- Gabrielle Solis
Infobox soap character
bgcolour = pink
name = Gabrielle Solis
Eva Longoria Parkeras Gabrielle Solis
Eva Longoria Parker
series = Desperate Housewives
first = Pilot (episode 1.01)
born = February 11, 1976
First Ladyof Fairview Housewife
Beauty pageant coach mother
residence = 4349
Fairview, Eagle State
alias= Gabrielle Marquez (maiden name)
Gabrielle Lang (former married name)
Gabrielle Solis (current name)
parents = Mr. Marquez (father; "deceased")
Lucia Marquez (mother)
Juanita Solis (mother-in-law; "deceased")
Diego Solis (father-in-law; "deceased")
Milton Lang (ex-father-in-law)
Carlos Solis(ex/current husband)
Victor Lang(husband; "deceased")
romances = Scott Tollman (ex-boyfriend)
John Rowland (ex-lover)
Bill Pearce (ex-boyfriend)
children = Juanita Solis (Age 4 1/2) (daughter)
Celia Solis (daughter)
grandparents = Lily (maternal grandmother)
aunts/uncles = Maria (maternal aunt)
Gabrielle Solis (pron-en|ˌgæbriˈɛl soʊˈliːs; née Marquez, previously Lang; is a
fictional characteron the ABC television series" Desperate Housewives". The character is portrayed by Eva Longoria Parker.
The families of Gabrielle and Carlos Solis are from the Mexican city of Guadalajara. Gabrielle, a retired model in her late 20's, married
Carlos Solisfor love, but found satisfaction with John Rowland, her teenage gardener. She questions her relationship with Carlos, commenting once that she loved him and all her teenage fantasies had been fulfilled, yet she still wasn't happy.
Gabrielle's affair with John was nearly revealed when Carlos's suspicious mother, Juanita, came for an unannounced visit. Juanita photographed Gabrielle in her final tryst with John, but was struck by a car driven by
Andrew Van de Kamp(who was drunk) in an incident that eventually led to her death. Gabrielle confessed to John's mother, Helen, about the affair after Helen mistakenly believed that John had been sleeping with Susan Mayer. Towards the end of the season, Gabrielle learned that she was pregnant, as a result of her husband replacing her birth control pills with sugar pills. She almost left Carlos after finding out the truth about her birth control pills, but eventually decided to blackmail him into taking complete care of the baby in return for her testimony in his gay hate crime allegations.
It was discovered that Gabrielle is
Roman Catholic, and refuses to divorceCarlos because of her faith. This is simply a lie to cover for her desire to continue her quest for materialistic satisfaction, which Carlos could provide and for her status as being a wife. She lost the baby after falling down stairs whilst being pursued when her house was broken into by Caleb Applewhite, the son of neighbor Betty Applewhite, who had been keeping him chained in her basement because she thought he had committed murder. Believing Gabrielle to be in pain from her loss, Carlos sent a former inmate, Hector Ramos, to help her deal with it. Through Hector, Gabrielle began to realize that she was more deeply affected by the loss of the baby than she would at first admit.
Her most recent rival is
Sister Mary Bernard, a pretty Catholic nunwho has apparently caused Carlos to turn over a new leaf, and who Gabrielle fears will eventually persuade Carlos to end the marriage. When she heard that Sister Mary's group was short of the money it needed to send Sister Mary to Botswanaas part of a relief effort, Gabrielle personally donated the money, just to ensure that Sister Mary would be out of the way (at least for a while), and lied to the doctors on the medical forms for Carlos' physical evaluation so that he would be forced to stay home with her. Gabrielle also invoked the jealousy of Lynette when she planted a supposedly "friendly" kiss on Tom at a party; Lynette got her revenge by making out with Carlos right in front of Gabrielle.
Gabrielle and Carlos want to have a baby, but cannot since she cannot become pregnant again because of the injuries she suffered when she miscarried. They try
adoption, but they find out that John Rowland's mother works for the adoption agency they go to, and as a measure of revenge for Gabby sleeping with John, she steps in and all but rips up the adoption papers in front of them, then tells them that every other adoption agency will know about them. As luck would have it, however, they have a chance to adopt pole-dancer Libby Collins' daughter (who Gabrielle names "Lily"). Libby changes her mind three times, ultimately taking Lily back; this left Gabrielle heartbroken.
