Desperate Housewives

Season 5 Episode 17

The Story of Lucy and Jessie

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 15, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When Susan tries to impress Jessie (guest star Swoosie Kurtz), a teacher at work, Jessie comes away with the wrong impression. With the wrong intent, Gabrielle convinces Carlos to hire Lynette, and Carlos finds himself working with an old acquaintance (guest star Lesley Boone as Lucy). As Orson's shameful habit grows, Bree will protect herself from embarrassment at all costs, and a suspicious Edie slyly digs further into Dave's past.moreless

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  • WOW!!!

    Ok, where should I start?! Lets do it with Edie. She didn´t get much screentime, but she found out that Dave did have a daughter named Paige who also died in that car accident. It is sad to see Nicollette Sheridan on screen now when we all know she has just a few episodes left and then she will disappear. Orson´s stealing got to another level and Bree can´t control it anymore. Gaby has met Carlos´ ex-roommate Lucy - an attractive overweight lady with a sexy voice. Lynette begins to work in Carlos´ company and Gaby wants her to spy on Lucy. Susan invited her boss Jessie over for dinner and wine, but the evening ended with a passionate kiss. Susan freaks out and tells her friends the next morning at the poker session. Then she tells Jessie that she is not a lesbian but they can be friends. Finally some funny decent storyline for Susan this season. And Dave convinced Katherine that they need her on the camping trip because she means everything to his best buddy - Mike and he "just wants to know her better". This was just excellent episode and I can barely wait for the big episode this Sunday.moreless
  • the story of lucy and jessie

    there was alot to like in this episode i thought the susan and jessie storlyine was pretty funny and the ratings grabber kiss between eva and teri was pretty funny

    gaby had a funny week aswell as she grows jealous of carlous old girlfirend

    bree also had a rather funny week but im not really liking this whole orson stealing thing its abit werid

    Edie starting to dig into daves past wa pretty good maybe that storyline will get more exciting when edie know the truth

    overall a pretty entertaining week on wisteria lane and of course as eventful as ever for a ladiesmoreless
  • Another funny one

    Another hilarious episode of season five! People will be talking about the various female-female snogging sessions, but they weren't a bigger deal.

    Susan made me laugh in this one - it was actually nice to see her doing some work. Jessie was also a good character mean to begin with but then nice. Bree made me laugh too. Her desperate attempts to return the items was hilarious. Orson also enjoying every moment was nice to see - he is crafty!

    Lynette and Gabby were the best however. Lynette spying on fat-Lucy was a chuckle and Gabby noticing Lucy's affections to Carlos was also funny. Don't worry Gabby, Carlos won't run off from her!

    Meanwhile, Dave moves his pawns into place and Edie digs further - she's better be careful. Her days and Katherine's are numbered! Let Season Five continue.moreless
  • moves things along in a solidly enjoyable fashion ...

    Susan's little misunderstanding with her boss, and subssequently winning her over as a friend through a very sincere compassionate heartfelt exchange was kinda nice. Sort of making the point that beneath the labels there are basic human abilities to relate as people - quite apart from all the romantic/dating stuff. The Dave plot was downplayed this week, but there was a little move forward on that as Edie found out more about his past and Dave coaxed Katherine to go on the camping trip. My favourite part was Lynette dealing with job interviewing as an older candidate. I loved the scene with the two young ad exec women joking about the perils of aging in the biz and then Lynette getting called in for the interview. That was funny. Gabby - wow she is so self-serving and yet still manages to have good friends and be a very likeable character - I think that it has to be fairly good writing and acting that makes that possible. Interesting angle that Carolos could be attracted to a woman who is not the typical svelte model type and that GAbby is able to grasp this concept (and then see the woman as a rival). I will be interested to see where that ends up. Almost forgot - Orson reveals to a shrink that his motivation in stealing is very much a rebellion against Bree's total controllingness. Wonder how she is going to take that news when it gets to her? This wasn't a WOW episode but it was very solid.moreless
  • 'The Story of Lucy and Jessie' might as well be called 'the one withs the token lesbianism' thanks to that ratings grabbing scene between Gaby and Susan, which probably shocked delicate sensibilities across middle America, but hey, it's mindless fun.moreless

