Desperate Housewives

Season 1 Episode 16

The Ladies Who Lunch

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 27, 2005 on ABC
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Maisy Gibbons' (guest star Sharon Lawrence) series of unfortunate events shock the residents of Wisteria Lane when she is finally caught and arrested for prostitution. This leaves unexpected consequences for Bree and Rex when Maisy's little black book becomes public of all her clients -including Rex for all the neighbors to see. Gabrielle and Carlos also face a crisis of their own when the sewer system goes out at their house and they don't have the money to fix it. Also, Lynette braves a scandal herself when it's rumored that the twins started the school's head lice epidemic. Meanwhile, as Susan sinks into depression over her breakup with Mike, she finds a surprising ally - Edie.moreless

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  • Scandalous.

    Macy Gibbins get caught, and so does Rex. Gabrielle struggles with her new lifestyle. Susan and Edie drink their way to the truth. Mike gives it another shot, and Lynette tries to save her children's reputation.

    I thought the fact that they were all dealing with scandal made it seem like an after school special with one cheesy theme, but it was a suspenseful episode that featured almost the entire cast, and strengthened the friendships of the ladies. What I mean by this is we see the bond between Edie and Susan grow, and Bree and Gabby give us what could be the first emotional scene between two of our main ladies.moreless
  • 1.16 "The Ladies Who Lunch"

    One of my personal favorites of DH. This is a unique little episode that shows Susan coping with a sudden loss of her newfound romance with Mike. She mourns him and feels miserable, so Edie offers to take her to a bar, get her drunk and hook her up with a random guy in a dark alley ;) but they decided to snoop around the Young house instead and Paul almost catches them. The scene where Edie pretends she just came by to return the key at midnight (and drunk) was one of her best moments in the show lol. The look on her face was priceless when she realized that even though she helped Susan getting out of there, but she is trapped and making out with Mr. Paul "Weirdo" Young. To this day I think Nicollette Sheridan was robbed of Golden Globe in Jan 2005 and I even dare to say she should have submitted this episode for the Emmys that year, I bet she would have gotten at least a nomination.

    Bree is concerned because Maisy Gibbons (Rex was paying her for some sex stuff) is arrested and she wants to help herself so she releases a "Little Black Book" that contains some specific details and most importantly the names of her clients. Bree tries to bribe her with some homemade muffins and then offers her 14,000 dollars, but Maisy refuses. by the end of the episode everyone knows that Rex was one of her clients. So Bree does a great act of kindness when she notices Gaby must be having some kind of money issues and lends the money to her instead. Lynette had this very little, but entertaining storyline with one of the other school moms :)

  • great episode

    i really enjoyed this episode of desperate housewives as i have everyone that has precedded this one my favourite storyline this week was the one of bree's i felt so sorry for her when she discoverd everyone knew about rex and masiy gibbins, i also liked lynette's storyline this week with the whole headlice thingy it was a filler storyline but entertaining to watch
  • Season 1, Episode 16.

    This was a very interesting episode. I can't remember a lot of season one, and this episode was very good. I liked the storylines. Although, Susan didn't really have a storyline, except for being upset over Mike. I liked that Rex's secret may be exposed. Maisy Gibbons is so cruel. Plus, the lice thing was a good plot. It's similar to the episode of The New Adventures Of Old Chirstine that aired last night (4.19: Hair). I liked Gabby's plot, too. It is interesting to see her not have money. Plus, Edie is amazing. "Your wife's been dead six months, lighten up." LMAO! Good episode.moreless
  • Todo lo que tenemos en nuestras vidas nunca está asegurado, todo en cualquier momento puede cambiar.

    Es increible el giro que toma la serie, aunque aún no se explota el hecho de la homosexualidad de Andrew y Jason, se traen mas a fondo temas mucho mas importantes, primero la amistad entre las Desperate Housewives, me encantó la manera de hablar de Gabrielle y Bree que hace que esta última no cometa el mismo error dos veces. La amistad que apenas nace entre Susan y Edie hace casi obligatorio que la rubia provocativa encuentre otra mujer con la cual tener una pequeña guerra. Bree Van de Kamp se da cuenta que siempre, en el momento menos indicado vamos a necesitar esa persona a la cual en algún momento tratamos con desprecio, pero pues para eso están las amigas, para estar juntas hasta en los momentos más difíciles. Y qué nos queda al final? Disfrutar el chisme del momento, sin olvidar que en cualquier momento, habrán rumores sobre nosotros.moreless
Mary-Pat Green

Mary-Pat Green

Nurse Abigail

Guest Star

Sharon Lawrence

Sharon Lawrence

Maisy Gibbons

Guest Star

Lisa Darr

Lisa Darr

Tammy Brennan

Guest Star

Doug Savant

Doug Savant

Tom Scavo

Recurring Role

Harriet Sansom Harris

Harriet Sansom Harris

Felicia Tilman

Recurring Role

Pat Crawford Brown

Pat Crawford Brown

Ida Greenberg

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • It was actor Mark Moses that suggested Paul and Edie should be romantically involved.

