Desperate Housewives: Season 1, Episode 5

Come in, Stranger (31 Oct. 2004)

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A break-in on Wisteria Lane leaves the neighbors feeling vulnerable, especially Susan, who reluctantly accepts a date with persistent police officer Rick Thompson, after Mike Delfino ... See full summary »



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Carlos Solis (as Ricardo Antonio Chavira)


A break-in on Wisteria Lane leaves the neighbors feeling vulnerable, especially Susan, who reluctantly accepts a date with persistent police officer Rick Thompson, after Mike Delfino appears indifferent to her. Unknown to everyone, Mike Delfino is revealed to be the burglar as he accidentally left a screwdriver behind. After Rex takes the kids away for the weekend, a lonely Bree finds herself bonding with Mary Alice's troubled son, Zach. Meanwhile, Lynette and Tom pull out all the stops to get their uncontrollable twins, Porter and Preston, accepted at a prestigious private school. The unexpected arrival of Carlos's overbearing and controlling mother, Juanita, puts a crimp in Gabrielle's covert love life with gardener John. Things get worse when the two go shopping and Gabrielle takes drastic measures to keep Juanita oblivious to her secret. Written by Anonymous

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Although credited in the opening, Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan) does not appear in this episode. See more »


When Zach is approaching the Van de Kamp home carrying a hatchet, he is clearly wearing a red long-sleeved shirt. In the next shot when he uses the hatchet to break in, he is now wearing a green short-sleeved shirt. See more »


Susan Mayer: A guy just smiles at me three times and I'm picking out wedding china. I'm a mess.
Lynette Scavo: But to be fair, that's part of your charm.
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More About Susan,Lynette,Bree and Gabrielle
23 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a break-in on Wisteria Lane, Susan feels vulnerable and accepts a date with a policeman after Mike shows her no interest. Bree begins to bond with Zach, Mary Alice's troubled son, after Rex takes the kids away for the weekend. Meanwhile, Lynette and Tom try to get Porter and Preston into a prestigious private school, and Carlos' mother visits which puts a strain on Gabrielle's hidden affair with John.

This is one of the episode that you knew that this show is going to be not only a big hit but a classic as well.The bonding between Zach and Bree was one of the best things about this series.Also,we get to see more about Bree's character and got to know her better.The same can be said with Susan as she accepts a date with Mike.Gabrielle's storyline was also worth mentioning about considering that she is having an affair and her mother-in-law's presence make it more interesting as well due to the added tension put into it.Also,we get to see Lynette more as a parent.In the end,one knows that this is one great series.

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