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This article contains episode summaries for the second season of Desperate Housewives.

Season Summary

In the U.S., original episodes of the second season aired between September 25, 2005 and May 21, 2006.

Cast

Starring

*Only featured in 10 episodes in original U.S. broadcast.

**Receives the "with" credit in the episodes that don't feature the full credits sequence.

Also Starring

*Credited as a regular from "You'll Never Get Away From Me" to "Color and Light", excluding "My Heart Belongs to Daddy".

**Credited as a regular from "The Sun Won't Set" to "Remember, Part 2".

***Credited as "Nashawn Kearse" from "The Sun Won't Set" to "Coming Home".

****Credited as a regular from "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" to "That's Good, That's Bad", then as a special guest star in "Remember, Part 2".

Recurring Guest Stars

*Only appears in new footage shown in the "Previously on..." segment in "Silly People".

*Not credited in "Color and Light" and "That's Good, That's Bad".

Main Plot Points

  • Susan's on-again/off-again relationship with Mike and the effects of her ex-husband Karl moving in with Edie.
  • Gabrielle's husband being placed in jail, her unwanted pregnancy and her subsequent desire to have children.
  • Lynette's return to work and the effects it has on her home life.
  • Bree's coping with being a widow, dating George and being the recipient of her son's vengeful ways.
  • Betty's need to protect her son and her family's secrets whilst adjusting to her new life on the lane.
  • The Young family's pursuit of a normal life, free of secrets and mysteries, and Felicia's quest for revenge.

Episode Summaries

01"Next" 09"That's Good, That's Bad" 17 "Could I Leave You?"
02"You Could Drive a Person Crazy" 10"Coming Home" 18"Everybody Says Don't"
03"You'll Never Get Away From Me" 11"One More Kiss" 19"Don't Look at Me"
04"My Heart Belongs to Daddy" 12"We're Gonna Be All Right" 20"It Wasn't Meant to Happen"
05"They Asked Me Why I Believe in You" 13"There's Something About a War" 21"I Know Things Now"
06"I Wish I Could Forget You" 14"Silly People" 22"No One is Alone"
07"Color and Light" 15"Thank You So Much" 23"Remember, Part 1"
08"The Sun Won't Set" 16"There is No Other Way" 24"Remember, Part 2"

Next

2x01
See main article: "Next"

Original air date: September 25, 2005

Written by: Jenna Bans and Kevin Murphy

Directed by: Larry Shaw

Plot Synopsis: When Mike arrives home, he finds Zach holding Susan hostage and has to find a way to rescue them both. Meanwhile Lynette makes a big effort to impress the boss when she applies for an executive position at a top ad agency. Rex's mother, Phyllis (guest star Shirley Knight), comes in for his funeral, and to drive Bree crazy. Gabrielle, feeling guilty about her infidelity, begins visiting Carlos in jail.

Recurring Guest Stars: Charlie Babcock (Stu Durber), Pat Crawford Brown (Ida Greenberg), Joely Fisher (Nina Fletcher), Currie Graham (Ed Ferrara), Shirley Knight (Phyllis Van de Kamp), Dakin Matthews (Reverend Sikes), Jesse Metcalfe (John Rowland)



You Could Drive a Person Crazy

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See main article: "You Could Drive a Person Crazy"

Original air date: October 2, 2005

Written by: Chris Black and Alexandra Cunningham

Directed by: David Grossman

Plot Synopsis: Susan is surprised, and not pleasantly so - when she finds out who Edie's new boyfriend is. Meanwhile Lynette goes back to work, leaving Tom at home in charge of the house, which turns out to be a better plan in theory than in practice. Bree's mother-in-law, Phyllis, continues to drive Bree crazy with her melodramatic grieving, and Carlos makes an unusual request of Gabrielle.

Recurring Guest Stars: Pat Crawford Brown (Ida Greenberg), Terry Bozeman (Dr. Lee Craig), Shirley Knight (Phyllis Van de Kamp)



You'll Never Get Away From Me

2x03
See main article: "You'll Never Get Away from Me"

Original air date: October 9, 2005

Written by: Tom Spezialy and Ellie Herman

Directed by: Arlene Sanford

Plot Synopsis: Bree's mother-in-law, Phyllis, gets Bree in trouble with the law. Susan bravely tries to accept Edie's new role in Julie's life. Lynette's demanding boss makes her miss Parker's first day of kindergarten. Gabrielle and John meet again.

