Rose's Turn (Desperate Housewives)

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"Rose's Turn"
Desperate Housewives episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 20
Directed by David Warren
Written by Dave Flebotte
Production code 520
Original air date April 26, 2009
Guest appearance(s)
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"Rose's Turn" is the 107th episode of the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives. It is the twentieth episode of the show's fifth season and has been aired on April 26, 2009.

Plot[edit]

The episode begins with Mary Alice talking about Rose Kemper's life and when Orson broke into her house and she chased him out by hitting him in the head with a baseball bat. While dialing the police, she looks out her window and sees Edie's accident, giving her a heart attack. Katherine visits Rose in the hospital and she tells Katherine that death tried to take her, but he couldn't, so he took Edie Britt instead. Katherine doesn't believe her, but across the hall, Orson overhears Katherine and Rose's conversation, becoming very nervous.

Orson is being treated for his head wound and tells the doctor he was taking a walk and tripped and hit his head on the curb. Bree tells Orson that she cannot put up with his stealing and lying anymore so Orson tells her he just wants to be happy and a good husband. Bree tells him she hopes so because she can't take anymore lying so Orson promises there will not be anymore lying. Orson asks the doctor about Rose's condition, but he cannot discuss it so Orson tries to get them to have her placed in a nursing home by hinting that if she hurt herself or anyone else the hospital could be held responsible.

The women try to check in on Dave, but he doesn't answer the door. They agree that someone should drop by later to make sure Dave is okay, but they all have things to do so Katherine tells them that she will get Mike to go over. When Mike stops by with Katherine's lasagne, he tries to tell him that he'll get through it and understands what he is going through which causes Dave to lash out saying Mike should go back to his happy life with Katherine and to leave him alone. Mike leaves saying he "doesn't have any idea what he is going through."

Tom has been working out and wants to have sex with Lynette but she is not into it. She tells him that she just took a shower in Carlos's office which makes Tom jealous. Later, Carlos arrives to pick Lynette up for a meeting that was moved up but she is in the shower and she slips and is knocked unconscious. Carlos saves her and she is horrified that he saw her naked so she wants him to keep it a secret because Tom would freak out if he knew. Meanwhile, Gaby has joined a garden club thinking they would sit around gossiping and drinking margaritas while looking at the flowers but did not realize they would be doing actual gardening. Gaby recruits a couple others including Patti. She gets Tom to join the garden club but is not happy when he starts hanging out with Patti so she forbids him from seeing her because she doesn't want him hurting Lynette by cheating on her. Later, while both couples are having dinner the truth about both incidents comes out and they later apologize to each other.

Andrew is very skeptical of Orson's sudden determination of being happy, he knows Orson is up to something. Bree wants to give him a second chance because he is her husband and she loves him. Andrew reminds her he has been stealing from her friends and tried to get her to sell her company. He tells her that while she is being distracted by his "happiness" he will be looking up divorce lawyers just in case. When Katherine informs Bree of Rose's story, Bree realizes that Orson has been lying to her and when she asks what he was doing out that night he lies again. Bree goes over to Andrew's and decides she might have to divorce him.

Mike drops by Susan's to pick up M.J.. He asks her to try and talk to Dave. On her way to work, Susan brings Dave a basket of store bought food. Dave tells her he is selling the house and putting the money in a trust for Travers. He goes on to say that "everything that ever mattered is gone" and the future is the last thing he is thinking about. Susan goes into the kitchen and sees his gun on his suitcase. Susan tells him she will clean up a little before the realtor comes. Susan puts the gun, all the knives, pills, and belts into her picnic basket. While leaving a message to Katherine about Dave being suicidal, she is pulled over for talking on a cellphone instead of a hands-free device. The officer sees the gun and knives sticking out of the basket and arrests her while Katherine drives by, answering her voice mail.

Susan brings back Dave's belts, but the rest was kept by the police. Susan tells Dave about the accident that killed a mother and a child. Susan reveals that she was driving, but did not have her license as she switched purses, so Mike took the blame and she tells Dave she knows about guilt. Later, M.J. is playing with a ball and when it goes into the street, Dave picks it up and tells him he shouldn't be playing in the street because if he got hurt that would really tear Susan apart.

Notes[edit]

  • Although credited Porter Scavo (Charlie Carver) and Preston Scavo (Max Carver) do not appear in this episode, Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan) only appears in the "Previously on..." scene.
  • This episode included clips from "A Spark. To Pierce the Dark."
  • This title is taken from a song written by Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and Jules Styne (music) for the musical Gypsy: A Musical Fable (book by Arthur Laurents).
  • This is Bree Hodge's 100th episode because of a seven-episode absence in the third season due to her real-life pregnancy.
  • The character Rose Kemper's name is a take on Ambrose Kemper, a character in the musical Hello, Dolly.
  • When Mike is talking about Dave's life to Katherine, you see her take her robe off and then the camera zooms to Mike, when it goes back to Katherine she has her robe back on and then takes it off again.

International titles[edit]

  • French: Un geste amical (A friendly act)
  • German: Die Wendung (The Turn)
  • Hebrew: תורה של רוז (Tora Shel Rose; Rose's Turn)
  • Hungarian: Mindenki rejteget valamit (Everybody Hides Something)
  • Italian: Verità nascoste (Hidden Truth)