Desperate Housewives

Season 2 Episode 4

My Heart Belongs To Daddy

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 16, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Lynette becomes concerned that her son Parker is in need of maternal attention when she learns he has an imaginary friend who happens to be a Brittish nanny. Gabrielle hires an attorney named David Bradley (guest star Adrian Pasdar) to get Carlos out of jail sooner. Susan decides to help Mike in his quest to find Zach, and Bree desperately tries to get George and Andrew to get along, but none of them make it easy for her.moreless

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  • Selfish Housewives...

    Gabrielle causes a riot over a conjugal visit. Lynette tries to get rid of Mrs. Warlbury. Susan finds Zack, and Bree stands in between Bree and George.

    A fine line was established between selfless and selfish within this episode. Lynette, Gabrielle, and Susan being selfish speaks volumes about how complex their characters are, even though they were protecting their children and relationships by their actions. I dislike Geroge very much. I can't wait to watch his exit again.

    My favorite character of the episode: LYNETTE SCAVO! Her love for her kids is so convincing thanks to Felecity Huffman's acting chops.moreless
  • not bad

    this was another ok episode of desperate housewives nothing spectactular but ok, i liked the lynette stuff with her sons imagniary friend thaat was pretty funny, the gaby stuff was ok but pretty much just filler, the susan stuff was pretty funny i thought her sending zach away was quite suprising when mike finds out he isnt gonna be very happy, overall an ok episode but still not up there with the standard the first season setmoreless
  • Lynette falls over herself yet again trying to impress her misbehaving children

    Lynette’s actions in this episode are making we want to stop watching this show. I find it appalling that she can be such a terrible parent as to reward her child with boundless attention for smacking his teacher with an umbrella. What happened to the strong, powerful maternal character this show used to emphasize? Watching Lynette show her children that they’re in charge and refusing to punish their misbehavior appropriately makes her seem pathetic and a terrible example of a female role-model. I know this season has made it seem like her superiors are terribly misguided for suggesting that she make work a priority but I think that watching this show’s only working woman go to the extent of pouring coffee on her boss to appease her son’s attention seeking performances provides a disgusting image of women in the workplace. I don’t believe a woman’s place is in the home, but I do think Lynette’s place is on the wrong end of a pink slipmoreless
  • A good episode, but once again, it wasn't up to the usual standard.

    A good episode, but once again, it wasn't up to the usual standard. Nothing really major happened. Okay, so George returned and started seeing Bree, and Andrew got sent back to the centre for bad teenagers, Gabrielle started a prison riot, Lynette worried about her son's imaginary friend, Susan found Zach and paid him to disappear and Zach seemed to think he somehow still had a shot with Julie. I have started to dislike the character of Zach, he’s annoying, I wish he would get written out of the show. This season isn't nearly as good as season one. I found myself starting to get bored while watching this episode. So stuff did happen, but it wasn't dark, comedic and interesting like the first season which was a bit of a let down. The show seems to have taken a new tone already. I was also disappointed that we only saw Edie for a few minutes, and no Betty Applewhite. Hopefully Desperate Housewives will pick itself up again next week.moreless
  • Problem Child Andrew - Part Two.

    Towards the midway point of the previous season of Desperate Housewives, Andrew totally went off the rails, running over Mama Solis, doing drugs, and just generally being a pain in the butt. Whether you like it or not, it's a side of Andrew that returns in this episode.

    A delayed response from Rex's death and perhaps the end result of his mother back on the dating scene, this episode sees him furious and knarky with psyco-pharmer George (Who can blame him?). The best bits of this episode is undoubtedly their feuding, wether it be via dialogue or attacks, it's fun to watch, and it's great someone's finally taking George down a little. Sadly it ends here however, as by the end of the episode Andrew's back to military camp. It seems a dissapointing end to the rivalry, but i'm pretty certain we'll see him again by the end of the season. Plus, this also gives the writers a chance to focus on the other junior Van de Kamp Danielle, we can but hope.

    Child issues is a central theme to this episode, and it's satisfying to see that Parker Scavo is getting fleshed out a little. An outcome of ex-stay-at-home mom returning to work, little Parker gets himself an imaginary friend in the form of a British Nanny. What's more she has an umbrella. She can probably fly, sing songs and make tidying up fun too, but since Disney already did that, the writers here are a little scarce on what makes this friend "fun", so let your imagination fill in the gaps. The storyline ends with her being ran over by a trash lorry, with some good old fashioned Lynette quirkyness in between.

