Desperate Housewives

Season 7 Episode 4

The Thing That Counts is What's Inside

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 17, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Susan is horrified when she discovers that she has become the face of the provocative internet company she's been secretly working for, and is now the cover model for their outdoor billboard ads. Gabrielle tells her coveted secret to the ladies after meeting her biological daughter and the family who's taking care of her, and Renee and Bree go up against one another, each with hopes of nabbing Keith (guest star Brian Austin Green) away and have him for herself. Meanwhile, Lynette takes advantage of daughter Penny's generous offer to help look after the baby, and Paul purchases the home he shared with Mary Alice, against the will of his new wife (guest star Emily Bergl).moreless

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  • Susan Fears Her Secret Is About To Be Exposed. Lynette Relies Too Heavily On Penny To Take Care Of Baby Paige And Renee And Bree Compete Over Keith's Attention.

    The previous episode was not so good as the first two, but this was a very good and a hilarious episode! Lynette's part of this episode was terrific. Just terrific. It was also very good since Penny had a big role. She almost never has a big role and I was glad that she got more screentime. Felicity Huffman gives one of best performances to date. Susan's story was good but it could have been better. That is a minor flaw. Bree's and Renee's competition was great! I laughed at many parts. I loved the storyline with Gaby and Carlos as they met the Sanchez family. It worked very well and it was the highlight of this episode. Eva Longoria and Ricardo Chavira were truly excellent here and their acting was intense. Loved them. Overall, a very good episode with many funny moments. I'm looking forward to the next episode.moreless
  • Laugh, yawn, repeat

    Warning may contain spoilers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Where do I start? This wasn't a horrible episode but I think it helps to back the rumor that this could be the last season of Desperate Housewives (source; various websites). At lot of this episode pointed out that the ladies are not as young as they once were, not that we needed it pointed out to us what with the numerous kids, grandkids and "laugh" lines. Does anyone remember when Teri Hatcher was the most downloaded Bond Girl? Me either! But I digress and promise to focus on this particial episode with few deviations. So lets start with Gabrielle and her ATM Carlos. They got to meet their switched at birth daughter and Gabs took a liking to her because she knows the finer things when she sees them. The I love her because she is a mini me is a bit odd. Does being "spoiled" really come from DNA? I'm not a scientist but I'd have to say no. It's more or less determined by enviroment, hence Gabby's brats being a bit spoiled, minus the one we never see or hear about (except when it seems conveinent to the story). Props to surrogate mom to standing up to Gabrielle for spending crazy money on her "daughter." When will people learn you can't but love with Chanel?

    Next up to the plate, Susan. She had to know there would always be the chance that someone in America or even her hometown might see her at "work" in some form or another. She only has herself to blame for any advertising. Odds are she is a banner ad somewhere in that world. And I personally don't know any adult website that has billboards, but DH did make a few years jump to the future so I don't know what laws have been changed.

    Quick wrap up, Renne and Bree fight over Keith in a cougar show down using information that they got from Lynette, who niether one got upset with. Lynette's daughter Penny took Paige to school and was reveled to be a pretty good big sister in the process while Lynette's parenting was called into question. Of course, it still confuses me how a bus driver would let an 11 year old girl with a baby on a school bus. I wasn't allowed to take my dog to school on the bus, the driver told me to take it home while he waited. I remember that the police were called because they thought the bus had disappeared. The driver never had the radio on but I bet he does now.

    Happy veiwing!moreless
  • Gabrielle tells her coveted secret to the ladies, and Renee finds out that Bree is a grandmother and uses it to her advantage in an attempt to steal Keith away. Lynette takes advantage of Penny's offer to help with the baby.moreless

    I am starting to get upset by this show.

    I do not really like Susan because I think she is boring and annoying and she seems out of the real world. The current storyline do not help her at all to change my opinion about this character.

    Lynette story was funny as usual (thanks to the great job done by Felicity Hoffman) but don't you find it strange that they talk about the baby without calling her with her name (do we know it by the way?)? I want to know what are the real intention of Penny when she helps her mother, does she want to be her mum favorite or is she only happy to have an other girl in the family?

    The cougar story with the fight between Renee and Bree to have Keith could be funny but this theme is so recurrent actually that it becomes boring.

