We're So Happy You're So Happy

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"We're So Happy You're Happy"
Desperate Housewives episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 2
Directed by David Grossman
Written by Alexandra Cunningham
Production code 502
Original air date October 5, 2008
Guest appearance(s)
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"We're So Happy You're Happy" is the 89th episode of the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives. It is the second episode of the show's fifth season and aired on October 5, 2008. The title comes from a lyric of the song "Ever After" in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.

Plot[edit]

The episode begins with Jackson bringing in the newspaper one morning and meeting Mike, who stopped by to return M.J.'s video game. When Mike suggests he should hang out with Jackson, Susan protests, but later agrees when he threatens to fight for M.J.'s custody. Mike and Jackson quickly become friends after they hang out one night. Susan is initially pleased, but is soon upset when she discovers Mike and Jackson exchanged sex tips with each other. One night, Susan meets up with Mike at the bar and tells him that she is uncomfortable seeing him and Jackson bond. Mike assures her it is a good thing that he, Jackson and Susan are friends, especially for M.J.'s sake. When she returns home, she finds out that Karl, her first ex-husband, dropped by and he, too, had befriended Jackson.

Gabrielle is invited to a fancy party by Michelle Downing. When she is telling Carlos the good news, she is shocked to find him massaging an elderly person in their living room. Feeling uncomfortable, Gaby convinces Carlos to work as a masseur at a country club as the pay is better and she can regain her social status. However, Bree who is hired to cater the party, informs Gaby that they are being left off as they are considered "staff" and the guests felt it is inappropriate to mingle with them. Gaby and Carlos attend the party anyway through the back door. Bree drags Gaby aside and tells her to leave before the host finds out. However, it is too late as Carlos is chased off by Michelle. Carlos later confronts Gaby for her actions and she later confesses that she felt she was losing everything she had. Carlos tells Gaby about his clients that are complaining about their lives and revealing inner secrets that they are not happy despite being rich. He assures her that he is happy now as they didn't lose anything that matters and materialism does not matter as much.

Lynette finds it difficult to strike up a conversation with Porter, so Parker introduces her to a social website named "Silverfizz" which allows online chatting. Then, Lynette creates an alter ego "Sara J" who is a teenage girl to chat with Porter. Tom warns her to stop chatting with Porter before things gets out of hand. Lynette refuses to listen and she is ecstatic to learn Porter has an interest in poetry. Her plan soon backfires when Porter falls for her and sends her an erotic poem. Panicked, she decides to write a Dear John letter to Porter to end the relationship. The situation turns worse when she accidentally signs off the message as "Love, Mom". Porter learns that his crush is actually his mother and is heartbroken.

Bree shows her cookbook "Mrs. Van De Kamp's Old Fashion Cooking" to Andrew and Orson. Orson wonders why Bree did not name her cookbook as Mrs. Hodge, to which Bree replies that Mrs. Van De Kamp is what she is known for. Bree later does a radio interview for her new cookbook when she talks about her dead husband, Rex and completely ignores Orson's existence. When Orson confronts Bree about the issue, she says she is not proud of his past. Furious, Orson demands Bree to cook pot roast for dinner as she had promised over and over, despite the fact that it is past midnight and Bree has just come home after catering the party. Bree weeps while preparing the meal.

Edie decides to move out as she is tired of the neighbors' cold attitude towards her, especially Karen McCluskey who insulted her with a crude joke earlier. When she asks Dave why he insists on staying in Wisteria Lane, he avoids the question by saying that they can be happy here and convinces her to stay. The next day, Dave pays Mrs. McCluskey a visit and demands an apology to Edie. Karen refuses, as she believes she was merely joking and claims Dave doesn't know her well. Dave then tells her that Karen must be lonely when he notices she talks to her pet cat Toby like a person and invites him in without hesitation. Toby goes missing after that and Dave offers to help her find the cat on condition that she apologize to Edie. Karen finally does, and tells Edie to inform Dave that they have reconciled. Later, she finds Toby back in her house, and finds her front window is left open. Karen ponders about Dave's true motives and teams up with Katherine to learn more about him.

International titles[edit]

  • French: Un bon voisin (A Good Neighbor)
  • German: Ein guter Nachbar (A Good Neighbor)
  • Hebrew: אנחנו מאושרים, אתם מאושרים (Anachnu Meusharim, Atem Meusharim; We're Happy, You're Happy)
  • Hungarian: Jó szomszédság (Being a Good Neighbor)
  • Italian: Il buon vicino (The Good Neighbor)
  • Polish: Dobry sąsiad (The good Neighbor)
  • Spanish: Nos Alegra Que Sea Feliz (We're Glad You're Happy)
  • Greek: Είμαστε τόσο ευτυχισμένοι που είσαι τόσο ευτυχισμένος (We're So Happy You're So Happy)

Notes[edit]

  • The title comes from a line in the song "So Happy" from the Stephen Sondheim musical In the Woods.
  • This episode averaged 15.7 million viewers, rating of 10.0 and share of 15. It was #4 for the week of Sept. 29- Oct. 5.
  • Although credited, Penny Scavo (Kendall Applegate) does not appear in this episode.