Desperate Housewives

Season 2 Episode 13

There's Something About a War

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 22, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Dr. Ron informs Susan that she needs a splenectomy, and it's the doctor's first time, which leads Susan rather uneasy. Gabrielle is not so pleased when Carlos brings up the topic of "baby" again as Carlos still wants to continue trying to conceive again. Gabrielle and her arch-enemy Sister Mary Bernard finally face off in church when Gabrielle confronts her about getting rid of her from Carlos' life. Tom decides to apply for an empty position at Lynette's job, which leads to the arousal of past issues in their marriage. Lastly, Matthew and Danielle's relationship is found out by both their mothers, which leads to big repercussions later on for Bree and her past secret with Andrew last year.moreless

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  • awesome

    LOVE IT!!!!!
  • great

    loved this epsidoe of desperate housewives one of the best this season so far the gaby storyline was so much fun her fight with the nun was great and so entertaining the susan stuff was ok not that great but it seemed to be more fun this week the bree stuff was also ecelent this week i loved the ending so much with betty blackmail bree it was so juicy and delicous overall a great episodemoreless
  • Lo importante es saber cual guerra podemos ganar.

    Mientras en el episodio anterior Carlos demostraba su devoción a Gabrielle, en este ella demuestra lo que puede hacer una mujer celosa y le da su merecido a la estúpida Hermana Mary, además ofrece darle un hijo a su amado esposo. Tom y Lynette agregan otro conflicto a su ya tembloroso matrimonio. Susan y su doctor continuan en su ascendente relación en una forma muy graciosa y Bree tiene que lidiar con su hija adolescente loca por el vecino y su querida vecina Betty que es exactamente igual de calculadora que su contrincante. Este episodio tiene momentos muy graciosos pero en el fondo se dejan ver grandes fricciones entre los personajes.moreless
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  • Great episode!

    This episode of Desperate Housewives was a fine example of why we love to watch this show. There was drama, humor, an actual plot, and character development; and all that within one episode.

    To me, the best storyline was Bree finding out about the Applewhites hiding Caleb in their 2nd story room and that this is the man the police is looking for. Bree's daughter, Danielle, however, is dumb enough to tell Matthew, Betty Applewhite's son, about her brother running over Mrs. Solis and his mother covering him so he doesn't have to go to jail.

    Lynette & Tom work on a marketing pitch together creating a superb idea for a marketing campaign. As a result, Tom decides to apply for a job at Lynette's company so they have to work together for the entire campaign.

    Gabrielle's got a plan to get rid off Sister Mary, which works out perfectly fine with Sister Mary being relocated to some church in Alaska. However, she wants to enjoy her moment of triumph and eventually starts a fight with Sister Mary in the church.

    Finally, there's Susan's storyline about her and her boyfriend, the doctor, who she doesn't want to perform surgery on her. This storyline was more funny than dramatic but still good, though.

    All in all this has to be among the best 2 episodes of this Season so far. If they can keep up the whit and the drama they incorporated into this episode, I think that we are heading towards a grand season finale.moreless
Melinda Page Hamilton

Melinda Page Hamilton

Sister Mary Bernard

Guest Star

Mike Gomez

Mike Gomez


Guest Star

Carol Mansell

Carol Mansell

Pat the Receptionist

Guest Star

Currie Graham

Currie Graham

Ed Ferrara

Recurring Role

Jeff Doucette

Jeff Doucette

Father Crowley

Recurring Role

Jay Harrington

Jay Harrington

Dr. Ron McCready

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: Sister Mary's sleeve catches fire. When it's extinguished there is no burn damage to the sleeve.

    • In this episode we see Lynette coming for the back door twice. Why would she be doing that? She always parks her car in the front of the house, besides to get into the house that way she would have to walk around the whole house.

    • The scene at the church, when everyone is looking at Gabrielle and before she says "shush", at one point, she looks straight at the camera.

    • When the nun catches on fire and Gabrielle throws her to the floor, she hits the wrong arm.

    • When the nurse tells Susan that it is Dr. Ron's first splenectomy, she has a paper folded over her pad. Then just before she leaves such paper appears to be missing.

    • When Edie turns the TV over from the football (in color) to her movie (in black and white), the HDTV logo on the rim of her set, away from the actual screen, also turns from colour to black and white.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (after telling Father Crowley that Carlos is having an affair with Sister Mary, Gabrielle goes back to the confession booth to talk to another priest)
      Gabrielle: Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.
      Priest: How long since your last confession?
      Gabrielle: Hmm, not that long ago. Look, I sorta told a fib, so how many "Hail Mary"s is that gonna set me back?

    • Parker: So, who won the fight?
      Tom: We weren't fighting, mommy's just letting daddy know where he stands.

