Episode Info

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?


Felicity Huffman
as Lynette Scavo
Teri Hatcher
as Susan Mayer
Christine Estabrook
as Mrs. Martha Huber
Marcia Cross
as Bree Van De Kamp
Doug Savant
as Tom Scavo
Eva Longoria
as Gabrielle Solis
Brenda Strong
as Mary Alice Young
Mark Moses
as Paul Young
Cody Kasch
as Zach Young
Andrea Bowen
as Julie Mayer
Steven Culp
as Rex Van De Kamp
James Denton
as Mike Delfino
Jesse Metcalfe
as John Rowland
Richard Burgi
as Karl Mayer
Zane Huett
as Parker Scavo
Roger Bart
as George Williams
Shawn Pyfrom
as Andrew Van De Camp
Joy Lauren
as Danielle Van De Camp
Mehcad Brooks
as Matthew Applewhite
Brent Kinsman
as Preston Scavo
Shane Kinsman
as Porter Scavo
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