Desperate Housewives

Season 2 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 25, 2005 on ABC
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After Rex's sudden passing, Bree informs her friends of his death, and sets everything up for a decent funeral. However, the arrival of her emotionally devastated mother-in-law, Phyllis (guest star Shirley Knight), changes her plans. In the meantime, Lynette prepares herself for her first job interview in many years, whereas Carlos is back in prison, and demanding Gabrielle to show him the results of a paternity test. Both Susan and Mike live through Zach's little hostage situation, and Julie finds Mike lying to the police about what happened, leading Susan to learn something she'd quickly wish she hadn't. The new neighbors, the Applewhites, are welcomed to Wisteria Lane.moreless

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  • And we have liftoff...

    I hate critics. They always suck the fun out of everything, and yet, here I am reviewing the episodes just like a critic would. Why? Because there's so much out there in the world of television, that it's necessary to discuss the making of a successful tv show, and wether it deserves the attention it's getting. Critics stated that the Desperate Housewives declined in it's quality of writing with season 2, but I won't trust the critics with this one. I'm going to see for myself. Critics hate Lost and The Fringe aswell, but I adore those shows.

    In the season 2 premiere of DH, Rex's funeral creates problems between Bree and her mother in law, while Zack involuntarily destroys Mike and Susan's relationship. Gabrielle to recieve Carlos' forgiveness with little luck, while Lynette is put under the test of effeciancy.

    The season opener is fast paced and concludes many of season one's storylines. The show still excels in creating suspense, but the Apple Whites made a very weak impression in the crammed pile of characters and storylines.

    Favorite character of the episode : Bree. That funeral scene deserves a standing ovation.moreless
  • 2.01 'Next'

    As much as I love this unique and wonderful television show even I have to admit that this was not the strongest episode and it kind of let me down after that juicy season finale. But I loved the addition of Alfre Woodard. 8/10
  • The 2nd Season Begins With Lynette's Return To The Businees World. Rex' Mother Helps Bree Prepare Rex' Funeral And A Neighbor Arrives.

    The only word that can be used to describe this season opener is excellent. The last episode ended with a cliffhanger and we pick up from there. The opening scene at Mike's house could have been better but on the other hand I'm glad that it was not too long. I like the fact that Lynette returns to the business world because the show becomes more entertaining. Her first episode in the office was marvellous. I'm sad about Rex' death but the show must go on. It was also a good move since the plot becomes juicier by every episode. The dialogues between Bree and Phyllis is another high point. Their firey exchanges about the funeral are just terrific. I hate the plot involving Carlos in jail but it is not a big flaw. The episode's suspense never let up and I'm looking forward to the next episode. Amazing premiere!moreless
  • abit of a letdown

    suprisingly so this episode was abit of a disopointment, after waiting so long to see what would come of susan in the hostage situation and bree after rex's death but i was suprised to see it wsnt all that eciting there were some good moments like the tie thingy that was pretty classic but overall this episode was abit of a leetdown hopefully this isnt a sign of things to comemoreless
  • Recap

    I wasn't really that excited to start season 2 that i left it for a week before i put it in my dvd player. Im not saying end of season 1 wasn't a success. I just had better shows to get back too and i wanted the enjoyment of DHW to last longer :). I was surprised how much older Teri looked in season 2. She clearly looked atleast 5 to 8 years older. However, she's still my favourite:) along with Eva. I hope season 2 would be just as exciting as season 1 and it always keeps me on the edge to know whats gonna happen next.moreless
Andy Umberger

Andy Umberger

Officer Pete Romslo

Guest Star

Nikki Braendlin

Nikki Braendlin


Guest Star

Lizzie Peet

Lizzie Peet


Guest Star

Dakin Matthews

Dakin Matthews

Reverend Sikes

Recurring Role

Shirley Knight

Shirley Knight

Phyllis Van de Kamp

Recurring Role

Joely Fisher

Joely Fisher

Nina Fletcher

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In this episode, Lynette obtains a job at the advertising agency, Parcher & Murphy.
      "Parcher & Murphy" was also referenced in Some of My Best Friends, a short-lived comedy series which was also executive produced by creator Marc Cherry.

    • When Lynette throws the dirty diaper, it hits the glass wall and falls next to the trash can, but when the camera turns to Nina, in the background, the diaper is not there.

    • Despite the title of the show being "Desperate Housewives", this episode established that none of the characters are (strictly speaking) housewives at this point. Susan, Edie, and Betty are all divorcees, Bree is a widow and Gabrielle isn't really a true housewife while Carlos is in prison. Lynette will also be working in an office this season, thus nullifying the label of "housewife". Even Karen McCluskey has been established to be a widow. In fact, (with the exception of Gabrielle) this pattern will more or less be held for the whole season, making the title a misnomer for season 2.

    • Goof: When Bree and Phyllis are talking about the funeral, the door behind the Reverend changes from open to closed between shots.

    • Lynette goes to her second interview and has to take her daughter with her. As she is talking to Stu the receptionist, he's eating a long sandwich. In the initial shots the sandwich is whole, by the final cut away the sandwich has been cut in half lengthways with the second half now on the desk in front of him.

