Desperate Housewives

Season 1 Episode 13

Your Fault

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 23, 2005 on ABC
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When Lynette's father-in-law (guest star Ryan O'Neal as Rodney Scavo) pays a visit to the family, she unwittingly learns a family secret - that he's been consistently cheating on his wife. Meanwhile, Susan is disturbed by Julie's growing romance with Zach. Rex attempts to reconcile with Bree as she tries to play hard-to-get. Lastly, Gabrielle is shocked when John's parents (guest stars Kathryn Harrold and Mark Harelik) ask her for a favor in convincing John to move back home as he officially turned eighteen and no longer wants to live at home and trying to pursue a relationship with Gabrielle.moreless

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  • Pointless episode.

    Lynette catches Tom's dad having an affair. Susan is worried about Julie and Zack's relationship. Bree creates a rumble between George and Rex, and Gabrielle breaks John's heart.

    Mike was nowhere to be seen, and I realized that he and Susan have not been seen together for the last two episodes. Carlos, Paul, and Zack get on my nerves, and this episode really didn't do anything for the plot except for putting John's storyline to rest. The writers overestimate how much we care about the younger characters like Zack, Julie, and Mike. This had to be the least entertaining episode of the show so far.moreless
  • good

    this was another pretty enjoyable episode of desperate housewives not the best of the season but still entertaining, i enjoyed meeting tom's father even if he is abit of a jerk, im intrigued by what tome feels guilty about though, i hope he hasnt cheated on lyntette, the bree storyline was ok but not great, her and rex going to war was pretty funny though, overall an ok epiosde just not the memorablemoreless
  • Un corazón se puede romper a cualquier edad.

    Cada personaje recibe un golpe en el corazón que hace que su vida cambie de ahora en adelante en la serie. Zach y Julie continuan con su romance escondido mientras Susan prohibe que esa relación continue. Gabrielle decide elegir el camino correcto (Carlos) sobre el camino más apasionante (John), dejando a su jóven amante con el corazón roto pero con la decisión de madurar. Rex tiene su corazón en duda, por la salida nocturna de Bree, y más cuando confirma que se vió con George a la madrugada. Y Para finalizar Tom confiesa que hizo algo de lo cual teme Lynette se dé cuenta, por la forma en que aparece la revelación, es algo que tiene que ver con infidelidad. Definitivamente un corazón roto nos cautiva.moreless
  • There Will Be Consequences Written by Kevin Etten Directed by Arlene Sanford

    It's been three episodes since the lovely John last graced our screens and in his absence, Gabrielle's been doing her best to get on with her life. It was only a matter of time before she'd have to deal with the Rowland's and they're here in mighty form when Helen issues a reasonable ultimatum – get John to get his life back on track or face jail. Unfortunately, despite an attempt on Gabby's part, it wasn't surprising that her little chat with her jail bait ex-lover would yield far different results.

    The proposal thing didn't surprise me within the slightest and while I really feel for the guy, I'm glad Gabrielle did the right thing even if she had to break his heart in the process. Sure, he was a toy to her but she probably did feel something for him. The question of Gabby leaving Carlos gets raised again, so if does get convicted, there's a possibility she will. When she finds out he's been tampering with her birth control pills, she definitely will. Carlos really had bugger all to do in this episode, so the Rowland's made up for that.

    Helen's anger was reasonably justified but Bob's surprisingly kindness towards Gabrielle did take me aback until he revealed that he wished he had made at least one mistake like his son. Does that mean he wished he cheated on his wife? Or maybe he himself had been in a similar position to John when he was seventeen but made a different choice than his son? I'm not really sure but I like this family and here's hoping Cherry and company can thinks of ways to bring them back as I would be happy to learn more about them.

    The cheating curve gets a great workout within the Scavo marriage when Lynette finds her slightly sexist father in law Rodney (Ryan O'Neal giving a good performance) cheating on his wife with one of his clients in the living room/foyer. This looked like it was going to be an amusing plot but it quickly becomes serious when we learn Tom is well aware of his father's infidelities and isn't one bit affected by it. Lynette's anger is understandable to an extent and the most solid union on this show is now thrown into doubt when Lynette informs her husband how she would handle being cheated on and quelle surprise, it seems Tom has a marriage threatening secret of his own. Whatever it is, I hope he removes all sharp and blunt objects when Lynette finds it out.

