Desperate Housewives: Season 5, Episode 24

If It's Only in Your Head (17 May 2009)

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Lynette accepts Tom's decision to go back to college. But when Lynette later finds out that she's pregnant with twins, they must decide what path their future will take. Meanwhile, Bree ... See full summary »



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


Lynette accepts Tom's decision to go back to college. But when Lynette later finds out that she's pregnant with twins, they must decide what path their future will take. Meanwhile, Bree must decide how to finally rid herself of Orson and contend with the advances of Karl, her lawyer. Ana moves in with Gabrielle and Carlos over Gabby's objections that Ana is not who she claims to be when she begins throwing her weight around by slacking off and coercing the Scavo twins into doing her household chores. Also, Dave puts his final plan of revenge to kill M.J. in full force while Mike and Katherine plan their Las Vegas wedding trip. When Mrs. McCluskey and Roberta break into Dave's house to look for evidence against him, they find the suicide DVD of him talking about killing M.J. as revenge for his wife and daughter's death from the car accident (in the season opener) and Detectives Lyons and Collins rush out to find him, while Mike is forced to leave Katherine behind at the airport to find... Written by MystV

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When David Dash has his hallucination, Lila Dash is shown leaning dead against the steering wheel of her car after the fatal accident, but it is obvious that there was no airbag deployed. See more »


[Gaby wonders how Ana got the house clean so fast and then the Scavo twins come down the stairs]
Porter Scavo: We finished upstairs Ana!
Preston Scavo: Anything else you need done?
Ana Solis: They wanted to hang out but I had chores to do, so they insisted on helping me. Aren't they sweet!
Parker Scavo: [Comes in with a brush and cleaning gloves] Hey, um, I'm not bragging, and I don't recommend it, but you could so eat out of your downstairs toilet.
Gabrielle Solis: Ok boys thanks for your hard work but maybe it's time to go home and take a shower. Preferably a cold...
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Grand pathetic finale - maybe it's only in my head
18 May 2009 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

The episode entitled "If it's only in your head" is the episode that concluded the season of "Desperate Housewives" and delivered an incredible bad 'big finale'.

We are being presented with the story of the Dash family (Dave Williams' first and only family). To find out something about them, we travel 3 years into the past for the night of the accident. We are told Dave needed to stay home for some work and his wife and daughter went out for ice-cream. On their way, they had that terrible accident which turned Dave into a widower. Since Dave swore vengeance, this episode was destined to unveil the mystery of Dave Williams and his plans of murder.

And when I thought, it couldn't get worse... well, never say never.

In the hopes that Mike and Susan would be devastated for loosing their son, Dave taped a sort of apology and gave Mike the tape. On the way to Las Vegas to get married to Katharine, Mike sees the tape in his recorder (appearanty the tape decided to play itself). It's pretty obvious that Mike finds out what Dave tries to do and intents to stop him. And now it gets worse...

Mike leaves Katharine at the airport to go after Dave, but Katharine understands that he doesn't want to get married (which he didn't) and feels abandoned. Bree has to admit that she likes the barbaric ways and being of Karl Meyer, and doesn't try to stop Karl from hitting on her (which any lady would have done). Feeling sick, Linette visits her doctor, fearing cancer might have returned. She is stunned to find out she's pregnant again, with twins (!?!?!? what writer came up with that idea???). Gaby and Carlos volunteer to help out a relative, by housing their niece (Ana) at their place. However, when Ana turns out to be a younger version of Gaby, Gaby's misused trust turns into anger. Forced to fight Gaby for power, Ana manipulates Carlos so that she can get what she wants. Here's what I don't understand - Gaby used to do the same things Ana does, but she acts as if Ana were a whore and she were a saint.

Back to our ever boring revenge-action, Dave wants to make history repeat itself - he binds Susan to a street-sign to witness how Mike crashes into his car (M.J. is in the back) and kills his own son. However, the ghost of his daughter, makes him change his mind (damn it!!!) and before Mike hits his car, as planned, he lets M.J. get out. After a milder accident, the Delfino family is reunited, without any of them being injured.

To make the viewers stay tuned for the next season, Mike Delfino marries at the end of the episode. However, we don't see the bride, only the groom. We are being left in the dark with Bree's plans to divorce Orson and I am bedazzled that the Scavos don't consider abortion, seeing how 1) they have more children than they can muster, and 2) they weren't the greatest parents.

This was one of the most boring episodes EVER!!! It wasn't either interesting or captivating. I stress this out because I'm a very big fan and I was very disappointed by this season's finale.

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