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Season Info

Season 5 of "Desperate Housewives" begins five years in the future and explores changes in the lives of the women of Wisteria Lane. Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) is married to Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) and a mom to two young girls; Brie (Marcia Cross) runs a successful catering business with Katherine (Dana Delaney); Lynette (Felicity Huffman) deals with problems concerning her now-teenage twin sons; Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) returns after an absence with a new husband, Dave Williams (Neal

Genre: Comedy

Network: ABC




Air date: Sep 28, 2008

You're Gonna Love Tomorrow

It's five years later as the fifth-season opens, and Susan is trying to hide her relationship with a new man. Meanwhile, Gaby questions her maternal skills; Bree is about to publish a cookbook as her business partner, Katherine, bristles; Lynette catches her teenage twins (Charlie Carver and Max Carver) spearheading illegal activities; and Edie returns to Wisteria Lane with a new man in tow.

Air date: Oct 5, 2008

We're So Happy You're So Happy

Gaby tries to salvage what's left of her social stature; Lynette discovers Porter's softer side; the men in Susan's life meet; Bree must juggle marriage and career; Edie once again sees just how hostile Wisteria Lane residents can be; and Mrs. McCluskey enlists Katherine's help in digging up info on new neighbor Dave (Neal McDonough).

Air date: Oct 12, 2008

Kids Ain't Like Everybody Else

Danielle Van De Kamp is met with criticism when she returns to Wisteria Lane; Gaby and Susan get in a catfight following an altercation between their kids; Tom and Dave form a garage band after Lynette told Tom to get rid of his old things; and Katherine and Mrs. McCluskey invite Edie to lunch to press her for more information on Dave.

Air date: Oct 19, 2008

Back in Business

Bree's success evokes jealousy on Wisteria Lane; Lynette, who misses using her business expertise, offers Bree unsolicited marketing advice; Mike feels as though he's not a part of MJ's life while Susan teaches their reluctant young son how to fall; and Gaby wants Carlos to be more amorous. Meanwhile, Dave's real reason for moving to Wisteria Lane begins to come into focus.

Air date: Oct 26, 2008

Mirror, Mirror

Dave persuades Susan to throw a 70th-birthday party for Mrs. McCluskey, but his motives aren't entirely altruistic and Mrs. McCluskey isn't overjoyed; Jackson wants to ramp things up with Susan; Gaby fears she might be pregnant again; and Tom tells Lynette that he has sold the pizzeria. Meanwhile, events of the past five years come more clearly into focus. Among them: how the bond between Bree and Katherine developed.

Air date: Nov 2, 2008

There's Always a Woman

Lynette suspects that Tom is having an affair; Susan tries to surprise Jackson; Mrs. McCluskey enlists her sister (Lily Tomlin) to dig up dirt on Dave; one of Carlos' clients makes him an offer; and the bond grows between Bree and Katherine.

Air date: Nov 9, 2008

What More Do I Need?

Lynette and Tom learn an unsettling truth about Porter; Gaby suspects that Carlos' top client has ulterior motives; Mrs. McCluskey's sister (Lily Tomlin) unearths a disturbing fact about Dave; Bree's moment of weakness could bring her great embarrassment; Katherine's not-so-little secret is revealed; and Susan learns of Jackson's true passion.

Air date: Nov 16, 2008

City On Fire

Julie Mayer returns with a surprise; Gaby and Mrs. Hildebrand arrive at a fragile truce; a reporter with a well-honed hatchet arrives in Fairview to write a profile of Bree; Lynette learns about Porter and Anne Schilling (Gail O'Grady); Dave keeps trying to avoid Dr. Heller; and a fire breaks out at the club where the Wisteria Lane garage band is competing in a battle of the bands. Tokyo Police Club appear as a band called Cold Splash.

Air date: Nov 30, 2008

Me and My Town

The road to recovery begins in the deadly fire's wake. Gaby and Carlos' injuries lead to a fortunate discovery, but others aren't so lucky: Lynette and Tom vow to protect son Porter at any cost, and Susan must learn to let go of the man she loves. Meanwhile, Orson's attempt at a good night's sleep puts Bree in a precarious (if amusing) position just prior her big cooking demonstration.

Air date: Dec 7, 2008

A Vision's Just a Vision

Porter is arrested for starting the nightclub fire, and Lynette goes into full protection mode; Andrew and Alex let one cat out of a bag, and Bob and Lee let out another; Carlos regains his eyesight, and sees what Gaby has done for their family; M.J. isn't happy to see his dad date Katherine; and Dave begins to lose his grip.

Air date: Jan 4, 2009

Home Is The Place

Bree clashes with Alex's mother (Joanna Cassidy) for their sons' affections; Gaby urges Carlos to take a six-figure job, even though it means spending more time away from home; Susan turns to Lee for company while Jackson is away; Lynette catches Preston talking to Porter on the phone; and Edie grows weary of Dave, whose strange behavior hasn't abated.

