Desperate Housewives

Season 4 Episode 14

Opening Doors

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 04, 2008 on ABC
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Susan meets her ex-husband, Karl (former main castmember Richard Burgi) at a Lamaze class, and finds out that he has remarried and is having another child. Lynette learns who was responsible for starting the fire at Rick's restaurant. Bree wants Orson to turn himself in to the police. Gabrielle rents a room to a hip artist, Ellie (guest star Justine Bateman), who has a dark secret. Dylan continues meeting with her father, Wayne (guest star Gary Cole), and Katherine decides to go spy on her.moreless

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  • another good one

    this was another good episode from desperate housewives 4th season i reallyloving the mystery as it develops wayne is really creepy it nice to see karl back aginan after so long some funny scenes there i loved the lynette kayla stuff the little girl who plays kayla isgreat the bree edie stuff is great altho i cant believe edie made the moves on orson
  • Season 4, Episode 14.

    Oh, wow, where do I begin? This episode was so good! Susan meets her ex-husband, Karl at a Lamaze class, and finds out that he has remarried and is having another child. Lynette learns who was responsible for starting the fire at Rick's restaurant. Bree wants Orson to turn himself in to the police. Gabrielle rents a room to a hip artist, Ellie, who has a dark secret. Dylan continues meeting with her father, Wayne, and Katherine decides to go spy on her. I loved when Kayla tricked the kids into jumping off the roof. Ellie seemed like such a nice character at first, too. Shame about the cocaine. Not the best story for Susan, but Susan looked pretty hot in the scene where she brought Mike to the Lamaze class. =]moreless
  • Another good installment.

    In this episode Bree and Hodge separate their belongings. He says she can keep everything it's just her that he wants. She says that the one way she can forgive him is if he turns himself in. He says he can't. Gabby puts an ad in the paper about a room to let. A woman named Ellie moves in. Tom is hard on the twins (after the whole fire thing). Susan and Julie go to Lamaze class. Julie leaves to go to see a movie, and Susan is all by herself and feels out of place as everyone else is in couples. Julie comes rushing back in and tells Susan that Karl's girlfriend is pregnant, they are married and they are about to enter the same class as she is in. Gabby goes to ask Ellie if she can borrow something and then bumps into a man in her room. Gabby then hears the man leaving and then notices that Ellie is counting money as she is coming back in the house. Lynette over hears the twins talking and realises that Kayla had something to do with the fire. Kayla tells her that she just suggested them using matches. Susan and Mike go to the next Lamaze class together and when they bump into Karl, Mike lets slip about his drug problem. Lynette suggests to Tom that Kayla needs therapy. Lynette takes Kayla to a shrink behind Tom's back and Kayla tells her that if she has to talk to the shrink the she will also be talking to the cops about the fire. We discover that Ellie is a tattooist. When Tom finds out that Lynette took Kayla to therapy he flips out. Kayla tries to trick the twin into jumping off of the roof and says that she just did it when she didn't. Tom and Lynette keep arguing and then they hear the kids screaming. One of the twins hurts their arm. Karen offers to look after the kids for them, so that they can both go to the hospital. Susan and Karl talk and try to re-connect, when they are both at Lamaze class alone together. Bree admits to Katherine that she will let Hodge home eventually. Katherine follows Dylan on her "date" and discovers that Dylan has been meeting her father. Dylan comes clean to her mother about who she has been meeting.moreless
  • Pretty good episode.

    Gabby: After her drama with Carlos settles a bit, she finds new problems, money. She then decides to rent a room i their house and was able to rent it to a girl whom Gabby suspects to be a prostitute. She proves herself innocent, but it is a very interesting plot to pursue, I'd like to see it evolve.

    Susan: She meet sup with Karl and his new wife and she gets jealous. She then gets competitive with Karl and starts to feel insecure when she sees that Karl has married to a young, attractive woman and all she has is a wannabe sober plumber. A filler plot if you ask me.

    Lynette: She stats to feel concerned over Kayla due to her strange recent behavior. She gets into arguments with Tom about her condition and we see some possible amazing ideas going on in the Scavo household.

