By Michael Ausiello
Updated April 02, 2009 at 09:40 PM EDT

Desperate Housewives

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Six months after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, Gale Harold, now fully recovered, returns to Desperate Housewives as Susan’s ex, Jackson, on May 3. And I do mean fully recovered.

“Quite frankly, I think he looks even better [than before the crash],” says series creator Marc Cherry with a laugh, adding that Jackson reappears with a “very important question for Susan — one that she’s kind of stunned by.” (I’m thinking it’ll be something along the lines of *i** *o* *a*** *e?)

Harold’s unexpected hiatus forced Cherry to do some fancy footwork

storytelling-wise — we learned through Susan that Jackson abruptly

left town to pursue a teaching opportunity — but the scribe says it

all worked out in the end. “We were planning to end his storyline

[around midseason],” he explains. “But because of the accident, we get

to bring him back for the end of the season, which will be a nice kind

of full circle journey for Susan in season 5.”

As for season 6? Although Cherry says no decision

has been made about Harold returning next fall, he hints that the

once-commitment-shy actor may be warming to the idea of sticking around

long-term. “I think Gale may have changed his priorities [since the

accident],” Cherry concedes. “But those decisions won’t be made until


Happy Harold is heading back to Wisteria Lane? Theories as to what

surprising question he’ll be posing to Susan? Hoping Jackson will

extend his run into next season? Sound off below!

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