Desperate Housewives

Season 1 Episode 17

There Won't Be Trumpets

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 03, 2005 on ABC
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There's a change in Mama Solis' (guest star Lupe Ontiveros) condition for the better as she finally wakes up from her coma, but it doesn't last long. The residents of Wisteria Lane all attend the unfortunate funeral of Juanita Solis as Carlos and Gabrielle fret over their financial and court issues. Lynette befriends a deaf woman, Alisa Stevens (guest star Marlee Matlin), whose children also attend Barcliff Academy with Porter and Preston, but her newfound friendship is tested when she butts into her disturbed marital problems of her husband saying things behind her back. Meanwhile, Bree encounters more trouble with her son Andrew when it comes to disciplining him and tries to convince Rex that he needs serious help. Lastly, Susan finds herself attracted to Edie's hunky new contractor (guest star Rick Ravanello) who's sticking around the neighborhood, but Edie doesn't want her to go with him as a favor to their fragile friendship.moreless

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  • Not a bad one.

    Soo.. I thought both Carlos and Gaby had reasonable stories this time. They're BROKE and yes he obviously really loved his mother but they don't have the money so it should be a consideration. You should do the best you can with your mum to get her what she deserves but you NEED to think about yourselves too. And I feel Gaby really is getting the shit end of everything in this. The mum treated her like crap, Carlos seems to now be taking advantage of her knowing she's doing crap jobs to get money and he's willing to risk her home and now possibly apartment to buy a crypt.. BUT on his side, he said he got a good deal and we may not know what kind of deal but still, I can't imagine it'd be a cheaper option. He really did love his mother a lot and I like to believe if he was being set up then he's obviously having a crap time.

    I'm glad he decided to take the bargain though. Actually listened to Gaby. And what he said after that about 'respecting' Gaby. So I'm glad they didn't leave the start of the message. I didn't entirely like his speech to her about the whole being faithful etc BUT it was understandable again. Still angry at him over the birth control thing though. That to me is absolutely horrendous. And I feel like the baby she ends up getting pregnant with is almost a form of.. well not rape but come on. She didn't consent to get pregnant.

    Anyway, I liked Lynette here and thought she was completely justified in telling Alissa about the shit her husband said. She did nothing wrong and ok you're in counselling, but that doesn't give him the right and if I was her, I would like to know I'm being bad mouthed. If only to know that obviously the counselling isn't working and perhaps I should consider fully leaving. I think Alissa was a bit annoying though, she didn't listen to Lynette at all and Dennis obviously took things out of context and seriously you're talking about your marital problems in front of your little child and tell Lynette off for questioning that? Bit of a bitch. Lynette wasn't rescuing you, she was informing you of something to let you make your decision. Dennis was the dick who twisted Lynette's words and made her the bad person and Alissa refused to listen.

    I liked the Bree story. I'm glad Andrew finally got what he deserved. He is such a little bitchface. And kicking and spitting in Bree's face... And I'm glad Rex finally took Bree's side instead of being casually not caring.moreless
  • Another character bites the dust...

    Susan and Edie fight over a man, again. Lynette gets herself involved in a messy situation. Carlos' mother causes Gabrielle grief after her death, but it isn't her death that caused it. Mike tries to reconcile with Susan, and Bree starts a war with Andrew.

    Even though this episode only handled sub-plots. It put a close on the Mama Solice storyline for now. The episode had suspence as usual. I adore when Edie and Susan argue. It's just so entertaining. It worries me however how much trust the DH writers are putting in their audience not turn on them for using illnesses and handicapped people in their storyline in somewhat insulting ways. In the previous few episodes, Lynette pretended her son had cancer for a yoga session, and now, they are featuring a story about a man who talks about his deaf wife behind his back. I mean, yes, there wasn't anything really offencive about the storyline, but it's still a very touchy subject. Again, I don't understand how Paul, and Zack keep dissapearing from the show. Isn't the entire mystery supposed to be about them? Regardless of the minor shortcomings, this episode is high value entertainment, just like the rest of it's superb first season.moreless
  • good episode

    this was another enjoyable episode of desperate housewives, there was a big shock this week and that was the death of juanita colis which made gabby rather happy i thought the scenes at the funeral were really funny, the other stoeylines were also good this week i liked the susan edie conflict that it always funny to watch and the lynette stuff was also good with the deaf woman overall another soild episodemoreless
  • Pese a que pasan varias cosas imptactantes en el episodio, por alguna razón no alcanza a capturarnos del todo.

