Desperate Housewives

Season 8 Episode 17

Women and Death

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 18, 2012 on ABC
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On the day of the funeral of a beloved Wisteria Lane resident, each of the ladies thinks back on how this person had affected their lives. Meanwhile, believing that the investigation died with Chuck Vance, Bree is stunned when she is called in for questioning about the murder of Gabrielle's stepfather, Alejandro.


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  • 8.17 "Women and Death"

    Written by: Annie Weisman

    Directed by: David Grossman


    It was not that special of an episode after all. The only flashback I liked was with Gaby/Carlos & Mama Solis. So there. I said it. I appreciated seeing Lupe Ontiveros after all those years and Steven Culp is always a pleasure. Too bad Rex was a jerk in this one. My ratings would have been 5, but since it moved some of the storylines ahead I decided to give it 7.5. The highlight of the ep is Teri Hatcher's brilliant and subtle acting and Vanessa Williams' singing at the end. That was a beautiful scene and editing was nice. Gosh, the end is near :( .... 7,5/10moreless
  • At Mike's Funeral, Each Of The Ladies Thinks How Mike Influenced Their Lives. Bree Is Interrogated About Alejandro's Murder.

    This is propably the most touching episode they have ever made. The plot involving the murder continues with Bree. The viewer can almost forget it entirely, but that is not what this episode is about. It's about the characters. The flashback scenes are very well done in terms of realism and pure emotion. The best of such sequences, in my opinion, is the one where MJ asks his parents about life and death. It's so well done that you might actually think you are seeing an actual event rather than a scripted one. The ending scene where Susan tells her worries about the future with MJ to the ladies was the saddest scene in this episode. Excellent tearjerker.

    The only flaw in this episode is the TIMELINE. At the end of the previous episode, Susan stated that she was going to make dinner for Mike. This episode takes place minutes after it. However, when the episode began, Bree was talking to phone and said that she has told to the paperboy that the sprinklers start at 6 A.M. as she picks up the newspaper. The easier way to understand my point is to watch the opening sequence. Anyway, an excellent episode.moreless
  • Not much action or drama, but still an incredible episode for different reasons!

    Such a sad and moving episode, with Mike having his funeral and everyoen having their flashbacks...

    The best scene - which was exceptionally touching - was Mike explaining to MJ what heaven is, and I thought Susan's speech was so cute at the funral! It was so touching and sad! :(

    Farewell to Mike! :'( A really likeable character!

    Can't wait to find out what happens next, as we near the cculmination! :)moreless
  • farewell mike delfino

    This was an incredibly sad episode of desperate housewives as the women said goodbye to mike delfino. The use of flashbacks in this episode was abit predictable i mean desperate housewives has done this before with eli,edie and robin but this was different as the flashbacks actually moved the story along.. lynette is now determined to get tom back and gabby is finally going to let carlous do what makes him happy these were good development's, brees flashbacks didnt have anythhing to do with mike so they kinda felt out of place i also thought the scene with young bree and her mother and akward and badly written but it did shed some light onto why bree is the way she is. The best flashback was obviously susan, teri hatchers acting was absoulutly superb in this episode you really felt her emotions, The ending sequence with renee singing was beatifully done and the women all comforting susan was a great scene, Overall a really sad housewives episode that was a fitting tribute to mikemoreless
  • And it took them this long to show Mike some appreciation why?

    Mike has been a vital character in almost all the mysteries and storylines on the show.

    In Season one, he was David's dad and dierdra's ex. The woman who Mary-Alice stabbed, leading her to suicide. The finale's highlight was Mike and Paul's stand-off.

    Season 3, how does Orosn know Mike exactly? How was he involved in the murder of monique? Will he get his memory back.

    Season 5, the accident that led to all the drama.

    Season 7, did he shoot Paul Young.

    Mysteries aside. His love story with Susan has been epic. Their on again off again relationship and the legendary love triangles that followed. Edie/Susan/Mike. Katherine/Susan/Mike.

    Mike has been just as important as the core four housewives yet they almost completely ignored him in the last three seasons and gave even newcomer Ben more attention.

    Even his tribute episode felt out of place. When did those speeches he gave those housewvies even happen and what effect did they have?

    Nonetheless, the last few minutes make up for most of the cons and had me in tears.

    Mike, you will be missed :(moreless
Ned Schmidtke

Ned Schmidtke

Reverend Lawson

Guest Star

Brandon Ford Green

Brandon Ford Green

Uniformed Cop

Guest Star

Rebecca Wisocky

Rebecca Wisocky

Mrs. Mason

Guest Star

Andrea Bowen

Andrea Bowen

Julie Mayer

Recurring Role

Steven Culp

Steven Culp

Rex Van de Kamp

Recurring Role

Lupe Ontiveros

Lupe Ontiveros

Juanita "Mama" Solis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This episode marks the return of former main character Rex Van de Kamp (Steven Culp), who had last been seen in the 7th season premiere. He returns after an absence of 38 episodes. In addition to that, recurring character Juanita "Mama" Solis (Lupe Ontiveros) also returns, after an absence of 156 episodes, the longest range of absences by any character in the show between appearances.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Mary Alice: Yes, as much as death takes from us, it also gives. It teaches us what's truly important. Like giving back after a lifetime of taking... going after something we never should've let go of... or looking back on what made us who we are. But sometimes, the lessons learned after a person's death aren't the ones we expected.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Canada: March 18, 2012 on CTV
      Norway: April 10, 2012 on TV2
      Finland: April 23, 2012 on Nelonen
      Germany: September 5, 2012 on ProSieben
      Czech Republic: January 17, 2013 on Prima LOVE

    • Actress Mackenzie Smith, who portrayed the role of Rachel Miller in season 6, was cast as a young Bree Van de Kamp. In addition to that, Rebecca Wisocky, one of the actresses cast on Marc Cherry's new pilot, Devious Maids, was cast as Bree's mother.

    • This episode was directed by executive producer David Grossman, marking his 50th directing credit with the series, and establishing him as the director with the most episodes under his belt for the show, surpassing former executive producer Larry Shaw's 49 directing credits.