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When ABC's Desperate Housewives returns Sunday at 9 pm/ET, viewers finally will get some answers to the big questions raised by the season-ending five-year jump. Bree and Andrew are chummy? Gaby's no longer a size double-zero? And a mom? And why is Susan no longer with Mike, but instead kissing Gale Harold? Executive producer Bob Daily tackles those and other burning Qs. - Matt Mitovich

TVGuide.com: As you got down to the business of actually writing the new episodes, did you realize any unforeseen benefit of the five-year jump?
Bob Daily:
We have an episode where we fill people in on some of the details from the past five years - some of which are serious, and some of which are just funny and frivolous. It gives us this great well that we can dip into periodically for back story. Fleshing out those five years is proving to be really fun.

TVGuide.com: Which housewife would you say is most different?
Daily:
Gaby's circumstances have changed the most - she's gone from being this self-absorbed woman who shops and does lunch with her girlfriends to a mother of two girls with a blind husband. We're also playing that over the course of the five years, she and Carlos dropped rung by rung down the ladder, so she's dealing with a lack of money and social status. Psychologically, Susan has changed most. Something happens in the first episode that explains why she changed so much. Obviously we saw in the finale that she came home and kissed a man that was not Mike Delfino, so that was a huge change for her. Her attitude has changed in that she's given up on looking for the fairy tale romance. She's a little cynical now.

TVGuide.com: She tried so hard with Mike, that for it to hit whatever major roadblock it hit probably took the wind out of her sails.
Daily:
Exactly. That's what her story is, and in the first episode you'll see how she has come to this point in her life.

TVGuide.com: Tell me about the conversation where you and [series creator] Marc Cherry tell Eva [Longoria Parker] that she's going to be frumpy for a little while.
Daily:
Honestly, she has been so on board with this, I can't tell you.... I know that while we were filming the first episode, she asked to see dailies, which she hasn't done much before. She wanted to see how she looked, which made us all a little nervous, but she came back and said, "I don't think I look frumpy enough. Give me some more padding, lets take the makeup down a bit...." Everyone who didn't know Eva was surprised at how into it she was.

TVGuide.com: Lynette and Tom's marriage has been on shaky ground. Are they on more solid of footing?
Daily:
They are, but.... We're playing Tom as starting to go through a bit of a midlife crisis, and Lynette will be dealing with that - not in a marriage-rocking sort of way, but in a humorous way. We're going to do an arc where the men of Wisteria Lane start a garage band, a "recapturing their youth" kind of thing. That will torment Lynette audibly, because they're playing in her garage.

TVGuide.com: When you wrote off Edie last season, did you have to reassure Nicolette Sheridan, "Listen, you'll be back." Or was she actually being written off at one point?
Daily:
No, she wasn't. Marc did explain it to her, and she to her credit wasn't worried. She knew we'd take care of her. That's always a scary moment for an actress when you get that script showing you pounding a "For Sale" sign in front of your house.

TVGuide.com: Neal McDonough's character, Dave, enters through Edie's story?
Daily:
Exactly. He brings mystery with him to Wisteria Lane. He has been fantastic. From his first scene in Episode 1, people are going to be really intrigued.

TVGuide.com: The guy just looks spooky!
Daily:
Yeah.... But he has a charm, too, which sort of makes him twice as spooky. The ladies - and some of the men - on our writing staff are all finding him extremely handsome, but that makes him even spookier.

TVGuide.com: Which is the more compelling story - why Susan is now with Jackson (Gale Harold), or why she is no longer with Mike?
Daily:
Initially, for our loyal fans, it will be why she's not with Mike. We answer that in our first episode. But our goal over subsequent episodes is to show how she ended up with Jackson and what makes them a fun and interesting couple, despite Susan's reluctance to dive head-first into another relationship.

TVGuide.com: Bree is now this successful Martha Stewart type. How goes the rest of her life?
Daily:
There are some mysteries there to reveal. One of the things we're playing for fun is that Andrew has gone to work for her. She and Andrew have had a rocky relationship, and Andrew has been a loose canon, so the fun thing is Bree realizing, "Oh, I can take that talent that has gotten him into trouble and use it to my advantage." Andrew is sort of her hatchet man: "Andrew, could you take care of this for me in aw ay that will enable to me to keep my hands clean?" [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: So if Katherine starts getting too greedy for piece of the literal pie, Andrew could keep her at bay perhaps.
Daily:
Exactly. He's Bree's "muscle." And we did reveal in the final episode that Bree and Orson were back together, and in one of the first three episodes we'll reveal how that came to happen. The end of Episode 17 had her saying to Orson, "I don't think I can take you back."

TVGuide.com: We've seen the last of Nathan Fillion, right?
Daily:
Right. We loved him but our deal with him was always for not even a year, because he wanted to be able to do pilots. We knew we had him for a limited time. We were glad he was able to come back for the finale, because we weren't even sure about that.

TVGuide.com: Which of the kids is most different? Have any pulled a 180, personality-wise?
Daily:
Actually, we just did an episode where Danielle returns, and I would say she's changed quite dramatically, in a fun way. The trajectory you saw for Danielle at the end of last season has altered in the five years. As for Lynette's twins, one of her arcs for this season is going to be dealing with these twins who have gone from being youthful troublemakers to juvenile delinquents. They've gone from stealing Mrs. McCluskey's flower pot to stealing her car. Lynette's sort of realizing, "We only have a couple more years with these boys, we need to get them on the straight and narrow."

TVGuide.com: And yet they'll be likeable?
Daily:
They're very charmingly cast. We got lucky because our casting director just about had a heart attack when we said we needed twin actors who looked like [the original Porter and Preston] and were good actors. We had actually talked about hiring a single actor and doing a Patty Duke Show sort of thing - "Where's your brother? Let me go get him..." Thank god we were able to find these great kids.

TVGuide.com: Any other characters of note?
Daily:
Bob and Lee are still around. That was a great color for us to play sometimes, and we love those actors. Mrs. McCluskey is still around.

TVGuide.com: I understand that Ida's cat goes missing?
Daily:
Yeah, that's part of the mystery in one of our early episodes.

TVGuide.com: ... and there might be foul play involved....
Daily:
Yes. Ida's cat has caused a lot of trouble for Mrs. McCluskey! She gets wrapped up a little bit in the mystery herself. Kathryn Joosten [who since this Q&A has won a second Emmy in the role] is fantastic, we love her. It's great to have actors like her who you can bring in for a great scene.

TVGuide.com: When Housewives does a flashback, will you co-opt the whooshing noise from Lost?
Daily:
No, we're going to use Wayne's World's "do-da-loo, do-da-loo...." I guess we have to come up with our own noise. We'll get our sound effects people working on that.

TVGuide.com: Did you ever seriously think about rewinding the show five years and ending where you began, with the gun shot?
Daily:
I think that was thrown out there when rumors of the five-year jump got out there. That was just some "misdirection." Though some folks in the writers room then thought, "Actually, that is kind of a cool idea." Maybe for Season 7!