    Along with 516, my review of this episode disappeared when I suffered a most unfortunate power cut and so I'm going to be fairly brief, while trying to salvage some of what I had written. 'The Story of Lucy and Jessie' might as well be called 'the one with the token lesbianism' thanks to that ratings grabbing scene between Gaby and Susan, which probably shocked delicate sensibilities all over middle America, but what the hey, it's mindless fun. It's also refreshing to see such non-heteronormative beats treated with little fanfare within an episode of prime time television (even if the fanfare in the media was gargantuan... seriously, it was all over the TV and newspapers days before the episode aired). Swoozie Kurtz is excellent as the smitten Jessie and her story with Susan is both wickedly humorous - check out that scene in the classroom, where subtext becomes text within about 30 seconds - and decidedly sweet. Our other new character, Lucy, is certainly less likeable, although this is obviously the intent. The decision to gel Lynette's story with Gaby and Carlos's looks to be a promising one, getting the Solises in particular out of the repetitive rut they've been stuck in since Carlos magically recovered from being blind. However, the ease with which he becomes President of his company is a little ridiculous. What else? Still no sign of the camping trip, but at least Edie's on her way to digging up the truth and the writing staff sensibly concentrate on Bree's reaction to Orson's kleptomania in order to keep this rather unsavoury and irritating storyline above water. Pretty damn good all round then.moreless
Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie Kurtz


Guest Star

Lesley Boone

Lesley Boone

Lucy Blackburn

Guest Star

William Schallert

William Schallert


Guest Star

Kevin Rahm

Kevin Rahm

Lee McDermott

Recurring Role

Madison De La Garza

Madison De La Garza

Juanita Solis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Continuity Error: In this episode, Gabrielle states that Juanita went over to Susan's to invite MJ to her birthday party, and later blackmails Juanita to try and get her to confess to stealing Mrs. McCluskey's sleeping mexican statuette (which Orson stole), saying if she doesn't tell the truth her party will be cancelled. This obviously indicates Juanita's birthday would take place somewhere in the near future. However, in the season six episode "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid", set several months after the events of this one, Juanita commemorates her birthday.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Gabrielle: Lucy Blackburn? Please, tell me it's a coincidence that your new V.P. has the same name as your ex-girlfriend.
      Carlos: She wasn't my girlfriend.. We were roommates. We shared an apartment.
      Gabrielle: You told me you slept with her!
      Carlos: Well, it was a small apartment. Come on. It was a casual thing, and it was a million years ago.
      Gabrielle: I don't care! Why couldn't you have told me this before she's about to appear on my doorstep?
      Carlos: I wanted to... but you were always next to something sharp.

    • Orson: What do you want me to say?
      Bree: I want you to explain to me why this insanity is still going on. When you stole the tape recorder, you said it was a one time thing, an impulsive act of revenge.
      Orson: It was, at first. But then... I know it sounds odd, but... it started giving me a thrill.
      Bree: A thrill? Stealing a ceramic duck gives you a thrill?

    • Mary Alice: (closing voiceover) You can find them almost anywhere. Friendly people with hidden agendas. The woman who uses her neighbor to get herself a job. The wife who uses her influence to hire a friendly spy. The husband who uses his charm to steal from his friends. And you can be sure, the friendliest people of all, have agendas that won't ever be discovered. Not until it's too late.

    • Orson: (about Bree to Dr. Bernstein) Do you know why she's so angry? Because this is something she can't control... and I love it. (he smiles.)

    • Lynette: The house lights are up, Gaby, you can drop the act. You only helped me get this job because you needed a spy.
      Gabrielle: How dare you! And yes, I did.

    • Carlos: Gaby! You think I'm that shallow that all I go by is looks?
      Gabrielle: Yeah, I thought that was something we had in common.

    • Gabrielle: So what kind of kiss are we talking about?
      Susan: A regular kiss, on the mouth, that lasted a little longer than I thought it would.
      Lynette: So was it a good old fashioned American kiss, or are we talking the infinitely superior French variety?

    • Susan: Ah, jeez. How did it get so late? Is there a school policy on turning up to work drunk?
      Jessie: It's frowned upon.

    • Mary Alice: (voiceover) You can find them on any sidewalk in any city. People with agendas. The woman who calls up an old friend, because she wants to borrow some cash. The man who takes his boss to lunch, because he wants the corner office. The girl who looks after her uncle, because she wants to be in the will. Yes, you can find these people almost anywhere, doing what they can to keep their agendas hidden.

    • Mary Alice: (opening voiceover) Gabrielle Solis hated going to funerals, for all sorts of reasons. Black was not her color. Crying depresses her. And lilies made her sneeze. Also, Gabrielle despised any event where she was not the center of attention. Luckily, at this funeral, that would not be a problem. (later) Yes, Gabrielle hated going to funerals. Mostly because she couldn't pretend to be sad when she wasn't.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Gypsy: A Musical Fable
      In this episode, Bree learns that Orson has stolen a coffee mug from Bob and Lee, which contains a promotional image of Bernadette Peters in the theater musical Gypsy: A Musical Fable, a production with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim , a Marc Cherry favorite. The musical premiered on May 21, 1959 at The Broadway Theatre, and has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers. Peters played the role of main character Gypsy Rose Lee in the 2003 revival, a role originated by Ethel Merman.

    • Episode Title: The title of this episode comes from a song in the 1971 Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical Follies.

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