Desperate Housewives

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Dark comedy drama exploring the complicated reality behind the apparent domestic bliss of a group of housewives in a fictitious American suburb

About the Show

Dark comedy drama exploring the complicated reality behind the apparent domestic bliss of a group of housewives in a fictitious American suburb

Series 1 Summary

One day, in her perfect house, in the loveliest of suburbs, Mary Alice ended it all. From her unique vantage point beyond the grave, Mary Alice can now reveal the secrets behind the closed doors of her friends and neighbours...

  • Desperate Housewives

    Episode 1 - Pilot

    Pilot: Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong), deceased, offers a guided tour to her imperfect life, family and friends in the opening episode of this smash American drama.

  • Susan

    Episode 2 - Ah, But Underneath

    Ah, But Underneath: Gabrielle goes to great lengths to hide her affair with John the gardener, while Lynette tries tough love to discipline her three unruly boys.

  • Gabrielle Solis

    Episode 3 - Pretty Little Picture

    Pretty Little Picture: The women go ahead with the dinner party Mary Alice had planned, despite their own problems, and Gabrielle finds herself the victim of a nine-year-old blackmailer.

  • Mike and Susan

    Episode 4 - Who's That Woman?

    Who's That Woman?: Mrs Huber works out that Susan had something to do with Edie's house fire and tries to blackmail her. Carlos becomes suspicious that Gabrielle is seeing another man. [SL]

  • Gabrielle

    Episode 5 - Come in, Stranger

    Come In, Stranger: A break-in on Wisteria Lane leaves the neighbours feeling vulnerable, especially Susan, who reluctantly accepts a date with a persistent policeman.

  • Bree and Rex

    Episode 6 - Running to Stand Still

    Running to Stand Still: Lynette locks horns with an officious mum at the twins' school who is trying to produce a politically correct play about Little Red Riding Hood. [SL]

  • Susan and Edie

    Episode 7 - Anything You Can Do

    Anything You Can Do: Susan is miffed when Mike's unexpected - and very sexy - houseguest Kendra forces him to postpone their first official "date". [SL]

  • Susan, Bree and Lynette

    Episode 8 - Guilty

    Guilty: In the aftermath of tragedy, the residents of Wisteria Lane take stock of their lives, and Susan grows suspicious of Mike Delfino's real reason for moving to the street. [SL]

  • Bree

    Episode 9 - Suspicious Minds

    Suspicious Minds: Looking to give her life a purpose, Gabrielle decides to organise a glamorous Halston fashion show for charity featuring the ladies of Wisteria Lane. [SL]

  • Bree and Rex

    Episode 10 - Come Back To Me

    Come Back to Me: Über mom Maisy Gibbons returns, and her secret life intersects with Bree's. Meanwhile, Gabrielle's predicament worsens, and Susan and Mike get closer. [SL]

  • Julie and her friends

    Episode 11 - Move On

    Move On: Edie organises a neighbourhood search for the missing Mrs Huber, just as the absent busybody's sister arrives on Wisteria Lane. Meanwhile, Gabrielle gets a job. [SL]

  • Lynette

    Episode 12 - Every Day a Little Death

    Every Day a Little Death: The residents of Wisteria Lane finally learn Martha Huber's fate. Meanwhile, Bree finds her new beau George is getting a little too close for comfort. [SL]

  • Tom and his father

    Episode 13 - Your Fault

    Your Fault: When Lynette's father-in-law (Ryan O'Neal) pays a visit, she unwittingly learns a family secret. Meanwhile, Susan is disturbed by Julie's growing romance with Zach. [SL]

  • Gabrielle

    Episode 14 - Love Is in the Air

    Love is in the Air: It's Valentine's Day on Wisteria Lane, and Susan looks forward to a romantic date with Mike, until she learns a surprising fact about her favourite plumber. [SL]

  • Carlos and Gabrielle

    Episode 15 - Impossible

    Impossible: Mike Delfino is questioned about Mrs Huber's murder whilst John's friend, Justin, attempts to blackmail Gabrielle with his knowledge of their affair. [SL]

  • Carlos Solis

    Episode 16 - The Ladies Who Lunch

    The Ladies Who Lunch: Maisy Gibbons' secret 'hobby' is exposed when she's arrested for prostitution, in full view of the residents of Wisteria Lane! [SL]

  • Carlos and Gabrielle Solis

    Episode 17 - There Won't Be Trumpets

    There Won't Be Trumpets: There's a change in Mama Solis's condition, Lynette befriends a deaf woman whose children also attend Barclif, and Bree has more trouble with Andrew. [SL]

  • Susan and her mother

    Episode 18 - Children Will Listen

    Children Will Listen: Susan's mom, Sophie (guest star Lesley Ann Warren), pays an unannounced visit to Wisteria Lane after she and her boyfriend call it quits. [SL]

  • Mike Delfino

    Episode 19 - Live Alone and Like It

    Live Alone and Like It: Lynette discovers that no good deed goes unpunished when she befriends Mrs McCluskey, and Susan's mom tries to jump-start their love lives. [SL]

  • Susan, Julie and Gabrielle

    Episode 20 - Fear No More

    Fear No More: Some unwelcome faces resurface this week, as George Williams re-enters Bree's life, and Lynette discovers that Tom's old girlfriend has been hired at his firm. [SL]

  • Bree and Edie talking

    Episode 21 - Desperate Housewives

    Sunday in the Park with George: Lynette tries to spice things up with Tom who, she fears, is losing interest, and George Williams continues to worm his way into Bree's life. [SL]

  • All the girls chatting

    Episode 22 - Goodbye for Now

    Susan makes a decision about Mike Delfino and Lynette takes steps to make sure Annabel doesn't come between her and Tom

  • Mary Alice Young and son

    Episode 23 - One Wonderful Day

    One Wonderful Day: The housewives have a new neighbour: strict disciplinarian Betty Applewhite. Andrew Van De Kamp has a fight with Justin and the past comes back to haunt Wisteria Lane. [SL]

Desperate Housewives synopsis

Dark comedy drama exploring the complicated reality behind the apparent domestic bliss of a group of housewives in a fictitious American suburb

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