Desperate Housewives

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Corrected entry: In season one, Helen said that John turned eighteen last week. And Zach said in season three that he is two months older than John. But in another episode in season three, Lynette said that Zach turned eighteen a month ago. So Zach is two months older than John, and John turned eighteen in season one, but Zach turned eighteen in season three. Season one quote: "Last week he turned eighteen"(they're talking about John in episode "Your Fault.") Season three, quote one: "I'm two months older than John Rowland"(Zach says it in episode "Not While I'm Around.") Season three, quote two: "Until he turned 18, a month ago" (they talk about Zach in episode "Come Play Wiz Me.")


Correction: Zach says he is 2 months older than John was at the time Gabby was sleeping with him, not 2 months older than his actual age.

You'll Never Get Away From Me - S2-E3

Corrected entry: The polygraph scene was completely fictitious. There is a very good reason why polygraph results are not admissible as evidence in court: Whether you are lying or not is the opinion of the examiner. There is no clear indicator, like the huge spike shown, that the individual is lying. Also, the one being examined is instructed to lie to certain known questions; e.g., age, address, etc. The examiner needs to see how the body reacts when the person is lying.


Correction: The examiner did ask her the control questions in the beginning. For example, he asked if she was married to Rex. This is a matter of public record and therefore a fact (they can check). These controls questions are used to compare the answers of the questions to. However, it's true that the polygraph test isn't 100% reliable, and it can be faked, therefore it's not admissible to court.

Pilot - S1-E1

Corrected entry: When Mary Alice commits suicide at the start of the episode, she shoots herself in the right side of her head, but when Martha looks through the window and sees Mary Alice dead, she is lying on the floor and blood is coming out of the left side of her head.

Correction: So the bullet entered the right side and exited the left side.

If It's Only in Your Head - S5-E24

Corrected entry: After seeing Dave's disturbing tape at the airport, Mike gets up to leave and tells the lady sitting nearby, "Excuse me. That woman I was with, tell her I had to go; it's an emergency." Seconds later when Katherine returns with their drinks, the lady tells her, "Your friend asked me to tell you he had to leave. He said to say he's sorry." However, Mike never said anything to the lady about being sorry.


Correction: That's a character mistake, not a show mistake. Perhaps she felt bad that he didn't apologize and added it herself, or maybe she just wasn't listening.

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There Won't Be Trumpets - S1-E17

Corrected entry: When Bree and Lynette are walking to Juanita's funeral, Bree says "You have to hand it to Gabi and Carlos. They do grief better than anyone." However, her mouth doesn't say Gabi and Carlos. This is because they originally said "You have to hand it to Catholics. They do grief better than anyone." But due to the death of the pope it was dubbed.

Correction: I do believe this only happens in some versions of it - maybe certain places/times that it was aired. The version I have, she still says "the Catholics".

Show generally

Corrected entry: It could be by mere chance but the four main housewives; Susan, Bree, Gabrielle and Lynette all display characteristics of Tarot Card Queens;each being of a different suit. They are the Queen of Wands, Swords, Cups and Pentacles.Susan is most like the Queen of Swords. A card of an independent woman who can be bitter, malicious, jealous and is often divorced - which Susan is. She like the Queen of Swords should also not be underestimated.The Queen of Wands, a red haired woman who is creative, warm natured, has a responsible reputation but dislikes Independence in others which can make her tyrannical. This is obviously Bree as she wants to run her kids lives.Gabrielle is most comparable to the Queen of Cups. As she can be vain, immoral (cheating on Carlos) deceitful (lying about her affair) and constantly requires attention. On the plus side she is very imaginative, and as seen in the second series loyal and devoted - backing up the Tarot connections.Lastly Lynette is most like the Queen of Pentacles. This Queen represents a woman who has a head for business and is motherly and very caring. On the negative side she can be possessive and mistrustful. Clearly Lynnete because of her high position as boss and the fact that she has lots of kids.

Correction: The four characters simply represent four distinct character types, as do the cards. There are probably several other analogies that could be made to other groups, fictional or otherwise, with a similar mix of individuals. Without specific evidence that a particular analogy is intentional by the programme makers, this sort of thing cannot be considered as valid trivia.

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Silly People - S2-E14

Corrected entry: Susan has a wandering spleen and needs surgery to remedy it, but her former agent let her health insurance policy lapse. Without insurance, she cannot afford the surgery. Everyone agrees that the best solution is for her to marry someone with an excellent heath plan. The problem: no health plan would cover such a pre-existing condition immediately. They would have to eventually cover it (time varies by state) but she needs the surgery now. She shoots down the idea of seeking a legal solution, since her agent stole the money instead of making insurance payments, because she urgently needs the operation.


Correction: Not necessarily. Especially in the case of marriage where a new subscriber is added to an existing plan, exceptions are made. And even as a totally new subscriber, I've had many pre-existing conditions covered immediately. It's not an absolute that it will be denied simply because it's pre-existing. If a problem is genetic, as a wandering spleen may be, it also may be excepted.


Every Day a Little Death - S1-E12

Corrected entry: Lynette's children are at home during the poker game, which we later learn takes place every week on Tuesday at lunch. So the three school-age children should be at school. Even if there's a good reason for one school to have a day off, the twins are at a different school from their brother, and the two schools coincidentally having the same random day off is so unlikely as to be impossible, unless commented on in the script.


Correction: It is not impossible for the two schools to have the same day off. It could either be early dismissal for parent-teacher conferences, or a teachers in service day, which coincide for the whole district because of the bussing system. It could even be spring break.

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Corrected entry: In the pilot the front door of Mike's house is different from his front door in later episodes.

Correction: People do sometimes buy a new front door without making a big deal about it. They don't have to put in a scene like "Look honey, what do you think of the new front door I put in yesterday?" for every prop that changes.


Love Is in the Air (a.k.a. What I Did for Love) - S1-E14

Corrected entry: Remember in the earlier episodes where Paul destroys the pool to retrieve the toy chest? Since the pool is now destroyed and barely fixable, how did Zach have the pool party? And we can see on other episodes the pool is perfectly fine.

Correction: The pool wasn't completely destroyed, he just broke into the bottom of the pool to get the chest. To keep up the appearance that nothing unusual happened, Paul would have to fix the pool so that no one would notice a difference.


Season 1 generally

Corrected entry: Mrs. Huber's "missing" posters state she died in Mid-December 2004. In the episode where she dies, the trees have green leaves, and the flowerbeds are full of colourful flowers.

Correction: Wisteria Lane is obviously in a part of the country that does not get cold in the winter.

Show generally

Plot hole: When Zach Young's grandfather died, Zach was said to be the sole heir of the fortune. However, Noah Taylor (the grandfather) had a daughter that appeared several times while Mike Delfino was looking for Deirdre. Where was Kendra Taylor while Zachary Young was spending Noah's fortune on dresses for Gabrielle Solis? Why didn't she claim her share? She simply disappeared.

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