    Este episodio nos deja varias revelaciones sobre el comportamiento y los sentimientos de varios personajes. Primero: Susan en verdad tiende mucho a soñar, verdaderamente se enamoró de Mike y le está doliendo mucho no estar a su lado.

    Segundo: la relación entre Bree y Andrew se pone cada día más complicada, paralelo al mejoramiento de la relación marital con Rex.

    Tercero: Carlos se muestra como un muy buen hombre, que amaba a su madre, pero que sabe diferenciar muy bien el amor de madre del amor y respeto que le tiene a su esposa, y obviamente los celos que puede mostrar.

    En el episodio también aparecen Lynette y Edie pero ninguna de los dos, en mi concepto le trae algo importante a la trama, Edie continua su guerra con Susan y Lynette muestra que su matrimonio con Tom es uno de los más fuertes que hay en la serie.moreless
  • This is where I discovered Marlee Matlin.

    This is one of my personal favorites of all of the season one episodes of Desperate Housewives and from the series as a whole. This is also where I discovered the actress Marlee Matlin. Of all the guest stars that they've had on Desperate Housewives, Marlee is one of my all-time favorites. She provided a lot of funny moments in this episode. Before this episode of Desperate Housewives, the only other thing I had seen her in was an episode of Seinfeld, but that was years ago, and I don't remember her from that episode all that well. After I saw this episode, I began to see her everywhere, and all I can say is that I love her work. She's a real inspiration to me since I lost some of my hearing when I was younger, and now where hearing aids. My favorite scene from this episode is when Alisa is signing to Lynette, and she has her daughter interpret the conversation. Bree is my most favorite character on the show, and I loved her in this episode, but this was the first episode that I really liked Lynette. All in all, this was a really great episode.moreless
Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Alisa Stevens

Guest Star

Dagney Kerr

Dagney Kerr

Nurse Ruth Ann Heisel

Guest Star

Rick Ravanello

Rick Ravanello

Bill Cunningham

Guest Star

Brent Kinsman

Brent Kinsman

Preston Scavo

Recurring Role

Shane Kinsman

Shane Kinsman

Porter Scavo

Recurring Role

Lupe Ontiveros

Lupe Ontiveros

Mama Juanita Solis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Continuity Error: Rex mentions that Andrew was two months away from graduation, but it's been previously stated that Andrew is only 16 and Andrew still appears to be in high school in the next season.

    • When Bree asks Andrew to take out the trash, he's watching the first episode of the first season of "Lost".

    • Felicity Huffman grew up playing tennis and did her own playing for the tennis scene in this episode.

    • The car Andrew is smoking up in is a 2005 Kia Spectra.

    • The presumably fresh copy of "The Fairview Herald" seen is this episode (#1.17) is dated March 6, 2005 (which would have been the airdate of this episode had there been no pre-emptions following the February 20th episode "Impossible" - #1.15). If Juanita Solis had indeed been in coma for five months as it was implied, that would've placed her accident in early October 2004 (the time when the series' storyline begins). Juanita's accident however occured two months later, shortly before Mrs. Huber was killed. Even if this episode takes place in early April 2005 (the actual airdate) that would have still been only four months.

    • Goof: It is virtually impossible for Juanita to be able to walk after being in a coma for few months because she would have lost the mobility in her legs, and would not have been able to get out of bed.

    • Nitpick: It's a little unrealistic that the hospital would offer a settlement to Gabrielle without Carlos present, being the fact that he's the son of the mother (Juanita) who accidentally died in the hospital.