    • Susan: But I gotta be honest, the fact that you can't even cut that steak isn't helping.
      Dr.Ron: That's not fair. You overcooked it, and, frankly, it's not the freshest meat.
      Susan: Well, neither am I. I've got thirty-five years on that cow.

    • Father Crowley: How long has it been since your last confession?
      Gabrielle: Who cares? Father, it's me.

    • Mary Alice: Everyone understands the nature of war. We also understand that victory depends on the cards that we have been dealt. Some, when faced with a bloody battle, simply give in. But for some, surrender is unacceptable. Even though they know it will be a fight to the death.

    • Mary Alice: If there is one thing Edie Brit understood, it was the nature of war. After two failed marriages and countless rocky romances she had learned that love was a battlefield, and the easiest way to survive the carnage was total surrender. But the day comes for every soldier when she must take a stand. And fight. You see, when it came to men, Edie had a battle plan all her own. Yes, Edie Britt understood the nature of war. She also knew to the victor go the spoils.

    • Betty: (walks into the room) I hope you all brought your checkbooks (housewives look surprised to see her) because I'm feeling lucky!

    • Carlos: What the hell were you thinking?
      Gabrielle: Uh, depends. What have you heard?
      Carlos: I got a call from the church. They said you attacked Sister Mary!
      Gabrielle: Yeah, that's about right.
      Carlos: What are you thinking?
      Gabrielle: I wasn't, but I was thinking about it on the way over here. And I realized the ass I should be kicking is yours.
      Carlos: Mine?
      Gabrielle: Yes! Sister Mary manipulated you into threatening me, but you're the idiot that fell for it.
      Carlos: I was not threatening you. I was asking for a promise.
      Gabrielle: You made a promise, Carlos, a long time ago: till death do us part. And one day you just come home and start throwing words around like annulment. How do you think that makes me feel?
      Carlos: Okay, I'm sorry about that. I need to have a child.
      Gabrielle: And I need to know I'm the woman you want to spend the rest of your life with, not just some uterus in high heels.
      Carlos: Gabrielle, please.
      Gabrielle: No, Carlos, I am sorry. I am not gonna be blackmailed into giving birth. You have to choose. And I wish you would do it so I can move on with my life.
      Carlos: Well, of course I choose you.
      Gabrielle: I think that's the right decision. You know, I made a decision, too. The answer to your question earlier is yes.
      Carlos: Yes...
      Gabrielle: I wanna have a baby. I wanna have a baby with you.

    • Sister Mary: Thank you for meeting with me.
      Carlos: Sure! I'd have invited you in the house but the place is a real pigsty.
      Sister Mary: Carlos, I'm a nun, not a moron.

    • Mary Alice: Everyone understands the nature of war.(The girls are playing poker, and Betty raises) We also understand that victory depends on the cards we have been dealt. (Susan and Gabrielle fold their hands) Some, when faced with a bloody battle, simply give in. (Lynette and Edie also folds their hands) But for some, surrender is unacceptable. (Bree and Betty stare down) Even though they know it will be a fight. (Bree reraises Betty) To the death.

    • Lynette: (to Tom) If you take this job, you are never allowed to bring up what happened before with your promotion.
      Tom: That's it? Deal.
      Lynette: No, it's not a deal, I need a solemn vow that you will never throw that in my face ever again, because if you do, you will unleash demons that you do not want to meet.
      Tom: I get it.
      Lynette: And what I really need from you is to be forgiven.
      Tom: Actually, I already had.

    • Matthew: I got your note. What's going on?
      Danielle: Are you hiding someone in your house?
      Matthew: What?
      Danielle: My mom saw someone in your second story window. She think it's the guy who broke into Mrs. Solis'.
      Matthew: Damn it, Caleb.
      Danielle: Is that his name?
      Matthew: Has she told anybody else?
      Danielle: She left messages on her friends' machines. They're coming over soon to get details.
      Matthew: We're gonna have to leave tonight. This is...
      Danielle: Why? What's going on?
      Matthew: I would love to tell you, believe me, I would. But I can't.
      Danielle: If you trust me, I could help you. My family has secrets, too.
      Matthew: What my brother did, it's bad.
      Danielle: Last year my brother did something really awful, and my parents covered it up for him. If anyone were to ever find out, Andrew and my mom could go to jail. So you don't have to worry about me judging you. Tell me your secrets. I'll understand.
      Matthew: Okay. But you tell me yours first.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Due to time constraints, the opening credits were cut.

    • Even though they are credited, James Denton (Mike Delfino), Mark Moses (Paul Young), Andrea Bowen (Julie Mayer), Cody Kasch (Zach Young), Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van De Kamp), Brent Kinsman (Preston Scavo) and Shane Kinsman (Porter Scavo) do not appear in this episode.


    • Episode Title: The title of this episode comes from the Stephen Sondheim song of the same name. The song was originally written for Sondheim's 1962 musical "A Funny Thing Happened Happened On The Way To The Forum" but was not used.