When a neighborhood handyman, named Eli Scruggs, suddenly passes from a heart attack away one day before his retirement, the residents of Wisteria Lane come to realize just how much he affected their lives. Gabrielle recalls how Eli helped her make new friends when she first moved in, including her friendship with the late Mary Alice Young. Lynette remembers how Eli came to her aide when she was overwhelmed in raising her four wild kids, and as a result, neglected Penny. Susan remembers on how he repeatably helped her stay sane and was always there for her as a shoulder to cry on each time a man walked out of her life and was the only man who accepted her slightly-insane and neurotic personalty. Edie looks back on their "special friendship" she had with Eli at numerous times. Finally, Bree thinks fondly of how a small gesture Eli once made that helped get her to where she is today. Written by
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This episode marks the third time a character has had a husband that turned out to be gay; Sophie Bremmer's third husband, Stella Wingfield's husband Glen (Lynette's step-father), and now Edie's second husband, Umberto. See more
In a flashback scene that takes place the very next day after Susan learns her husband Karl cheated on her with his secretary, Eli Scruggs accidentally informs Susan that Karl cheated on her with more women than just the secretary. However, in the 11th episode of Season One, which chronologically takes place almost a full year after Susan and Karl's divorce, and therefore chronologically takes place after the scene with Eli, it is a major plot point that Susan learns that Karl cheated on her with more women than just his secretary. See more