Farewell, Edie: Yes, Nicollette Sheridan's Edie Britt is gone for good. Unlike that time when her character tried to hang herself and failed, Edie's death by electrocution after a car accident (fleeing from Creepy Dave) seems to have taken. The surviving "Housewives" were tasked with driving to tell Edie's son, leaving them plenty of car time to reminisce about knowing her.
The other woman: Susan and Edie have had a contentious relationship, but flashbacks showed that Susan once had hopes of being best friends. Susan wasn't too thrilled, though, when she learned Edie was having a fling with a married neighbor. Later, Edie thought she was doing a good thing by alerting Susan to Karl's affair, but Susan didn't believe her. As viewers know, Edie was right, and Susan was delusional.
Cheers to chemo: Lynette remembered the time Edie offered to drive her to her chemotherapy appointment, with a little detour along the way. Noting that Lynette was feeling sorry for herself, Edie took her to a pool hall instead, introducing her to her burly pals and serving up some tequila shots, reminding Lynette that she wasn't dead yet.
Behind bars: Although Orson served his sentence just 15 minutes away from Wisteria Lane, Bree avoided visiting him. She finally made the trip, and left when she discovered Edie was a regular visitor to Orson. She assumed Edie was trying to start up another fling with a married man, but it turned out the blonde was just being a good person. "I know what it's like to be exiled from suburbia," she said. Bree rethought things, and started visiting her husband, plus apologized for urging him to turn himself in and serve his time.
An early death foretold: Gaby remembered a night out with Edie at a singles bar when she and Carlos were broken up. The two competed to see who could get men to buy them the most drinks (Gaby won), and later, Edie mused about her vanishing youth. She confessed that she's always known she'll never live to see 50.
Two mothers, two losses: When the "Housewives" tell Edie's son, Travers, that his mom is dead (no one could have called him?), he shrugs it off and says she wasn't really a mom to him anyway. That sets Karen McCluskey off, and she relates a story of how Edie once confessed to her that she'd given full custody of Travers to his father. She claimed it was his only chance to grow up normal, and that she'd loved him enough to give him up, even if it meant he hated her. The story softened Travers, and he thanked the women for coming, although he still insisted they take Edie's ashes instead of leaving them with him.
Word up: In the end, the "Housewives" decide to divide up the ashes and scatter them in all of their yards so Edie would forever be a part of Wisteria Lane. As part of their farewell, they each say one word that reminds them of their lost friend. Gaby picks "sexy," Karen "beautiful," Bree "perceptive" and Lynette "strong." Only Susan insists she needs four words, choosing "one of a kind."
Best Edie quote: When Katherine lists off the horrible-sounding health foods she's serving a cancer-stricken Lynette: "What's for dessert, waterboarding?"
Second-best Edie quote: When Bree accuses her of an affair with jailed Orson: "My boobs are impressive, but they can't bend iron bars."