Partly inspired by recent conversations with Vinnie H and Zoe who are huge fans of the show, I’ve been reminded just how awesome Desperate Housewives was. I saw all eight series when it was shown but since setting up the blog I’ve been distracted by highlighting other shows, especially in the sitcom sphere. I’m happy to stop that now. Desperate Housewives skilfully balanced between comedy and drama and carefully avoided being melodramatic or unimaginative, things which befall other shows. One of the reasons it did this was the consistent hilarity of the sexy, sharp and sassy Gabrielle Solis, who was happy to challenge all social conventions and authority.
Carlos: At the Donahue party everyone was talking mutual funds, and you found a way to mention you slept with half of the Yankee outfield.
Gabrielle: I’m telling you, it came up in the context of the conversation.
Gabrielle: Do you know how bored I was today? I came this close to actually cleaning the house.
Gabrielle: I’ve read the constitution and it does not protect ugly people.
Principal Ann Peterson: If you can’t do the time don’t do the crime.
Gabrielle: What is this, Shawshank Elementary?
Gabrielle: I have to walk in heels all day long. You get to sit in a [wheel]chair and roll.
Vern: Where have you been? They’re all waiting for you.
Gabrielle: I’m here to teach fashion so I’m fashionably late.
Carlos: Deals are meant to be renegotiated.
Gabrielle: well, we’re not negotiating my uterus
Zack: You said I could kiss you!
Gabrielle: Yes, my lips not my oesophagus!
HAHAHAH ” well, we’re not negotiating my uterus”
You can thank Zoe for that one. It’s her favourite line from the whole show 🙂
🙂 Great post Alex, love it! Gaby is brilliant!
I had to make sure the other seven matched up and reflected her personality for those not familiar. I could totally hear her voice in the second and third ones especially haha.
Great work Alex, appreciate the shout out. Desperate Housewuves had that perfect mix of comedy, drama and mystery that set it apart from other shows and made it unique.
It really did. Plenty of other shows go for that comedy drama hybrid but so few pull it off. One scene that summed it up for me was when Gabrielle’s daughter starts stealing her make up to try and look like her as the other girls can’t believe how she doesn’t look like her mum. Carlos thinks that Gabrielle should go without wearing make up so the daughter can see that beauty is only skin deep. Unfortunately that means going to a big corporate event looking dreadful, so in the end she ends up stealing make up from a stranger in the bathroom haha.
I love the scene you mentioned, so funny and classic Gabrielle.
Funnily enough, my favourite episode didn’t involve her much. It’s the one where the scorned woman takes everyone hostage in the supermarket. Just brilliant writing.
That is a really well written episode were Felicity Huffman shines.
Never watched the show, but your post was funny and perfect for humpday 😀
Glad you enjoyed the timing of it 🙂