Jonathan "John" Rowland is a fictional character on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives. The character is portrayed by actor Jesse Metcalfe, who was a regular cast member through the first season, and has appeared periodically in subsequent seasons.
John Rowland (born December 1985), who is introduced in episode 1.01 (Pilot
), was employed by Carlos
and Gabrielle Solis
as a gardener. Gabrielle, having become bored with her husband never being with her, decided to seduce her teenage gardener. The pair embarked on an illicit affair which encountered several difficulties.
The most prolific of these difficulties including Gabrielle's mother in law, Juanita, who is introduced in episode 1.05 (Come In, Stranger). However, Juanita was hit by a car driven by Andrew Van de Kamp after discovering the affair in episode 1.07 (Anything You Can Do). The hit and run placed Juanita into a coma. John became overwhelmed with guilt and went to confession before the following episode (Guilty). However, he became entranced once again by Gabrielle and may have conceived her unborn child. He found out about this in episode 1.21 (Sunday in the Park with George) and started "freaking out". He demanded to see Mr. Solis but Gabrielle refused.
Instead, John arrived at Carlos's gay hate trial in episode 1.23 (One Wonderful Day) and told him "he got the wrong guys". "Didn't you think it was strange that you had the only lawn on Wisteria Lane that needed to be mowed three times a week?", he said. Carlos went mad and attempted to attack John but it looked like he was attacking Justin - the gay person he beat up previously.
After what happened at the court in the previous season, Gabrielle breaks up with John. John goes and look for new housewives to be with intimately, and starts having an affair
with 41 year-old Joan. Upon finding this out, Gabrielle destroys Joan's garden, and shuts John out of her life.
John isn't seen again until early in the third season. According to his dialogue in episode 3.03 (A Weekend in the Country
), he is doing well and is very rich and successful with his gardening company. He was engaged to the daughter of the Sinclair Hotel owner, Tammy Sinclair. About half a year later, in episode 3.17 (Dress Big
) Gabrielle tells Edie Britt
that John is married.
A few months later he met Gabrielle at a hotel owned by his father-in-law and realized that he still loved her. He constantly fights with his wife over the fact that she wants to lead his life. He tries to get back with Gabrielle, but she refuses because his wife is pregnant and she is with Carlos. Carlos, who eavesdrops this, soon realizes he is not unlike John used to be and finally forgives him. John then just asks if he thinks Gabrielle is happy. And Carlos replies "I think she is".
Behind the scenes
Actor Kyle Searles
originated the role of John in the unaired pilot of the show, but Jesse Metcalfe replaced him because he lacked sexual chemistry with Eva Longoria
, who portrays Gabrielle. Metcalfe began playing the seventeen year-old when he was twenty-five. John, who USA Today
described as "buff 'n' sweaty", became popular with mothers who watched the show and helped Metcalfe become established as "the [show's] hottest sex symbol
". Longoria attributed John's appeal to the fact that he was seen shirtless in every episode, also describing him as "a really innocent young kid who hasn't been tainted by the world. And I think that's very endearing to people who watch."