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Desperate Housewives: Season 1 (2004-2005)

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Season 1 of the series about life on suburban Wisteria Lane revolves around the mysterious suicide of resident Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong). As her friends grapple with the mystery of her death, they also deal with their own issues: Susan (Teri Hatcher) competes with neighbor Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) for the affections of new resident Mike (James Denton); Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) tries to hide her affair with gardener John (Jesse Metcalfe) from her husband Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira);

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1
Air date: Oct 3, 2004

Pilot

The reasons for suburban housewife Mary Alice Young's suicide -- in the middle of her immaculate living room -- is but one of the many puzzles posed in the opening episode of Desperate Housewives. From the afterlife, Mary Alice (Brenda Strong) narrates with amusement and bemusement the continuing activities of her best friends -- and her best friend's secrets. Of particular interest to Mary Alice (and to the viewer) is the strange nocturnal behavior of her far-from-bereaved husband, Paul (Mark Moses), not to mention the disintegrating marriage of the neighborhood's resident control freak Bree Van De Camp (Marcia Cross), and the difficulties facing Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), who is still struggling to come to terms with her decision to give up her career and devote her full time to her children and husband (Doug Savant). And can it be that Mrs. Martha Huber (Christine Estabrook) knows more about the recent indiscretions of divorcée Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher) than she's letting on?

2
Air date: Oct 10, 2004

Ah, But Underneath

The predatory Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) horns in upon the romantic dinner date between Susan (Teri Hatcher) and Mike (James Denton). Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) wonders if her wealthy husband, Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira), knows about her indiscretion with her 17-year-old gardener, John (Jesse Metcalfe). Lynette (Felicity Huffman), who would have no trouble handling a boardroom, continues to struggle with riding herd on her kids. Bree (Marcia Cross) makes more trouble than intended when coercing Rex (Steven Culp) into therapy. Mrs. Huber (Christine Estabrook) obviously knows something about Susan's role in the burning of Edie's house. And the mysterious Paul Young (Mark Moses), husband of the late Mary Alice (Brenda Strong), just simply can't keep a bad secret down.

3
Air date: Oct 17, 2004

Pretty Little Picture

In memory of their dear departed friend Mary Alice (Brenda Strong), the women of Wisteria Lane go through with her planned dinner party -- at their own peril. An inquisitive nine-year-old may blow the whistle on Gabrielle's (Eva Longoria) trysts with hunky John (Jesse Metcalfe). Susan (Teri Hatcher) leaves nothing to the imagination when confronting her ex-husband, Karl (Richard Burgi). Bree's (Marcia Cross) marriage is rapidly deteriorating, but you'd never know it from her sunny demeanor. And the contents of the box that Mary Alice's husband, Paul (Mark Moses), threw into the river are revealed.

4
Air date: Oct 24, 2004

Who's that Woman?

Carlos, the wealthy husband of the wandering Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) strongly suspects that she's cheating on him; trouble is, he suspects the wrong guy. Meanwhile, Mrs. Huber (Christine Estabrook) wants Susan (Teri Hatcher) to pay her hush money to keep her from telling Edie (Nicolette Sheridan) who was responsible for torching Edie's house. Lynette (Felicity Huffman) uses a method of her own to deal with her twin sons' attention deficit disorder. And the true odious nature of young Andrew Van De Kamp (Shawn Pyfrom) makes itself known. Richard Roundtree makes his first series appearance as the enigmatic Mr. Shaw.

5
Air date: Oct 31, 2004

Come in, Stranger

Already anxious to hide her clandestine romance from her husband, Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira), Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) is further confounded by the arrival of her troublesome mother-in-law, Juanita (Lupe Ontiveros). Susan (Teri Hatcher) impulsively dates Officer Rick Thompson (Steven Eckholdt), who is investigating a break-in in the neighborhood -- for which Susan's erstwhile beau Mike Delfino (James Denton) may be responsible. And Lynette (Felicity Huffman) and her husband, Tom (Doug Savant), enroll their contentious twins in a private school -- as if that will solve the problem!

