"Love is in the Air" is the 14th episode of the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives. The episode was the 14th episode for the show's first season. The episode was written by Tom Spezialy and was directed by Jeff Melman. It originally aired on Sunday February 13, 2005.
It's Valentine's Day on Wisteria Lane and all the husbands and boyfriends are planning something special for their other halves. When Lynette receives a heartfelt plant from her kids she finds out it was stolen from Mrs. McCluskey's house who is Lynette's archrival. When the boys go over to apologize, they realize that she isn't that bad since she is still grieving over the death of her son who died at a young age. Rex tries to convince Bree to have S&M style sex which Bree scoffs at. Gabrielle fires Yao-Lin and gets a job as a model at a mattress depot. After she is fired, she takes a part-time job at a cosmetic store where one of her customers is Yao-Lin. Susan plans a romantic evening with Mike who is still recovering from a gunshot wound from the afternoon prior. At the restaurant, Susan asks if he is ready to commit which causes Mike to collapse after his wound becomes out of control.
- Karen McCluskey: How old are you?
Porter Scavo: (also referring to his twin brother) We're 6.
Karen McCluskey: And you?
Parker Scavo: 5.
Karen McCluskey: Wow, your mother just pops them out, doesn't she?
Porter Scavo: How old are you?
Karen McCluskey: How old do you think?
Porter Scavo: 150.
- Preston Scavo: Mommy, why are you smiling?
Lynette: Do you know what psychological warfare means?
Preston Scavo: No.
Lynette: Well, too bad for you.
- (Rex has just admitted his masochism)
Bree: What the hell did your mother do to you?
- (Rex is teaching Bree about S & M)
Rex: If things get too violent, the other one will say a control word and the other backs off immediately.
Bree: What's the control word?
Rex: Well, lately we've been using Philadelphia.
Bree: Well, my aunt Fern lives in Philadelphia and I don't wanna be thinking about her when I'm spanking you with a leather strap.
Bree: Let's have Boise be our control word.
Rex: We're gonna do psychological role playing here and a funny word like Boise will ruin the mood. We need something that sounds serious.
Bree: How about Palestine?
Rex: Boise will be just fine.
- (Bree says that she will ignore her problems with Rex and stay with him)
Albert Goldfine: How could this reconciliation work if you can't be open to each other?
Bree: We're WASPs, Dr. Goldfine. Not acknowledging the elephant in the other room is what we do best.
- Albert Goldfine: So you're OK with this? A life filled with repression and denial?
Bree: And dinner parties. Don't forget the dinner parties.
- (about Rex's sexual habits)
Rex: For God's sake, you promised to be supportive.
Bree: What am I supposed to say? My husband likes to wear metal clamps around his nipples, hooray?
- The episode was originally titled What I Did for Love which is from the musical, A Chorus Line
- Although credited, Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan), John Rowland (Jesse Metcalfe), and Deirdre Taylor (Jolie Jenkins-there is a picture of her in this episode) do not appear in this episode.
- When Yao-Lin is speaking Chinese ("开除了三次,还觉得自己很了不起呢!"), she says "She's been fired 3 times and still thinks she's all that!"
- Karen McCluskey mentions that she bought her plant on a trip to Costa Rica, and then shows the pot with the price in pesos, but the Costa Rican unit currency is colón, not pesos.
The episode title Love is in the Air
was an opening song written for the Stephen Sondheim
musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
. The song was cut in previews and replaced by "Comedy, Tonight".
- French: Y'a pas de mal à se faire du mal
- German: Liebe liegt in der Luft (Love is in the Air)
- Hungarian: A szerelem a levegőben van (Love is in the Air)
- Italian: L'amore è nell'aria (Love is in the air)
- Spanish: El amor esta en el aire (Love is in the air)