Desperate Housewives

Season 4 Episode 1

Now You Know

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2007 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A month has passed on Wisteria Lane since Susan and Gabrielle tied the knot with Mike and Victor. While Lynette is battling with the effects of chemotherapy, Susan finds out she might have menopause. Bree's faked pregnancy comes close to being uncovered and Gabrielle starts an affair with Carlos. After twelve years of absence, Katherine Mayfair (Dana Delany) moves back to Wisteria Lane with her new husband Adam and daughter Dylan, who doesn't seem to remember living there.moreless

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  • The 4th Season Picks Up Where The 3rd Season Ended. Carlos Saves Edie Just In Time Before She Dies And A New Neighbor Arrives.

    After the boring last episodes of the third season, I thought that this was going to be a bad season. However, I am writing this after watching all the episodes so far and I will admit that this season is the best and the most entertaining season of all the 8 seasons. After the crazy cliffhanger of season three, I was dying to see this episode and the conclusion to the cliffhanger was clever and enjoyable. There are some funny parts too in this episode: The scene with Bree, Orson and Mrs. McKeever was a really funny one. Carlos had many funny parts too in this episode. Dana Delany made a memorable enter to this show. Once again, DH delivered a wonderful cliffhanger.moreless
  • season premire...

    there was Some really great stuff in this season premire, the introduction of the new chracter katherine was fantastic, im really excited to uncover there secret in the coming episodes.

    Bree's fake pregnancy story was really funny, i thought the scene in the store was really funny with the old woman,

    Susan had a nice story this week as we learn that she is pregnant, it is nice that mike and susan are finally happy together after all the drama of the first three season's

    Overall this was a fantastic season premire that set up alot of exciting storylines for the episodes ahead..moreless
  • Season 4, Episode 1.

    Wow. Perfect episode. I really, really loved it. It had a different feel to it, but I still loved it. There's new neighbors with a secret. Shocker! /sarcasm. I really liked the episode though. Dana Delaney seemed so sinister. The women find out about Lynette's cancer. :( Bree is almost caught in her lies. The pitchfork scene was hilarious! Haha, I love Bree. Gabby wants to leave Victor, but Carlos doesn't want to leave Edie after her fake suicide. She is so manipulative. I love it. Gabby is my favorite. Susan's pregnant! Wow. She doesn't really have many years left, so she might as well... Great episode.moreless
  • Gaby and Victor tie the knot aswell as Susan and MIke. Bree is faking to be pregnant and a knife goes through the padding. Watch and see what happenes.

    I choose Exactly why I watch this serious as the classification for this episode beacause it just caught your attention and held your attention for the episode. Aswell at the end of the episode it finises with a scene that makes you want to watch the next episode. That is good for a show to be to do that. The actors are just fabulous especially Eva Longuria Parker and Teri Hatcher. They know how to handle their role so well keep it simple but interesting. They know how to handle the other actor / actors that they share scenes with the do notmake it all about them but they highlight theirs and the other people in the scene. I would recommend serious 1,2,3 and 4 to anyone.moreless
  • Housewives are back in style!

    This episode is great! It's funny, mysterious, everything you want from Desperate Housewives! I love 'em so much! So, the new family arrived with whole new bunch of secrets. Seems like Bree and that new chick (Katherine ?) are rivals. That's so funny. Bree has found someone like herself. That part when they were arguing about the tree blocking the son for Katherine's vegetables was so funny! One of the greatest parts was when Lynnette pucked into somebody else's bag. Lol.

    And when a fork was sticked into Bree's belly.. haha! It was so funny! Orson stabbed her couple of times more just to "prove" that fork is false. DH is back in style!moreless
Darien Pinkerton

Darien Pinkerton

Penny Scavo

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Julia Campbell

Julia Campbell


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Coley Sohn

Coley Sohn


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Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Karen McCluskey

Recurring Role

Pat Crawford Brown

Pat Crawford Brown

Ida Greenberg

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John Slattery

John Slattery

Victor Lang

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the second season finale, it is established that Bree's family moved into the neighborhood in 1994, twelve years before that episode aired. Other flashbacks in that episode (especially the Applewhites moving from Chicago) establish that it definitely was 2006 by the end of the second season. So, if Katherine left Wisteria Lane twelve years before the start of season four, it would mean she left in 1995 and should have met and known Bree. Yet the two women act like they have never met before this episode. (Later this season, the Halloween episode establishes that events are running more or less on real time.)

    • Goof: Despite the fact that we have seen Lynette and the boys in the front of the house you can see how they have disappeared when Katherine is talking to her husband.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Bree: (to Andrew) Look, this family's reputation is already hanging by a thread. I mean first people thought that your stepfather was a wife killer, then your sister takes off with her history teacher and now we're supposed to parade the little bastard up and down the street. I mean, we might as well sit on the porch and play banjos!

    • Mary Alice: There is a certain time of morning. It occurs after the kids have left for school, and husbands have head it off to work. It's a time when women think of the secrets they've been keeping from their friends. And how shocked they would be if the truth is discovered and how they'll do everything in their power to keep that from happening.

