Desperate Housewives: Season 5, Episode 19

Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know (19 Apr. 2009)

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After Edie suddenly dies in a car accident, she narrates her story from beyond the grave when Susan, Bree, Gabrielle, Lynette, and Karen McCluskey travel out of town to visit Edie's ... See full summary »

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After Edie suddenly dies in a car accident, she narrates her story from beyond the grave when Susan, Bree, Gabrielle, Lynette, and Karen McCluskey travel out of town to visit Edie's estranged teenage son, Travers, at his boarding school to deliver her ashes to him. During the long car drive, each of the five women think back to their most significant time in Edie's life. Susan recalls how she first met the superficial and man-lusting Edie and how she taught the klutzy Susan how to deal with her place in the world. Lynette recalls how Edie took her to a rough biker bar while she was ill with cancer and encouraged her to push on. Bree recalls how Edie encouraged her to visit Orson in prison for his crimes. Gabby recalls how she inadvertently challenged Edie's superiority complex during a night on the town in carousing for men. Finally, Mrs. McCluskey recalls how Edie confided in her about how she gave away her son to protect him from her own self-destructive lifestyle; she planned to ... Written by matt-282

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Nicollette Sheridan does the voice-over narration in this episode. See more »

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When the wives are driving to deliver Edie's ashes and their tire blows out, Susan asks if anybody knows how to change a tire. But in season 1x12, "Every Day A Little Death," Susan changed Edie's tire for her (ironically on her way to spread Martha Huber's ashes) so she would have known how. See more »

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A challenging concept that the writers and actors realise well
15 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode is comparable in structure and purpose to #5.13, "The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened". Both episodes centre each act on one of the protagonists and heavily involve flashbacks, with the aim to eulogise a particular character. In this offering, the task is far greater. The character in question has been with us since the pilot - Edie Britt.

It doesn't make things easy that Edie served such a complex role on the show. Originally conceived as Susan Mayer's foil and love rival, and deservedly the outsider of the lane, the character was significantly developed when she became a replacement lead for Marcia Cross' character at the end of season three. Ultimately, we began to see a more vulnerable woman; despite her promiscuity, we were to understand, Edie Britt was very unlucky in love and insecure. The fourth season saw Edie's status reduced to a supporting role, whereas the fifth began her character's tragic involvement with the mystery plot.

Fittingly, this episode remembers the candid Edie with a minimum of schmaltz or sentimentality; as Lynette remarks, "we're talking about Edie - a little more irreverence is in need". The structural road trip scenes are sparkling with zingy lines and the characters - Susan Mayer, Lynette Scavo, Bree Hodge, Gabrielle Solis and Karen McCluskey - play off each other magnificently.

But it's the newly created flashbacks that do the heavy lifting. Susan starts things off, and it's a good move on the part of the writers to show the very beginning of her and Edie's relationship. It nicely caps off all the great scenes Nicolette and Teri have shared over the series. Also of note is Gaby's sequence of flashbacks. They best display the comedy and tragedy of Edie's character, in a fun competitive bar scene, and Edie's consequent morbid predictions.

Bree and Lynette's flashbacks are less successful. Bree's focuses on her relationship with her husband. This is problematic as this is also the character's current story-arc, and upsets the episode's attempt to be a stand-alone tribute. Meanwhile, lack of character continuity is the problem with Lynette's flashbacks. Lynette, with cancer, has her friends fluffing her pillows, until Edie reminds her of how strong she is. However, one of the distinguishing features of this storyline, when it occurred in season four, was Lynette's refusal to let her friends treat her differently, or let her illness drastically effect her.

In Mrs McCluskey's flashback, Edie defends being an absent mother figure to her son, as she does to Carlos in the season three episode "My Husband, the Pig". Kathryn Joosten and hair and make-up do a good job of recalling the Mrs McCluskey we saw in earlier seasons. Saying that, Teri Hatcher does a similarly good job of playing her scenes too, which predate the events of the show's pilot.

This episode is sparsely done, with a minimum of guest stars, and the absence of supporting regulars. The focus is on female relationships - the show's strength. It's a very well written episode, relying mostly on verbal humour. Some of the jokes are a little crude (I'm not sure I really wanted to know about the bald eagle tattooed on Edie's ass as a parting remembrance), but there's also some great one liners, such as Edie's description of Bree as a "redheaded ice cube". Nicolette Sheridan acts every scene well; it's a real shame she didn't get an Emmy nod. She also does a good job of the voice-over narration - better that is, than the other one-time narrator, Steven Culp; not as good as our resident other-worldly presence, Brenda Strong as Mary Alice.

When this aired, I was less enthusiastic about it. Part of the problem was it came so soon after the other tribute episode mentioned at the start of this review. The shocking decision of the writers to kill off such a beloved character was another factor. But I have a feeling that this is an episode I and - I'm sure - others, will enjoy returning to on DVD. Whether it was ultimately a good idea to write Edie out remains to be seen, however.


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