Desperate Housewives

Season 2 Episode 2

You Could Drive a Person Crazy

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 02, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Susan is surprised, and not pleasantly so, when she finds out who Edie's new boyfriend is - her ex-husband Karl. Meanwhile, Lynette has gone back to work, leaving Tom in charge of the house. She now has a problem of getting Tom to keep the house clean on a more daily basis. Bree's mother-in-law, Phyllis (guest star Shirley Knight), continues to drive Bree crazy with her melodramatic grieving in public places. Carlos makes an unusual request to Gabrielle after his life is threatened behind bars. Lastly, pharmacist George reemerges in Bree's life, which sets off an alarm to Phyllis and her suspicions surrounding her son's death.moreless

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  • An alright one.

    I thought Tom is starting to be ridiculous. 1. I would NOT sleep on baby vomit. Especially since it's not on his side so what does he care. 2. things like painting before breakfast. I get it's kind of a matter of parenting but still children have systems, and kids like theirs shouldn't be allowed out of their system. If they aren't allowed sugar after 5pm because of being hyper, well Tom shouldn't just go and give sugar for example. And I think Lynette did a good job for 7 years or whatever, so to provide advice is not bad. And I think Tom is still being quite cruel because of his anger about the job (which as I've ranted before, he neglected to tell her about the travel so it was equal).

    And my god at Phyllis. That woman is horrible. At I thought Bree is acting quite normal for her really. And I suppose as the audience we know she did break down already but urgh.. Phyllis is such a horrible actress too. If the tears are supposed to be genuine then my god it's horrible, because she stops instantly and there's no real tears. If it's supposed to be fake well then ok.

    Loved that slap! Well overdue, wish it was harder and for more justified reason at that point in time though. The nerve on Phyllis for calling the insurance company! And just every word she says. Tell Bree people would console her if she showed emotion. People are trying to console her! You keep stopping them! The nerve of her calling the Insurance company! A hug does not constitute a boyfriend!! And a few photos of a hug does not constitute evidence either!

    Cannot see Edie and Carl at all! I mean I know Susan should kind of stop being as possessive as she can be sometimes. But at the same time, Carl admits he likes (from memory) or at least hugged her a lot, and then the next day he's asking out Edie.. But Susan did start of being an adult and responsible and staying quiet and Edie kept badgering her for a reaction over and over. Especially about the Jacuzzi and the best sex he's ever had? Quite rude of her to say. I did like Susan's comeback though. And then the look on her face when she saw Edie coming at her ha. And still Susan was being the adult with Edie doing her whole "you don't want anyone else to be finished".. But Susan hitting her was entirely an accident! We can see it was an accident. Carl then telling Susan off for telling Edie about the conversation? Seriously. You go out with someone else same day you ask for someone else back. Sorry I'm ranting. Writing as you watch is probably not good. Cutting herself on the thorns of the roses is funny but seriously, hardly something to bring up, that IS an accident. But I don't know, I feel like Carl is such a manipulator and doucheface.

    I tend to use these to get my frustrations out, I still really like the show and the episodes though.

    Lol at Lynette's little speech to the rat in the trash can though.

    Damn Betty is believable at tricking that doctor into sleeping pills though! Go her.moreless
  • That slap!

    Lynette tricks Tom into finally cleaning the house. Susan crashes into Edie's parade, literally. Gabrielle needs to convince a woman to get a boob job for Carlos' safety, and Bree is extremely annoyed by Phillis' behavior.

    First of all, I have to say, that slap was just epic! I have been waiting for Bree to do that since the moment Phyliss arrived on the show. Bree is definetely taking center stage this season. She's litterally the only lady with an interesting storyline this time around. The makeup/breakup Mike and Susan plotline is growing rather tiresome, and so is Tom Vs. Lynette debacle. I mean it's funny, yes, but we need to start to get some individual Lynette storylines. Also I think Carlos needs to get out of jail because his stay there is blocking Gabrielle from actually having an entertaining storyline.moreless
  • great

    well i thought this episode of desperate housewives wass a prettty bigg improvvmentt on the ratherrr borring seassoon premire, i loved the teaser at the beginning with the paper boy that was pretty funny, i am also intrigued by the applewhites although they seem abit isolated from everyone eles hopefully that will change soon, the lynette stuff was fun with the rat haha, the gaby stuff was ok but no great, but for me the bree stuff was the best it was grreaat to seee geroge back he is so creepymoreless
  • Cada ama de casa encuentra la manera de tener un poco de control en sus vidas.

    Susan se las arregla para llevar la batuta en la relacion con Mike. Lynette se las arregla para hacer que Tom lleve la vida doméstica en la manera en que se tiene que hacer. Philly se las arregla para que Bree esté un poco más cuidadosa sobre su relación, para al final lograr inculparla por sus amorios. Y Gabrielle finalmente logra que tener el control sobre el dinero de Carlos. Y Betty la nueva ama de casa nos muestra que todo en su vida está casi que perfectamente controlado, y su secreto nos intriga mas y más en cada episodio .moreless
  • One of the best episodes of the season

    You can tell from the very first scene, this episode is a series classic, though still not as exciting as Next. Susan learns of Karl's new girlfriend, Bree copes with her mother in law's emotional outbreaks, Lynette learns working comes with a price, and Gabby must run some unusual errands for Carlos.