    • (Orson and Bree are shopping.)
      Bree: The nice thing about this fake pregnancy is that my feet don't swell. And I really wouldn't be able to squeeze into the sling-backs if I really was eight and a half months pregnant.
      Mrs. McKeever: Bree! Don't you look radiant.
      Bree: Oh! Hello, Mrs. McKeever.
      Mrs. McKeever: Well, I heard that you were expecting, but I had no idea how far along you were. May I?
      (Mrs. McKeever reaches to touch Bree's stomach. Bree backs away quickly.)
      Bree: Oh! There's no need. The baby's just not kicking right now.
      Mrs. McKeever: Ah, but sometimes, if you give them a little jiggle, you can get them to move.
      (She reaches for Bree's stomach again. Bree pulls back.)
      Bree: Oh!!
      Orson: Oh, she doesn't really want to be jiggled right now. She's very sensitive down there.
      Mrs. McKeever: But I'll be gentle. You know, in my day mothers thought that it was good luck.
      (She reaches for Bree's stomach again. Bree grabs her wrist.)
      Bree: Perhaps I need to make my point a little more clearly!
      Mrs. McKeever: Bree. You're hurting me.
      Bree: I'll do worse than that if you don't stop right now!
      (Store manager walks up.)
      Manager: Excuse me. Is there a problem here?
      Bree: No. Not at all. I'm just saying hello to a very dear friend of mine.
      (Manager walks away. Bree grips Mrs. McKeever's hand tightly again.)
      Bree: Are you gonna back off now?
      (Mrs. McKeever nods very frightened. Orson pulls Bree's hand off Mrs. McKeever.)
      Orson: Car's here, dear. Lovely to see you, Mrs. McKeever.
      (Orson escorts Bree away.)
      Orson: Do you have to make it so obvious that you fancy her?!
      Bree: Why must old ladies always do that?
      Orson: I don't know, but you've got to stop roughing them up!

    • Mary Alice: The first thing you should know is that Edie Britt never
      actually intended to die, but someone she loved was trying to leave her. So she planned every detail, from the silk scarf she'd hang by, to the suicide note detailing her despair. Now all Edie had to do was wait, for her beloved to come home.
      Carlos: Hey, Edie! I'm here to get my stuff.
      Mary Alice: You see, to hold on to her man, Edie knew she'd have
      to find the perfect moment to let go.

    • Lynette: I just liked being able to throw on my wig and join you guys for a cup of coffee, and a good gossip about the new neighbors. You know, for five minutes I can pretend I wasn't a sick person. But once your friends know you're sick, you can't pretend anymore cause you can see it in their eyes, the fear, the pity.
      Susan: (with sad voice) Is that all you see in our eyes?
      Lynette: (looks at them in the eye) No, of course not.

    • Carlos: So I managed to get away from Edie. What do you want?
      Gabrielle: To get you away from Edie.
      (Gabrielle walks toward Carlos and they kiss passionately)

    • Susan: (to Mike) Listen, my last egg could be on its way down the chute at this very moment. If you wanna have kids, you might wanna jump on it, right now!

    • Susan: (to Adam) I don't need any test. I am not old enough for menopause. Now, I don't know what kind of nonsense they taught you at... (checks his diploma to see where he went to school)... Harvard Medical School... (checks his diploma again to see what year he graduated)... class of 97?!?! Oh my God, I am old! Just give me the damn test!

    • Susan: (to Adam) Okay, before we go any further, can I check those diplomas? 'Cause I would just like to make sure they're not from some Med school in the Philippines.

    • Susan: I wish Edie were here. Without her there's no one to give us the dish.
      Bree: Yet another illustration of the fundamental selfishness of suicide.

    • Carlos: (after hiding under Gabrielle's wedding dress) Who doesn't wear underwear on their wedding day?

    • Mary Alice: There is a certain time of night, after children have been put to bed and husbands have begun snoring, that women lie awake and think of the secrets they've been keeping from their friends. It might be an impromptu wedding, or a recently diagnosed tumor, or a make believe pregnancy. Regardless, it's all they will think of until something comes along to remind them that other people have secrets too.

  • NOTES (6)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Tak už to víš (So Now You Know)
      Slovakia: A teraz to vieš (And Now You Know)

    • Marcia Cross submitted this episode for consideration of her work in the category of "Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series" for the 2008 Emmy Awards.

    • From this episode on, a new and shortened opening credits sequence is shown, featuring only the title card and the ending card crediting Marc Cherry as the series' creator.

    • With this episode, Dana Delany (Katherine Mayfair) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Dylan Mayfair) join the main cast of the series.

      Season regulars Joy Lauren (Danielle Van de Kamp) and Rachel Fox (Kayla Scavo) are absent from this episode and therefore are not credited. Also, Zane Huett (Parker Scavo) is now credited separately from his on-screen brothers.

    • International Airdates:
      Belgium: September 19, 2008 on Canvas
      Ireland: January 08, 2008 on RTE Two
      South Africa: January 31, 2008 on MNET
      New Zealand: February 03, 2008 on TV2
      Germany: February 13, 2008 on Pro7
      Latin America: February 13, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Norway: February 19, 2008 on TV 2
      The Netherlands: February 26, 2008 on Net 5
      Finland: March 10, 2008 on Nelonen
      United Kingdom: March 26, 2008 on Channel 4
      Hungary: April 25, 2008 on TV2
      Czech Republic: August 28, 2008 on Prima
      Croatia: September 4, 2008 on RTL TV
      Portugal: October 5, 2008 on SIC
      Greece: February 25, 2009 on ET1

    • Eva Longoria is from now on credited as Eva Longoria Parker, due to her wedding with Tony Parker.