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When Gabrielle travels to New York with the desire to return to modeling, she finds it hard to go back on her terms, rather than her client's. Back on Wisteria Lane, Lynette comes home from... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Teri Hatcher ... Susan Mayer
Felicity Huffman ... Lynette Scavo
Marcia Cross ... Bree Hodge
Eva Longoria ... Gabrielle Solis
Nicollette Sheridan ... Edie Britt
Ricardo Chavira ... Carlos Solis (as Ricardo Antonio Chavira) (credit only)
Andrea Bowen ... Julie Mayer
Doug Savant ... Tom Scavo
Kyle MacLachlan ... Orson Hodge
Brenda Strong ... Mary Alice Young (voice)
James Denton ... Mike Delfino
Shawn Pyfrom ... Andrew Van De Kamp
Joy Jorgensen ... Danielle Van De Kamp (as Joy Lauren)
Josh Henderson ... Austin McCann
Brent Kinsman ... Preston Scavo


When Gabrielle travels to New York with the desire to return to modeling, she finds it hard to go back on her terms, rather than her client's. Back on Wisteria Lane, Lynette comes home from the hospital to recover from the shooting, and copes with the fact that her boys heard that she was shot at the supermarket. Lynnette is also grateful to Art Shephard for saving her life, but later finds some unsettling things about him. Susan comes home from a date with Ian to find Julie on the couch with a boy: the trouble-making Austin. However, Susan's attempts to keep them apart by bringing her ex-husband, Karl, into the equation backfires greatly. Bree struggles to find out why Orson will not tell her the reasons behind his strained relationship with pesky and obnoxious mother Gloria. Detective Ridley continues investigating the murder of the mystery woman, Monique, and begins to zero on Mike Delfino. Written by Moviedude1

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Release Date:

12 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Laurie Metcalf (Carolyn) and Matt Roth (Art Shepherd) previously worked together on Roseanne (1988). See more »


Art tells Parker that he is "Protector Man" to comfort him about Lynette being shot. He shows Parker the P on his shirt to prove he is a superhero. After Parker goes off to play, Lynette questions the P on the shirt. Art reveals that his cousin went to Purdue. The P on Art's shirt does not match the P from the Purdue logo, in style and color. See more »


Adventure Scout Girl: [Approaches Gabrielle on the front porch] Hi. What if I told you that there was a way to help children, while reading your favorite magazines at a reduced price? Would you be interested?
Gabrielle: [as she continues to file her nails] Sure. Knock yourself out.
Adventure Scout Girl: Wise choice.
[Reading from her clipboard]
Adventure Scout Girl: For the lady of the house, there's Redbook, Glamour, Vogue...
[Pronounces it "vo-gew"]
Gabrielle: [Pronouncing it correctly] I believe that's Vogue, Sweetheart.
Adventure Scout Girl: Really? Are you sure?
Gabrielle: I should know. I was on the front cover.
Adventure Scout Girl: [...]
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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (as James Lord Pierpont)
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Dixie steals this episode hands down!
28 November 2006 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Dixie Carter playing Gloria Hodge has to be one of the best performances in recent years. I guess it helps that she gave Marc Cherry, the show's creator, his first Hollywood job as her assistant in 1988. Of course, Dixie is having a ball playing the mother from hell. When she says "I should have smothered you as a baby" is a classic television moment, then Andrew says "Can you start calling her grandma?". Of course, Danielle is silent and barely present. I guess Cherry doesn't have much use for her. The dinner scene is classic because of the demented relationship between mother and son. The mother who knows all her son's secrets and threatens to out them to his second wife. Dixie's Gloria is quite entertaining if not overly acting. After all, she is a terrific actress and will probably be with us this whole season. Gaby starts a new career helping young girls become models. Of course, the subplot is Lynette discovering that her new neighbor, Art Washburn, might be a pedophile when she sees his pictures of half-naked boys. That story ends up as vague as it should have been. Cherry seems to only dabble in it while he does not seem to mind exploiting other plots in this show.

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