    What I really like about this episode is the all drama around the Solis and how they try to keep their family together and to stay normal with their daughters. We find out that Eva Longoria is not only the funniest one she is good for emotional scene and we discover some parts of Gabrielle personality that we couldn't imagine.moreless
  • The Thing That Counts is What's Inside

    The Thing That Counts is What's Inside was a good episode of Desperate Housewives. However it was a bit slow, and some of the plots need more work, and the acting in some scenes felt a little forced, or the actors were out of tune. The stories were good and there were plenty of laughs and touching moments. There were also some good plot twists that will keep us coming back for more. I think that this episode had a few moments of character development as well for a few of the characters. There are also a few new mysteries to be solved.moreless
  • A definite improvement! This show is going from strength to strength!

    Many people comment on how this show is not what it used to be. Fortunately, I only started watching in Season 6, so I don't know how it was beforehand. As a result, I can only caompare this to other recent episodes.

    I did enjoy this episode. The first two episodes of the season were better, but this one was better than Episode #3, so that was nice to see. The most interesting storyline is turning out to be Gabby or Susan. Gabby meets her real daughter in this episode, while Susan's little secret is about to be exposed - in more ways thatn just one!

    The comedy was present in this episode, with a few funny quotes. Sadly the Lynette storyline is a little boring, but between gabby and Susan, we had a great epiode, as well as a decent battle/truce between Reenee and Bree!

    Good episode, and I would recommend it!moreless
Jake Soldera

Jake Soldera

Benjamin Katz

Guest Star

Cecilia Balagot

Cecilia Balagot

Grace Sanchez

Guest Star

Carla Jimenez

Carla Jimenez

Carmen Sanchez

Guest Star

Brian Austin Green

Brian Austin Green

Keith Watson

Recurring Role

Emily Bergl

Emily Bergl

Beth Young

Recurring Role

Daniella Baltodano

Daniella Baltodano

Celia Solis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Carlos: You bought an eight-year-old girl a $1,400 purse?
      Gabrielle: Oh, lighten up. It's not like I got her the matching wallet.

    • Lynette: Get me a nanny.
      Tom: What?
      Lynette: I am drowning here. You heard what Penny said. I'm not myself anymore. And when I'm not taking it out on the kids, I'm taking advantage of them. So I need help.
      Tom: How about if I pitch in more?
      Lynette: Oh, Tom. What a lovely, hollow offer that you'll never back up. Get me a nanny.

    • (Beth finds Paul in his old home)
      Beth: Are we going to move here?
      Paul: No.
      Beth: Then why would you buy this house? It must be filled with so many unpleasant memories.
      Paul: I don't see any unpleasant memories. I see the couch where my wife and I would sit and have our morning coffee... I see the Christmas tree in the corner, by the fireplace... I see the chair where I would sit and read stories to my son... I was loved in this house. I had a real marriage here.
      Paul: Our marriage is real, Paul. It's just... this is hard for me. And you keeping things from me doesn't make it any easier.
      Paul: You're right. There should be no secrets between us. (he heads for the door) Secrets are why this house is empty right now.

    • (Gabrielle has just told the girls about her real daughter)
      Lynette: Who else knows about this?
      Gabrielle: Very few people, and I need you guys to keep it that way.
      Bree: Well, of course, we'll be discrete.
      Lynette: Definitely, for Juanita's sake.
      (they all look at Renee)
      Renee: Oh, don't worry about me. (to Gabrielle) Up until today, I thought you were Juanita.

    • (the girls are getting ready to play poker, and Gabrielle walks in)
      Gabrielle: Listen, guys, before we start... I've been keeping something from you. But I'm gonna tell you because you're my dearest, oldest friends. (to Renee) Well, I've only known you two weeks, but I don't wanna be rude and tell you to leave. (she shows them a picture of Grace) See this picture? This is my daughter, Grace.

    • Lynette: Last week, Paige spit up on Gaby's couch, so now she's pretty much "baby non grata".

    • Paul: (to Beth) Isn't it convenient how during the day you're my wife, but at night you turn back into a house guest?

    • Maxine: Oh, Mike, if I was fifteen years younger, I'd ride you like a hobo rides a box car. (she laughs)
      Mike: Thanks... but, you still have to fix the air conditioner.
      Maxine: Eh, it was worth the shot.