      Response: Carlos was under house arrest, so Gabrielle went there in his place.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Susan is standing in kitchen daydreaming)
      Mike: Susan, I know you're in there. We have to talk. (Susan opens the door) This is crazy.
      Susan: I know. (Mike kisses her passionately)...
      Mike: (After Susan opens the door again) Everything the cops said to you is true. I did kill somebody. But there's one thing they didn't tell you... I killed for you, Susan. (Susan kisses Mike passionately)
      Mike: (After Susan opens the door again, Mike is standing there holding a gun) Susan, if I can't have you, no one else can.
      Susan: Shut up! (Susan kisses Mike passionately)
      (Flash to real life, Mike is knocking on the door and calling for Susan. Horrified, she hides behind the counter and crawls to the door.)
      Mike: I was hoping we could talk. (He slides a letter under the door and Susan pulls it through and holds it)
      Mike: Susan.. maybe you should have waited 'til I left to do that...

    • Mary Alice: We all honor heroes for different reasons. Sometimes for their daring, sometimes for their bravery, sometimes for their goodness. But mostly we honor heroes because at one point or another, we all dream of being rescued. Of course, if the right hero doesn't come along, sometimes we just have to rescue ourselves.

    • Mary Alice: In the Coma Ward at Sacred Heart Hospital, the dreams begin just after midnight. The pitch black of night gives way to vivid images that comfort the dreamer until the morning. Gus, the custodian, dreams of someday winning the lottery and quitting his thankless job. Howard, the security guard, envisions a luxurious retirement in the tropics. Ruth Ann, the night nurse, fantasizes about leaving her husband. But the most vivid dreams of all belong to the patient in Room 312. Yes, Juanita Solis had been dreaming steadily for five months. Sometimes of the shocking secret she had uncovered. Other times, she dreamt of the accident that had put her in the hospital. But her most common dream was the one in which she finally told her son the truth. And then one night...Juanita Solis decided it was time to wake up. Even though she knew she was about to die, Juanita didn't care. The truth was finally going to come out. Sadly for Juanita, this was one dream that would never come true.

    • Lynette: Tom, am I a bad person?
      Tom: No, why would you say that?
      Lynette: I don't know. I guess I just have it in my head that only bad people break up marriages and offend the handicapped.
      Tom: Well, I did try to warn you.
      Lynette: You did. Why do I do it? This compulsion to stick my nose where it doesn't belong. I mean...
      Tom: You were just looking out for your friend.
      Lynette: Yeah, a lot of good it did her.
      Tom: At least you tried. I admire you for that.
      Lynette: Oh, please.
      Tom: Hey, I'm the guy who let Dennis badmouth his wife because I was afraid of making a scene. But you, you knew it was wrong and you let him have it.
      Lynette: That's me. Never afraid to create a scene.
      Tom: My point is you have a strong sense of what is right and you are not afraid to act on it and I admire you for that.
      Lynette: You know what I admire you for? You find a way to compliment me when you could say "I told you so". (leans over and kisses Tom. Tom signs something to her) You just signed "I told you so", didn't you?
      Tom: You'll never prove it.

    • Bree: Andrew, I need you to take out the trash.
      Andrew: Sure.
      Bree: Now, not five hours from now.
      Andrew: I'm going, I'm going. God! Um, I'm meeting Justin at the mall tonight so I'm gonna need forty bucks."
      Bree: No!
      Andrew: What?
      Bree: You no longer get an allowance.
      Andrew: Fine. I'm not taking out the trash.
      Bree: (exasperated) Andrew.
      Andrew: What are you gonna do, torture me? Go ahead, I can take it.
      Bree: What I want, what I have always wanted is for you to be happy. And you're not. And I have no idea how to help you.
      Andrew: Well, you can start by getting out of the way.
      Bree: I will not. We're gonna talk about this now.
      Andrew: I said get out of the way!

    • Bill: Edie.
      Edie: Your foreman said that you were out on a date with a hottie. Evidently, someone's in need of Lasik.
      Susan: You tracked us down.
      Edie: Oh, well, it wasn't hard. I just followed the stench of betrayal. We had an agreement, Susan.
      Susan: No, we didn't. You know I just said what you wanted to hear because you guilted me into it.
      Edie: I was trying to protect our already fragile friendship.
      Bill: Am I in the middle of something here?
      Edie: Not anymore. You... (to Susan) ...I will hate forever. And you... (to Bill) ...are fired.
      Susan: Edie!
      Bill: You're firing me because I'm going out with Susan?
      Edie: Yes, and before you start whining that dating her is punishment enough, save it.