    • In the scene where Susan and Edie go to the bar, Edie tells Susan that she talked with Paul the other day and he was trying to make Mike look guilty, and later while at the Youngs, Edie says that she wasn't kidding this afternoon, and that she was going to keep his house key. Both of which happened earlier in the episode, but it is unclear whether it was earlier that day or a day or two ago. Paul was also going on business that day in the initial conversation, so there is some confusion here.

    • In the scene where Gabrielle and Carlos fight, there are a lot of editing goofs. First when Gabrielle wraps the towel around her body. In one shot she gets halfway through, actually tucking the towel in, and in the next shot, she still have the towel open and in the process of wrapping. Second is when she picks up the laundry basket. In one shot she picks it up from behind her and has it up to her waist. In the next shot, she picks it up again, this time from in front of her, and brings it up.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Mary Alice: Yes, everyone loves a scandal no matter how big or small. After all, what could be more entertaining than watching the downfall of the high and mighty? What could be more amusing than the pubic exposure of hypocritical sinners? Yes, everyone loves a scandal. And if for some reason, you're not enjoying the latest one, well, the next one is always around the corner.

    • Maisy: I've been abandoned. I guess that what happens when you become the town whore.
      Bree: Oh sweetie, they didn't abandon you because you're a whore. They abandoned you because you weren't that nice to begin with.

    • Lynette: I don't get it. I don't get who would pay Maisy for sex.
      Gabrielle: Obviously someone who is not getting it at home. (Bree is silent)

    • Rex: Everybody's staring. Bree, it's humiliating.
      Bree: Well, you should have thought of that before you left a personal check on Maisy Gibbons' nightstand.

    • Mary Alice: Throughout even the most respectable of neighborhoods, you can hear the sound of scandal. Some scandals announce themselves with a shout. Some with a whisper. And some with bang. And once in a great while, there comes a scandal so deliciously sordid, its roar drowns out all other noise. Yes, the scandalous arrest of Maisy Gibbons would soon prove to be the shot heard 'round the world.

    • Gabrielle (to Carlos): Why do I have to wait? It's my port-a-potty!

    • Edie: (to Susan) So, what are we looking for, exactly? An embroidered pillow that says "I killed Martha Huber"?

    • Edie: I was just about to give a Maisy Gibbons update.
      Lynette: Guys, we should be ashamed of ourselves for reveling in that woman's misery. That being said, Edie, please continue.

    • Edie: My necklace! Oh, you know, I lent this to Martha three months ago, and she said that it went down the drain. Oh, I miss how we used to steal things from one another.

    • Gabrielle: As I see it good friends avoid each other after being humiliated, but great friends pretend nothing happened in the first place.

    • Susan: Every time we went out for pizza you could have said, "Oh, and by the way, I once killed a man." Or when you said, "Hey, let's go jogging," you could have said, 'Wow, by the way, I once killed a man.' Every time we went to the movies and the hero shot the bad guy you could have turned to me and said, 'Oh, by the way, I did that once.' You didn't!

    • (when Lynette is getting all the lice out of their hair)
      Porter: Can we see what lice looks like?
      Lynette: Sure. (shows it to them)
      Lynette: See it looks like a sesame seed.

    • Bree: (to Gabrielle) Good friends offer to help in a crisis; great friends don't take no for an answer.

    • Susan: Do you believe in evil Edie?
      Edie: Of course I do, I work in real estate.

    • Bree: Rex, if you walk out of this restaurant, I will scream.
      Rex: Bree...
      Bree: I will scream... about your cruelty. Then I will scream about your infidelity. And just to make sure it really hurts, I will scream about your distasteful sexual habits. You want to know what true humiliation is, you just take one step.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The "little black book" of Maisy Gibbons becomes the focus of Bree's attention as she desperately tries to have her husband's name deleted from it. Coincidentally, that is also the title of the 2004 Brittany Murphy comedy in which Sharon Lawrence who plays Maisy starred.

    • Nicollette Sheridan (Edie Britt) finally returns after a three-episode absence and has possibly the most amount of screen time in any episode she was featured in in season one.

    • Although credited, Jesse Metcalfe (John Rowland) and Cody Kasch (Zach Young) are absent from this episode.