    • Carlos: (to Hector and Carmen, about Grace) What a polite litte girl. You've obviously done a wonderful job, Mrs. Sanchez. I mean, we didn't know what to expect, but I can see Grace couldn't have had a better mother. (Gabrielle gives him a confused look) You know what I mean.
      Hector: (to Gabrielle) Aye, you've done a wonderful job with Juanita.
      Gabrielle: Thank you. You know, when I got pregnant I didn't know how I would handle the whole motherhood thing...
      Juanita: (having just arrived, trying to interrupt) Mom!
      Gabrielle: ...but, I think I turned out to be pretty good at it.
      Juanita: Mom!
      Gabrielle: What?
      (Carmen and Hector are startled)
      Juanita: I need money for ice cream.
      Gabrielle: What is the magic word?
      Juanita: I don't know. Hurry? Now come on, the truck is pulling away.
      Gabrielle: Please, the magic word is please.
      Juanita: Fine, please.
      (Gabrielle hands her some cash)
      Juanita: What, we can't afford more than one scoop?
      (Gabrielle gives her a mean look; Juanita sighs and walks away; Gabrielle turns back to talk to the Sanchez couple)
      Gabrielle: I'm sorry, what was I saying?
      Carmen: You were talking about what a good mother you are.

    • (Grace has just complimented Gabrielle's purse)
      Gabrielle: Just so you know, it's Chanel. You can have one of these by working very hard. Or by marrying a man who works very hard.

    • (Carlos and Gabrielle are walking in the park)
      Mary Alice: (narrating) Carlos Solis loved his wife more than anything.
      (Gabrielle is seen in her bedroom, checking her reflection in the mirror)
      Gabrielle: If there's a woman on this planet with better skin, I'd like to meet her.
      (she walks past Carlos)
      Mary Alice: Even though she was vain...
      (Carlos and his wife are seen entering their house)
      Gabrielle: Do we have to give money to the church every Sunday? I mean, it's always the same show.
      Mary Alice: ...selfish...
      (Gabrielle is seen opening her Christmas gift, and is disappointed)
      Gabrielle: I told you to buy me couture, I can't wear off the rack with these shoes! (she stomps her foot on the floor and leaves)
      Mary Alice: ...and spoiled.
      (flashbacks are over, and the Solises are seen in the park again)
      Mary Alice: But in those moments when his wife was simply vulnerable...
      Carlos: You okay?
      Mary Alice: ...Carlos loved her just a little bit more.
      Gabrielle: Is this where we're meeting them?
      Carlos: I think so.
      Gabrielle: (sighs) I don't know what I'm supposed to say.
      Carlos: Start with hello.
      Gabrielle: And then what? "Thanks for raising our daughter for the last eight years, hope we didn't ruin yours"?
      Carlos: (sighs) It's gonna be fine.
      (Hector approaches them)
      Hector: Mr. and Mrs. Solis? I'm Hector Sanchez.
      (they shake hands)
      Carlos: Nice to meet you, and please call us Carlos and Gabrielle.
      Hector: Thank you. Huh, where is...?
      Carlos: Juanita is at the swing set with her sister, we thought we should talk a little first.
      Hector: Oh, sure. My wife is over with our... huh... she's with Grace.
      Gabrielle: That's her name, Grace?
      Hector: Yes.
      (he signals them to follow him)
      Gabrielle: So how are you and your wife handling all of this?
      Hector: We're still in shock. Since your lawyer called us we haven't been able to sleep or eat... this whole thing is so crazy.
      Carlos: We feel the same way.
      Hector: They couldn't have switched our babies. It's got to be a mistake. Maybe we should take a blood test.
      Grace: (first she's heard from afar) Mom! I told you to bring the green jacket, I can't wear red with these shoes. (she stomps her foot like Gabrielle usually does)
      Mary Alice: Yes, Carlos Solis loved his wife...
      Carlos: I don't think we'll be needing that test.
      (Grace walks away in a fit)
      Mary Alice: ...and he knew her DNA when he saw it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Hlavní je to, co je uvnitř (The Main Thing is What's Inside)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Turkey: November 2, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Croatia: December 9, 2010 on RTL TV
      Germany: January 26, 2011 on ProSieben
      Norway: March 1, 2011 on TV2
      Czech Republic: December 22, 2011 on Prima LOVE

    • In this episode, Susan is terrified to discover a picture of her in lingerie appearing on a huge billboard as part of an advertising campaign for
      However, in order to have a photo big enough to be put on such poster, there had to have been a professional photoshoot of Susan (which would produce a very hi-res image) - meaning she needed to be a willing participant.
      Otherwise it is simply impossible for that poster to have been made.
      On a side note, it's the rare pornographic website (albeit containing "softcore" material) that is allowed to advertise on billboards.

    • Tuc Watkins (Bob Hunter), Charlie Carver (Porter Scavo), Joshua Logan Moore (Parker Scavo) and Mason Vale Cotton (MJ Delfino) are absent from this episode, and are therefore not credited.


    • Episode Title: The title of this episode comes from a lyric in the song "Ah, But Underneath", from the Stephen Sondheim musical Follies.