Barrett Powell is a minor character on Devious Maids. He is the deceased son of Evelyn and Adrian. At the age of seven, he was hit by a car and killed by Nicholas Deering. Since then, on his birthday, his parents will buy a gift that they thought he would like, and spend the whole night talking about him. Once the day is over, they do not talk about him until his next birthday.
Barrett was born to Evelyn and Adrian Powell in 1992. ("Proof", "Look Back in Anger") One day, when he was 4 years old, Barrett was playing in a park, chasing butterflies with a net. This day was recorded on a video by the Powells. ("Taking Out the Trash") One day, Barrett was playing ball in the house and accidentally broke a very expensive vase. Like Evelyn, he was willful, but when the vase broke she was very angry. She called him a very bad boy and proceeded to ground him. ("Terms of Endearment")
Barrett is killed. ("Look Back in Anger")
In the year 1999, Evelyn and Adrian are invited to a Chamber of Comers lunch-in, but decide to not go because they're celebrating their son, Barrett's seventh birthday. The Powells go to a park where they have a small party. Meanwhile, Nick and Dahlia Deering are on their way to the lunch-in. Dahlia decides that it is time to confess to her husband who her love is. As they were driving past the park, Dahlia finally exclaims, "I'm having an affair with Opal." Nick takes his eyes off the road for one second to turn to his wife. Meanwhile, Evelyn takes her eyes off of Barrett who rides his bike into the street. Dahlia gasps as Nick hits Barrett. Nick and Dahlia speed away, not looking back at the dead child. The Deerings were in shock, and it wasn't until the next day that they learned it was Barrett who they killed. Dahlia wanted to go to the Powells and confess, but Nick, not wanting to ruin his career, convinces her to say nothing. ("Look Back in Anger")
Reason: Any information regarding the Powells, his birthday celebration, Nick confessing, etc
Evelyn watches a home video of Barrett. ("Taking Out the Trash")
Marisol finds Evelyn crying as she watches a home movie of a Barrett. When she implies talking about it, Evelyn acts like nothing is wrong before going back to watching the video. Later on, as Evelyn stands quietly over a fire, Adrian announces that they're going to a dinner on Thursday. A furious Evelyn slaps her husband, reminding him Thursday is the eighteenth, questioning "how he could forget". After realising his mistake, he apologises and tells his wife she was right to strike him. The next day, as Evelyn is deciding which sweater she wants to give as a present, she explains to Marisol that she and Adrian had a son, Barrett, who was killed fifteen years ago. A shocked Marisol asks why she's buying a present for her dead son, so Evelyn explains that she and Adrian decided to only discuss him once a year on his birthday when they buy him presents. Marisol gives her condolences, but Evelyn quickly moves on and decides the sweater she thinks he'd like most. Marisol then helps Evelyn wrap the present and the two discuss the former's son and their relationship. Evelyn wonders if Barrett would've liked her, so Marisol assures her that he would've loved her very much. Evelyn explains that she wouldn't mind if he hated her as long as he was alive. That night, Evelyn and Adrian celebrate Barrett's birthday over a candlelit cake as they open presents. She asks Adrian if he's forgiven her, but he tells her he hasn't, asking if she'd be able to forgive him for causing the death of their son. An argument ensues but after Adrian points out she's ruining the birthday, she apologises..."for everything". The two then holds hands as they discuss plans for Barrett's next birthday. ("Taking Out the Trash")