Look into Their Eyes and You See What They Know
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|"Look into Their Eyes and You See What They Know"|
|Desperate Housewives episode|
|Episode no.||Season 5|
|Directed by||Larry Shaw|
|Written by||Matt Berry|
|Original air date||April 19, 2009|
"Look into Their Eyes and You See What They Know" is the 106th episode of the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives. It is the nineteenth episode of the show's fifth season and aired April 19, 2009. The episode was narrated by Nicollette Sheridan.
The episode begins with Edie narrating the events of her final moments. She explains that all the neighbors hear the accident and rush outside to see what all the commotion was about. As soon as they saw it was Edie, nobody moved or did anything until everyone rushed to help. Moments before the ambulance arrived, Susan whispers to Edie that she is going to make it through this and will be fine, but seconds later, Edie passes away, surrounded by all the neighbors.
The four women and Karen are asked by Dave to break the news to Edie's son Travers and give him her ashes. Along the way, each of them recall a time when Edie helped them. Susan's flashback consists of her first encounter with Edie and of Edie telling Susan that Karl was having an affair with his secretary.
Lynette recalls the time when everyone was driving her to chemo and states that none of them did it like Edie. It is Katherine's turn to drive her, but Edie tells her that she will drive her. Edie takes a detour to a bar and tries to get Lynette to have tequila shots. Edie tells Lynette that she is the strongest person she knows and tells her she needs to start fighting the cancer by also living life, not just sitting around. Edie constantly reminds Lynette that the tequila shots were what cured the cancer.
They get a flat tire and as Karen changes the tire, Bree tells them that Edie used to live in the area after leaving Wisteria Lane. She recalls visiting Orson in prison for the first time, but cannot bring herself to see him because she is disgusted by the prison. Bree finds out from a prison guard that Edie has been visiting Orson every week. Bree goes to Edie's new home and questions her intentions. Edie questions Bree on why she has not been visiting Orson. She reminds Bree that Orson went to jail for her and that he must really love her, so Edie wonders why she cannot suck it up and go visit him once a month. She decides that Orson could do much better than Bree and shows Bree out the door.
The women start wondering if Edie ever thought about her death. Gaby tells them she did and flashes back to a night out with Edie after divorcing Carlos. They go to a singles bar where they end up having a friendly competition of who can get the most swizzle sticks in one hour. After Gaby wins, Edie leaves her at the bar, so Gaby finds her sitting on the swings in the park. Edie tells Gaby that her youth is going fast and that she knew she would never make it to 50. A voice in her head tells her to live it up today because she won't get many tomorrows. Gaby reassures Edie that 50 years from now they will still get men to buy them drinks and be the hottest elderly women.
Once they locate Travers' room, Lynette sits him down and tells him that his mother was in a serious accident and died. They are surprised when Travers tells them he is fine. They try to get him to take time off from school, but he tells them that Edie was never around and was a bad parent because she gave him up and abandoned him. Karen forcibly sits him down to tell a story of how Edie visited her on the anniversary of her son's death. Edie tells Karen that she knows what it is like to lose a child because she gave full custody to her ex-husband which angers Karen. Edie explains that for Travers to have a decent normal life, he needed to be away from her, but she still loves him.
Just as they are about to leave, Travers thanks them for driving all that way to tell him and they almost forget to give him the ashes. Travers tells them to keep them because they were her best friends and would know the perfect place to scatter them. Karen figures out a way to do it when a wind blows her front door open. Each woman has a small container of her ashes and scatters them in places Edie knew. They scatter them on grass she once walked on, under trees that had once given her shade, over the roses that she loved and next to the fences she used to gossip over. The wind then takes the remainder of her ashes up into the air as the camera pans out over Wisteria Lane while Edie narrates, saying "And that is how Wisteria Lane became my final resting place. My ashes were spread over grass I had once walked on, beneath trees that had once given me shade, on top of roses I once admired, and beside fences I once gossiped over. And after my friends had finished saying goodbye, a wind came along and took what was left of me into the air. As I looked down on the world I began to let go of it. I let go of white picket fences, and cars and driveways, coffee cups and vacuum cleaners. I let go of all those things which seemed so ordinary, but when you put them together they make up a life, a life that really was one-of-a-kind. I’ll tell you something... it’s not hard to die when you know you have lived. And I did, oh, how I lived!"
- This title comes from the song 'The Ladies Who Lunch', from the 1970 Stephen Sondheim musical, Company. The next line in the song is "Everybody dies."
- This episode included a clip from "A Spark. To Pierce the Dark."
- The song "I Know What Boys Like" by the 90s British girl band, Shampoo was featured.
- Although credited, Carlos Solis (Ricardo Antonio Chavira), Andrew Van de Kamp (Shawn Pyfrom), Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong), Porter Scavo (Charlie Carver), Preston Scavo (Max Carver), Parker Scavo (Joshua Logan Moore) and Penny Scavo (Kendall Applegate) did not appear in this episode.
- This marks the 2nd time Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong) has not narrated an episode. The first being "My Husband, the Pig", which was narrated by Rex Van De Kamp (Steven Culp). However, that episode featured a re-cap at the beginning provided by Mary Alice. This episode had no re-cap making this episode of Desperate Housewives the only one in the series in which Brenda Strong is completely absent.
- French: Les adieux de mes amies (My friends' goodbye)
- German: Die letzte Ruhestätte (The last resting place)
- Hebrew: הבט בעיניהם ותראה מה הם יודעים (Habet BeEyne'yhem VeTir'e Ma Hem Yod'im; Look into Their Eyes and You See What They Know)
- Hungarian: Búcsú (Farewell)
- Italian: Unica nel suo genere (One of a kind)