Recurring Guest Stars: Charlie Babcock (Stu Durber), Joely Fisher (Nina Fletcher), Kurt Fuller (Detective Barton), Harriet Sansom Harris (Felicia Tilman), Shirley Knight (Phyllis Van de Kamp), Jesse Metcalfe (John Rowland), Alejandro Patino (Ralph)



My Heart Belongs to Daddy

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See main article: "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"

Original air date: October 16, 2005

Written by: John Pardee and Joey Murphy

Directed by: Robert Duncan McNeill

Plot Synopsis: Susan helps Mike search for Zach. Gabrielle causes a prison riot while visiting Carlos. Lynette learns that Parker has an imaginary friend. Bree invites George to dinner, and Andrew is not so pleased.

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They Asked Me Why I Believe in You

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See main article: "They Asked Me Why I Believe In You"

Original air date: October 23, 2005

Written by: Alan Cross

Directed by: David Grossman

Plot Synopsis: Susan's longtime book agent and dear friend, Lonny Moon, gets into financial trouble. Bree reburies Rex amid police suspicions. Lynette is forced to go out to bars night after night with her man-hungry boss, Nina (guest star Joely Fisher). Gabrielle hires hotshot lawyer David Bradley to defend Carlos.

Recurring Guest Stars: Joely Fisher (Nina Fletcher), Kurt Fuller (Detective Barton)



I Wish I Could Forget You

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See main article: "I Wish I Could Forget You"

Original air date: November 6, 2005

Written by: Kevin Etten and Josh Senter

Directed by: Larry Shaw

Plot Synopsis: As Carlos continues serving his jail sentence, Gabrielle valiantly tries to free him. Meanwhile, Mike and Susan face a crisis in their relationship when Mike learns that Susan paid for Zach to go away. Paul Young is back in Wisteria Lane and has a confrontation with Susan. Bree and George start dating and eventually consummate their relationship. Lynette indulges in a magnificent obsession.

Recurring Guest Stars: Charlie Babcock (Stu Durber), Pat Crawford Brown (Ida Greenberg), Joely Fisher (Nina Fletcher), Sam Lloyd (Dr. Albert Goldfine), Betty Murphy (Mrs. Fromme), Lesley Ann Warren (Sophie Bremmer)



Color and Light

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See main article: "Color and Light"

Original air date: November 11, 2005

Written by: Marc Cherry

Directed by: David Grossman

Plot Synopsis: George proposes to a horrified Bree at an engagement party staged by George and his mother, Francine. Gabrielle revisits her past when old friends come to town. Susan reunites with her ex-husband, Karl. The Scavos learn more about the new neighbors, when their kids almost see the new neighbors' homemade sex video.

Recurring Guest Stars: Jill Brennan (Tish Atherton) (not credited), Maria Cominis (Mother #2), Sam Lloyd (Dr. Albert Goldfine), Alec Mapa (Vern), Alejandro Patino (Ralph)



The Sun Won't Set

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See main article: "The Sun Won't Set"

Original air date: November 20, 2005

Written by: Jenna Bans

Directed by: Stephen Cragg

Plot Synopsis: The neighbors are panicked about the intruder loose on Wisteria Lane, and a neighborhood watch committee is formed. Susan learns shocking news about her father at her mother's wedding. Bree finds out some disturbing information about George. Gabrielle learns to let go. Matthew is secretly seeing Danielle Van de Kamp.

Recurring Guest Stars: Charlie Babcock (Stu Durber), Pat Crawford Brown (Ida Greenberg), Kathryn Joosten (Karen McCluskey), Lesley Ann Warren (Sophie Bremmer)



That's Good, That's Bad

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See main article: "That's Good, That's Bad"

Original air date: November 27, 2005

Written by: Kevin Murphy

Directed by: Larry Shaw

Plot Synopsis: George stalks Bree, despite her efforts to break up with him. Carlos is paroled from prison and returns a new man, a deeply religious man. Susan meets her father and tries to begin a relationship with him. Lynette stands up to Nina. Bree makes a shocking discovery.

