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Desperate Housewives: Ah, But Underneath

Susan and Edie continue to fight over their sexy neighbor Mike, the plumber. Gabrielle begins to think that her gardener may be getting to attached to her after their affair and worries that Carlos is catching on. Bree gets Rex to agree to marriage counseling, but the counselor needs more help than they do. Meanwhile, Lynette turns to drastic measures to get her kids to behave, but her plan ends up backfiring; the women discuss the meaning of Mary Alice's suicide note; and the measuring cup that Susan left in Edie's house before accidentally burning it down may come back to haunt her when Mrs. Huber finds it.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Sunday October 10th, 2004

Director: Larry Shaw
Writer: Marc Cherry


  • Currently 9.2/10
9.2/10 (6 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Christine EstabrookChristine Estabrook
As Mrs. Martha Huber
Recurring
Sam LloydSam Lloyd
As Dr. Albert Goldfine
Recurring
Jan HoagJan Hoag
As Beefy Middle-Aged Woman

Co-Guest Stars
Brent KinsmanBrent Kinsman
As Preston Scavo
Recurring
Shane KinsmanShane Kinsman
As Porter Scavo
Recurring
Zane HuettZane Huett
As Parker Scavo
Recurring

Uncredited
Vincent DuvallVincent Duvall
As The Adjustor
Main Cast
Teri HatcherTeri Hatcher
As Susan Mayer
Felicity HuffmanFelicity Huffman
As Lynette Scavo
Marcia CrossMarcia Cross
As Bree Van de Camp
Eva LongoriaEva Longoria
As Gabrielle Solis
Nicollette  SheridanNicollette Sheridan
As Edie Britt
Steven CulpSteven Culp
As Rex Van de Camp
Mark MosesMark Moses
As Paul Young
Andrea BowenAndrea Bowen
As Julie Mayer
Jesse MetcalfeJesse Metcalfe
As John Rowland
Cody KaschCody Kasch
As Zach Young
Brenda StrongBrenda Strong
voiced Mary Alice Young
James DentonJames Denton
As Mike Delfino
Episode Notes
Ratings: 20.3 million viewers

Foreign Titles:
French -- "Un chien dans un jeu de filles" (A Dog in a Game of Girls)
German -- "Unter der Oberfläche" (Underneath the Surface)
Spanish -- "Ah, pero por debajo" (Ah, but underneath)

Cast Billing:
The billing order of the cast is slightly different to the one used in the pilot. The billing order is as follows.
•Teri Hatcher (as Susan Mayer)
•Felicity Huffman (as Lynette Scavo)
•Marcia Cross (as Bree Van de Camp)
•Eva Longoria (as Gabrielle Solis)
•Nicollette Sheridan (as Edie Britt)
•Steven Culp (as Rex Van de Camp)
•Ricardo Antonio Chavira (as Carlos Solis)
•Mark Moses (as Paul Young)
•Andrea Bowen (as Julie Mayer)
•Jesse Metcalfe (as John Rowland)
•Cody Kasch (as Zach Young)
•Brenda Strong Mary Alice Young
and James Denton (as Mike Delfino)

Brenda Strong is the only main character to be credited in the role she plays.

This is the first episode to feature the opening titles sequence.



Episode Quotes
Mary Alice: (voiceover) Susan was furious with Edie for using a dog to ingratiate herself with its owner. She was also furious with Mike for not seeing through this blatant maneuver. But most of all, she was furious with herself for not having thought of it first.

Mrs. Huber: Susan, do you have anything to contribute to the clothing drive for Edie? The poor thing is running around in next to nothing!
Susan: Oh, Mrs. Huber, I thought that was Edie's idea behind it all.
Mrs. Huber: Oh, Susan! Edie may be trash but that doesn't mean she isn't a human being!

Edie: Oh God, look at all these things, all these beautiful things that my ex-husbands worked so hard for, burnt to a crisp.

Bree: It's the age old question: how much do we really want to know about our neighbors?

Lady: Listen, it seems to me like you have some anger management issues.
Lynette: I have four kids under the age of six. I absolutely have anger management issues.

Carlos: When a man buys a woman expensive jewelry, there are many things he may want in return. For future reference, conversation ain't one of them.

Bree: Do you remember when you proposed?
Rex: For God's sake.
Bree: We sat on Skyline Drive and drank a bottle of apple wine and when we finished it, you turned to me and you said, "If you marry me, Bree Mason, I promise to love you for the rest of my life." And even though I was engaged to Ty Grant, and even though my father didn't like you, I said yes.

Susan: Julie? Mike Delfino just invited us to dinner Friday night.
Julie: He did? Cool.
Susan: But only I'm going. Because you're gonna come down with something semi-serious that requires bed-rest and fluids.



Episode Goofs
Susan drives a different car than she did in the "Pilot".

According to Mary Alice's tombstone, her day of death was September 26, 2004. Producers originally intended for the "Pilot" to air on that day, but it was pushed back to October 3, 2004 and the tombstone wasn't able to be redone.



Cultural References
Episode Title: Ah, But Underneath

"Ah, But Underneath" is a song from the Sondheim musical Follies.

Dr. Goldfine: I don't think Freud would approve of this.

Sigmund Freud, often referred to as the father of Psychology, was a psychoanalyst who studied the unconscience.



Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerMarc Cherry  |  Tom Spezialy  |  Michael Edelstein
Co-Executive ProducerKevin Murphy (2)
ProducerAlexandra Cunningham  |  Patty Lin  |  Larry Shaw  |  Tracey Stern
Co-ProducerDavid Schulner  |  Charles Skouras III
Consulting ProducerOliver Goldstick  |  John Pardee  |  Charles Pratt, Jr. (1)  |  Joey Murphy
Associate ProducerStephanie Hagen
Production DesignerThomas A. Walsh
CastingJunie Lowry-Johnson  |  Scott Genkinger
Unit Production ManagerCharles Skouras III
First Assistant DirectorJeanne Caliendo
Second Assistant DirectorAnne Berger
MusicSteve Bartek
Music EditorShie Rozow
Music SupervisorMark Goodman (1)  |  Bonnie Greenberg
Costume DesignerEnid Harris
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Set DecoratorErica Rogalla
Location ManagerDavid A. Foster
Transportation CoordinatorBo Ehrig
Property MasterMelody Melton
Production Sound MixerAgamemnon Andrianos
Script SupervisorBrenda Weisman
Production CoordinatorAmanda Roberts
Assistant EditorJoe Rockom
Re-Recording MixerKen Kobett  |  Mike Olman
Director of PhotographyWalt Fraser
Stunt CoordinatorWally Crowder
Post Production CoordinatorDana Wilson
Executive Story EditorKevin Etten
Costume SupervisorJoyce Unruh
Visual Effects CoordinatorPeter Vazquez
Main Title ThemeDanny Elfman
Sound SupervisorRobb Navrides
Special Effects CoordinatorMark DiSarro
Production StaffDebbie George  |  Kim Hix  |  Cate Bangs  |  Bob Santaella  |  Joann Stevens
Makeup ArtistJohn Elliott (2)
Produced ByGeorge W. Perkins
Edited ByBrent White
Video ServicesModern Videofilm, Inc.
 
Warning: Desperate Housewives season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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