of the things they have done? Commited insurance fraud and burned a house down (Susan), covered up a hit and run (Bree), got addicted to childrens ADD medication (Lynette), left her husband to die in the ocean (Gabby). Not to mention the countless other things they have done. They come off as a bunch of hypocrites! Well, at least Edie is returning, I hope she tells the little ****es off.moreless
  • Season 4, Episode 15.

    Adele Delfino, Susan's mother-in-law, arrives for a visit. Carlos and Gabrielle find out their tenant, Ellie, has a dark secret. Lynette has more problems with Kayla. A full scale war erupts between Bree and Edie. Adele was just ANNOYING! I loved the stunt Susan pulled at the restaurant, though. Susan finally has the baby! YAY! Right on Mothers Day! =] I liked when Gabrielle found the bricks of cocaine under Ellie's bed. The thing with the tattoo in the beginning rocked. Lynette HIT Kayla! I can't blame her... If she was my daughter, that girl would have went DOWN! I loved the Bree/Edie scenes though. Edie blackmails Bree, and then Bree is left to confess the truth about what she did for Danielle. The women isolate Edie, and she leaves Wisteria Lane. :( Great episode!moreless
  • The Wrath of Edie

    This is a great episode. Nicollette Sheridan is a marvellous actress and deserves an oscar for her performance (an Emmie? No way!)

    There are some evil and nasty moments in this episode: Evil Kayla and Lynette hitting her is shocking; Bree slapping Edie was nasty; Mike's Mother and her comments about Susan were upsetting! But then the wives ganging up on Edie and telling her 'its over' was heartbreaking, though i am pleased Sheridan is back in Season Five...

    Funny moments - Susan faking her labour; Gabby's torture of blind Carlos and the ending where Susan had her baby is a beautiful moment...moreless
  • lovely episode filled with fun,tears,fear,laughter,i sat on the edge of my seat till it ended

    lovely episode.

    i hate to see eddie go she was good to watch in the show. i hope they bring her back because the show wont be the same without her troubles. eddie was hilarious in this episode her fight with bree was good to watch.

    kayla kayla is evil and wicked i think it will be a relieve for everyone in the show and out of the show if she leaves. i dont like her but i know lynett is a strong woman and will find a way some how to either tame her or get rid of her kayla doesnt desrve that family she deserves someone like her mother i hope her father will come to agree.

    susan was doing her thing so well with mikes mother they were fun to watch.

    gabby and carlos did the right thing and am proud of them. cant wait to see the finalemoreless
Celia Weston

Celia Weston

Adele Delfino

Guest Star

Rick Otto

Rick Otto

Detective Paul Bullock

Guest Star

Hailee Denham

Hailee Denham

Young Dylan

Guest Star

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Karen McCluskey

Recurring Role

Justine Bateman

Justine Bateman

Ellie Leonard

Recurring Role

Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Wayne Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Timeline Goof: Mary Alice's narration in the teaser of the episode implies that Parker is almost eleven years old. Since he was five in season one, he should be nine years old, which is still somewhat far from eleven.

    • We learn for the very first time in this episode Mike's birth name is "Michael".

    • Goof: When Orson set down his notebook before taking a shower, there was clearly only half a page of wording on the paper. Then when Edie barged into the motel room and she stumbled upon the notebook and started reading, it showed a full page story.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Lynette: Well, you've done enough damage for one day. Let's go home.
      Kayla: I want a corndog, first.
      Lynette: Oh, but honey, we're about to have dinner.
      Kayla: But I'm hungry now. I want a corndog.
      Lynette: (to cashier) All right. Thank you. (to Kayla) If you're hungry, I'll get you something healthy to eat and you can have it in the car.
      Kayla: Corn. Dog. Why can't I have one?
      Lynette: Well, at this point, because of the way you're acting. Please don't do this, Kayla. We've been having such a nice time.
      Kayla: And we can keep having a nice time. Just give me what I want. Or you're not gonna like what happens.
      Lynette: Are you...theatening me?!
      Kayla: I'm just saying, I got that idiot Preston to jump off the roof. Wonder what I could get Penny to do?
      (Angered by this, Lynette slaps Kayla in the face)
      Lynette: (realizing what she did) I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have done that, but that was...! That was horrible what you just said. And you should never say that again. OK, so...come on, let's go. Come on.

    • Bree: What on Earth could you possibly want?
      Edie: Oh, I wanted to thank you. After you scared off that couple that were going to buy the Young house, I found another buyer. And they're willing to go 10% over asking!!
      Bree: Well, good!! When they drop by for their inspection, I'll just have to have a nice little chat with them, too!
      Edie: You wouldn't want to do that. Hey, after all, we're family.
      Bree: Family?!
      Edie: Well, yes. Since my nephew Austin is Benjamin's biological father, that makes me...Benji's great aunt! A term I don't exactly love, but it's better than grandma, which is what you are.
      Bree: How did you...?!
      Edie: Cute story. I went over to Orson's to ask him to get you off my back, and the poor sap, he...he'd written the whole sordid tale down and left it right there on the table.
      Bree: Edie, if word got out, my whole family would be humiliated!
      Edie: Oh, I don't want word to get out, that would ruin everything. Because right now, I...well, I own you.
      Bree: What does that mean?
      Edie: Glad you asked. From this moment on, I am your best friend. You're gonna invite me to all of your fancy parties, set me up with all your single friends and...well, if ever I'm in the mood for muffins, you're gonna bake 'em for me.
      Bree: Edie, please...
      Edie: And if you don't, if for one second I don't feel the love, I'm gonna bury you. You understand?
      Bree: Yeah.
      Edie: Good. Oh, by the way, I'm having an open house tomorrow. A plate of banana nut muffins sure would set the mood. Don't you think?