The Solis' finally decide to make their new maid,
Xiao-Mei, the surrogate motherof their baby. The in-vitro fertilizationworks and Xiao-Mei gets pregnant. In the second season finale, Gabrielle finds out that Carlos is cheating on her with Xiao-Mei. Following this, she surprisingly does not blow up at Carlos; instead, she orders that Xiao-Mei help her throw Carlos's belongings out of the house.
In the third season opener, Gaby and Carlos are said to be getting a divorce. At Bree's wedding party, Xiao-Mei's water breaks. Xiao-Mei's baby is born black and the doctor reveals that the wrong baby was put in Xiao-Mei, and therefore Gabrielle and Carlos will not have a child. Gaby also runs into John Rowland and has sex with him, but only this time John was cheating on his companion. John tells Gaby that he can't do this to his fiancée and leaves.
When Gaby learns that a woman is trying to kill her husband for cheating on her and holding several people at a supermarket hostage, she tells Carlos that she can relate to that woman, and she tells him that they should end their bitterness towards each other before it gets worse. Carlos agrees. Carlos and Gabrielle get divorced, but are at peace with each other. When the divorce is settled, she changes her last name back to Marquez.
After a visit from a member of the Lakeview Adventure Scouts, she decides to try to return to modeling. She meets up with her former agent and all seems to be well - until she gets to the shoot. She meets the new star, Tonya, and tries to bond by giving advice to her to no avail. She then finds out that she is to play the role of a mother in "typical" mother dress. She doesn't buy it and tries to make it work for her, even going so far as to dress up like
Britney Spearsand call herself "hot mom" or Tonya's "big sister". The photographer gets her agent on the phone, and she comes by the shoot and reads her the riot act, basically telling her that she can't just come back from 10 years of "playing house in the suburbs" and carry on like nothing had happened, and drops the bomb on her further by telling her that she had to pull special favors just to get her into the shoot she's in. She reluctantly finishes the shoot, then comes home, deciding to leave modeling for good. Gaby then starts mentoring young girls in pageantry and is very attracted to one of the girls' single father, Bill. They begin a short-lived romance, which ends when Gabrielle gets a stalker. She thinks that the stalker is Carlos which in turn makes her end the relationship because she feels she is not over her divorce. The stalker actually turns out to be Zach Young, who with his massive amounts of money, has been buying her expensive gifts. She ends up going on two dates with Zach, the first to meet her stalker, and the second to gain bail money to get Mike out of jail. After these dates are over, she makes it clear to Zach that she wants nothing more than friendship, but it doesn't seem that he thinks of it that way from his point of view.
Gaby met mayor candidate Victor Lang and Victor was immediately attracted to Gaby. After a series of events, Victor managed to get Gabrielle to go to dinner with him. Although she said that there will never be anything between them, Victor promised that he will marry her. He proceeds to pursue her with the help of gifts but she only feels attracted to him when he tells her about the mistakes he made during his first marriage, admitting he is only human.
After noticing how the females around look at Victor at his rally for mayor, she decides to have sex with him in the back of his limousine. After 24 hours of waiting for Victor to call, she makes him jealous at his rally by kissing another man. Later, when Gabrielle refuses to answer him after a number of calls, Victor visits her house and confesses his love for her.
After spending the night together at Victor's house, Victor asks Gaby to marry him. She doesn't give him a straight answer but it remained obvious that she was still shaken up by her divorce from Carlos. After a violent press conference emerges from compromising photos of Victor and Gabrielle in an elevator, Gabrielle comes to Victor's rescue and accepts his proposal.
Edie Brittannounces to Gaby that she was dating Carlos, she put her schooled tactics to use and tells Lynette Scavoand Susan Mayerto stay away from her. But Edie gets revenge by inviting Lynette and Susan to Travers' birthday party. Gabrielle threatens to end her friendship with Lynette and Susan, but Carlos intervenes and throws her out of the party. After she tells him she's in love with Victor, Carlos reveals to her that his relationship with Edie will never change.
After being given a parking ticket by a meter man, Gaby is told by her caterer that she won't have to pay for anything else if Victor Lang is elected mayor. Later she is arrested for kicking the meter man. Victor angrily scolds Gabrielle for making a big spectacle for his image as the newly elected mayor. After being shown Gaby's bruised wrist from her fight with the meter man, Victor hires two men to go and beat the meter man to a pulp.