6
Air date: Nov 7, 2004

Running to Stand Still

Sharon Lawrence makes her first series appearance as obstreperous "super-mom" Maisy Gibbons, with whom Lynette (Felicity Huffman) has a run-in over a matter of political correctness. Meanwhile, Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) has good reason to worry that her mother-in-law (Lupe Ontiveros) knows all about her backstairs romance with the gardener. It is beginning to dawn on Bree (Marcia Cross) that the days of her "perfect" marriage are numbered. And Susan (Teri Hatcher) wants to find out why Zach Young (Cody Kasch) has been bundled off to a mental institution.

7
Air date: Nov 21, 2004

Anything You Can Do

Having already made trouble for Susan (Teri Hatcher), Mrs. Huber (Christine Estabrook) now turns her sights on Bree (Marcia Cross) -- who has plenty of marital headaches already. As for Susan, she is kept busy spying on Mike (James Denton) during his tête-à-tête with the toothsome Kendra (Heather Stephens). Elsewhere, Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) finds herself vying with Bree's daughter (Joy Lauren) for the attentions of hunky gardener John (Jesse Metcalfe). Bree's shiftless son, Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom), causes an accident that puts Gabrielle's mother-in-law (Lupe Ontiveros) in the hospital. And Lynette (Felicity Huffman) is secretly partaking of the medication prescribed for her twins.

8
Air date: Nov 28, 2004

Guilty

Susan (Teri Hatcher) begins to fear that Mike (James Denton) may have had darker motives for moving to Wisteria Lane when she snoops around his house. Lynette (Felicity Huffman) tries to break her dependence upon her twins' medication. Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) has what she thinks is a real estate meeting with the enigmatic Mr. Shaw (Richard Roundtree) -- who in turn may know something about Paul Young's strange behavior. The accident that put Gabrielle's mother-in-law, Juanita (Lupe Ontiveros), in the hospital is taking its toll on Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) as well -- as witness her confession of her past peccadilloes. And the snoopy Mrs. Huber (Christine Estabrook) leaves the scene in a decisive -- and violent -- fashion.

9
Air date: Dec 12, 2004

Suspicious Minds

Burdened with guilt over her past behavior, Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) throws herself into a "mission" -- to stage a fashion show featuring her female friends on Wisteria Lane. Meanwhile, Susan (Teri Hatcher) is caught in the middle when she finds out about Gabrielle and John (Jesse Metcalfe) -- while John's mom, Helen (Kathryn Harrold), thinks her son is fooling around with Susan. Bree (Marcia Cross) uses her own judgment in dealing with the repulsive behavior of her son, Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom). And Lynette (Felicity Huffman) suffers unexpected consequences when she "steals" a nanny for her kids.

10
Air date: Dec 19, 2004

Come Back to Me

Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) finds out that Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) has been keeping secrets from her as well, though his regard his less-than-legal business practices. Bree (Marcia Cross) is outraged that her husband, Rex (Steven Culp), has been dabbling with the oh-so-perfect Maisy Gibbons (Sharon Lawrence). Elsewhere, Lynette (Felicity Huffman) tries to confirm her suspicions about her new nanny (Marla Sokoloff). The relationship between Susan (Teri Hatcher) and Mike (James Denton) intensifies. And the mysterious Paul Young (Mark Moses) has something to get off his chest.

11
Air date: Jan 9, 2005

Move On

As of now, the only people who know what actually happened to busybody Mrs. Huber are the viewers -- and her killer. Meanwhile, Mrs. Huber's equally problematic sister, Felicia (Harriet Sansom Harris), makes an unexpected appearance. Bree (Marcia Cross) comes to grips with her separation from her husband and tentatively re-dips her toes into the dating scene with pharmacist George Williams (Roger Bart, in his first series appearance). Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) must take drastic measures to compensate for her past extravagances. Susan (Richard Burgi) once more goes head-to-head with ex-husband Karl (Richard Burgi). And Lynette (Felicity Huffman) has reason to regret hiring her new nanny, Claire (Marla Sokoloff).