    Both Scavo parents, or rather, the two that play them, namely Felicity Huffman and Doug Savant are superb. They're chemistry on screen is entertaining to watch, and at times, they genuinely feel like a married couple. As of late Tom's been given loads of character development, so it's great to see that this episode retains that policy, giving the actor a genuine chance to outshine some of the housewives (hello Teri Hatcher). Equally impressive is Felicity, who, despite given an entertaining, funny plot is still given a scene of her crying at the end over the most trivial of matters. What once seemed an innocent act of meddling soon transforms itself into a horrific act of crime due to her character's tears, and interestingly, it really makes you feel a little guilty at laughing at the story and her meddling.

    The other problem child the show is renowned for, Zach Young also makes a welcome return. Mike worried about his wearabouts sends out missing posters, and along with Susan, go out searching for him. He's found, but after a "wacky Susan moment" and a dull and uninteresting scene he's gone again, off to Utah to search for his father, who i'm still hoping will return later on.

    Elsewhere this week Edie retains her ankle injury, we're reminded of Gabrielle being pregnant (the only thing other than her visual appearance keeping her in the show?) and a community driven scene featuring three housewives, which I absolutely loved. No Applewhites this week, but with their secret still unresolved, those fireworks should be due any week now...

Adrian Pasdar

Adrian Pasdar

David Bradley

Guest Star

Kevin Will

Kevin Will

Ice Cream Vendor

Guest Star

Aaliyah Franks

Aaliyah Franks


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: The position of Mrs. Mulberry's umbrella, after being run over by the garbage truck, changes between shots.

    • Goof: When George is talking to Andrew at the dinner table, he tells a story about taking a picture of the sunset off the Golden Gate Bridge. The problem is that the west side of the bridge is generally prohibited to pedestrians. The pedestrian side of the bridge faces east. So George leaning over the railing to take a picture would not be really accurate.

    • Goof: When we see Danielle standing with her mother in the kitchen there is clearly a long wall behind Danielle without a passageway. But when the shot changes to Andrew and George, we can see Danielle in the background.

    • In the scene where Susan is telling the ladies about Zach, Gabrielle's wine glass only has a sliver of wine at the bottom, and then in the next shot, it is almost half full.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Mary Alice: The residents of the Fairview County Jail looked forward to every Tuesday. That was the day that Gabrielle Solis came to visit her husband. The inmates went out of their way to give her compliments whether she wanted them to or not. With each visit, these accolades became increasingly inventive. Still Gabrielle was not flattered. In fact, Gabrielle started to dread this special attention.

    • Lynette: I couldn't find Mrs. Mulberry's umbrella, so I brought her her sun hat instead, all right? And, here we go.
      Parker: It's in the shower.
      Lynette: What?
      Parker: Mrs. Mulberry said she left it in the shower.
      Lynette: Well, why didn't Mrs. Mulberry volunteer that information before I turned your room upside down looking for it, hmm?
      Parker: (Pauses) So are you gonna go get it?
      Lynette: No, I'm not going to get the damn umbrella!

    • Bree: Honey, the feelings that you're having are perfectly normal, but George isn't trying to take your father's place. He's, well, he's just a friend.
      Andrew: Really? Just a friend? So you're not planning on getting more serious with this guy in the future?
      Bree: You know, I haven't even thought about it.
      Andrew: You're so transparent, it's pathetic. You're worried about a ripped T-shirt humiliating this family? Wait 'till people see that you're dating the town nerd less than a month after your husband's funeral.

    • Bree: Andrew, don't you have a meet at the swim club?
      Andrew: Yeah. So?
      Bree: Doesn't it require a large entrance fee? One that you can't afford by yourself?
      Andrew: Are you blackmailing me into coming into dinner?
      Bree: Oh, you don't know the lengths I'd go to for even seating.

    • Guard: Conjugal visit rules are you got forty-five minutes. We call every fifteen minutes to make sure you're still here. You understand?
      Gabrielle: Yes, we got it. Uh, we interrupt our lovemaking to answer the phone or you call out the dogs.

