Desperate Housewives

Season 2 Episode 5

They Asked Me Why I Believe In You

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 23, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Susan's longtime book agent and dear friend, Lonny Moon (guest star Wallace Shawn), gets into financial trouble. Lynette is forced to go out to bars night after night with her man-hungry boss, Nina (guest star Joely Fisher). Bree finds out about Rex's feelings towards her prior to his death. Gabrielle has hired hotshot lawyer David Bradley (guest star Adrian Pasdar) to defend Carlos in court but Carlos rejects him after he witnesses an attraction between David and Gabrielle. Betty is filled with guilt when she learns that an innocent man has been arrested for the crime her son commited.moreless

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  • Ugh. Boring.

    Susan gets in touch with her "rock" Loony and recieves some very unpleasant news. Lynette's plan to loosen up her boss backfires. Carlos does not want the lawyer Bree picked out for him. Bree reads Rex's letter to her, and Betty tries to stop the wrong man from being executed.

    I didn't want the critics to be right about season two, but this episode was a disaster. Loony's storyline was just so unnecessary. I comprehend the fact that they wanted Looney's betrayal to symbolise Susan's, but did they think of how ridiculous the plotline actually is. If she was so close to this Roony, why didn't we even get a mention of him within the first season, and did we really need to get that repulsive kiss towards the end. See it's starting to dawn on me that the writers always count on a slapstick scene where Susan makes everyone laugh to cover up for the shortcomings of their scripts.

    Another thing that really bothers me is how little the Apple Whites storyline is moving alone. It's not even the least bit interesting. They even made Paul re-appear at the end because they realized that these new season two characters just won't cut it with their zero charisma or charm.

    The only redeeming aspect of the episode is Lynette's bar scene in which she breaks out and shows her boss that she CAN be the boss! It felt like a mini-chick flick in which Lynette actually looked hot, which is a first for her ok the show. I mean, Bree always looks polished, Teri Hatcher is stunning, so obviously Susan will look good in anything, and well I don't think anyone can disagree about Gabrielle being the hottest of the four, but Lynette always looked so worn out and exhausted, and her role needed that look, but this new office storyline is giving her chances to look a little bit better, and I like that. I do however think that there should have been more scenes of Tom as stay at home dad, because so far this season, his character seems like more of a prop.moreless
  • good

    i ddidnt love this episode of desperate housewives but it was enjoyable the stuff with susan wasnt juicy but it was pretty fun to watch the lynette stuff was really good watching her dance on the bar was really entertaining the bree storyline was the best tho the seen at the end when she dumps re was really welll acted by marcia cross and also pretty funny
  • Lo más destacable de este episodio es la decepción que se lleva Bree.

    Es increible que después de muerto, Rex aún pueda afectar tanto la vida de Bree, es absolutamente desconcertante la forma en que Bree actua cuando se da cuenta de la manera en que Rex pensaba antes de morir. Lynette tiene que enfrentarse a su jefa para poder separar el tiempo entre el trabajo y su familia, porque ya sabemos que ella no quiere caer en el cliché de ser una ejecutiva exitosa pero con el costo de dejar a su familia a un lado. Gabrielle se empeña de muchas maneras para lograr que la relación con Carlos salga adelante y que no enfrente demasiado tiempo en la carcel, pero Carlos se las ingenia para hacerlo más complicado. Y Susan le toca que alejarse de un gran amigo porque la confianza se acabó.moreless
  • If quotes of the show are submitted, make sure they are accurate!

    I am correcting two mistakes in one of the quotes, which I cannot edit myself. Firstly, Carlos's lawyer's chateau is in Chamonix in the alpine region of France, not Germany as written, and the food served at the little bistro is Raclette, which is a type of cheese.

    Just watched this episode in Australia but I missed the first 10 minutes. It had some interesting revelations, setting up various plot directions.
  • A really really good episode.

    Well this episode was nothing but great. Susan's book agent gets in trouble for embezzling, and wants her to go with him to start his own company. Of course she eventually declines because he is in major debt. Poor Lynette had to put up with her stupid boss Nina, but then eventually ended with Lynette showing her up at the bar. The dancing on the table tops was hilarious, but very good. Bree learnt the truth, that Rex thought she poisoned him. She decided to cut her loses and let out her grief for the first time, but ended up throwing her wedding ring in with Rex's body before she walked away. Gabby and her idiot lawyer made a bit a scene, but it was nothing terribly riveting. And finally, the return of Paul Young, finally opening some of that piled up mail. Poor Susan, by the looks of things, the truth may be coming out next week. I can't wait until then.

Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn

Lonny Moon

Guest Star

Adrian Pasdar

Adrian Pasdar

David Bradley

Guest Star

Charlie Hartsock

Charlie Hartsock


Guest Star

Joely Fisher

Joely Fisher

Nina Fletcher

Recurring Role

Kurt Fuller

Kurt Fuller

Detective Barton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: An elderly woman is seen coming out of Ida Greenberg's house as if it were her own.

    • Goof: In a flashback one can see Lonny and Susan in her house's corridor before heading to the hospital. In the second season finale, however, we learn that Susan didn't move in to that house until after Julie was born.