12
Air date: Jan 16, 2005

Every Day a Little Death

The journal of the late Mrs. Huber forces Susan (Teri Hatcher) to tell all to Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) about the fire. Bree (Marcia Cross) is having second thoughts about dating George Williams (Roger Bart). Lynette (Felicity Huffman) allows a misunderstanding to go uncorrected to get her son in daycare while she does yoga. And the financial situation of Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) has been set on its ear thanks to recent unpleasant plot developments.

13
Air date: Jan 23, 2005

Your Fault

Ryan O'Neal guest stars as Rodney Scavo, father-in-law of Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman). Rodney has a few surprises in store for Lynette and her husband, Tom -- and they don't come wrapped up in pretty ribbons. (Also, listen for an inside reference to the old TV soaper Peyton Place, which also featured Ryan O'Neal.) Meanwhile, Susan (Teri Hatcher) looks askance at the growing relationship between her daughter, Julie (Andrea Bowen), and the secretive Zach Young (Cody Kasch). Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) is shocked by a favor asked by the parents of her teenage paramour, John (Jesse Metcalfe). And Bree (Marcia Cross) doesn't seem all that eager to get back together with her estranged husband, Rex (Steven Culp).

14
Air date: Feb 13, 2005

Love Is in the Air

As Valentine's Day dawns, Susan (Teri Hatcher) eagerly awaits her date with Mike Delfino (James Denton) -- or at least she does until a new plot development rears its ugly head. Elsewhere, Bree (Marcia Cross) doesn't know as much about her husband, Rex (Steven Culp), as she thought she did. Lynette (Felicity Huffman) has kid and neighbor trouble again. And Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) finds a job uniquely suited to her special talents when she is hired to model mattresses.

15
Air date: Feb 20, 2005

Impossible

Susan (Teri Hatcher) is more than a little put out when her beau, Mike (James Denton), is arrested for the murder of Mrs. Huber. Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) has a new gardener named Justin (Ryan Carnes) who knows all about her affair with previous gardener John (Jesse Metcalfe) -- and he intends to profit by his knowledge. Bree (Marcia Cross) suspects the worst when she finds a condom, but the truth is even worse than she first thought. Lynette (Felicity Huffman) tries to sabotage her husband when he is offered a job that will consume all his time. And the troublesome Andrew Van De Kamp (Shawn Pyfrom) has a big, big surprise for everyone concerned.

16
Air date: Mar 27, 2005

The Ladies Who Lunch

The whole truth concerning the "extracurricular activities" of über-mom Daisy Gibbons (Sharon Lawrence) has a disturbing effect on the ladies of Wisteria Lane -- not to mention some of the husbands. However, Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) can't be bothered with this crisis in the face of their ever-mounting debts. Meanwhile, Susan (Teri Hatcher) and Edie (Nicolette Sheridan) unexpectedly call a truce; and Lynette (Felicity Huffman) continues to be plagued by the misdeeds of her young boys.

17
Air date: Apr 3, 2005

There Won't Be Trumpets

When Mama Solis succumbs to her injuries, everyone from Wisteria Lane attends the funeral. Andrew Van De Kamp (Shawn Pyfrom) continues to act up, and his parents consider sending him to a juvenile disciplinary camp. Lynette (Felicity Huffman) makes friends with Alisa Stevens (Marlee Martin), whose children attend the same school as Lynette's boys, but friendship can be a fragile thing when lips are loose. And the bond formed between Susan (Teri Hatcher) and Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) in the previous episode is sorely tested when the two ladies again find themselves vying for the attentions of the same man -- in this case, contractor Bill Cunningham (Rick Ravanello).

18
Air date: Apr 10, 2005

Children Will Listen

Lesley Ann Warren makes her first appearance as Sophie Bremmer, who descends upon her daughter, Susan (Teri Hatcher), after calling it quits with her current boyfriend, Morty (Bob Newhart). Elsewhere, Bree (Marcia Cross) enrages Lynette (Felicity Huffman) when she disciplines Lynette's incorrigible son Porter. Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom) has another shocking surprise for his parents. And Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) fiddles with his prenuptial contract while wife Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) burns.