    • Bree: Camp Hennessy. Teaches kids respect for authority and boundaries in a summer camp-like atmosphere.
      Rex: The perimeter is surrounded by an electrified fence!
      Bree: Well, you have to admit that's an efficient way to teach respect for boundaries.

    • Edie: Susan, you know I try. I try to look past your flaws, your klutziness, that, that faux vulnerability, your hair, but you look for ways to push my buttons.
      Susan: He just wants to buy me a burrito.

    • Bree: (to Susan, about Mike's letter) Think about how good men are at lying on the spot. Imagine if you gave them time and a pen.

    • Lily: (translating to Lynette) And you just got to come in on your white horse and come to the rescue? Well, guess what... I didn't need to be rescued.

    • Rex: (to Andrew) The next time you touch your mother like that again, I will throw you through this wall! You understand me?!

    • Gabrielle: What?
      Carlos: You never liked Mama.
      Gabrielle: Well, it's awfully hard to like someone who actively hates your guts. She always thought you married beneath you and she let me know it.
      Carlos: She loved you.
      Gabrielle: She treated me like trash! (crosses herself) God rest her soul.
      Carlos: I'm putting my mother in the grave. Now is not the time to pinch pennies.
      Gabrielle: Carlos, we're not exactly flush with cash right now. Let her be true to her roots. She was born humble and barefoot.
      Carlos: She was a queen.

  • NOTES (10)

    • The Season 1 DVD includes a deleted scene from this episode in which Rex and Bree are seen talking to Andrew's principal (former guest star Trisha Simmons). Marc Cherry explained that as the scene focused more on the principal and not on Bree and Rex, the scene was deleted and another scene was shot instead. Therefore, Trisha Simmons does not appear in this episode and is not credited.

    • When this episode was shown in Britain (April 20, 2005) Bree's (Marcia Cross) line at the funeral was restored to "Catholics sure know how to grieve."

    • Guest-star Marlee Matlin who plays the deaf Mrs. Stevens is herself deaf. Despite her disability, she has had a succesful career in movies and TV for over 15 years, appearing in a number of high-profile shows, including regular roles on "Picket Fences" and "The West Wing."

    • In the original script, Bill and Susan got into a car accident and hit Edie's car on the way home from the restaurant. Later, Edie arrives to give Susan a bill for the accident, and finds Mike's letter to Susan. She takes it, and reads the letter, and replaces it with a fake letter. The script was later changed to the way it played out in the episode.

    • The funeral scene was filmed on February 10 in Altadena, California. US tabloids reported on Eva Longoria (Gabrielle Solis) tripping while running through the grass in high heels and laughing hysterically with Ricardo Antonio Chavira (Carlos Solis) after every take.

    • The morning edition of "The Fairview Herald" Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) reads early in the episode is dated March 6, 2005. The headline on the front page is "Canine Hero Rescues Boy" coinciding with the hero theme of this episode.

    • When Bill (the contractor) just have fixed Susan's tire we can see that on the back of her car where the brand/logo of the car usually sits, it says "veloce" instead of volvo.

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

    • After Lynette (Felicity Huffman) says "Wow, what a voice" in the funeral procession, Bree's line "Wow, _______ sure can grieve" features the poor dub of "Wow, Gabrielle and Carlos sure can grieve." It was originally the word "Catholics" that was supposed to come out of Bree's (Marcia Cross) mouth but due to current events at the time of Pope John Paul II's ailing health and death shortly before the airing of this episode the producers decided to change the line last minute for sensitivity reasons.

      Close captioning (for the hearing impaired) retains Bree's original line at the funeral instead of the dubbed over version.

    • At the funeral, Bree's line was originally "You have to hand it to them, they do grief better than anyone." This was dubbed over because by "them" she meant Latinos and it was deemed politically incorrect.