Love Is in the Air (Desperate Housewives)

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"Love is in the Air"
Desperate Housewives episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 14
Directed by Jeff Melman
Written by Tom Spezialy
Production code 114
Original air date February 13, 2005
Guest actors
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"Love is in the Air" is the 14th episode of the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives. The episode was the 14th episode for the show's first season. The episode was written by Tom Spezialy and was directed by Jeff Melman. It originally aired on Sunday February 13, 2005. This episode marks the first appearance of popular recurring character, Karen McCluskey played by Kathryn Joosten who would later become a main character in the show's sixth season.

The episode was originally titled What I Did for Love which is from the musical, A Chorus Line.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

It's Valentine's Day on Wisteria Lane and all the husbands and boyfriends are planning something special for their other halves. Susan shares what she's found out about Zach with her friends, that he killed his baby sister, Dana, as a child. When Lynette receives a heartfelt gift, a flower pot, from her kids she finds out it was stolen from her arch rival, Mrs. McCluskey. When the boys go over to apologize, they realize that she isn't that bad, and she is still grieving over the death of her son who died at a young age. Gabrielle fires Yao-Lin after an argument, and gets a job as a model at a mattress depot. After she is fired from that job, she takes a part-time job at a cosmetic store where one of her customers is Yao-Lin. Rex tries to convince Bree to have S&M style sex which Bree scoffs at. She finally agrees, but before she handcuffs Rex to the bed, she asks if she can run the handcuffs through the dishwasher first. Susan plans a romantic evening with Mike who is still recovering from a gunshot wound from the afternoon prior, after breaking into a house while continuing his investigation. At the restaurant, since he doesn't want to tell Susan what's happened, he tries to go through with their dinner date. Just as she's starting to ask whether he wants children, he realizes he's bleeding badly and excuses himself. She thinks he's breaking up with her, but then he collapses, revealing his bloodstained shirt. At the hospital, he tells her he accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun and was too embarrassed to tell her. And then he tells her that he'd rather have her than be a dad. Susan doesn't know what to think when two policemen arrive just as she's leaving.

Cast[edit]

Although credited, Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan), John Rowland (Jesse Metcalfe), Zach Young (Cody Kasch), and Deirdre Taylor (Jolie Jenkins-there is a picture of her in this episode) do not appear in this episode.

Title reference[edit]

The episode title Love is in the Air was an opening song written for the Stephen Sondheim musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The song was cut in previews and replaced by "Comedy, Tonight".

Notes[edit]

  • This episode was broadcast at 10/9c instead 9/8c.
  • "Love Is in the Air" received an alternative title ("What I Did for Love").

International titles[edit]

  • Finnish: Rakkautta ilmassa' (Love is in the Air)
  • French: La vérité cachée (The hidden truth)
  • German: Liebe liegt in der Luft (Love is in the Air)
  • Hungarian: A szerelem a levegőben van (Love is in the Air)
  • Italian: L'amore è nell'aria (Love is in the air)
  • Spanish: El amor está en el aire (Love is in the air)