Last night’s Desperate Housewives was Nicolette Sheridan’s final episode. Sheridan’s character, Edie, served as the narrator (instead of the usual Mary Alice) and explained that she was electrocuted after running her car into a telephone pole. Then, the remaining women of Wisteria Lane took a road trip to deliver Edie’s ashes to her son, Travers, telling stories about Edie that were seen in flashbacks along the way, reminding us that Edie wasn’t that bad after all.
Susan told the ladies about the first time she met Edie and revealed that they were fast friends despite the fact they spent most of the series arguing. We also learn that Edie was the first person to warn Susan that her then husband Karl was cheating on her.
Lynette told a touching story about the first time Edie brought her for a chemo treatment. Edie brought Lynette to a bar and reminded her how strong she was and that she could beat cancer. Of course, always true to form, she bought Lynette a tequila shot too.
Bree recalled the first time she went to visit Orson in prison, where she found out Edie had been visiting him at least once a week. Edie made Bree realize that she should visit Orson more often, despite the conditions, since he ultimately went to prison for her.
Gaby reminisced about going to a singles bar with Edie while her and Carlos were divorced. They held a contest to see who could get more guys to buy them drink in an hour. Gaby won the contest, leaving Edie to think about getting older and her own mortality. She admitted to Gaby later that she knew she would never live to see 50.
Once they arrived at Travers dorm room, Mrs. McCluskeytold them that she knew why Edie gave Travers to his father, because she wanted to protect him from her. When they returned to Wisteria Lane, each of the women took a small amount of Edie’s ashes and spread them around their home while Edie closed the show with a touching voice-over, a fitting way to give the audience closure without being too sappy.
”As I looked down on the world, I began to let go of it,” she said without a hint of remorse. ”I let go of white picket fences and cars and driveways, coffee cups and vacuum cleaners. I let go of all those things that seemed so ordinary but when you put them together, they make up a life, a life that really was one of a kind. I’ll tell you something: It’s not hard to die when you know you have lived, and I did. Oh, how I lived.”
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