19
Air date: Apr 17, 2005

Live Alone and Like It

No sooner has Sophia (Lesley Ann Warren) moved in with her daughter Susan (Teri Hatcher) than she sets to work stage-managing her daughter's love life -- and, by extension, hopes to reactivate her own. Bree (Marcia Cross) has no idea what her son, Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom), has in store for her; the only one who does know is bound by a vow of silence. Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) unwittingly drives Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) back into the arms of her stud-muffin lover, John (Jesse Metcalfe). And in a moment of near-fatal weakness, Lynette (Felicity Huffman) thinks kindly of the monumentally unkind Mrs. McClusky (Kathryn Joosten).

20
Air date: May 1, 2005

Fear No More

What sinister scheme can George Williams (Roger Bart) have in mind to steal Bree (Marcia Cross) away from Rex (Steven Culp)? Will Lynette (Felicity Huffman) suffer from the presence of her husband Tom's former girlfriend Annabel Foster (Melinda McGraw) when Annabel is hired by Tom's firm? Does Susan's daughter, Julie (Andrea Bowen), have anything to fear from the increasingly obsessive Zach (Cody Kasch)? How will Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) explain away her illegal home invasion? And here's a question we can answer without any problem at all: will Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) be lonely during the eight months that Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) is in jail?

21
Air date: May 8, 2005

Sunday in the Park with George

Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) is a far from disinterested witness when Bree (Marcia Cross) goes out to lunch with the charming but slightly sinister George Williams (Roger Bart). Meanwhile, Bree's husband, Rex (Steven Culp), continues to suffer from ill health (can there be a connection somewhere?). And in other developments, Susan (Teri Hatcher) forgives Mike (James Denton) for his fatal "indiscretion"; Felicia (Felicity Huffman) takes a hand in Zach's (Cody Kasch) problems; and Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) finds out that birth control is not 100 percent effective -- especially when it's been tampered with.

22
Air date: May 15, 2005

Goodbye For Now

There's intrigue aplenty as Desperate Housewives approaches the end of its first season. Still unaware that George (Roger Bart) is more than a passive observer vis-à-vis her husband's illness, Bree (Marcia Cross) falls for George's lie that Rex (Steven Culp) has been bragging about their kinky bedroom escapades; the confrontation that results between her and Rex leads to a drastic downturn in his health. Edie goes into "hell hath no fury" mode when Susan (Teri Hatcher) and Mike (James Denton) move in together. Lynette (Felicity Huffman) unintentionally causes Tom (Doug Savant) to lose his job in her efforts to foil her would-be romantic rival Annabel (Melinda McGraw). And when Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) learns how her birth-control prescription has been tampered with, she angrily tells Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) that he may not be the father, and he reacts in a manner that gets seven more years tacked on to his jail sentence. Alfre Woodard and Mehcad Brooks make their first series appearances as Betty and Josh Applewhite.

23
Air date: May 22, 2005

One Wonderful Day

Using her unwanted pregnancy as a bargaining chip, Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) sets up several conditions before agreeing to help Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) reduce his prison time -- but it looks like all bets are off when Carlos finally learns about Gabby's affair with John (Jesse Metcalfe). Armed with all the facts pertaining to his mother's suicide -- not to mention a deadly weapon -- a vengeful Zach (Cody Kasch) takes Susan (Teri Hatcher) hostage. Lynette's (Felicity Huffman) hubby, Tom (Doug Savant), intends to extract full retribution for her getting him fired. Bree (Marcia Cross) still hasn't figured out why Rex's (Steven Culp) health has taken a turn for the worse (the "reason" does not appear in this episode). And in anticipation of things to come, new neighbor Betty Applewhite (Alfre Woodard) already shows signs of having dark secrets of her own when she shuns a friendly welcoming visit from Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan). This ironically titled cliffhanger was the final episode of Desperate Housewives' first season.

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