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Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor.

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The "normal" suburban life for a group of close-knit housewives takes a dark turn when one of their closest friends mysteriously commits suicide. Now while trying to deal with their own hectic problems and romantic lives, each year brings on a new mystery and more dark and twisted events to come. Life behind closed doors is about to be revealed as suburban life takes a funny and dark turn. Written by devil_730

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Season eight episodes that have Stephen Sondheim song titles or lyric references as their show titles (Except where denoted): - 8.1 Secrets That I Never Want To Know (Lyric line from the song I Know Things Now from Into the Woods). - 8.2 Making the Connection (Lyric line from the song Putting It Together From Sunday In the Park With George). - 8.3 Watch While I Revise The World (Lyric line from the song Beautiful From Sunday In the Park With George). - 8.4 School of Hard Knocks (Song title from Climb High). - 8.5 Art of Making Art (Lyric line from the song Putting It Together From Sunday In the Park With George). - 8.6 Witch's Lament (Song title from Into the Woods. aka Lament). - 8.7 Always In Control (Lyric line from Marry Me A Little original cut and latter reinstated into Company. Also used in Marry Me A Little). - 8.8 Suspicion Song (Song Title from The Exception and the Rule aka The Race to Urga and A Pray by Blech. Abandoned Music by Leonard Bernstein). - 8.9 Putting It Together (Song Title from Sunday In The Park With George). - 8.10 What's To Discuss Old Friend (Lyric line from Old Friends from Merrily We Roll Along). - 8.11 Who Can Say What's True? (Lyric line from No One Is Alone from Into the Woods). - 8.12 What's the Good of Being Good (Lyric line from Prologue (Act 1) from Into the Woods). - 8.13 Is This What You Call Love? (Song title from Passion). - 8.14 Get Out of My Life (Song title from Bounce). - 8.15 She Needs Me (title for an unused from Manos Hadjidakis' 1967 musical Illya Darling, for which Sondheim wrote lyrics for just this song). - 8.16 You Take for Granted (lyric line from Good Thing Going from Merrily We Roll Along). - 8.17 Women and Death (track title from the Sondheim-written score for the 1974 movie Stavisky). - 8.18 Any Moment (part of a song title from Into the Woods). - 8.19 With So Little to Be Sure Of (song title from Anyone Can Whistle). - 8.20 Lost My Power (lyric from Ever After from Into the Woods). - 8.21 The People Will Hear (song title from All That Glitters). - 8.22 Give Me the Blame (lyric from Last Midnight from Into the Woods). 8.23 Finishing the Hat (song title from Sunday in the Park with George; also the title of Sondheim's first book of collected lyrics (1954-1981)). See more »

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Susan's last name is at first pronounced "Meyer" occasionally by all characters, before it eventually changes to "Mayer" for the second season onward. See more »

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Edie: [Susan walks over to Edie deliberately to show off and looks very stylish and beautiful] Wow, get a load of you. You look so pretty. I hardly recognize you.
Susan: Yeah... I have a date... with Mike. We kissed, FYI...
[Susan leaves, leaving Edie with her mouth wide-open]
Edie: [Susan comes back from Mike canceling the date] So, how was the big date?
Susan: Mike had to reschedule.
Edie: Aww... 'cause of the hot girl? With the suitcase? Over there? How devastating for you... FYI!
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The credits contain references to famous pieces of art, including Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder, The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck, American Gothic by Grant Wood, and Andy Warhol's Campbell's soup can. Also alluded to are the lesser known Couple Arguing and Romantic Couple by Robert Dale (drawn in a comic book style similar to that of Roy Liechtenstein) and a 1940s "Am I Proud!" poster by Dick Williams (showing a woman holding cans). See more »


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Look east, look west, look up and down! Its Susan, Bree, Lynette, Gabrielle, and Edie!
21 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Here it is! The best show to hit the prime time dial in years! Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, Nicolette Sheridan, and James Denton create the most bizarre and un believably satirical world of Wisteria Lane, a beautiful neighborhood with beautiful woman, each lives the perfect life...on the outside! Matching "American Beauty" with "Melrose Place", this fresh, raunchy, and intelligent show revolves around four women who begin uncovering a series of mysteries when their best friend commits suicide. Susan Mayer(Teri Hatcher) is a Striking, chirpy woman with a beautiful daughter and a great romance with Mike Delfino(James Denton), but her flaw of natural klutziness gets her in trouble. Hatcher is irresistibly funny, and brings hysterics to the screen. Bree Van De Camp(Marcia Cross) is the stereotypical "Stepford" wife who brings jealousy to the most sweetest of ladies with her perfect life, blue flowers, smart kids, and exceptional marriage...RIGHT! Her life consists of struggling to retain her marriage, or lack there of. Her children hate her most of the time, and her husband can't stand her perfection. Cross is remarkably powerful in performance, and displays witty charm, and howlingly hilarious reactions to the events surrounding her. Not to mention being gorgeous beyond belief! Lynette Scavo(Felicity Huffman) gets the most sympathy from us as the successful woman, on her way to becoming the most powerful woman in business, and then pregnancy after pregnancy takes it all away. Now, she struggles with the most out-of-control children in television history, and a husband who just doesn't get it, or any thing else! Huffman is exceptional in this role, and deserves the recognition for her efforts. She gains so much sympathy when she breaks on children's medication, Lynette is one most people would love to sit and "bitch" with, I know I would. Next is Gabrielle Solis(Eva Longoria), the perfect woman, the rich marriage the most dreaming life of the block...AS IF! She sleeps with teens, and worms her way in and out of situations both good and bad, but she has her funny moments. Longoria is predictably slutty temptress, with minor qualities to redeem, so far. With a little learning for Gabrielle, we might see more than pretty faces with Mrs. Solis, but Longoria is alright. Last, but NEVER least, is Edie Britt(Nicolette Sheridan), a man-hungry woman with a wip and handcuffs! She will walk all over you to get to your man! Watch out for Edie! Sheridan is just right for this caustic, little sexy villainess of the street. Yes, all the women shine in their glory of the show! Better than anything else on TV right now, and probably in the future, "Desperate Housewives" will satisfy to the very touch of perfection, and beyond! Marc Cherry has created a masterpiece with this one! Thank the almighty for this one coming to the TV screen! May we be blessed with this show for many, many years to come!!!!! A perfect 10/10, 100% brilliant!


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