Recurring Guest Stars: Charlie Babcock (Stu Durber), Jill Brennan (Tish Atherton) (not credited), Joely Fisher (Nina Fletcher), Kurt Fuller (Detective Barton), Currie Graham (Ed Ferrara), Sam Lloyd (Dr. Albert Goldfine)



Coming Home

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See main article: "Coming Home"

Original air date: November 27, 2005

Written by: Chris Black

Directed by: Arlene Sanford

Plot Synopsis: Zach and Paul are reunited. Lynette tries to put a daycare center in Parcher & Murphy, but must first convince the boss's wife to leave her baby. Bree brings Andrew home. Gabrielle and Sister Mary face off over Carlos' mission of mercy to Africa. Betty helps Caleb.

Recurring Guest Stars: Ryan Carnes (Justin), Jeff Doucette (Father Crowley), Kurt Fuller (Detective Barton), Currie Graham (Ed Ferrara), Betty Murphy (Alberta Fromme)



One More Kiss

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See main article: "One More Kiss"

Original air date: January 8, 2006

Written by: Joey Murphy and John Pardee

Directed by: Wendey Stanzler

Plot Synopsis: When Lynette catches Gabrielle kissing Tom, her jealousy drives a wedge in their friendship. Meanwhile, Mike tries to bond with Zach, which threatens Paul. Andrew tries to blackmail Bree, and the Wisteria Lane neighbors are becoming more and more suspicious of the mysterious Applewhite family.

Recurring Guest Stars: Pat Crawford Brown (Ida Greenberg), Ryan Carnes (Justin), Betty Murphy (Alberta Fromme), Alejandro Patino (Ralph)



We're Gonna Be All Right

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See main article: "We're Gonna Be All Right"

Original air date: January 15, 2006

Written by: Alexandra Cunningham

Directed by: David Grossman

Plot Synopsis: After a number of bad dates, Susan finally meets Dr. Right. Some old pictures of Gabrielle turn up on the internet. Tom is alarmed when his kids come down with chicken pox - because he's never had it. Bree gets arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. After months of silence, Mike Delfino visits Noah Taylor.

Recurring Guest Stars: Kurt Fuller (Detective Barton), Bob Gunton (Noah Taylor), Jay Harrington (Dr. Ron McCready), Harriet Sansom Harris (Felicia Tilman), Alejandro Patino (Ralph)



There's Something About a War

2x13
See main article: "There's Something About a War"

Original air date: January 22, 2006

Written by: Kevin Etten

Directed by: Larry Shaw

Plot Synopsis: Susan needs surgery, and it's the doctor's first time. The Applewhites announce that they're moving. Gabrielle is not so pleased when Carlos brings up the subject of "baby" again - in church. Bree and Betty learn that they have more in common than they thought. Tom applies for a job at Parcher and Murphy. Gabrielle and Sister Mary go to war.

Recurring Guest Stars: Jeff Doucette (Father Crowley), Currie Graham (Ed Ferrara), Jay Harrington (Dr. Ron McCready)



Silly People

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See main article: "Silly People"

Original air date: February 12, 2006

Written by: Tom Spezialy

Directed by: Robert Duncan McNeill

Plot Synopsis: Tom desperately tries to bond with his new boss at Parcher & Murphy. Karl makes Susan an offer she cannot afford to refuse. Bree does some sneaky sleuthing at Betty's house, and chats with Caleb. Gabrielle and Carlos rescue an enslaved laborer, Xiao-Mei, and let her stay with them for a while.

Recurring Guest Stars: Jill Brennan (Tish), Nick Chinlund (Detective Sullivan), Jeff Doucette (Father Crowley), Bob Gunton (Noah Taylor), Jay Harrington (Dr. Ron McCready), Harriet Sansom Harris (Felicia Tilman), Gwendoline Yeo (Xiao-Mei)



Thank You So Much

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See main article: "Thank You So Much"

Original air date: February 19, 2006

Written by: Dahvi Waller

Directed by: David Grossman

Plot Synopsis: Edie thinks that Karl is going to pop the question, but he's really trying to marry Susan. Carlos learns more about the fractured relationship between Gabrielle and her mother, Lucia (guest star Maria Conchita Alonso). Noah asks to see Zach. Lynette learns the extent of Bree's problem with alcohol, after she asks Bree to babysit her children.