    Oddly enough, my favourite housewife's storyline of the week was actually a bit fillerish. Don't get me wrong it was still very good but the other plots were much better. I'll admit though I did enjoy Bree and Rex antics in the settlement office. There's obviously still love there between the both of them but I'm not actually looking forward to this inevitable reconciliation. To be honest, I've never been a huge Rex fan; at best I think he's a whiny, submissive wimp. At worst (which means in this episode) he's an arrogant prat. George may be creepier than thou, now that he's upping his Bree obsession but Rex had no right to talk to him the way he did. I kind of wish for once in a while doctors on US programmes (besides ER) were portrayed better. Rex is the stereotype up himself idiot who thinks he's superior to everyone else. When this show began, a lot of people wondered how he putted up with his wife's OCD like idiosyncrasies but I'm starting to wonder how Bree put up with his attitude. George was totally wrong for tampering with Rex's medication (first Paul, then Carlos and now George. What is it with these people?) but I don't think he's entirely wrong about the not so good doctor. Now I really feel for Bree if these two halfwits are her only options.

    However the arc that excels the most here though revolves around the Susan/Julie/Zach/Paul angle. Here's the latest headline – Julie and Zach are a couple, Susan doesn't like it one bit while Paul only becomes concerned when he finds his son's girlfriend knows a fair about the Young family tree. The truth about Dana is inadvertently revealed to Susan, only for Paul to later spill to Zach that mystery Dana is well and truly alive and then Zach goes nuts when Susan bans him from seeing Julie. Is everyone still with me because this thread almost made me lose my breath? It's comedic at first for Susan's hysterical reaction of catching Julie and Zach kiss, not to mention that Paul is capable of cracking a smile that doesn't hint at something sinister. Comedic then quickly shifts to tense – Paul helping Zach with his tie for the school dance while quizzing him on his memories. It looked for a brief moment he was gonna strangle his son because Paul is just about capable of anything. Then we had him explaining the Dana situation to Susan while they danced and when he pulled her closer, it looked the literal meaning of the song "Murder On The Dancefloor" was gonna take place.

    Now onto the revelation of Dana still being alive. Well, first of – what the hell? Secondly, where is she? I'm assuming she was three or four years younger than Zach so that makes her eleven or twelve, so if she's alive and kicking, she has to be somewhere, right? If Zach didn't kill her, there has to be some reason why the Young's to have given her away. This is really gonna hurt my head if I think about it too much but this enquiring mind wants answers. So to also recap, I was impressed with Zach blackmailing his father into staying into Wisteria Lane but fearful for Susan when he turned on her and now more for Julie now that his feelings for her bordered on the obsessive. Still though, this plot kept hooked more than others combined so I can't wait to see what happens next.

    Also in "Your Fault"

    Have to talk about this week's teaser. I was very impressed with the role reversal good/bad kids' thing with Susan and Lynette. I think it was the first flashback wasn't actually used.

    Bob (to Gabrielle): "You'll have to forgive my wife. She's still a little upset over the whole-"

    Helen: "– statutory rape thing!"

    Just to clarify, John is now 18, so if he and Gabrielle do hook up again, at least this time she won't be considered a paedophile.

    Rex: "What do you say, Bree, do we send the vulture's home?"

    Bree: "I want to keep the Club membership. Rex is terrible at tennis and hates buffets".

    So Bree and Rex actually did take tennis lessons then? Assets that were divided included good china, golf clubs and something to do with Aspen.

    Good use of music in this episode but what is the name of the song Susan and Paul were dancing to? And for a school dance that Bree was also chaperoning, I was surprised not see either Andrew or Danielle there.

    John: "Sure, we'd be poor at first but we'd be happy"

    Gabrielle: "I've tried poor but happy. Guess what? Wasn't that happy".

    Lynette (to Tom): "And I am definitely not your mother because if you ever betray me, I will leave you. I will take your kids and walk out that door".

    Doug Savant has gotten the "Special Guest Star" credit, so this only means meatier storylines for Tom. That's a goodie for us.

    Okay I really liked this episode a lot. The writing was tight and acting above par but I do wonder with all these nifty new revelations about are the writers digging themselves a creative hole. Oh I don't care; this was another great episode that the addiction to this show is justified.

Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O'Neal

Rodney Scavo

Guest Star

Mark Harelik

Mark Harelik

Bob Rowland

Guest Star

Kathryn Harrold

Kathryn Harrold

Helen Rowland

Guest Star

Doug Savant

Doug Savant

Tom Scavo

Recurring Role

Roger Bart

Roger Bart

George Williams

Recurring Role

Brent Kinsman

Brent Kinsman

Preston Scavo

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Susan Mayer's daughter Julie has aged by two years this season.

      In the "Previously on Desperate Housewives" intro on episode 1.03 "Pretty Little Picture", the narrator says: "Susan took dating tips from her 12-year-old daughter".

      Then in episode 1.10 "Come Back to Me", during a conversation with Mike, Susan says of Julie: "...She just acts so mature, I forget she's thirteen".

