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Desperate Housewives: Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 20th 2009 12:30AM
Edie dies on Desperate Housewives
(S05E19) "I died just like I lived, as the complete, utter center of attention." - dead Edie

It's no secret anymore. Nicolette Sheridan is leaving Desperate Housewives, and this was her last episode as a series regular. Even if most major websites, newspapers, and magazines warned us in early February that the actress was exiting the show, some fans were still holding out hope that the news was untrue, as it wasn't the first time we heard a rumor about Sheridan leaving. Those fans must now come to terms with the fact that the sexy, perceptive, strong, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind Edie is now gone. If you ask Lynette, she would tell you that Edie looks like cat litter right now.

One thing is for sure, Edie/Nicolette went out with a bang with what may be the second best episode of the season (my favorite being the 100th episode featuring Beau Bridges).

Thanks to a four-hour drive to Travers' academy, the ladies try to come up with positive memories they have of Edie. Each flashback is filled with Edie's usual humor and take on life and allows us to know a little bit more about each housewife. Here are bits and pieces of what we learned:
  • Edie and Susan were friends when Edie first moved to Wisteria Lane. Susan even pretended to enjoy running in order to be friends. Things turned sour when Edie admitted she was sleeping with a married man. We learned that Edie was the one who warned Susan that Karl was cheating on her with his secretary.
  • Edie pushed Lynette to be strong again and fight the cancer. It was fun to watch Edie bring Lynette to the bar so Lynette would start having some fun, as it was clear the other housewives (through what we saw Katherine do) were more strict with her.
  • After Edie left Wisteria Lane, she lived close by the prison. She visited Orson once or twice a week to keep him company. If Bree hadn't learned of this fact when she tried to visit Orson, it's doubtful that she and Orson would still be together. But thanks to a prison guard who could be bought, Bree learned the truth and confronted Edie. The latter asked Bree why she couldn't suck it up once a month to help Orson go through this awful time. As Gaby said it, Edie shamed Bree into being a better human being, and from then on, she visited her husband in jail.
  • Edie helped Gaby go back to the dating world by taking her to a singles' bar. After this outing, Edie revealed that she always knew she wouldn't live past 50 and that she was surprised her youth went away so fast.
  • Without much surprise, Travers is not really shaken up by his mother's passing since he barely knew her and believes that she was a bad mother. However, Edie's real best friend, Mrs. McCluskey, tells him that Edie truly believed that she did what was best for him when she gave her ex full custody. She knew she wouldn't be a good mother and that her lifestyle wouldn't be best for a child. Travers is moved by the story. He later thanks the housewives for making the trip to announce his mother's passing and asks them to scatter the ashes since they were her friends and knew her best.

The episode was filled with fantastic quotes. Here are a few I had time to note down. Feel free to comment and add those I missed:
  • "I took my last breath." - Edie announcing to us that she had finally passed away
  • "It looks like cat litter." - Lynette commenting on Edie's ashes
  • "You're stronger than me." - Edie telling Lynette that she has what it takes to fight the cancer
  • "My boobs are impressive, but they can't bend iron bars." - Edie to Bree
  • "Edie Britt shamed you into being a better human being." - Gaby to Bree
  • "I appreciate my life in a way most people don't." - Edie to Gaby
  • "I love him enough to let him hate me." - Edie to Mrs. McCluskey about letting Travers be with his father

It was really fitting to have each housewife take some of the ashes and spread them over their lawn, as Wisteria Lane was Edie's home.

As I've said in my intro, I think this was the season's second best episode. The flashbacks were fun and touching at the same time, and having Edie narrate in her unique snarky voice enhanced the episode. Even if Edie was sort of a fifth wheel, I'll miss her antics. Hopefully, we will see her in the future, or should I say, in flashbacks.

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joe

I messed up my daughters tivo of dh is there any way to find it on line so she can see it

May 18 2009 at 12:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cariosus

Well, this ep was just...awful. I love DH and Edie, but this episode was lame. A filler episode..kinda reminded me of that episode with the handyman..

April 21 2009 at 5:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Soby

This episode was so drawn out that my girlfriend and I were yawning halfway through. It wasn't the least bit entertaining but they still were shoving it down our throats.

April 21 2009 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SadiesRotten

I've never missed a DH show. I loved the show with Beau Bridges, but found this one to be a complete and total yawn. Never liked Edie and won't miss her

April 20 2009 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

So if Edie hadn't convinced Bree to visit Orson in prison, she may well have been still alive today. Think about that for a second.

In any case, a very good episode to a severely under utilized (and mostly under appreciated) character/actress.

April 20 2009 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy

I have to agree with you. I've never been a fan of the Edie character -- too often one dimensional and stereotypical -- but tonight's episode gave me a new appreciation of Edie. Too bad they couldn't have done this long ago. It might have made Edie a far more interesting character.

April 20 2009 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SadOldMan

Did anyone else notice that the voice over at the end of the episode wasn't really Nicollete Sheridan, just an impersonator. I wonder what led to that?

April 20 2009 at 8:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Isabelle Carreau

I noticed a difference in tone between her intro narration and the closing. However, I felt that it was the same person just that Nicolette used a calmer tone to sort of reflect that Edie was ready to cross over now that her friends told Travers and scattered her ashes.

April 20 2009 at 9:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guess Who

DHW flashback episodes are the best by far (this and previous seasons) and I agree episode 100 was a series high point.

That said, never cared too much for Edie, and not too upset to see her go - even with the heavy handed push to make us love her in the end. They left her on the outside of the group, and introduced her as a villian when needed - not sure how many more storylines there were left in that dynamic. One could wonder how much this was just a cost cutting measure by ABC above all else.

On a seperate note - since four out five of the ladies are over forty (and in HD) would it kill them to introduce a young married couple in their 20's as eye candy? It is a soap after all - and as much as Dana Delany still looks great...it couldn't hurt.

April 20 2009 at 4:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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