She Needs Me (Desperate Housewives)

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"She Needs Me"
Desperate Housewives episode
Episode no. Season 8
Episode 15
Directed by Steve Buscemi
Written by Jason Ganzel
Production code 815
Original air date March 4, 2012
Guest appearance(s)
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"She Needs Me" is the 172nd episode of the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives. It is the fifteenth episode of the show's eighth season and first aired on March 4, 2012.


After Lynette refuses to help raise Porter and Julie's baby, Susan offers to assist by setting up a nursery; Orson tries to get Bree to go to Maine with him; Ben's loan shark sets out to destroy Renee; Karen swears Gabrielle to secrecy; Orson, who knows what happened to Alejandro Perez, sends a letter to the police.


According to Nielsen ratings, "She Needs Me" was watched by 8.21 million viewers and held 2.5 rating between 18 and 49 years of age.[1] The episode was competing against The Good Wife on CBS, which was watched by 9.83 million viewers but held a 1.9 rating, the combination of Family Guy and American Dad! on Fox which averaged 4.81 million viewers for the hour, and had a 2.5/6 rating, and Celebrity Apprentice on NBC, which averaged 6.67 million viewers and a 2.3/6 rating in the 18-49 demographic. It was second in its timeslot behind Family Guy on FOX. The episode gained an additional 2.1 million viewers and 0.9 rating in the week following the original broadcast due to DVR recordings.[2]


  • Madison de la Garza (Juanita Solis) does not appear in this episode and is not credited.
  • In the opening sequence in a flashback showing the Scavo boys running around, the boys are not the same actors that played Porter and Preston in the first 4 seasons of the series.
  • Kyle MacLachlan makes his final appearance as Orson Hodge

International titles[edit]

  • Polish: Ona mnie potrzebuje (She Needs Me)
  • German: Das Kinderzimmer (The Children's Room)