Goodbye for Now (Desperate Housewives)

"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, and marks the introduction of Betty Applewhite as a new housewife.

"Goodbye for Now"
Desperate Housewives episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 22
Directed byDavid Grossman
Written byJosh Senter
Production code122
Original air dateMay 15, 2005
Guest appearance(s)


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 procrastinates 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 her 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 and Justin'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.

Lynette tries to make sure that Annabel does not come between her and Tom.

Finally, new neighbors Betty Applewhite and her son Matthew quietly move in during the night and unpack.


Although credited, John Rowland (Jesse Metcalfe) does not appear in this episode. Also, Preston Scavo (Brent Kinsman), Porter Scavo (Shane Kinsman), and Parker Scavo (Zane Huett) are credited but do not appear, but feature in a deleted scene on the DVD.

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

  • Finnish: Luopumisen tuska (The pain of giving away)
  • French: Rien n'est éternel (Nothing is endless)
  • German: Hals über Kopf (Helter-Skelter / Pell-Mell)
  • Hungarian: Ég veled! (Fare thee weel)
  • Italian: Addio, per ora (Goodbye, for now)
  • Croatian: Zbogom,z asad (Goodbye for now)
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