About Desperate Housewives
Everybody has a little dirty laundry...
Desperate Housewives began with Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong) leaving her perfect house, in the loveliest of suburbs, and ending it all. Now she takes us into the lives of her family, friends and neighbours, commenting from her elevated P.O.V.
Her circle of girlfriends on Wisteria Lane include Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher), Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), Bree Van De Kamp (Marcia Cross) and Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria). Edie Britt (Nicole Sheridan) is Wisteria Lane's resident vixen.
Love, death, and Susan running around naked with nothing but a flowerpot - season one had it all!
Gabrielle was involved in an ill-fated relationship with the gardener, John; career woman Lynette was stuck at home with the kids; Susan tried her hardest to seduce the mysterious new plumber, Mike; and Bree contended with her husband Rex's sexual fetishes, before Rex kicked the bucket in the final episodes (after assuming Bree was responsible).
The central mystery of season one was Mary Alice's suicide. Over the course of the year, the housewives discovered Mary Alice had murderered her son's biological mother and buried her under the pool. Creepy.
Betty Applewhite and her son, Matthew, moved in under a cloud of secrecy. Eventually their game was up - the two had imprisoned Betty's other son, Caleb, in the basement after believing he had murdered Matthew's girlfriend. Turned out Matthew was the evil brother.
Evil George the killer pharmacist managed to woo Bree, before committing suicide. Bree turned to the bottle to cope with the stress. Susan's ex-husband became engaged to Edie; Lynette returned to work and became Tom's boss. Gabrielle gets pregnant but loses her baby after an altercation with Caleb.
Bree got hitched to the mysterious Orson Hodge. For some time the housewives believed Orson had murdered his wife, Alma, but as it turned out, she left him. Unfortunately Alma turned into a loose unit and attempted to murder Bree (after raping Orson).
Meanwhile, Lynette finds herself with a new kid after Tom's old one-night-stand, Nora, turns up with a daughter in tow. Nora was eventually killed in a supermarket hold-up. Tom's grand plans to open a pizzeria cause stress in the Scavo household.
After divorcing Carlos, Gabrielle shacks up with the mayor, but eventually discovers he married her to get the minority vote. Poor old jinxed Susan suffers another blow when Mike was the victim of a hit and run and ended up in a coma. He eventually recovered, but their relationship was shattered, leaving room for Edie to make her move. Edie dumped Mike after he became a murder suspect. Susan and Mike eventually married.
Katherine Mayfair moved back in after a 12 year break from Wisteria Lane. As it turned out, Katherine was on the run from her evil ex-husband.
Lynette is busy battling cancer; Edie has shacked up with Carlos who is also having an affair with Gabi. Edie contracts crabs from a sunbed which she gives to Carlos, who gives them to Gabi, who gives them to the mayor and suddenly the secret was out.
Bree has faked a pregnancy with the intention of raising her daughter Danielle's baby as her own.
Susan discovers she is pregnant.
Five years has passed. Susan tries to hide her relationship with a new man; Gaby questions her abilities as a mum; Bree is on the verge of publishing her own cookbook as business partner, Katherine, grows envious; Lynette catches her teenaged twins spearheading illegal activities; and Edie returns to Wisteria Lane in jaw-dropping fashion with a new man in tow.
Mike chose Susan driving Katherine to a mental breakdown followed by a lifestyle change; Lynette and Tom Scavo faced the challenging realities of yet another pregnancy; Bree struggled to break free of Orson and her inhibitions; and Gabrielle Solis was put to the test by husband Carlos' teenaged niece, while a plane crash and a serial killer rocked the lives of everyone on Wisteria Lane.
Paul Young is out of prison and back in the neighbourhood with an enigmatic new wife and seemingly dark motives. Paul is renting Susan's home, while she, Mike and MJ are living in an apartment on limited funds. But Susan sees a glimmer of hope in getting her life back on the Lane when she's offered an unorthodox job by her apartment manager, Maxine.
Lynette's rich and successful college friend, Renee, pays an unexpected visit to the Scavo household; Gabrielle and Carlos find themselves keeping secrets from one another; and Bree, newly single and needing a fresh start after selling her business, finds herself tempted by Keith, the handsome, young handyman she's hired to update her house.