Desperate Housewives: Season 5, Episode 13

The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (18 Jan. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery
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Local handyman Eli Scruggs dies from a heart attack on his last day of work and the housewives remember moments when he affected their lives.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gabrielle Solis (as Eva Longoria Parker)
Carlos Solis (as Ricardo Antonio Chavira)
Andrew Van De Kamp (credit only)
Porter Scavo (credit only)
Preston Scavo (credit only)


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 matt-282

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18 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »

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The 2nd time I cried watching Desperate Houswives
15 September 2013 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

The handiman played by Bo Bridges was tender hearted and sweet. It was a perfect fit for his on screen personality. I have only seen Bridges in a couple of movies, but I remember him from one side of the mountain, and in another incredible performance.. I cried as well. His ability to move emotion.. is a pure natural talent.

This is one of the most moving episodes in this series thus far, equally matched with Gabbbie and Carlos relationship, which ranges from absolute depth to absolute shallow and tolerance between two very lovable characters. I am at episode 100+ and still have not given up on watching all the episodes.. which says a lot for the writers of this series.

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