Hola. I'm Carmen.
Gabrielle Solis walks out of her house one morning, dressed for work, as her husband Carlos reads the morning paper out on the front porch. She tells him she has a long day ahead of him, and e-mails have been coming in since 7 a.m. Carlos tells her their new gardener started that day, and Gaby asks him to cover that for her, as she doesn't have time to talk to the help. He says it'd be his pleasure and Gaby walks out, checking her phone... until her peripheral vision catches something rather surprising, that makes her stop cold on her track. The new gardener is female, young, curvy and voluptuous.
"Hola. I'm Carmen."
She introduces herself as Carmen ("Hola. I'm Carmen."), and the only response Gaby can give her is a dismissive and reprehensive "Uh uh." She heads back up the steps to confront her husband, asking him "What the hell is that?!", to which Carlos simply replies it's their new gardener... who's gonna take care of everything around there that's been neglected. Gaby, angry with him, says "Oh, you think that's funny?". Carlos says he's just making a point, and Gaby tells him he crossed the line, twice, and then she storms off; Carlos tries to chase after her, but she gets into her car and really hits the pedal as she drives away. Carlos then catches the new gardener giving him a flirty look and bouncing her hips a little, which throws him off a bit, and he heads back inside the house. ("Finishing the Hat")
- The inclusion of Carmen in the series was an allusion to Gabrielle's romantic affair in season 1 with her attractive teenage gardener, John Rowland.
- Roselyn Sánchez, the uncredited portrayer of Carmen, is a close personal friend of Eva Longoria's, who plays Gabrielle, originally auditioned for the role of Gaby herself, but missed out on the part due to her heavy Puerto Rican accent, and was hired as one of the stars on the ensemble of actors on series creator Marc Cherry's project Devious Maids, playing a character of the same name. However, they are not the same character as it was revealed that Eva Longoria has worked on Desperate Housewives in the Devious Maids universe.