      And lastly, in episode 1.13 "Your Fault", Susan walks in on Zach kissing Julie and rebukes him saying: "What are you thinking? She's only fourteen".

    • In one scene, Rodney puts butter on his plate, but when it cuts back to the plate the butter is missing.

    • In the prom scene, when Paul walks up to Susan on the notes of "Dust in the Wind", the teenagers in the background are still dancing as if there is an upbeat song playing. We cut to Susan and back to Paul but now everybody is dancing a slow, just a second later.

    • In the flashback, Julie's report card said Fairview Elementary School but she looked much too old for elementary school, even if it was 5th grade.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Bree: It was my first week in college, and I went to a meeting of the Young Republicans, where Rex gave a speech and I went up to him afterward and introduced myself and told him that I agreed with his stance on the death penalty, and he took me out to a diner and, uh, we stayed up until 2 in the morning talking about big government, gun control and illegal immigration. (sighs) It was just... it was just such a magical night.

    • Gabrielle: (to John) I've tried poor but happy. Guess what? Wasn't that happy!

    • Gabrielle: Every once in a while even I want to do the right thing.

    • Mary Alice: Suburbia is a place filled with responsible people trying to live responsible lives. Of course, even the most responsible among us, has mistakes in their past. Mistakes they'd like to forget. Mistakes that sometimes come back to haunt them.

    • Julie: Mom!
      Susan: What is going on here? Were you just kissing my daughter?
      Zach: I...uh...a little.
      Susan: What are you thinking?
      Julie: Mom, calm down.
      Susan: She's only fourteen!
      Zach: Yeah. I should, I should probably be going.
      Susan: You think?

    • Zach: Ms. Mayer! Hey, is Julie home?
      Susan: She's in the shower.
      Zach: Oh. Well, I just came by to give her some good news.
      Susan: What's that?
      Zach: Well, it turns out my Dad and I aren't moving after all.
      Susan: What?
      Zach: Yeah. He reconsidered, so I guess we're going to keep living across the street.
      Susan: Okay. Wow, uh, wow. You know, uh, can you sit down? I need, uh, to talk to you.

    • Rex: So, have you seen Bree lately?
      George: Yeah, I ran into her last night at the diner on Maple Avenue. We had a nice talk.
      Rex: That's all you did? Just talk?
      George: We're just friends, Dr. Van de Kamp. Nothing more.
      Rex: That's good to hear. You know, if you ever do get a vibe from Bree that she's interested in more than just friendship, I'd be careful if I were you.
      George: Excuse me?
      Rex: I just want you to know that she'd only be using you to even the score with me. Don't fall for it.
      George: Bree would never do anything like that. She's a lady.
      Rex: Exactly. A very beautiful, classy lady. Remember, they tend to end up with doctors, not pharmacists.
      George: Bree is very beautiful, and very classy, but she's not very perceptive. For instance, she thinks you're a good person, and it is now very clear to me you aren't.

    • Mary Alice: There is a look that parents of well behaved children, give to the parents of the not so well behaved. A look that says 'you should learn to control your kids. After all, they're your responsibility'. Of course, it was easy for Susan to feel smug with a daughter like Julie. She always brought home straight A's. She was helpful around the house. She was bright, affectionate, and considerate of others. To her mother's way of thinking, Julie was the perfect child. Unfortunately, Susan was about to discover that no such creature existed. There is also a look that parents of not so well behaved children give to parents like Susan. It says, 'welcome to the club'.

    • Bob Rowland: John surprised us last night when he announced he was turning down his college scholarship.
      Helen Rowland: Instead, he's decided to expand his gardening business. Mow lawns full time.
      Gabrielle: Well, why, uh, why would he do that?
      Helen Rowland: We don't know why. Do you think we'd be talking to you if we did?
      Bob Rowland: You'll have to forgive my wife. She's still upset over the whole, um...
      Helen Rowland: Statutory rape thing.

    • Rex: Hey!
      Bree: I'm not speaking to you.
      Rex: Didn't like the settlement talks, huh?
      Bree: You only demanded the good china because you know I love it.
      Rex: You take our timeshare in Aspen, and I'm vindictive? Come on! You'll hardly ever use that place!
      Bree: Hardly? How about never!
      Rex: I mean, fine. When I move out, I'm going to use your good china for take out food. Yeah. Pizza, spare ribs...
      Bree: You know what? At our next settlement talks, I plan on asking for your golf clubs!
      Rex: Isn't divorce fun?