    Bree: Orson continues to try and win back her love and Bree is getting a bit jealous after Orson moves in with Edie.moreless
  • Season 4, Episode 14.

    This episode was so entertaining! I loved Kayla and Lynette's storylines in this episode. I loved when Kayla tricked the twins into jumping off the roof. The scene was so well played, and Kayla was portrayed as a very demonic character, which I liked. Bree thinks that Orson is dating Edie. I was happy to see that Toby, the cat, survived the tornado. I felt upset thinking that he may have died. Gabby's plot in this episode was funny, as she got a roommate, Ellie, and she thinks she is a prostitute. She gets the gay neighbor to try to pick her up to see, but the plan backfires. This episode was hilarious, and Susan looked gorgeous when she was all dressed up at Lamaze class. This episode is definitely a series classic.moreless
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Marisa Mayer

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Tom Schmid

Tom Schmid

Dr. Oakley

Guest Star

Amy Honey

Amy Honey


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Justine Bateman

Justine Bateman

Ellie Leonard

Recurring Role

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Karen McCluskey

Recurring Role

Kevin Rahm

Kevin Rahm

Lee McDermott

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: As Kayla prepares to talk the twins into jumping from the roof, she steps through the front door carrying an umbrella. As she closes the door, you can see the umbrella is already unfurled, but the previous inside shot showed it wasn't.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • (Lynette tells Tom that therapy might be a good idea for Kayla)
      Lynette: You're missing my point.
      Tom: No Lynette, I get your point. There are different rules for my kid than there are for yours.
      Lynette: Well, yeah. Think about what that poor girl has been through. And on top of that, her mom was kind of a psycho...
      Tom: Oh, you're saying that Kayla is a psycho now.
      Lynette: I'm just saying (she gestures with her hands) Apple... tree... maybe not so far.

    • Bree: Orson's car is still parked at my house. Did he mention when he'd be coming back to pick it up?
      Edie: Why don't you ask him yourself? He's in the shower.
      Bree: He spent the night here?
      Edie: Apparently, he's not a big fan of Fairview Towers, and he was so drunk and whiny I just let him ride my couch.
      Bree: Well, just so you know, in the future, I'm not comfortable with that. This...can't happen again.
      Edie: Bree? What are you getting at?
      Bree: Well, I think you know.
      Edie: Tell me anyway, just in case you're not saying I'm a big slut!
      Bree: Come on, Edie! You know, Carlos, Mike, Karl... You do have a way of picking at other women's leftovers.
      Edie: First of all, I am not attracted to Orson. I mean, that would be like...having sex with PBS. And second, just because I don't like your attitude, I'm gonna let him stay for as long as he wants.
      Bree: Edie...
      Edie: Days, weeks, months, might even let him hang my Christmas lights.
      Bree: Come on, Edie! Think of our friendship!

    • Susan: It just seems that everything is so fragile right now, which is not the way you want it to be when you're about to have a baby.
      Karl: So you're worried you might be having a kid with an unreliable guy. I get it, you did that once before.
      Susan: Yeah, that guy was the worst.
      Karl: Wasn't I though? I cheated, drank too much, I made that play for your cousin. Anyway, I lied about every bit of it. At least Mike is trying to be honest.
      Susan: I know. I just wish I could fastforward through my life and see that everything ends up okay.
      Karl: Hey, don't tell the plumber this but he's a good guy. I think he's gonna be there for you in a way that I never was.

    • (Mike and Susan walk into the Lamaze studio)
      Mike: I told you we'd be overdressed.
      Susan: There's nothing wrong with that. It shows our respect for Lamaze and, you know, the whole birthing process.
      (Mike takes a look around and spots Karl)
      Mike: Or, that your ex-husband's here.
      Susan: Karl? Is he here? What a freakish-
      Mike: Don't even bother. Why didn't you just tell me?
      Susan: Cause I knew you would make us switch to another class. Last time I was here Karl kept throwing his perfect life in my face and I just wanted to come back here and show him that we were doing well, too.
      Mike: Hence the sport coat.
      Susan: "Hence", that's classy. Say a lot of "hence" when we see him.
      Mike: Susan, I'm not gonna lie about who I am.
      Susan: I'm not asking you to lie, I'm just saying spin. Why won't you spin?
      Mike: I don't know.
      (Karl spots them)
      Karl: Hey, plumber. Somebody clog a toilet?
      Mike: (to Susan) I'm in.