Air date: Jan 4, 2009

Connect! Connect!

Susan and Edie accidentally lock themselves in a basement; Bree encounters someone who'll stand up to her; Gaby loses control of her girls and turns to Carlos for help; Lynette's search for Porter leads to her mom (Polly Bergen); Katherine and Mike define their relationship; and Dave's plan for revenge takes a new turn after Edie throws him out.

Air date: Jan 18, 2009

The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

When neighborhood handyman Eli Scruggs (Beau Bridges) dies, the housewives realize just how much he affected their lives. Gaby recalls how Eli helped her make friends when she arrived; Lynette remembers how he came to her aid when she was overwhelmed and neglecting Penny; Susan reflects on how he lent her his shoulder to cry on each time a man walked out on her; Edie looks back on their special friendship; and Bree thinks fondly of his small gesture that had a big effect.

Air date: Feb 8, 2009

Mama Spent Money When She Had None

Bree buys a new car while Lynette and Tom resolve to sell his Mustang for extra cash; Susan is determined to send MJ to a school she and Mike can't afford; Gaby joins Edie's "boot camp" to get back into shape; and Lee wrestles with telling Lynette and Tom some disturbing facts about Dave.

Air date: Feb 15, 2009

In a World Where the Kings are Employers

Susan starts a job to provide for MJ -- and becomes both angry and jealous when Mike lets Katherine babysit him; Lynette wants Tom to sell the recession-wracked pizzeria; Carlos gets a big bonus after Gaby discovers his boss's dirty little secret; Bree gives Andrew a raise, raising Orson's hackles; and Dave grows tired of the neighbors' suspicions of him.

Air date: Mar 8, 2009

Crime Doesn't Pay

While helping Tom Scavo find a new job, Bree discovers something shocking about Orson; Carlos' adulterous boss uses Gaby as his cover; Edie probes Dave's past after a chance encounter with an old acquaintance.

Air date: Mar 15, 2009

The Story of Lucy and Jessie

A teacher (Swoosie Kurtz) gets the wrong idea when Susan tries to impress her; Gaby, for reasons of her own, wants Carlos to hire Lynette; Bree is determined not to let Orson's bad habit embarrass her; and Edie digs deeper into Dave's past.

Air date: Mar 22, 2009

A Spark. To Pierce the Dark.

Bree decides to sell her business; Lucy (Leslie Boone) makes Lynette work overtime while Carlos' equally long hours upset Gaby; Karl Mayer (Richard Burgi) enrolls his son in Susan's school; and Mike, Katherine and Dave finally go on their camping trip. Meanwhile, Edie finally discovers why Dave wanted to move to Wisteria Lane.

Air date: Apr 19, 2009

Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know

The housewives reminisce about Edie: Susan recalls the first time they met; Lynette looks back on a night to remember; Gaby remembers a night of friendly competition; and Bree is reminded of her thoughtfulness toward Orson.

Air date: Apr 26, 2009

Rose's Turn

Lynette and Orson are hiding something from Tom and Bree, respectively, but Katherine makes a confession to Mike, and Susan confides in Dave. Meanwhile, Tom is behaving oddly, and Gaby is covering for him.

Air date: May 3, 2009


Bree hires a good lawyer and behaves badly to do it; Jackson (Gale Harold) pops back into Susan's life and pops a question; Tom and Lynette bargain for sex, while Dave does some bargaining of his own; Katherine plays dirty to win Mike; Gaby makes a deal with Juanita that tests her vanity.

Air date: May 10, 2009

Marry Me a Little

There's deception aplenty on Wisteria Lane: Bree keeps Orson in the dark; Susan and Jackson (Gale Harold) try to fool the authorities; Katherine won't level with Mike; and Tom tries to hide his age. Meanwhile, a witness to Dave's crimes surfaces.

Air date: May 17, 2009

Everybody Says Don't

Gaby runs into a down-on-her-luck old acquaintance; Tom decides to go back to school (much to Lynette's dismay); Orson threatens Bree with blackmail; and Susan accepts Dave's "friendly" gesture.

Air date: May 17, 2009

If It's Only in Your Head

Orson takes a beating; Lynette adapts to Tom's decision to go back to school; Gaby's niece moves to Wisteria Lane; and Dave's "friendly" gesture proves to be anything but to Susan and MJ.

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (0)

This season, the Housewives aren't desperate: They're avidly ambitious, like the series itself.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

There is, undeniably, something about these characters and performances that sticks.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

The truth is the series has stayed relatively solid through its run.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety

Wisteria Lane once again is an irresistible place to revisit.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

The sort of quips in Cherry's script are the reason I continue to tune in.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If you gave up on this one because it seemed tired or just annoying in its familiarity, now might be a good time to try a return visit.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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