Desperate Housewives: Season 3 (2006 - 2007)


Season 3
Desperate Housewives

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Desperate Housewives regains its tart bite by drawing its ensemble closer together for a more cohesive season.



Critic Ratings: 16


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User Ratings: 70

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Air date: Sep 24, 2006

Season 3 of ABC's hit primetime drama Desperate Housewives gets underway with Mike (James Denton) still in a coma after being hit by a car six months ago, and Susan (Teri Hatcher) holding out hope that he will soon snap out of it and make a full recovery. Later, Susan enters into a tenuous relationship with fellow hospital regular Ian, whose wife Jane has been in a coma for three years and who seems interested in something more than friendship with the grieving Susan. Meanwhile, Tom (Doug Savant) longs to include his love child Kayla in various family activities, which causes more than a little controversy in the Scavo household. The situation is later compounded when Lynette (Felicity Huffman) invites Kayla to Parker's birthday party under false pretenses, and Lynette mush rush to cover up the event. Regardless, Lynette's deception eventually blows up in her face when Nora shows up at the house and discovers the truth. With Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) and Gabrielle (Eva Longoria)'s divorce in the works, the soon to be ex-wife becomes fed up dealing with the pregnant Xiao Mei, and a flashback reveals the truth behind Oscar and Alma's split. Of course it doesn't take long for Oscar to bounce back, and he's soon proposing to the very hesitant Bree - who is still recovering from the recent death of her former husband Rex.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2006

Bree and Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) wed; Susan and Ian (Dougray Scott) go on a date; Edie has an unexpected visitor; and Xiao-Mei makes a delivery. Carolyn Bigsby: Laurie Metcalf. Nora: Kiersten Warren. Alma Hodge: Valerie Mahaffey. Det. Ridley: Ernie Hudson. Rev. Sikes: Dakin Matthews.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2006

Holiday plans go awry on Wisteria Lane. At the airport about to leave on honeymoon, Bree and Orson see Andrew featured on TV as a homeless teenager. Gabrielle goes to a spa, but runs into John. Tom takes the kids camping, but calls Lynette with an emergency. And Susan wonders if she's cheating on Mike during a romantic getaway with Ian.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2006

Susan receives some surprising news while she's away on a romantic weekend with Ian, Lynette continues to try to support the family while Tom chases his dreams, and Bree finds that her family is anything but perfect.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2006

Gaby and Carlos's divorce reaches new levels of bitterness, Lynette becomes the co-owner of a new business venture, and Susan struggles with her love for two men.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2006

Susan drunkenly professes her love for Ian, Gabrielle and Carlos try to rekindle their love, Bree is confronted with Orson's past, and Nora and Lynette go to war.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2006

Everyone's lives on Wisteria Lane are changed forever on an incredibly tense day when Carolyn Bigsby (Laurie Metcalfe) holds shoppers - including Lynette - hostage at gunpoint in the supermarket.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2006

Lynette returns home from hospital, Gabrielle decides to get back into modelling and travels to New York, Susan tries to stop Julie from seeing Austin, and Bree meets her antagonistic mother-in-law.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2006

After making a strange discovery in her neighbour Art's basement, Lynette becomes convinced he is a paedophile. Meanwhile, Gabrielle takes a shot at training potential beauty queens, Susan stays at Ian's house and clashes with his butler, and another part of Orson's past is revealed.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2006

The residents of Wisteria Lane celebrate their annual holiday block party, Gabrielle sets her sights on the father of a girl she's been coaching, Mike is arrested for Monique's murder and, thanks to Lynette, the mothers of the neighbourhood stage a protest about Art.

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The third series chronicling the lives and loves of the residents of Wisteria Lane introduces a new romantic interest for Susan, who is torn between this new man (Dougray Scott) and Mike (James Denton), who is now in a coma after a hit-and-run in Series 2. Meanwhile, Bree begins a relationship with the mysterious Orson Hodge (Kyle MacLachlan), who was introduced in Series 2 and now becomes a series regular; Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) pursue divorce proceedings; Lynette (Felicity Huffman) helps out at her husband's new pizza parlor; and Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) continues to pursue Mike and also has a new houseguest, her nephew Austin (Josh Henderson), who piques the interest of Susan's daughter Julie (Andrea Bowen).


