Desperate Housewives

Season 1 Episode 9

Suspicious Minds

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 12, 2004 on ABC
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Looking to give her life a purpose, Gabrielle decides to organize a glamorous Halston fashion show for charity highlighting the ladies of Wisteria Lane. But Susan is less than charitable toward her friend when she discovers Gabrielle's shocking secret. Gabrielle and John consider getting back together in their affair. John's mother, Helen Rowland (guest star Kathryn Harrold), thinks her son is sleeping with Susan and not with Gabrielle, but soon Gabrielle confesses to Helen that she's been sleeping with her son. Before Carlos can find out about all of this, he is arrested.
Bree and Rex are at odds on how to punish Andrew for putting Mama Solis in the hospital and finding drugs in his room, but Bree decides to take Andrew's out-of-control behavior into her own hands. Police investigate a toy chest that Paul Young dumped in the river, but don't exactly know it's him yet. Lastly, Lynette uses her business acumen to poach a nanny, Claire (guest star Marla Sokoloff).moreless

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  • So Gabrielle does have a soul...

    It seems like everyone's hiding secrets on Wisteria Lane. Gabrielle, Carlos, and even Julie are fighting for discretion with varying levels of success.

    Andrew's storyline is growing rather tiresome. I've grown rather fond of Andrew over the course of the show, but I've been reminded of how much I despiced his season 1 personality. So immature and annoying. Also, Lynette's storyline was a bit ludicrous. It was meant to be funny I suppose, but It came off a little bit cheesy.

    On the other hand, Gabrielle's character developed proving to us that she does have a soul, and that she might actually love Carlos. The storyline also progressed, what with Julie hiding Zack, and a baby chest appearing with an adult female body inside. The DH storylines don't seem to slow down, and that's an impressive thing.moreless
  • loved it

    this was a brilliant episode of desperate housewives with some really great moments and storylines i really liked the susan and gaby storyline i liked thoses two arguing injecting some drama within the four friendships is a good thing, the fashion show stuff was also really funny escpically edie and susan of course although i felt pretty bbad for her, the bree stuff was also good escpecially the throwing urine over rex ahah lynette's storyline was also really good thw whole nannny stealer ahah great show cant wait for next weekmoreless
  • Susan discovers Gabrielle's secret; Gabrielle decides to hold a fashion show; Helen Rowland thinks Susan is the one dating John.

    This episode was very dramatic. It was so well written. It is a series classic. I loved the fashion show. I cannot believe that Helen ripped Susan's dress. It was so dramatic. It was a great episode. Marc Cherry is very creative with his storylines. The storylines are so deep and dramatic. This episode was a series classic. It is one of the best episodes of the first season. It was so great. I was on the edge of my seat. It was so good. This was a very special episode. It was perfect. This episode is one of the best episodes of the series.moreless
  • Un claro ejemplo de la manera traviesa de las Desperate Housewives relacionarse.

    Hay tantas cosas pasando en este episodio. Me encanta el hecho de que Susan se enfrete a Gabrielle y le pida una explicación del porqué se acuesta con su Jardinero, ahí queda demostrado que las relaciones de las 4 protagonistas va más allá de tomar te y charlar en las calles. Además es impactante ver a Susan llegar con su vestido blanco a la gala de caridad, simplemente nos deja sin aliento. Lynette consigue lo que buscaba, una niñera que le alivie los pesos domésticos y usa toda su habilidad corporativa para conseguir la mejor. Zach se escapa de Silvercrest y se aloja en la habitación de Julie, eso hace que se den un beso y empiece una relación sentimental entre ellos, que más adelante servirá para más conflictos. La mama de John enfrenta a Susan pensando que es la que se acuesta con su hijo, lo cual hace que Gabrielle enfrente su actuar como toda una niña grande y confiesa que ella es la se acostaba con john, sin saber que el verdadero problema apenas comienza. Bree en su perfección descubre a su hijo fumando yerba y Edie sigue siendo la devoradora de hombres. Ojalá la conversación entre Susan y John durara un poco más.moreless
  • People are complicated creatures.

    Lynette goes on a hunt for a perfect nanny and once she foung it she has a hard time getting her but she finally manages.

    Gabrielle decides to throw a charity fashion show but Susan discovers her secret that she is with John and that causes too many problems.

    Bree wants to punish Andrew more and when she fidns out that he is smoking marijuana she does the most underhanded betrayal and he gets kicked of the swimming team. Finally Susan wants Gabrielle to go to Helen and tell her the truth about the affair while on the completely unexpected notice Julie is hiding Zech and he tells her that he killed his baby sister Dana. Amazing episode.moreless
Nigel Gibbs

Nigel Gibbs

FBI Agent

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Lou George

Lou George


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Marla Sokoloff

Marla Sokoloff


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Ryan Carnes

Ryan Carnes


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Shawn Pyfrom

Shawn Pyfrom

Andrew Van De Kamp

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Joy Lauren

Joy Lauren

Danielle Van De Kamp

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Mrs. Huber was attacked in the previous episode, before Gabrielle decided to hold the fashion show, and she died in the meantime. So why would she have been on the list and agreed to have worn the dress?!

      Response: Because they didn't know she was dead. They thought she was visiting her sister and would come back.

    • In the scene where Bree and Lynette are talking about nannies, Lynette is in the backseat strapping her daughter into the carseat. In the shot facing Bree, Lynette takes a baby toy laying on top of the backseat and hands it to her daughter. In the next shot facing Lynette, the baby toy is back on top of the seat where again Lynette hands the toy to her baby.