Recurring Guest Stars: Nick Chinlund (Detective Sullivan), Bob Gunton (Noah Taylor), Jay Harrington (Dr. Ron McCready), Harriet Sansom Harris (Felicia Tilman), Kathryn Joosten (Karen McCluskey), Gwendoline Yeo (Xiao-Mei)



There is No Other Way

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See main article: "There is No Other Way"

Original air date: March 12, 2006

Written by: Bruce Zimmerman

Directed by: Randy Zisk

Plot Synopsis: Gabrielle and Carlos are looking to adopt, but run into Helen Rowland, who works at the adoption agency. Susan goes in for surgery, but a nurse at the hospital knows that she's married. Bree is accused of beating Andrew - and he's got bruising on his face and a lawyer. Paul Young reappears on Noah Taylor's radar. Tom has trouble accepting that his wife is also his boss. Felicia returns to Wisteria Lane.

Recurring Guest Stars: Ryan Carnes (Justin), Nick Chinlund (Detective Sullivan), Bob Gunton (Noah Taylor), Jay Harrington (Dr. Ron McCready), Harriet Sansom Harris (Felicia Tilman)



Could I Leave You?

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See main article: "Could I Leave You?"

Original air date: March 26, 2006

Written by: Scott Sanford Tobis

Directed by: Pam Thomas

Plot Synopsis: Susan invites Dr. Ron to meet Karl after he finds out about their arranged marriage. Lynette is surprised that a woman at work is still breastfeeding. Gabrielle becomes very picky when choosing a birth mother, and a beautiful baby. In order to combat Andrew's extortion attempt, Bree reluctantly joins AA, but is still in denial that she really has a problem. Later, she passes out in a department store.

Recurring Guest Stars: Ryan Carnes (Justin), Currie Graham (Ed Ferrara), Jay Harrington (Dr. Ron McCready), Lee Tergesen (Peter McMillan)



Everybody Says Don't

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See main article: "Everybody Says Don't"

Original air date: April 2, 2006

Written by: Jenna Bans and Alexandra Cunningham (teleplay) Jim Lincoln (story)

Directed by: Tom Cherones

Plot Synopsis: Bree finds out that her AA sponsor, Peter, is a sex addict. Carlos and Gabrielle learn the truth about their baby; the baby's father had no idea Libby's giving the baby up. Paul Young must face the music on Wisteria Lane. Lynette is forced to give a court deposition about Bree's drinking. Karl and Edie have an engagement party.

Recurring Guest Stars: Jay Harrington (Dr. Ron McCready), Harriet Sansom Harris (Felicia Tilman), Lee Tergesen (Peter McMillan)



Don't Look at Me

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See main article: "Don't Look at Me"

Original air date: April 16, 2006

Written by: Josh Senter

Directed by: David Grossman

Plot Synopsis: Lynette is called in to her kid's school as Parker has decided to play doctor. Carlos and Gabrielle must go to court to get custody of their baby, after they find out she was legally someone else's child. Bree's father and mother (special guest star Carol Burnett) come to town to mediate between Andrew and her. Karl confesses his true feelings to Susan, and they end up in bed.

Recurring Guest Stars: Ryan Carnes (Justin), Harriet Sansom Harris (Felicia Tilman), Kathryn Joosten (Karen McCluskey), Kyle MacLachlan (Orson Hodge), Lee Tergesen (Peter McMillan), Gwendoline Yeo (Xiao-Mei)



It Wasn’t Meant to Happen

2x20
See main article: "It Wasn't Meant to Happen"

Original air date: April 30, 2006

Written by: Marc Cherry and Tom Spezialy

Directed by: Larry Shaw

Plot Synopsis: Gabrielle and Carlos are shocked when the father of their baby shows up to take the baby back. After Karl breaks up with her, Edie gets drunk and causes a fight in a restaurant. Lynette tries to help Ed heat up his sex life. Peter's sexual addiction sponsor doesn't let him and Bree be together. Betty makes a drastic decision.

