- The Ladies Who Lunch
Infobox Television episode
Title = The Ladies Who Lunch
Caption = Gabrielle shaves her legs as Carlos shaves his face.
Season = 1
Episode = 16
March 27, 2005
Production = 115
Episode list =
List of Desperate Housewives episodes
Prev = Impossible
There Won't Be Trumpets
"The Ladies Who Lunch" is the 16th episode of the ABC
television series, " Desperate Housewives". The episode was the 16th episode for the show's first season. The episode was written by Alexandra Cunninghamand was directed by Arlene Sanford. It originally aired on Sunday, March 27, 2005.
Doug Savantas Tom Scavo
Sharon Lawrenceas Maisy Gibbons
Harriet Sansom Harrisas Felicia Tilman
Lisa Darras Tammy Brennan
Harry S. Murphyas Headmaster Lentz
Mary-Pat Greenas Nurse Abigail
Jill Brennanas Tish Atherton
Brent Kinsmanas Preston Scavo
Shane Kinsmanas Porter Scavo
Zane Huettas Parker Scavo
Pat Crawford Brownas Ida Greenberg
Glenn Tarantoas Undercover Cop
Maria Cominisas Mona Clark
Joshua Finkelas Country Club Maitre D'
Heather Leeas Gossipy Woman
Sara Van Hornas Crossing Guard
Cheyenne Wilburas Shooting Neighbor
Matthew Stephen Youngas Cable Guy
After Maisy Gibbons is arrested for solication, word gets out about her humiliating escapades. As the neighborhood shares in her embarrassment, rumors are revealed that Maisy kept a "little black book" of all of her former clients which includes of course, Rex Van De Kamp. When Bree finds out about this she tries to get Rex cleared from the list by visiting Maisy in jail. Maisy asks after all the years of supposedly being friends that Bree would not help her and did not give her the support when Harold lost his job. Maisy refuses to cross Rex's name off the list and Bree is seen as a target while out with Rex. Meanwhile, Lynette tries to get re-invited to a very posh party thrown by a friend of the twins. But when a
liceoutbreak occurs, the other parents point fingers at Lynette that her children have lice. Lynette then receives word from the school nurse that the party host's child is the original spreader of the lice. Gabrielle's plumbing breaks and the two are forced to use their backyard and a port-a-johnfor bathroom use. Edie tries to get Susan to get over her break-up with Mike by taking her to a bar to pick up a man. Instead, Susan tells Edie about the Mary Alice/Dana mystery. Edie then tells Susan she has a key to Paul's house which they could use to find some evidence. When they arrive there, they find a video which is titled "Angela". Susan decides to watch it and sees a congratulations party for Angela (Mary Alice) with Felicia in attendance. Edie and Susan are forced to leave when Paul surprisingly arrives home. Edie quickly devises a plan and kisses Paul in order for Susan to escape. The following day, instead of renewing her membership to her country club, Bree decides to give the money to Gabrielle to get her plumbing fixed.
*Maisy Gibbons: Since my arrest, none of my friends came to visit me. I've been abandoned. I guess that's what happens when you become the town whore. Bree: Oh, sweetie, they didn't abandon you because you're a whore. They abandoned you because you weren't all that nice to begin with.
*Gabrielle: Here's how I see it. Good friends avoid each other after an incident. Great friends pretend nothing happened at all.
*Bree: Here's how I see it. Good friends offer to help in a crisis. Great friends won't take "no" for an answer.
*Susan: The police showed me your rap sheet. You killed a man. Mike: I was gonna tell you but there was never a right time. Susan: You see? That's a lie too. There were plenty of right times. Every time we went out for pizza you could've said, "By the way, I once killed a man". Every time you said "Hey, let's go jogging", you could've said, "Oh, by the way, I once killed a man". Every time we went to the movies and the hero shot the bad guy you could've turned to me and said, "Oh, by the way, I did that once", but you didn't!
*Edie: What the hell kind of street do we live on?
*Susan: Do you believe in
evil, Edie? Edie: Of course I believe in evil, I work in real estate.
*After a three week absence,
Nicollette Sheridanreturns as Edie Britt and has the most screen time for this episode among the entire cast.
Mark Moseswho suggested to the writers of Desperate Housewivesthat he thought Paul and Edie ( Nicollette Sheridan) should be intimately linked, which is shown in this particular episode. But, a relationship never blossomed between the pair.
The episode title "The Ladies Who Lunch" comes from the
Stephen Sondheimmusical, "Company".
*French: "La plus belle pour me faire coffrer"
*German: "Das kleine schwarze Buch" (The Little Black Book)
*Hungarian: "Hölgyek fehér asztal mellett" (Ladies next to a white table)
*Italian: "Solidarietà femminile" (Female solidarity)
*Spanish: "Las damas que almuerzan" (The Ladies Who Lunch)
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