    • Goof: When the attendant brings Rex's body to Bree, he dashes off because he "forgot some forms". He clearly does not activate the wheel brake on the gurney. However, when Bree tries to move the gurney a few moments later, she has to ask the detective to "be a dear" and release the wheel brake.

    • When Bree is storming through the cemetery with the girls behind her, Edie's hobbling desperately to keep up, a good piece behind the other women, on her crutches. Yet less than a minute later she's caught up to then, seemingly with no strain on her part.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Bree: Well, I have some good news. The police have finally released Rex's body.
      Gabrielle: About time.
      Susan: You must be so relieved.
      Bree: You know, mostly I'm just annoyed that the whole thing happened in the first place. I mean, how in the world could anybody accuse me of murder?
      Edie: Well, you are wound pretty tight. (everyone looks at her) What? The supermom is always first to snap. They've done studies.

    • Susan: What would you do if this happened to you?
      Julie: See, this would never happen to me. This kind of thing only happens to you.

    • Mary Alice: Since her first day on the job, it had been clear to Lynette Scavo that her new boss, Nina, was unusually tense. To help relieve her tension Lynette tried giving her boss thoughtful gifts. A soothing wave machine, aromatherapy candles, even meditative Chi balls. But nothing seemed to ease Nina's tension. Until one day, when it occurred to Lynette there was one form of relaxation she had yet to try. And although it had come about in a unexpected manner, Nina's tension had finally been released, the old-fashioned way.

    • Mike: Susan, he committed a felony.
      Susan: Okay, who in this room has not committed a felony, raise your hand. Ah, ah, ah. Not so fast.

    • David: You want to know if I'm interested in sleeping with your wife. Well, the answer is yes.
      Gabrielle: Carlos, he's kidding. Tell him you're kidding.
      Carlos: Shut it.
      David: And clearly, Gabrielle is willful, self-centered and manipulative. She's also beautiful enough to be worth the trouble. So, the minute we leave this room I'm gonna aggressively pursue her. And when I succeed, which I will, we are gonna fly to my chateau in Germany and have dinner in a local bistro. They make the best racolin in all of Europe. We'll make love by the fire and afterwards a little midnight skiing. (to Gabrielle) You ski, don't you? You're athletic, you'll learn. (to Carlos) Anyway, all of this only happens if you fire me. If you keep me on, your wife's off-limits. I'd get disbarred for sleeping with a client's wife and nobody's worth that, not even her. That's my pitch. I'll let you think about it.

    • Bree: My husband, the man I spent my life with for eighteen years, died thinking that I murdered him!
      Susan: What?
      Bree: Yes, the cardiologist shared this moronic theory with Rex and Rex believed him!
      Gabrielle: Are you sure?
      Bree: Yes, because he left a note. And it said, and I quote, "Bree, I understand and I forgive you." I spent eighteen years of my life with this man. How could he not know me?
      Edie: Well, maybe he was forgiving you for something else.
      Bree: I have done nothing to be forgiven for! I was a fantastic wife! When he was sick, I nursed him. When we were low on money, I stayed within a budget. I cooked his meals, I mended his clothes. For the love of God, I used to check his back for acne. And that miserable son of a bitch has the nerve to understand and forgive me! Well, the joke's on him because I do not understand and I do not forgive!

    • Edie: (to Betty about the mailman) Well, he was great, but then he had this stroke, and now we're lucky if he doesn't drool all over the coupons.

    • Lonny: It's past noon, which means it's now socially acceptable to start drinking!

    • Mary Alice: (narrating) Everyone in the world needs someone they can depend on. Be they faithful friends (shot of Bree walking away from the gravesite with Susan, Gabrielle, Lynette, and Edie.) Determined advocates (shot of Carlos talking with his new lawyer.) Or a loving family (shot of Lynette coming home to Tom and Penny.) But occasionally in life, the people we thought would always be there for us leave (shot of Lonny eating pizza alone) And if that happens, it's amazing the lengths we'll go to get them back (shot of Paul looking at pictures of Mary Alice and Zach while he opens his mail.)

  • NOTES (2)

    • While at the bar with her annoying boss Lynette steals the show by dancing wildly to Boogie Shoes by KC and the Sunshine Band. Felicity Huffman has also danced to this song in an episode of Sports Night when the gang went back to the office to party after an awards show.

    • Although credited, Cody Kasch (Zach Young), Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer), Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van de Kamp), Joy Lauren (Danielle Van de Kamp), Brent Kinsman (Preston Scavo), Shane Kinsman (Porter Scavo), Zane Huett (Parker Scavo) and Roger Bart (George Williams) are absent from this episode.


    • In the scene where Lynette (Felicity Huffman) decides to dance at the bar, the song she dances to is "Boogie Shoes" by KC and the Sunshine Band. In the episode of Sports Night "Dear Louise", Huffman's character Dana gets thrown out of a bar for dancing on a table, and proceeds to dance to "Boogie Shoes" in the Sports Night office.

    • Episode title: The name of this episode comes from a song in a very early Sondheim work called "I Believe in You" which was written for television in the 1950s, but was unproduced. The song has appeared on several Sondheim compilation albums.