    The episode starts out with an explanation of the neighborhood paper boy, Danny Farrel. After this, while Susan is getting her paper, she notices Karl at Edie's house, and ending with her storming off, and throwing her paper at Danny. As it continues, Phylis's constant crying drives Bree insane ("Good God, Phylis. Don't you ever worry about dehydration?"), resulting in Bree slapping Phylis. Lynette is distraught that Tom isnt keeping the house clean, so, in return, she releases a rat in the house. And, Carlos is threatened, leading Gabrielle to give a fellow inmate's girlfriend money for a boob job.

    It's a series classic; And quite frankly one of the best episodes of the season.moreless
Ridge Canipe

Ridge Canipe

Danny Farrell

Guest Star

Deb Hiett

Deb Hiett

Woman #1

Guest Star

Loren Lester

Loren Lester

Dr. Baker

Guest Star

Shirley Knight

Shirley Knight

Phyllis Van de Kamp

Recurring Role

Terry Bozeman

Terry Bozeman

Dr. Lee Craig

Recurring Role

Pat Crawford Brown

Pat Crawford Brown

Ida Greenberg

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Bree is hugging George you can see how his head changes positions between scenes.

    • When Bree is at the shop and people are waiting behind her mother-in-law, you can see how the first woman gets into the shop but you cannot see the man who came in, he just suddenly appears there.

    • Goof: When Susan is screaming at Edie and she's going away, Susan's hands change position between shots.

    • Goof: When Mike gets into Susan's house and they are talking, you can see that behind Mike is not the real room that we have seen in other episodes, instead there is a little room with a window.

    • Goof: When Bree is coming downstairs and Rex's mother is talking on the phone, you can see that behind Bree there is a big crystal door and you can see some trees trough it. However, in season 1 we have seen that behind that door it was another room with a piano.

    • Goof: Susan sent Edie roses after hitting her with her car. Susan's ex husband, Edie's new boyfriend says that Edie cut herself on the thorns. Thorns are removed by florists before delivery, so unless these roses came from Susan's garden, which would mean Susan delivered them and would know if Edie got them or not, this could not have happened.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Gabrielle: I've just realized Rita and I have a lot in common.
      Carlos: Please don't tell me you have low self-esteem, because if I laugh now I'm gonna crack the one good rib that I have left.

    • Mike: I've got a question for ya.
      Susan: Sure, go ahead...
      Mike: Where are we now?
      Susan: Where are we?
      Mike: Yeah...we're not moving in together we're not broken up so, where are we?
      Susan: I dont know...

    • Mary Alice: (narrating) Control. It's extraordinary the tactics people employ to obtain it. Some rely on deception. While others engage in outright trickery. Then there are those who resort to extortion. Why do we fight so hard for control? Because we know to lose it is to put our fate in the hands of others. And what could be more dangerous?

    • Mary Alice: (narrating) Beautiful lawns, spacious homes, happy families. These are the hallmarks of suburbia. But if you look beneath the veneer of gracious living... you will see a battle raging, a battle for control. You see the combatants everywhere, engaged in their routine skirmishes...fighting fiercely to have dominion over the world around them, all the while knowing... it's a battle they will lose.

    • Mary Alice: (narrating) The remarkable thing about Danny Farrell was that he had only been a paperboy for six months. And in that time, he had become the enemy of every woman on Wisteria Lane. If there was a puddle on someone's property, he found it. If a new rosebush had just been planted, he destroyed it. If a cat was enjoying a moment in the sun, he ended it. People wondered if Danny would ever change. They should have talked to Susan Mayer. She could have told them: obnoxious boys tend to become obnoxious men. Just like the one she had been married to. Yes, the women of Wisteria Lane believe Danny Farrell to be the enemy. They also believed the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    • Lynette: (talking to the dead rat) Hey, little guy. I just wanted to say I'm really sorry about what happened with the shovel, neither one of us saw that coming, I know it's not much consolation, but you really helped my marriage. That's a lot for a little rat to accomplish in one lifetime. Well it's getting late, so, hats off to ya.

    • Edie: You don't have the guts.
      Susan: In five seconds, I'm gonna punch it.
      Edie: (holds up a set of keys) Yeah? I'll key your car!
      Susan: Not if you're sucking my exhaust, you won't.
      Edie: Take back what you said!
      Susan: No, I won't!
      Edie: Admit it, you'd do anything to destroy my happiness!
      Susan: Edie, for God's sake. Why would I care if you end up with a man I despise?
      Edie: 'Cause you and Mike are finished. Yeah, word's out. And now that you can't be happy, you don't want anyone else to be, period.