When Susan announces that Mike proposed to her and the wedding is back on she calls around, telling everybody the wedding is back on, and that she plans to have the same arrangements as with her and Ian’s wedding. She tells Gaby of their plans but Gaby tells her she's now booked her own wedding for that day. Susan learns she’s taken the exact wedding she and Ian were supposed to have, which leads to an argument. They apologize to each other and Gaby cancels the flowers but leaves the same date. While talking, Gaby and Susan come up with the idea of sharing the wedding day, but the next day they realize they don't want to. To spare Gaby's feelings, she tells her Mike disapproves with the idea. When Gaby discusses it with Victor, she’s shocked to learn the press will be at their wedding and that most of Victor’s efforts is all about his image. Gaby becomes worried that marrying Victor will be a mistake. She goes through with the wedding in the season finale, but shortly after the ceremony, she overhears Victor telling his father that Gaby is the best thing he's ever done for himself and would be good for the "Latino vote" in an upcoming election for governor. After the realization that she's just being used, Gaby suddenly finds Carlos in an unused room, where he apologizes for ruining the wedding, and laments about the mistakes he made in the past. Gaby then kisses Carlos passionately.
In the fourth season, it is revealed that Gabrielle and Carlos planned to run away together, however, Edie Britt's planned staged suicide attempt (she nearly ended up killing herself when her plan backfired and Carlos got distracted by Mrs. McCluskey) stops Carlos from going through with running away. Guilty, Carlos says that Edie needs him right now and the two continue to have an affair. Edie later reveals to Carlos that she knows about his secret bank account and she tells him she can trust him as long as he doesn't hurt her, forcing Carlos to propose. Gabrielle later tells Victor how she feels like she's not his wife, but a possession and she asks him if they could go away alone for two weeks. Victor looks through his event planner and tells her that they can both go away during two weeks in April, which does not seem to please Gabrielle.
In the second episode of Season Four, "Smiles of a Summer Night", Lynette asks during her lunch if anyone would like to attend to her chemotherapy, seeing as she kicked Tom out for being too emotional. Bree, Susan and
Katherine Mayfairall offer to do it. Gabrielle, however, pretends not to hear the question. When Lynette confronts her about it, Gabrielle gives in and decides to go with Lynette. Once they're there, however, Gabrielle becomes uncomfortable, making excuses to leave and disappearing for long lengths of time. She eventually tells Lynette that she was five when her father died from cancer, and that her mother told her not to cry at the behest of her dying father. He wanted Gabrielle to be perpetually smiling, and so that's the way she's been ever since. She admits she is afraid that Lynette will die too. After hearing this, she and Lynette reconcile, and Lynette promises she will not die. In the third episode of Season four "The Game", Gabrielle is angry when she finds out that Carlos and Edie are engaged. She breaks off the affair with Carlos and flirts with Adam, which angers Katherine, who snaps and embarrasses Gabrielle in front of Susan's party guests about the affair Gabrielle had with John Rowland. In retaliation, Gabrielle blurts out that Bree saw Katherine slap her daughter. After seeing that Victor started counting polls when he found out about the affair, Gabrielle realizes that since Carlos smashed a glass when she flirted with Adam, that she wants to be with Carlos, so she continues the affair.
Unfortunately, Edie hires someone to track Carlos and see if he was having an affair. The man takes a picture of both the lovers kissing.
Victor discovers Gabrielle's and Carlos's affair by Edie who shows him the pictures, Victor tells Gabrielle that he's taking her on a boat for a nice day out and tells her that nobody should know about it and it could be their secret. On board, Victor reveals to Gabrielle about how he knows of her affair. He goes into his bag. Gabrielle presumes he has a gun, and hits him over the head with a rowing stick and he falls overboard. Victor calls out to Gabrielle to let him back on. Instead, Gabrielle drives the boat back to shore and rings Carlos. The pair of them then go back out to get Victor. They find him and he climbs back on board. Victor attacks Carlos and knocks him to the ground. He grabs a knife and tells Carlos to get up so he can see the look on Carlos's face when he stabs him. Victor turns around however and receives a hard blow around the head from Gabrielle by the rowing stick. Once again, Victor falls overboard. Carlos and Gabrielle look in the sea but Victor had vanished from sight, and was presumed dead. Gabrielle and Carlos go back to shore after trying to search for Victor for six hours. Gabrielle tells Carlos that nobody knew they were there, and they let the boat go off into the sea so that it can be seen as though Victor committed suicide.
Victor washes up on shore, however, and is alive. He tells his doctor, investigators and Gabrielle that he doesn't remember how he ended up in the ocean. However, after everyone except Gabrielle leaves the room, it is revealed that Victor remembers everything. He threatens Gabrielle, telling her that he needs rest because he'll need all the strength he can get, hinting that he plans to kill Gabrielle.