    • Why did Edie say to the girls that she was surprised Mrs. Huber wasn't there participating in the fashion show? Didn't the last time Edie saw Mrs. Huber (last episode) that she was going to go away for a while to see her sister?

    • When Bree gets out of the golf cart to see Rex on the field, she is carrying the pot of urine in her left hand. In the next shot, of her upper torso and face, her left hand is shown cluthing the strap of her handbag with the urine in her right hand.

    • In one of the shots when Bree and Rex are talking from behind Bree, you hear Bree talking even though you don't see any movement in the side of her face.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Rex: (to Bree about Andrew) You know what? If you were my mom, I'd smoke pot too!

    • Mary Alice: (opening voiceover) Gabrielle was waiting for her next great idea. Her first great idea came when she was fifteen, after her stepfather paid her a late night visit. She bought a bus ticket to New York the very next day. Her next occurred five years later when she decided to seduce a famous fashion photographer. One week later, she began her career as a runway model. Which soon led her to her next great idea. Her decision to marry Carlos Solis. Before she knew it, she had jumped off the runway and moved to the suburbs. Her most recent great idea was born out of her boredom with her new life. That's how she came to start an affair with her teenage gardener, which was cut short by the tragic accident, so once again, Gabrielle was in need of a great idea.

    • Bree: It's just not right.
      Rex: What?
      Bree: A woman is in a coma, because of Andrew. And there he is, happy as a clam!
      Rex: Well, we grounded him, we took away the TV in his room. How many more ways do you want to punish him?

    • Mary Alice: News of the fashion show spread quickly on Wisteria Lane. Though the event was for charity, Gabrielle soon discovered that when it came to the latest fashions, women are seldom charitable. No one knew this better than Edie Britt. She understood that treachery never goes out of style.

    • Bree: Well I know that good help is hard to find but stealing a family's nanny is so unseemly!
      Lynette: I'm not twisting anyone's arm. If I make a better offer, than why shouldn't a qualified person weave the benefits. So come on. Where can I score some high-grade nanny?

    • Edie: I can't believe Martha agreed to wear this (black dress), she always said she'd never be caught dead in black.
      Mary-Alice: Sadly for Mrs. Huber, this was no longer the case.
      (fades into Mrs. Huber in a body bag)

    • (at the hospital after Juanita got ran over)
      Nurse: Mrs. Solis, I know you're worried but it's going to take time.
      Gabrielle: Hm? What is?
      Nurse: You look sad. I assumed you were thinking about your mother-in-law.

    • Mary Alice: People are complicated creatures. On the one hand able to perform great acts of charity (shot of Gabrielle's fashion show.) On the other, capable of the most underhanded forms of betrayal (shot of Carlos in jail.) It's a constant battle that rages within all of us, between the better angels of our nature, and the temptation of our inner demons (shot of Bree and Andrew.) And sometimes, the only way to ward off the darkness (shot of Julie taking care of Zach) is to shine the light of compassion (shot of Susan comforting Gabrielle.)

    • Susan: Helen, Helen, you're here! Did they tell you about the change in lineup? I'm going to go last if that's okay.
      Helen: (thinking Susan slept with John) There's a special place in hell for people like you.
      Susan: I'm sorry, it wasn't my decision.

    • Gabrielle: Edie, what did you do to that dress?
      Edie: Well, I made it audience friendly. Can you tell I'm not wearing any underwear?
      Gabrielle: Yes!
      Edie: Good.

    • Andrew: What's that?
      Bree: It's the container you'll be urinating into.

    • Bree: Well, that's because you just don't love him as much as I do!
      Rex: Well, isn't that nice.
      Bree: It's just a fact. I'm his mother. He lived inside of me.
      Rex: He hung out in your womb for a few months back in the 80s. Since then, I have grown to love him just as much as you!

    • Julie: I'm not sure I understand what you are saying.
      Zach: I killed my baby sister.

    • Bree: Hi Danielle. How was school?
      Danielle: It was ok.
      Bree: Good. Where does Andrew keep his marijuana?

    • Edie: Crap! Crap! Crap! I'm telling you, all of the good dresses are taken. Well, what the hell am I supposed to wear?
      Lynette: Well, Mrs. Huber never showed up. Why don't you wear this one?
      Edie: This is an old lady dress. You won't even be able to see my body.
      Lynette: That is so like you, Edie. You're always thinking of others.

    • Gabrielle: I'm the one who was sleeping your son. I'm so sorry.
      Helen: So when it started, he was sixteen?
      Gabrielle: But Helen you have to believe me, it's over now.
      Helen: Oh no, it's not even close to being over.

    • Gabrielle: Susan, hi. Do you want to help with the seating cards?
      Susan: Sure. Do you want to tell me why you had your foot in John Rowland's crotch yesterday?
      Gabrielle: Oh, that. He was helping me adjust the seam in my stocking, and from your angle, it must have looked a little weird.
      Susan: You're sleeping with him, aren't you?

  • NOTES (7)

    • This episode received the 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Costumes For A Series.

    • This episode received the 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Art Direction for A Single-Camera Series.

    • Julie (Andrea Bowen) and Zach (Cody Kasch) shared their first on-screen kiss in this episode.

    • Did not air until 12:45 am the following morning in the Washington, DC metro area due to a Washington Redskins football game. When it did air, five minutes were somehow accidentally not aired.

    • One day after this episode aired: Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, and Felicity Huffman were nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy (Golden Globes). Nicollete Sheridan was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The series itself was nominated for Best Comedy Series.

    • Even though he is credited James Denton (Mike Delfino) does not appear in this episode.

    • The song featured in this episode when the ladies are walking down the runway is "Isn't She Lovely?", by Stevie Wonder.