    • Susan: Edie, what are you doing?
      Edie: You are a lying liar.
      Susan: We're in the middle of the street. Would you get out of here?
      Edie: Karl never said that!
      Susan: Okay, Karl asked me to get back together the day after Julie's birthday. I said no, which I'm guessing is the reason for the now legendary tequila bra-popping incident. Please let go.
      Edie: Oh, no. We're not finished here.
      Susan: Well, yes, we are. I'm gonna go.

    • Julie: He asked her out.
      Susan: You lie.
      Julie: It's true. He called her for a date six months ago. The day after my birthday party.
      Susan: The one at the piano bar?
      Julie: Yeah. What is it?
      Susan: Oh, um, your father just came over that day and told me some stuff. You know, some stuff that I haven't and can't tell you.
      Julie: Wait. Whatever happened to we share everything? Isn't that our thing, what we're known for?
      Susan: Um, actually, I think what we're known for is sharing clothes. Yeah. I think that's our thing.

    • Edie: Karl said that you know all about our dirty little secret.
      Susan: Yes, yes, I do.
      Edie: Well, I feel awful. I should have told you that I was doing your ex. Well, it would've been the classy thing to do.
      Susan: Well, etiquette is a lost art for a lot of people.
      Edie: Oh, you've gotta believe me, I never, ever thought anything would happen with us. But on our first date, Karl took me to a Mexican restaurant. You know what I get like when I drink tequila. A couple of shooters and my bra unhooks itself.
      Susan: Circumstances beyond your control. I get it. So if you'll excuse me.
      Edie: Hey. Hey, hey. I am offering you an opportunity here. I mean, go ahead, vent. Let me have it. Come on, tell me what a bitch I am. Yeah, for snacking on your leftovers. I deserve it. Come on, bring it on.
      Susan: Honestly, Edie, I don't mind. You can skate off into the sunset with Karl. Be my guest.
      Edie: Well, that's good to know. You know, I probably shouldn't tell you this, but, while we were in my Jacuzzi last night, Karl said it was the best sex he's ever had, bar none.
      Susan: Actually, I'm glad that you shared that, because here's a tidbit for you. Karl said he's still in love with me.

    • Karl: Do we have to do this now? I haven't had my coffee yet.
      Susan: Did you spend the night with Edie? Oh, my God!
      Karl: Susie, just calm down.
      Susan: You are forbidden from ever seeing her again. Do you hear me? Forbidden!
      Karl: We're divorced. You can't tell me who I can date.
      Susan: I live on this street. Your daughter lives on this street. I will not have you flaunting your sexcapades in front of us.
      Karl: Sexcapades?
      Susan: Forbidden!
      Karl: I, I, I would love to continue this, but it's time for breakfast, and Edie is making me a Frittata.
      Susan: Well, I just bet she is!

    • Gabrielle: Why are all rich men jerks?
      Carlos: Same reason all beautiful women are bitches!
      Carlos: So, same time tomorrow?
      Gabrielle: Sure, baby.
      (leans over and kisses him)

    • Gabrielle: (to Carlos) Honey, you and your macho pride. Just tell him you're flattered but you don't swing that way.

    • Susan: I was just wondering... are you having some remodeling done on your house or something?
      Betty: No, why?
      Susan: Well, uh... I work at home, so... I'm home a lot, working, and... I just keep hearing these noises, lately. It's hard to concentrate.
      Betty: I haven't noticed anything.
      Susan: Really... well it sounds like it is coming from your house. You know, it's like a clinging, clinging... (clinging from the house) There, that's it! Did you hear it?!
      Betty: Oh, yes... Matthew's very handy. He's always doing parts around the house. I guess I just don't notice the noise any more.
      Susan: Even at 2 o'clock in the morning? Cause that's kind of hard to miss.
      Betty: I'm so sorry. Matthew is somewhat of an insomniac, Susan, but I will talk to him and will put a stop to it. (we see Mathew in the bake-round behind Betty)
      Matthew: Hello, Mrs. Mayer.
      Susan: Hi... Matthew.

    • Carlos: (to Gabrielle) Listen to me, you're going to go back there, you're going to put that money in Rita's hands, and you're going to convince her that life is not worth living unless she has jugs the size of Texas! Do I make myself clear?

    • Mary Alice (voiceover): lose it is to put our fate into the hands of others, and what could more dangerous?

    • Betty: You know we don't talk to him, that's part of his punishment.

    • Susan: Just give me a minute... I am asking God to kill me.

    • Bree (to Phyllis on her incessant crying): Even Italians take a break now and then!

    • Bree (to sobbing Phyllis): For God's sake Phyllis, don't you ever worry about dehydration?

    • Susan: (to Mike) Since the guy who held me hostage turned out to be your son, logic dictates I should move on.

    • Lynette: (to Bree about Phyliss) Is she gonna be alright?
      Bree (Gets up and smacks a sobbing Phyllis): She'll be fine. You were saying?

    • Lynette: And, the rat, you took it outside?
      Tom: Oh no, I smashed it with a shovel.
      Lynette: You killed it?
      Tom: Not with the first hit.

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