Episode 5.01: You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (Season premiere)
Airdate: September 28, 2008
Look for Mike and Jackson to have an awkward first encounter: Susan’s new guy inadvertently exposes his privates. [.] Bree and hubby Orson are reunited after Orson’s stint in prison, but her new celebrity status as a caterer and author threatens his ego and their marriage – especially when Bree is interviewed on the radio and says her husband is dead. [.] Katherine, who finds out she’s going to be a grandma this season, is rattling around in her big old house and very lonely. “She’ll enter into a relationship with another resident on the lane – one of our regulars – and it’ll cause a bit of a scandal,” Cherry says. [.] In throes of a midlife crisis, Tom buys a sports car and forms garage band with the men of the cul-de-sac. He’ll play bass, Dave is on drums, Orson on keyboard, Mike on guitar and Carlos on tambourine. They eventually go public, leading to a big November sweeps club fire that’s also connected to the Dave mystery. Gail O’Grady appears as a hot-to-trot real-estate agent who raises Lynette’s suspicions when she helps the band find a rehearsal space. Other guest stars include Frances Conroy as a ritzy doyenne who wants to hire Carlos full-time (he doesn’t realize his massages give her killer orgasms!) and comedy legend Lily Tomlin as Mrs. McCluskey’s sister, Roberta, who shows up when McCluskey lands in the nuthouse. Source: TV Guide
As you all must know by now, it’s five years on as we return to Wisteria Lane. And while the vibe probably hasn’t changed much, some of the particulars certainly have, starting with frumpy mama Gaby. It’s no surprise that Bree’s a budding Martha Stewart, nor will you be shocked to learn that Porter and Preston Scavo (now played by twins Max and Charlie Carver) are as bad as their stepsister Kayla used to be. But when last we saw Susan, she was a giddy newlywed. Now she has a new guy, so what happened to Mike? Maybe we’ll find out tonight. Oh, and rumor has it that Edie has gone off and gotten herself married again. — Paul Droesch, TVGuide
Show Runner Marc Cherry Discussing Season 5 and the 5 Year Leap
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“The big secret turned into the big joke, because that got leaked like everybody’s business,” Cherry said. “I made the mistake of telling one of my actors, and the next thing, I read it in the Times, going, Marcia!'”
“My mom just loves that Marcia Cross plays her because she feels that makes her prettier in some way,” said Cherry. “But, you know, my mother has very conservative values,” continued Cherry, who doesn’t. “And the thing I like about Bree is that Bree is religious. Bree is a character on TV who talks about the Bible and has gone to church and is a member of the NRA.”
Cherry first planned an eight-year flash forward. But, he said, “then someone explained to me how the actresses would react to the idea that they were eight years older.” He considered what that meeting would be like, explaining this to Cross and her co-stars. And then, wise man that he is, Cherry thought, “OK, maybe five . . . maybe I could get away with five.”
“I felt that the soap had really started to build up, and I kind of wanted to pare down to where everyone’s problems were small but very relatable,” Cherry said.
“And I thought, How am I going to do that?’ “And I thought, How am I going to do that?’ And I thought, Oh, let’s just go forward in time. Let me change everyone’s lives completely.'”
“And, of course, the ball will start rolling and pick up steam as the year goes on. But I thought it would be a good chance to do something interesting and give everyone some challenges.”
“Once I explained it to them how they really wouldn’t be looking older, they kind of went with it,” Cherry said.
Longoria Parker: “When I found out, I was excited because I felt like it was a reset button and we got to really start from scratch and explore more things specifically for my character and all of us. So I was excited, especially because how Gabby looks now. To play something other than glamour, it’s going to be fun for me.”
Huffman: “I agree. I thought it was great.”
Cross: “I was thrilled because I knew sort of where Bree was going and I was really looking for her to get out of the house. I mean, she’s going to get out of the house with her muffins. But at least she’s getting out of the house.
“I think it’s as it is in life. Growth is inevitable. I just thought it would be great for her to get out and get into the world and out of the problems, the domestic problems. Although, they’ll probably be right back there. I don’t know.”
Sheridan: “I was sad to see my son go.”
Delany: “Yeah, I mean, I was just happy to have my secrets out. That’s all I care about.”
Hatcher: “I think it’s great. I think it’s giving all the characters an opportunity to be something that they haven’t been. I think specifically for Susan. I think you’ve seen sort of years of a person who is like ‘Please love me, please love me, please love me.’ Who now, for many reasons that will be revealed over the new season, is probably a person who’s more closed off to love and not so searching and needy of it.
“And so it’s empowering and exciting to just play different levels, different parts of your personality of that character and to have a legitimate reason supporting why each character is in their new place.”
An empowering and exciting opportunity for Susan will be a new love interest, played by Gale Harold. Neal McDonough will play Edie’s new husband. Another new cast member, Gail O’Grady, will serve up trouble on Wisteria Lane. And high-profile guest stars for the season will include Lily Tomlin and Frances Conroy.
Cherry revealed that he also has a seven-year plan. He will shut down the fictional town of Fairview at the conclusion of the seventh season in 2011.
“I think we’re going to get out while people still like us,” Cherry said. “Of course, this might be a clever ruse on my part to get an obscene amount of money for season eight.”