    • Andrew: Have you ever actually been with a woman?
      George: Excuse me?
      Andrew: Well, let's be honest. I think it's obvious by the way that you talk and act that you're not a player. So, I was just curious to find out if you had ever actually gotten in the game.
      George: My experience with women is none of your business.
      Andrew: I think it is. I mean, you're dating my mom. And we both know that at your age, dating's a little more than just holding hands.
      George: We're not dating, exactly.
      Andrew: Well, sure you are. And you know what? I think it's great, but I want to make sure my mom's happy, you know and it would really set my mind at ease to know she's with a guy who knows how to please a lady.
      George: This is inappropriate.
      Andrew: You know, my parents had a great sex life. Yeah, I heard 'em through the wall in my bedroom once.
      George: Please shut up.
      Andrew: You should have heard my mom, too. She had this, this weird moan. It was kinda like "ummm, uh!" Isn't that bizarre? That's the sound my mom makes when she climaxes.

    • Edie: I don't think Mike would do that to his own son.
      Susan: You know?
      Edie: That Mike's Zach's real father? Yes. Julie told Karl, Karl told me and I sent out a few e-mails.
      Susan: Well, thanks for your discretion.
      Edie: Boy. You would do anything to get Mike Delfino to love you. So what's gonna happen to little creepy when he gets here? Are you gonna be tucking him in at night? Making him breakfast in the morning? Careful to bob and weave as he tries to blow your head off?
      Susan: You know, Edie, could you just back off? I mean the truth is we're probably never gonna find Zach, anyway. It's a needle in a haystack.
      Edie: Oh, I see, and then you'll still come off as little Miss Perfect self-sacrificing girlfriend. Putting his needs ahead of yours. Oh, why you conniving little shrew. I don't know why we're not closer.

    • Mary Alice:(narrating) The world is filled with good fathers. How do we recongnize them? They are the ones who are missed so terribly, everything falls apart in their absence. (Shot of Andrew and Bree packing his suitcase, placing a photo of Rex inside last.) They are the ones who love us, long before we even arrive. (Shot of Carlos smiling as he rubs Gabrielle's stomach.) They are the ones who come looking for us, when we can't find our way home. (Shot of Mike walking Bongo as he looks at a flyer of Zach's) Yes, the world is filled with good fathers. And the best are the ones who make the women in their lives feel like good mothers (Shot of Tom comforting Lynette as she cries)

    • Tom: Hey, what's wrong?
      Lynette: (Crying) Because of me, my son's imaginary friend got crushed by a garbage truck. I am the worst person in the world.
      Tom: Honey, he is gonna get over this in no time. Trust me. And one day, when he is all grown up, you and Parker are gonna laugh hysterically about this.
      Lynette: You really think so? Really?
      Tom: I promise.

    • Tom: What have you done to Mrs. Mulburry?
      Lynette: Until there's a body, there's no evidence of a crime.

    • Parker: Daddy! I can't find Mrs. Mulberry's umbrella! Where is it?
      Tom: Well, I don't know, sport. Honey, have you seen the umbrella?
      Lynette: No... can't say that I have...
      Tom: OK, listen, don't worry about it. I'm sure Mrs. Mulberry's here somewhere.
      Lynette: Or... huh... Maybe she's not. She could have... left. You know... maybe she had some other little boy she needed to help.
      Parker: Like who?
      Lynette: I don't know. It could be.... huh... a little boy in... England. Named Spencer.
      Tom: Lynette...?
      Lynette: I mean... it is possible that someone like little Spencer needed Mrs. Mulberry more, 'cause... he doesn't have a daddy and a mommy, who love him. Yeah, that's it. He's an orphan!... with no hands!

    • Lynette: Tom, he attacked a teacher with an umbrella!
      Tom: It was a poke, he poked her.

    • Susan: …So I threw the ice cream at him and ran. (Pauses) Somebody say something.
      Gabrielle: Thank God you were wearing flats.

    • Gabrielle: Are you hitting on me?
      David: What would you say if I was?
      Gabrielle: I'd say I'm pregnant.

    • Edie: (To Susan about Zach) So what's going to happen to little creepy when he gets here?

    • Gabrielle: (to another inmate) Don't judge me, you're not in here because you were caught helping the poor.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Although credited, Alfre Woodard (Betty Applewhite), Mark Moses (Paul Young), Andrea Bowen (Julie Mayer), Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer), Mehcad Brooks (Matthew Applewhite) and Shane Kinsman (Porter Scavo) are absent from this episode.


    • Episode Title: The episode title, "My Heart Belongs To Daddy", refers to the Cole Porter song of the same name.

    • Parker's imaginary friend Mrs. Mulberry is a British nanny with an umbrella, just like Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins is an imaginary character from the homonym musical film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dike. It is based on the Mary Poppins books from P. L. Travers.