The Gun Song
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|"The Gun Song"|
|Desperate Housewives episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4
|Directed by||Bethany Rooney|
|Written by||Bob Daily and Matt Berry|
|Original air date||May 18, 2008|
"The Gun Song" is the 86th episode of the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives. It is the sixteenth episode of the show's fourth season, and the first half of the two-hour season finale. It aired on May 18, 2008, in the United States.
This episode is the first hour of a two-hour season finale.
The episode begins with Lynette making breakfast for her children. Child Protection Services appear at her house and tell her that a call has been made by Kayla to her therapist stating that Lynette has hit her several times. There is also a security video from the clothing store (from the episode "Mother Said") that shows Lynette slapping Kayla. Later, Kayla burns herself with a curling iron and calls the police, saying that Lynette had burned her. Earlier she had heard that if Lynette was shown to abuse her children more than what she was already accused of she would be separated from her children. Lynette is then put in jail for a couple of hours. Lynette tells Tom to do something when Tom visits her. Back home, Tom talks to Kayla about Lynette, and tells her that Lynette has to be separated from Kayla and that Tom is going to send Kayla away. Kayla admits that she lied about everything, but won't stop if Lynette comes back. It turns out that Tom left his cell phone on the desk, and Kayla's therapist heard everything. Lynette's charges are dropped and Kayla is later sent off to live with her maternal grandparents.
Susan and Mike cannot decide a name for their new baby boy, but they decided to name him Conner after hearing a "doctor Conner" being paged in the hospital. When Mike discovers his maternal grandfather has died, he wants to name the boy after him. Susan is pleased until she finds out the name is Maynard. Gaby, Lynette, and Bree all tell Susan that the name is unfit, and that she should think about Maynard's future. Susan decides to change the name to Conner, and Mike finds out. After a talk about all the things that Grandfather Maynard had done, the couple settles on Maynard.
Orson has been following Bree around, and she decides to make it clear to him that she does not want him around. She meets up with Reverend Green from church, and they have a chat at the Scavo's Pizzeria. Orson appears, and Bree asks the Reverend to hold her hand to make it seem like they were together. Orson sees this and leaves. Later, the Reverend drives Bree home, and declares his love for her. Bree is shocked and rejects his advances. At church, the Reverend decides to take revenge and give a sermon on sexual promiscuity and the threat of Bree, specifically as a temptress, in the community. Orson finds out and confronts the Reverend, and the entire church hears their argument, thanks to the Reverend's microphone. Orson tries to beat up the Reverend, but Bree walks in and sees that Reverend Green has knocked Orson unconscious. Orson is then taken off to the hospital, and Bree begins to have second thoughts about him.
An undercover police officer (disguised as a handyman) comes into Gaby and Carlos' house to bug Ellie's room and the rest of the rooms in the house to find out who her supplier is. While in Ellie's room while she is out, Gaby and the handyman are almost caught when Ellie re-appears to retrieve her wallet. Gaby kisses the handyman and Ellie appears in the room. She is shocked, and Gaby says that she and the handyman are having an affair as a cover-up. Later, Ellie tells Carlos and Gaby feels betrayed. However, Gaby explains what happened to Carlos and he believes her. Gaby and Ellie then have a talk, and Ellie reveals that her father caught her mother having an affair and walked out on the family. Ellie's mom apparently went crazy, and Ellie ended up on the streets selling drugs to make money. Gaby automatically feels sympathy and feels guilty for turning Ellie in. But Ellie's supplier shows up at the house, and the police arrest him. Gaby, who feels connected with Ellie, helps her escape by telling her to go through the back door.
Wayne shows up at Katherine's house, demanding to know who Dylan is. He says that Dylan is not his daughter, so she must not be Katherine's either. He tries to pull a strand of hair from Katherine's head for DNA examination, but his actions are interrupted when Bob and Lee show up, looking for a caterer for their commitment ceremony. Katherine is delighted, and says that she and Bree will be ready for duty. Wayne leaves but promises to return. Later, Katherine and Bree practice firing guns at the shooting range. When Katherine comes home, Adam is there, and presses Katherine to reveal the truth to Dylan. Katherine shakes her head, and Adam suggests they move away. When Katherine again says no as Dylan insists to stay, Adam reveals that he wants to take Dylan to a vacation of anywhere she chooses. Katherine replies, "Then we'd have to come back, and we'd be at square one again", to which Adam replies, "not if we don't come back". That night, at Dylan's recital, Adam goes to the parking lot during intermission. Wayne appears and asks Adam for help with his flat tire. Not knowing that he is Katherine's ex-husband, he agrees to help. Wayne knocks Adam unconscious with a four way wrench and drags him to his car.
- French: Quelques écarts (Some distances)
- French Canadian: Quelques écarts (Some distances)
- German: Namen (Names)
- Hebrew: שיר האקדח (Shirat HaEkdach; The Gun Song)
- Hungarian: Nomen est Omen (The Name is an Omen [in Latin])
- Spanish: La canción de las armas (The Gun Song)
- Greek: Το τραγούδι της μάχης (The Gun Song)
- The title comes from a song in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Assassins".
- This episode got 16.48 million viewers in its original US airing.
- Although credited Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan), Julie Mayer (Andrea Bowen), Andrew Van de Kamp (Shawn Pyfrom), and Danielle Van de Kamp (Joy Lauren) do not appear in this episode.
- This episode marks the last appearance of Rachel Fox (Kayla Scavo) from the series.