'Desperate Housewives': What happened to the familiar face we were promised?

Desperatehousewives It was exactly one month ago today that "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry met up with the press at The Paley Festival and announced that a major character from the series' first two seasons would return in the last five minutes of yesterday's finale for a huge surprise.

But if you watched last night's two-hour season ender, you know that said surprise never came.

So what happened?

Well, a couple things.

First of all, we know that Jesse Metcalfe (Gabrielle's teenaged gardener/lover, John, from season one) filmed scenes for "Desperate" in March and those scenes clearly didn't make the cut. But insiders say the big surprise guest wasn't supposed to be gardener boy anyway.

My guess? Someone we used to know was going to show up in the mental institution where our friend Dave Williams just retired to.

Paul or Zach Young perhaps?

Well, either way, whatever was planned didn't end up happening. ABC is staying tight-lipped, not commenting on the storyline we were promised and saying simply that Metcalfe was never confirmed as a guest star. But insiders tell me that what Marc had originally intended to do -- whether it involved gardener boy, one of the Youngs or another familiar face of the past -- just didn't work well with the rest of the finale, so it was never filmed.

No doubt we'll eventually get to the bottom of this.

But, in the meantime, any thoughts?   

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