    • Susan: (chuckles) Listen, I know being dramatic is the birthright of every teenager, but come on...
      Zach: (throwing furniture around) WHY ARE YOU LAUGHING!!?? DO YOU THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
      Susan: (harshly) Thank you, Zach. You have just made this really easy for me. You are now forbidden from seeing or talking to my daughter ever again! And if you come within ten feet of her, I will call the police, and I will have you arrested! Now get out!

    • Bree: You are such a special man, George Williams. And you deserve such a special woman.
      George: I think so.

    • Susan: Zach, um, Julie is only fourteen years old, and sometimes girls, when they're that age, they just don't always make the right decisions. And, um, as her mother, it is my responsibility to protect her.
      Zach: You want to protect her for me?
      Susan: No, I, just, I think that you should slow things down. I, I, I want you to not see her for a while.
      Zach: No.
      Susan: No?
      Zach: You're not taking her away from me.

    • Gabrielle: John, you're a toy. A sweet dumb toy. So you might as well go to college, because there's nothing between us.

    • Zach: Hey. You know that Julie is the first girl I ever gave a flower to?
      Susan: Really.
      Zach: Yeah. Yeah, I really like her, Ms. Mayer.

    • Bob Rowland: John's a big boy. Whatever happened between the two of you is his mistake as much as yours.

    • Lynette: So here's the thing. I feel really awful about how I acted before.
      Tom: For god's sake, you threw me out of my own house.
      Lynette: I overreacted, I'm sorry.

    • Tom Scavo: (to his dad) There's something that Lynette doesn't know about Dad. Something that I did. And I don't know what's going to happen if she ever finds out.

    • Gabrielle: Obviously I'm not leaving my husband and marrying John.
      Bob Rowland: I think that's wise.

    • Mary Alice Young: (narrating) Sooner or later, the time comes when we all must become responsible adults, and learn to give up what we want, so we can choose to do what is right. Of course, a lifetime of responsibility isn't always easy, and as the years go on, it's a burden that can become too heavy for some to bear. But still we try to do what is best, what is good; not only for ourselves, but for those we love. -Zach and Julie interlude-. Yes, sooner or later, we must all become responsible adults. No one knows this better than the young.

    • Paul: We need to talk about these things that you think you remember. They're not true.
      Zach: How can they not be true?
      Paul: Memories lie, Zach. You didn't kill anyone. Dana is very much alive.

    • Rex: What do you say Bree, do we send the vultures home?
      Bree: I want to keep the club membership. Rex is terrible at tennis and hates buffets.

    • Gabrielle: What opportunity is more important than college?
      John: For the longest time, the only thing I had to offer you was my heart. Mr. Solis gave you security and I couldn't compete. But now even he can't offer you that. And I can. My business is taking off. I can take care of you. We can finally be together. Mrs. Solis, will you marry me?

  • NOTES (8)

    • On the DVD, a deleted scene from this episode is featured in which Lucille Soong guest stars again as Carlos and Gabrielle's maid, Yao Lin, who makes them give her an expensive statute in return for her continuing to work for them. As the scene was deleted for time, however, Lucille Soong did not appear in this episode and was not credited.

    • The song playing at the prom is "Do The Damn Thing (DTDT)" by Rupee. He's a soca artist from Barbados on Atlantic Records. Another of his songs was also featured on "After The Sunset" OST called Tempted To Touch. He has two albums out, Dot Com and 1 on 1. He however, has many more songs than those two albums. He has been singing for 10+ years now on the Barbadian music scene winning numerous competitions.

    • Although credited, Nicollette Sheridan (Edie Britt) and James Denton (Mike Delfino) are absent from this episode.

      However, Nicollette Sheridan appeared in a deleted scene from this episode in which Gabrielle tried to put her house up for sale.

    • The song playing while Susan (Teri Hatcher) and Paul (Mark Moses) dance is Kansas - Dust in the Wind, released in December 1977.

    • Ryan O'Neal's character name is Rodney, as in Rodney Harrington, the character he played on "Peyton's Place" in the 1960's. After she finds him fooling around, Lynette exclaims, "I can't believe you'd do this to
      Allison." Allison McKenzie was Rodney Harrington's girlfriend, played by Mia Farrow.

    • The song playing in the background of John's apartment when Gabrielle comes to talk to him is "Me Against The World" by Canadian punk rock group Simple Plan, off of their new album, "Still Not Getting Any..."

    • In some edited versions of this episode, Doug Savant (Tom Scavo) is credited as a special guest star, along with Ryan O'Neal, who plays his father. However, in the DVD boxset for season one, in this episode, he is credited as a guest star.

    • Guest stars Mark Harelik (Bob Rowland) and Kathryn Harrold (Helen Rowland) both recently appeared in an episode of NBC's Medical Investigation.