Saying goodbye to the women of Wisteria Lane: Gabrielle Solis
After eight seasons of playing happy homemakers, the four neighbours of Wisteria Lane will turn off their porch lights, pull in their doors and turn the locks one last time as “Desperate Housewives” wraps up for good. CTV.ca looks back at the four women who entered our homes in 2004, and made us a part of their crazy lives.
Gabrielle was the newest member of the four friends, moving onto the street shortly after marrying her first husband, Carlos Solis. She may not have enjoyed the domesticated lifestyle of being a suburban housewife, but Gabrielle quickly found a way to fit right in with the lying, cheating and manipulative ways of her neighbours.
Gabrielle Solis (played by Eva Longoria)
Carlos Solis. With the exception of her dalliances with the gardener and the politician, Gabrielle has stayed true to her husband Carlos for most of the series.
MOST EMBARASSING MOMENT:
In one of her attempts to prove to Carlos she was still desirable to other men, Gabrielle decided to take up her former profession, modeling. Believing she was cast as the “daughter” character in an ad campaign (and dressing as such), she was surprised to learn she was actually cast as the “mother” character, and had to wear outfits reminiscent of the Grant Wood painting, “American Gothic.”
Gabrielle thoroughly enjoyed having her cake, and eating it too. During the show’s early seasons, Gabrielle maintained an affair with her underage gardener, John Rowland. Because the pair spent most of John’s working hours in Gabrielle’s bedroom, she had to physically do his work (clean the house, mow the lawn) herself so Carlos would not become suspicious.
During the five-year jump, Gabrielle completely let go of her “glamourous” image. She took care of her two daughters and fully embraced the domesticated life of a housewife. She gained some weight, and didn’t even wear make-up for most of the season. However, Gabrielle managed to pull her family out of their financial rut by blackmailing a corporate executive to give Carlos a huge raise (she found out the executive was cheating on his wife).
(Speaking to a nun about how Carlos’ recent blindness would affect her lifestyle)
Sister Mary Bernard: Money can't buy happiness.
Gabrielle: Sure it can! That's just a lie we tell poor people to keep them from rioting.
Gabrielle has also had several hardships when it comes to children. First, she miscarried after falling down a flight of stairs. Afterward, Gabrielle lost her adopted daughter Emily when the baby’s birth mother came looking for her. Later on, Gabrielle found out her eldest daughter Juanita was not her biological daughter. When Gabrielle located her real daughter, Grace, she briefly took her in when Grace’s family was facing hardships. However, when the girl’s family found a way to move past their struggles, Gabrielle had to let Grace go.
After Gabrielle married the politician Victor Lang, she realized how much she really loved Carlos. All of the skills she used cheating on Carlos, she put to good use cheating with Carlos behind Victor’s back. It was a great storyline because we got to see the pair fall in love all over again and eventually give their marriage another chance.
WHY WE HATED HER:
Gabrielle never knew what would make her happy. First, it was a younger man, then money, then politics, then kids, then no kids. But we can forgive her of these insecurities after learning their origin -- an abusive childhood at the hands of her stepfather.
WHY WE LOVED HER:
Gabrielle was the glamourous one. She showed everyone else there was more to life than aprons and driving their kids to soccer practice. She lived the high life of a model and never lost sight of her urban experiences outside of Wisteria Lane.
Make sure you check back in to CTV.ca for the last yearbook profile on Lynette Scavo. And don’t forget to read up on our other housewives, Susan Mayer and Bree Van de Kamp.
Don’t miss an all-new episode of “Desperate Housewives,” followed by the two-part series finale, on Sunday, May 13 starting at 8pm ET on CTV.