Recurring Guest Stars: Currie Graham (Ed Ferrara), Lee Tergesen (Peter McMillan)



I Know Things Now

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See main article: "I Know Things Now"

Original air date: May 7, 2006

Written by: Kevin Etten and Bruce Zimmerman

Directed by: Wendey Stanzler

Plot Synopsis: Lynette finds out how Tom has been spending company money on non-business trips and tickets for two; Tom gets fired. Gabrielle promises Xiao-Mei she will not let her be sent back to China. Bree and Andrew reach an impasse. Edie's private detective gets the goods on Karl and Susan. Betty underestimates Matthew. Susan asks Mike if he still has feelings for her.

Recurring Guest Stars: Ryan Carnes (Justin), Currie Graham (Ed Ferrara), Lee Tergesen (Peter McMillan), Gwendoline Yeo (Xiao-Mei)



No One is Alone

2x22
See main article: "No One Is Alone"

Original air date: May 14, 2006

Written by: Kevin Murphy and Chris Black

Directed by: David Grossman

Plot Synopsis: Danielle reaches the final straw between her and her mother and reaches a decision with Matthew. Feeling she can't take it anymore, Bree comes to grip with her control issues. Lynette tries to touch base with Tom, but her suspicions lead to a surprise. Susan must start over and reaches a new point in her battle with Edie. Felicia Tilman has more in store for Paul Young. Gaby, Carlos and Xiao-Mei get pregnant and Gaby learns that it's more than she could handle.

Recurring Guest Stars: Harriet Sansom Harris (Felicia Tilman), Kathryn Joosten (Karen McCluskey), Kyle MacLachlan (Orson Hodge), Kiersten Warren (Nora Huntington), Gwendoline Yeo (Xiao-Mei)



Remember, Part 1

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See main article: "Remember, Part 1"

Original air date: May 21, 2006

Written by: Jenna Bans and Marc Cherry (teleplay) Alexandra Cunningham and Tom Spezialy (story)

Directed by: Larry Shaw

Plot Synopsis: Flashbacks take us back to moving-in day on Wisteria Lane for Susan, Bree, Lynette, and Gabrielle and how Mary Alice met them on their very first day on the lane. Also, in other flashbacks we are taken back to the day Melanie Foster was murdered. Back in the present, Bree gets some frightening news. Susan moves into a trailer after her house was burnt down, followed by an offer no one could refuse. Lynette and the kids are staying at a hotel, after Lynette discovers Tom's infedelities. After seeing a report on the news, Gabrielle believes Carlos died. Paul begs Zach to get him a good lawyer via Noah.

Recurring Guest Stars: Steven Culp (Rex Van de Kamp), Bob Gunton (Noah Taylor), Kathryn Joosten (Karen McCluskey), Kyle MacLachlan (Orson Hodge), Alejandro Patino (Ralph the Gardener), Gwendoline Yeo (Xiao-Mei), Joy Bisco (Melanie Foster)



Remember, Part 2

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See main article: "Remember, Part 2"

Original air date: May 21, 2006

Written by: Jenna Bans and Marc Cherry (teleplay) Alexandra Cunningham and Tom Spezialy (story)

Directed by: Larry Shaw

Plot Synopsis: Flashbacks take us back to key moments in time for Bree, Lynette, Susan and Gabrielle and how they connect to the present. After hearing Betty's message on her cellphone about Matthew being a murderer Bree realizes she needs to escape from the psychiatric hospital and help Danielle, who has run away with him. When he sees Mike buying an engagement ring, Karl buys Susan a house. Lynette finds out that Tom has an illegitimate daughter from before they were married. Gabrielle discovers a shocking secret her husband has been keeping from her.

Recurring Guest Stars: Roger Bart (George Williams), Steven Culp (Rex Van de Kamp), Kyle MacLachlan (Orson Hodge), Jesse Metcalfe (John Rowland), Gwendoline Yeo (Xiao-Mei), Kiersten Warren (Nora Huntington)



Notes

Trivia

  • Marc Cherry expressed that this season was not well planned out and therefore considers it the show's worst season.

See Also

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