You Gotta Get a Gimmick
Episode 12 of 23 within Season Six. Item 130 of 191 overall.
Production number 612.
Joe Keenan - Writer
David Grossman - Director
3 votes

The act of stripping reveals many things. Susan turns up the heat for Mike, Bree learns it won't be easy to undo the hurt she's caused Orson, Lynette discovers Tom's true intentions, and Gaby is forced to examine feelings she's suppressed about her heritage.

original airdate--January 10,2010   rating--14.03 million


music--Theme song--"Desperate Housewives" by Danny Elfman

  1. "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" by Stephen Sondheim 



Trivia: title takes its name from Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne's hit song of the same name which features in the Broadway musical Gypsy.

  • While Hatcher was filming her stripping scene she broke a rib she had previously injured in a fall: "We were rehearsing and I injured my rib under my breast. Two weeks earlier I'd fallen off a ladder while I was building a set for my daughter's birthday party... I fell off the ladder and I really hurt myself but I hurt other areas of myself more than I realised I'd hurt my rib, so then two weeks later when I went to go do this pole move, we were shooting it and went to pull myself upside down on this pole and my rib actually cracked (and) broke. And then we had to keep shooting for another six hours. (But) I'm all healed now".
  • The scene of Teri Hatcher stripping in the strip club was shot on December 8, 2009, Hatcher's 45th birthday. The shoot took place at Spearmint Rhino strip club. Hatcher said that she was comfortable with the outfit she wore, part of which came from Trashy Lingerie. Hatcher asked her former teacher, Sheila Kelley, to help her choreograph the routine. Shelia runs a company called, "S Factor", which is a business that trains women the art of stripping for exercise purposes. Hatcher said that it has been four years since she took classes from Sheila.


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