    • Susan: Oh, my God.
      Gabrielle: And Edie threatened to use that to...?
      Bree: Yes.
      Lynette: OK, first of all, you're like the greatest mom ever to want to protect Danielle like that.
      Bree: Thank you.
      Lynette: I can't believe she was blackmailing you.
      Susan: I can't believe she made a play for Orson.
      Gabrielle: I can. She went after Carlos and Mike and Karl. The only person she hasn't gone after is Tom.
      Lynette: Yet. This woman is out of control.
      Susan: What are you gonna do?
      Lynette: No. What are we gonna do?

    • Adele: Susan, you're up. Michael told me about your false labor. That was unusual.
      Susan: Well, it happens.
      Adele: I know but usually your water doesn't break.
      Susan: Oh that. It turns out I spilled some club soda.
      Adele: Well, no surprise there. Michael told me what a klutzy Kathy you are. I'm glad he finds that cute. I myself don't have the patience.

    • Adele: You know, it's a shame that Michael has to work so hard but I guess with all the money trouble you two have been having.
      Susan: He told you that? Well, we're getting past it.
      Adele: Only because my son is working himself to the bone. You know it wouldn't hurt for you to get a job.
      Susan: I have a job.
      Adele: Oh, you mean your little drawings? Well, it's great for a woman to have a hobby. Personally, I decoupage but I'm talking about something that pays.
      Susan: Children's books pay.
      Adele: Really? How much?

    • Mary Alice: (voiceover) It happens the second Sunday of every May. We celebrate the women who give us life and so much more, the ones who protect us at all costs, who have the courage to fight those who would do us harm, who put our happiness ahead of their own, but mostly we celebrate a mother's love which is constant, eternal, and there from the very beginning.

    • Carlos: Are you sure it was cocaine?
      Gabrielle: Carlos, I was a fashion model in the nineties. I know cocaine.

    • Mary Alice: (opening voiceover) The incident, as it would come to be known, happened late on a Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses included an old woman, a blind man, and a young boy. The old woman, whose hearing was not what it used to be, saw Bree Hodge emerge from her house in a way that told her she was upset about something. The blind man, whose hearing had become more stronger, heard Edie say...
      Edie: Oh, hi, Bree. What's up?
      Mary Alice: (voiceover) In a way that suggested Edie wasn't expecting any trouble. The young boy, who was not yet eleven, heard Bree Hodge say...
      Bree: I saw you kissing my husband!
      Mary Alice: (voiceover) But he couldn't understand why someone would be angry about kisses, which he thought grown-ups liked...or disliked. As the old woman pretended to clip hedges she already clipped, she saw the body language of her neighbors change. As the blind man listened in very carefully, he heard Bree say...
      Bree: Who are you thinking, Edie, we're supposed to be friends?!
      Edie: We are friends. I am not interested in Orson! All right?!!
      Mary Alice: (voiceover) The young boy then heard Edie add...
      Edie: So stop acting like such a bitch!!
      Mary Alice: (voiceover) Which included a word he was not allowed to use. The old woman then saw Bree Hodge clench her fists in rage. A second later, the blind man heard a slap. And the young boy saw Edie grab her cheek. As the two parted company, a thought occurred to all those who had witnessed the incident that right there, on peaceful Wisteria Lane, the battle lines had been drawn, and someone was going to get hurt.

    • Edie: Hey, guys. What's...going on?
      Bree: I told them everything, Edie. About Orson, Benjamin, everything.
      Edie: You did?
      Lynette: She did, so you can kiss that little blackmail scheme goodbye.
      Edie: Well, I was only doing it because...
      Gabrielle: You were only doing it because you're the devil!
      Edie: OK, fine. Chew me out! And let's get on with it.
      Susan: It's not like all the other times, Edie. We're done.
      Edie: Done?!
      Susan: We're not inviting you to poker, we're not talking to you, we're not even gonna wave when you jog by. From now on, you are invisible.
      Gabrielle: And we're gonna make sure every woman in a five-mile radius knows the kind of crap you pulled.
      Lynette: We've tried to be your friends, but you don't even understand what that word means. So now we're gonna be something you do understand.
      Edie: Guys, wait! Wait, I know I've crossed the line this time and...well, I'm...I'm sorry!
      Bree: Did you hear something?
      (Lynette, Gabrielle and Susan murmur "No".)
      Bree: Neither did I.

    • Edie: (speaking to Travers on her cellphone) No, Travers. No, I decided that spending Mother's Day with you is more important than spending time showing people stupid houses. Oh, I love you, too, sweetheart. Actually, I think Mommy's going to be spending a lot more time with you from now on. But we'll talk about that when I get there, OK? I love you, baby. I'll see you soon.

    • Adele: (to Susan) My Memaw said a woman should be a chef in the kitchen, a maid in the living room, and a whore in the bedroom.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Parker: Can we be a stronger family while playing Age of Empires 3?

      Age of Empires is a series of real-time strategy video games. It was started in 1997, developed by Ensemble Studios, and published by Microsoft Game Studios.

    • Episode Title: "Mother Said" comes from the line "Mother said straight ahead, not to delay or be misled..." in Stephen Sondheim's 1987 musical Into The Woods. The line is sung by Little Red Ridinghood in the song "Hello, Little Girl", and then repeated in the song "I Know Things Now" - both of which were previous episode titles.