    • Katherine: I just need to go spy on my daughter.
      Bree: Ah, the key is to keep one car between your and hers at all times. Have fun.

    • Mary Alice: (end voiceover) The word "welcome" always carries with it a certain amount of risk. After all, to let someone into your home is to let them into your life. And we never know what sorts of horrible secrets they carry with them. We can't foresee the painful effect they might have on our loved ones. We don't anticipate the gossip that could result from their presence. Yes, we must be very careful with those we invite into our lives because some will refuse to leave.

    • Mary Alice: (intro voiceover) It happens in every marriage. Couples accumulate lovely things, things that make a house a home but, when the home is broken, these things must be divided. The most dignified way to do this is for each spouse to keep what is most important to him and Bree and Orson Hodge were nothing if not dignified. (scene plays out) In any separation, it's only fair that each spouse gets to keep what is most important to them. That's how Bree Hodge got to keep her pewter cat and Orson Hodge got to hold onto his freedom.

    • Susan: Did you have to tell Karl about rehab?
      Mike: You said I didn't have to lie.
      Susan: Yeah, but that doesn't mean you have to go blurting all our deepest darkest secrets.
      Mike: It's not dark, it's part of who I am. Plus one of the first things they teach you in the program is that it's not healthy to keep secrets, hence the honesty.
      Susan: Uh, enough with the 'hence'. I'm just saying that some things are private and I think that you can be honest without being inappropriate.
      Mike: When I said it his wife congratulated me. Did you notice that?
      Susan: And Karl made his happy-monkey face. Did you notice that?
      Mike: You know what, Susan? (holding up his chip) This reminds me of the battle I have to fight every day for the rest of my life. That's what's important to me. I don't give a rat's ass what your ex-husband thinks.

    • Edie: Alright, hop in.
      Orson: No, please, don't make me go back there, the other divorced men are trying to start a book club.

    • Karl: (to Susan) So your husband's been in rehab, that's just bananas.

    • Karl: So how's things going? You still spend most of your time with your head under a sink?
      Mike: Actually, I hired a couple of guys, and they do all the work, I just sit back a cash the checks, hence the sport coat.

    • Kayla: (to Lynette) We heard you and daddy talking about how Rick wanted to take you away. Porter was so mad he wanted to blow Rick up, Preston told him he could use dynamite, I told them that was stupid, no one has dynamite in their house; but everyone has matches.

    • Gabrielle: Earlier tonight I saw a guy coming out of Elle's room so I assumed it was her boyfriend, but just now I caught her in there with another guy.
      Carlos: Okay, so we have two tramps living in our house.
      Gabrielle: That was for the useless comment, wasn't it?
      Carlos: Mm-hmm, and it felt good.

    • Ellie: I just hit the bank so... do you take cash?
      Gabrielle: Oh no! I love cash. Cash and I go way back.

    • Mike: (to Susan) Ugh, never watch a C-section film if you had a calzone for lunch.

    • Bree: Orson, what are you doing here?
      Orson: (drunk) Bree, it's so good to see you. I've been doing some thinking.
      Bree: Yes, I can smell the thinking on your breath. Are you insane, driving in this condition?
      Orson: No, I didn't! I arrived sober and I drank while I waited. I'm a law-abiding man.
      Bree: Except for the occasional hit-and-run.

  • NOTES (3)


    • When Bree and Orson are dividing their things Bree refers to a Hummel:
      Berta Hummel (Later Sister Maria Innocencia Hummel) born in Bavaria in 1909. A talented Artist, enrolled by her father at 18 years old at the Applied Arts Academy in Munich died in 1946 at 37 years of age.
      In our days (specially in the US and Germany) the Hummel figurines are very famous and valuable. This success is mainly because of the set of rules left by Sister Maria that her figurines should follow her designs exactly and should always respect the highest standards of quality.

    • Episode Title: "Opening Doors" is a song from the 1981 Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along.