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Desperate Housewives: Come in, Stranger

After a break-in on Wisteria Lane, Susan feels vulneralbe and accepts a date with a policeman after Mike shows her no interest. Bree begins to bond with Zach, Mary Alice's troubled son, after Rex takes the kids away for the weekend. Meanwhile, Lynette and Tom try to get Porter and Preston into a prestigious private school, and Carlos' mother visits which puts a strain on Gabrielle's hidden affair with John.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 104
Airdate: Sunday October 31st, 2004



  • Currently 9.2/10
9.2/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Bob GuntonBob Gunton
As Noah Taylor
Recurring
Doug SavantDoug Savant
As Tom Scavo
Recurring
Harry S. MurphyHarry S. Murphy
As Headmaster Lentz
Recurring
Lupe OntiverosLupe Ontiveros
As Juanita 'Mama' Solis
Recurring
Steven EckholdtSteven Eckholdt
As Officer Rick Thompson

Co-Guest Stars
Betty MurphyBetty Murphy
As Alberta Fromme
Recurring
Brent KinsmanBrent Kinsman
As Preston Scavo
Recurring
Mark BradyMark Brady
As Patrolling Police Officer
Recurring
Pat Crawford BrownPat Crawford Brown
As Ida Greenberg
Recurring
Shane KinsmanShane Kinsman
As Porter Scavo
Recurring
Cheyenne WilburCheyenne Wilbur
As Bob Fisk
Laura MilbyLaura Milby
As Saleswoman
Lorna ScottLorna Scott
As Helen Vale
Shania AcciusShania Accius
As Shonda
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
Nicollette Sheridan (Edie Britt) does not appear in this episode.

Ratings: 22.3 million viewers

During the filming of the scene where Susan falls on the wedding cake, Teri Hatcher (Susan) cracked a rib.



Episode Quotes
Bree: I love to try out new recipes before the holidays. That way if the cookbook has it wrong, I can fix it.

Bree: He could've been a sexual predator.
Rex: And he ended up at Mrs. Frome's? That's a lose-lose situation.

Susan: I'm mad because I like you so much without really knowing anything about you.
Mike: What do you want to know?
Susan: What do you think of me?
(Mike kisses Susan slowly and softly)
Susan: Could you repeat that, please?

Lynette: You can tell them how beautifully behaved the twins are.
Bree: So you want me to lie?
Lynette: I thought that was understood.

Mama Solis: Family should always hug, (whispering in Gabrielle's ear) regardless of how they feel about each other.

Rex: Oh come on, I'm staying at a motel. I haven't had a descent meal in weeks.
Bree: Honey, the marriage counseling may not work out. You need to get used to bad cooking.

Tom: Maybe it's time we look into homeschooling.
Lynette: I know you did not just say that.
Tom: Honey, it's got its advantages.You know, kids who are homeschooled do better in their later years.
Lynette: They won't make it to their later years if I have to spend all day with them.

Bree: When I looked out the window, I saw all of my mother's blood on the street, and nobody was doing anything about it, so I got a hose and I washed it off. And once it was clean I felt so much better.

Susan: I hate to bother you while you're working, but do you have change for a five? Preferably in quarters.
Prostitute: If I got paid in quarters, I must be doing something wrong.



Cultural References
Episode Title: Come in, Stranger

"Come in, Stranger" is the title of a song by Johnny Cash.



Warning: Desperate Housewives season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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