Gabrielle then decides to flee town with Carlos. She tells her friends who support her, knowing that she will come back as she promised. She then starts packing, while watching the news which states that there is a tornado warning. Carlos says that he needs to run to the bank before it closes to get the information to access his Cayman Island account. Gabrielle then waits. While packing, Edie comes over to Gabrielle's house but before she can talk to her, Carlos's banker comes by and gives who he thinks is Gaby the account information. Edie goes along with the lie, and intends to keep the information for herself. Gaby then catches her as she walks away, yelling at her and starts to chase her. Edie runs into her house, but Gaby breaks down a window, climbing through intending to get the information. The two then go back outside, only to see a
Funnel Cloudand run back in Edie's house into a crawl space where the two stay until the storm settles. The two, after speaking to each other, realize they've been wasting their time hating each other. Now it seems the two are on their way to friendship. Later, they both come out of the crawl space, alive and OK.
Carlos comes to get Gaby and go down to the basement when he sees Victor, with the gun intended for both Gaby and Carlos. The two duke it out, Carlos actually knocking the gun out of Victor's hand. The gun is then crushed by a flying car. Carlos is seen then heading toward Bob and Lee's house (the nearest) when he knocks Victor down. He breaks one of the windows at the door when Victor comes up from behind, ready to strike him with a lead pipe. Victor is then killed immediately by a fencepost, and Carlos is hit by a large rock, leaving him unconscious.
In the aftermath of the tornado, Gaby leaves Victor's funeral after his father informs her that not only will she receive nothing from the will, but that he will publicly denounce her if she stays for the service. Gaby discovers that she and Carlos no longer have access to his offshore accounts and will not have the financial status they previously enjoyed. She seems fine with this, but is not aware that the tornado has left Carlos blind.
Gabrielle visits Carlos at the hospital and is informed that he may not get his sight back for three months, four tops. With the help of Father Crowley, Gabrielle and Carlos are happily remarried. Later, when Edie Britt informs Gabrielle that Carlos's blindness may be permanent, she confronts Carlos for lying to her, forcing him to tell her he was afraid she might leave him. Finally, Gabrielle tells Carlos that she'll always love him "for better or for worse".
When Gabrielle learns that Carlos has bought himself a seeing-eye dog named Roxy, she tries to get rid of the dog. But later Edie Britt pays Gabrielle a visit and not only gives her dog treats, but also tells her to be kind to Carlos since the tornado affair changed him. She also warns her to treat him right because if she doesn't, there are other women who will. In the end, Roxy becomes part of Carlos and Gabrielle's family. They also take in a new tenant to bring in money named Ellie. She is revealed to be a drug-dealer.
In the fifteenth episode of Season 4, "
Mother Said", when Bree Hodge tells Gabrielle, Lynette Scavo and Susan Delfino about Benjamin Hodge's true parentage and Edie Britt's attempt to blackmail her, they all march down to Edie's house and inform Edie that they are finished with her forever. Gabrielle also said they were going to make sure every woman in a five-mile radius knows the kind of crap Edie pulled.
In the Season 4 Finale, Gabrielle connected with Ellie about her father and how he ran out on her when she was young. And as the cops are about to bust Ellie and her supplier on drug charges Gabrielle pulls Ellie close and tells her to run and go out the back. Ellie escapes, and calls Gaby and asks for her teddy bear given to her by her father. Gaby gets the bear and finds a large sum of cash inside and decides she and Carlos could use the money as they are broke. Ellie calls Gaby back and tells her she's coming back for the money. Ellie struggles with Gabrielle and Gaby gets the money. Ellie runs from the police again and breaks into Katherine Mayfair's house and is shot dead by Wayne Davis, who is holding Katherine hostage. Gabrielle, like the other housewives, covers for Katherine after she shoots Wayne dead.
As the series fast-forwards five years, we see an older, worn down Gabrielle. She appears to be wearing little to no make up and to have put on some weight. It is revealed that over the course of the past five years, Gabrielle and Carlos finally conceived and now have two children, Juanita and Celia. Gabrielle has lost her spot on the social ladder and presumably never model again since she's pushing 37 and is married with children. She's upset when women point out that her eldest overweight daughter wears a dress that does not fit her. She tells a still blind Carlos that women only have fifteen seconds to be beautiful, then they lose their looks, gain weight and have children. She confesses to Carlos she's glad he can't see her because she's upset in the way she looks. Carlos reminds her that he knows her face better than anybody, and to him, she'll always be beautiful.
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