    • Lynette asks Bree to borrow a scarf to wear to her job interview, and Bree accepts. Later, Lynette is at her job interview with no scarf.

    • At the end of the episode, Betty and Matthew are wearing the exact same clothes they were wearing when Edie greeted them in the first season finale. Betty even mentions being at the funeral that day.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Bree: (to Rex's corpse) You look... magnificent.

    • Bree: Give me your tie.
      Tom: What?
      Bree: Give me your tie!
      Lynette: Give it to her! Give it to her!

    • Gabrielle: (to Carlos) So you're just not gonna talk to me, is that it? Fine. I don't need to talk. Okay. Yes, I had a little affair. It wasn't the best thing to do, and I'm not proud of it. But it's not the worst thing that could have happened. Nobody died. Oh, don't be such a martyr, Carlos. Okay, it takes two people. How many times did you go off on your little business trips and leave me alone? See, so technically, you cheated, too. It's just your mistress was your work.

    • Lynette: (to Parker) I love you, I love your finger painting, but if you touch me with those messy hands, I will cut them off.

    • John: So what, you don't love me?
      Gabrielle: Well, up until the point that you told my husband we were having an affair, I was quite fond of you. Since then, not a fan!

    • Gabrielle: No, okay. That was a stretch. I'm sorry. Carlos, wait! Come back. Look, I wanna start over. We're gonna have a baby. Isn't that what you always wanted? Carlos, wait! I said I was sorry and I love you! What more do you want?"
      Carlos: I want a paternity test.

    • Mary Alice: It had been one year since my suicide and a lot had changed on Wisteria Lane. There were new flowers, new houses and new neighbors, the kind anyone would want living right next door.

    • Bree: Lynette, hi, it's Bree. I do hope I'm not calling too early. Hmm? Oh, of course you can borrow that scarf. I'll press it for you. Um, I have, uh, some news. Rex died.

    • Mary Alice: It was at that moment it occurred to Ida, God may work in mysterious ways, but he isn't particularly subtle.

    • Mary Alice: It was an accepted fact among the residents of Wisteria Lane that Ida Greenberg liked her liquor. People had seen her drunk at sewing bees, The Department of Motor Vehicles, and the first Methodist church. Ida had tried to quit drinking many times, but she couldn't. Then one night in a moment of despair, she challenged God to quench her never-ending thirst. Luckily for Ida, God was listening.

    • Phyllis: (talking about Rex) I even kept the dirty magazine that he hid under his mattress. He didn't think I knew about it, but I did.
      Andrew: Well, looks like dad was into big breasts.
      Phyllis: Oh, yes. That's why I was surprised when he married your mother.

    • Carlos: You knew the one thing that I demanded was fidelity, and you still went out and screwed around behind my back.
      Gabrielle: You knew the one thing I didn't want was a child, and you still tricked me into getting pregnant!
      Carlos: It's not the same thing.
      Gabrielle: Damn straight, what you did was worse!

    • Bree: You are no longer invited to the funeral.
      Phyllis: What?
      Reverend Sikes: You're not serious.
      Bree: Oh, yes, I am. I am going to hire security. And those security men are going to have sticks and if you so much as set foot in that sanctuary, they will be instructed to beat you with those sticks.
      Reverend Sikes: Bree, this is your grief talking.
      Bree: Reverend, if you don't back me up on this, so help me, I will pull the funeral out of your church!
      Reverend Sikes: Bree!
      Bree: I am not kidding. I will go non-denominational so fast, it will make your head spin!

    • Gabrielle (to nurse): I don't need to take a test. I'm just trying to reassure my husband of what I know is true in my heart. So if you could just slip me someone else's results, I can make my own. I got photoshop for Christmas.

    • Andrew (about Phyllis): I know she's probably a bitch, but she's family; that makes her our bitch.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This is the only season opener of the series so far not to be written or co-written by Marc Cherry.

    • As of this episode, regular actors will either receive the "Starring" credit (like always), or the new "Also Starring" credit.

    • Although credited, Mark Moses (Paul Young) and Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer) are absent from this episode.

    • Steven Culp (Rex Van De Kamp) and Jesse Metcalfe (John Rowland) are no longer credited as regular castmembers.

    • Alfre Woodard (Betty Applewhite), Doug Savant (Tom Scavo) and Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer) were added to the opening credits. They will be receiving the "Starring" credit. Plus, Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van De Kamp), Joy Lauren (Danielle Van De Kamp), Mehcad Brooks (Matthew Applewhite), Brent Kinsman (Preston Scavo), Shane Kinsman (Porter Scavo) and Zane Huett (Parker Scavo) were added to the main credits. They will be receiving the "Also Starring" credit.

    • This was the first episode of the series to be offered in spanish through the Second Audio Programming (SAP) feature found on most TV sets.


    • Episode Title: The title of this episode, "Next", takes its name from the Stephen Sondheim song "Next" from the musical Pacific Overtures.