Ciao, for now

Goodbye for Now

"Goodbye for Now" is the 22nd episode of the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives. The episode was the 22nd episode for the show's first season. The episode was written by Josh Senter and was directed by David Grossman. It originally aired on Sunday May 15, 2005.

Guest Starring

Special Guest Star



When Susan and Mike announce that they are going to move in together, Edie tries to stop it by having an intervention with the other wives. Susan gets suspicious and decides to follow Mike with Julie as her accomplice. She is surprised to see that she followed the wrong person. Felicia hands Zach a care package from Paul which contains a note which Felicia takes out. When Mike comes to visit Felicia she tells him that Paul Young will be at the park on Thursday evening if he wants to make a move. Mike does so and manages to capture Paul and drag him into his car. George continues to poison Rex by putting potassium pills in his prescription capsules. At the supermarket, George warns Bree that Rex has been bragging about how he likes hardcore sex (which is in fact, a lie). When Bree confronts Rex about it, he denies it but then has a heart attack on top of it all. Bree hesitates to get help but when Danielle tells Bree that Rex is in pain she drives him to the hospital. Gabrielle gets the cold shoulder from Justin who tells him that she should have come clean since it could be John's child. She tells him that the situation is a delicate one and then proceeds to slap him. Carlos sees this and gets suspicious. When Gabrielle plans to leave, Carlos tries to stop her which leads to Gabrielle saying "Who ever said you were the father". Carlos then breaks his house arrest by stealing Edie's car and following Gabrielle to John's apartment. When Gabrielle leaves and hugs Justin, Carlos runs to the apartment and proceeds to beat Justin badly. The police receive the signal and arrive shortly after to arrest Carlos. When Justin tells Carlos that he is gay it changes everything and Carlos is in trouble--once again. When Lynette tries to make sure that Annabel does not become between her and Tom, it lands Tom fired where he learns that Lynette persuaded the boss' wife to pass on his promotion. Finally, new neighbors Betty Applewhite and her son Matthew quietly move in during the night and unpack.


  • Rex: I think I'm having a heart attack.
    Bree: No, you're not!
  • Carlos: Now people think I'm some kind of gay basher.
    Gabrielle: (holding up his police sketch) Well, you sort of are.
  • (George is having an erection at a crazy golf course)
    Bree: George, get rid of it, there are children present!
    George Williams: How?
    Bree: I don't know. Think of something unpleasant like famine, disease, or hobos.
  • (Paramedics are carrying Justin away on a trolley)
    Police Officer: What do you have against this kid?
    Carlos: This is between me and him ... and my wife.
    Police Officer: Is that what this is all about? You're doing his wife?
    Justin: No. I'm gay.
    Carlos: What?
    Justin: I'm gay.
    Carlos: Not again!
  • Susan: I'll keep it warm for you.
    Mike: I'm afraid I'm gonna be too late for dinner.
    Susan: I wasn't talking about dinner.

Title reference

The episode title Goodbye for Now comes from a song from the 1981 film, Reds which was composed by Stephen Sondheim.

International Titles

  • French: Le pharmacien est une ordure
  • German: Hals über Kopf (Helter-Skelter / Pell-Mell)
  • Hungarian: Ég veled! (Fare thee weel)
  • Italian: Addio, per ora (Goodbye, for now)

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