Felicity Huffman
as Lynette Scavo
Teri Hatcher
as Susan Mayer
Marcia Cross
as Bree Van De Kamp
Eva Longoria
as Gabrielle Solis
Nicollette Sheridan
as Edie Britt
Andrea Bowen
as Julie Mayer
Ricardo Chavira
as Carlos Solis
James Denton
as Mike Delfino
Doug Savant
as Tom Scavo
Zane Huett
as Parker Scavo
Shawn Pyfrom
as Andrew Van De Kamp
Joy Lauren
as Danielle Van De Kamp
Cody Kasch
as Zach Young
Kyle MacLachlan
as Orson Hodge
Rachel G. Fox
as Kayla Huntington
Mark Moses
as Paul Young
Josh Henderson
as Austin Britt
Dougray Scott
as Ian Hainsworth
Brenda Strong
as Mary Alice Young
Kathryn Joosten
as Karen McCluskey
Richard Burgi
as Karl Mayer
Brent Kinsman
as Preston Scavo
Shane Kinsman
as Porter Scavo
Pat Crawford Brown
as Ida Greenberg
John Slattery
as Victor Lang
Kiersten Warren
as Nora Huntington
Jesse Metcalfe
as John Rowland
Dixie Carter
as Gloria Hodge
Jason Gedrick
as Rick Coletti
Ernie Hudson
as Det. Ridley
Jake Cherry
as Travers McLain
Kathleen York
as Moniqie Polier
Laurie Metcalf
as Carolyn Bigsby
Matt Roth
as Arthur Washburn
Michael Durrell
as Mr. Katzburg
Terry Bozeman
as Dr. Craig
Paul Keeley
as Dr. McClean
Brian Kerwin
as Harvey Bigsby
Anthony Azizi
as Dr. Falati
Peri Gilpin
as Maggie Gilroy
Wendy Worthington
as Nurse Parker
Mark Deklin
as Bill Pearce
Jennifer Dundas
as Rebecca Washburn
Polly Bergen
as Stella Wingfield
Miriam Flynn
as Dr. Maggie Berman
K Callan
as Ilene Britt
as Pearly Gates
Dale E. Turner
as Lamar the Limo Driver
Ian Abercrombie
as Rupert Cavanaugh
Michelle Pierce
as Tammy Sinclair
Steve Tyler
as Minister
Rick Fitts
as Coroner Jerry
Diane Kim
as Jewelry Clerk
Danny Farrell
as Ridge Canipe
Roger Ranney
as Cop No. 1
Mike Farrell
as Milton Lang
Reid Godshaw
as Street Kid
Carl Mueller
as Edwin Hodge
Currie Graham
as Ed Ferrara
Marco Sanchez
as Phil Lopez
Brennan Elliott
as Luke Purdue
Lisa Banes
as Vera Keck
Patrick Malone
as Det. Shrank
Mike Baldridge
as Guy No. 1
Steve Kim
as Angel
Chris Carroll
as Reverend
Brenda Julian
as Rebecca Groves
David Goryl
as Charles Babcock
Charlie Dell
as Older Man
Richard Penn
as Dr. Gainsburg
Travis Davis
as Pageant Emcee
Matt Casper
as Stockboy
Donnie Jeffcoat
as Alan Marcus
Jill Brennan
as Tish Atherton
Richard Herd
as Harry Gaunt
Rick Scarry
as Dr. Peters
Evelina Oboza
as Trishelle
David Fabrizio
as Det. Collins
Maria Comonis
as Mona Clark
Steven Culp
as Rex Van De Kamp
Julie Pop
as Nurse
Juliette Gogliz
as Amy Pearce
Felice Heather Monteith
as Nurse in Mike's Room
Jodi Taffel
as Mrs. Horowitz
Winifred Freedman
as Mrs. Tomlinson
Alison La Placa
as Rita Patterson
Doug Fisher
as Party Guest
Anne Bellamy
as Hostage
Amy Aquino
as Erika Gold
Kathy Byron
as Nurse No. 2
Joe Sabatino
as Police Captain
Jenn Liu
as Waitress
Lynn Redgrave
as Dahlia Hainsworth
William Ragsdale
as Scott McKinney
Ellen Geer
as Lillian Sims
Michael Flynn
as François
Paxton Whitehead
as Graham Hainsworth
Michael Flynn
as François
Michael Flynn
as François
John Rosenfeld
as Dr. Shiller
Kenneth Kimmins
as Mayor Johnson
Edward Stanley
as Mr. Sims' Son
Mel Fair
as Moderator
Greg Evigan
as Charles McLain
John Bobek
as Tucker
Pat Asanti
as Arnold
Meeghan Holaway
as Elizabeth
Challen Cates
as Samantha Lang
Thomas Crawford
as Campaign Rally Introducer
Ron Rogge
as Middle-aged Man
John Harnagel
as Gilbert McCluskey
Dakin Matthews
as Rev. Sykes
Todd Kimsey
as Ranger Thompson
Tyler Brooks
as Ranger No. 2
Fiona Hale
as Aunt Fern
Jenn Liu
as Waitress
Jim Jansen
as Clinic Doctor
Martin Grey
as Mediator
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Critic Reviews for Desperate Housewives Season 3

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

The ho-hum outweighs the compelling on Wisteria Lane these days. Redundant desperation won't cut it.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

As TV, Desperate Housewives is like really safe porn: Even if you're caught you can explain.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Proceeds without the kind of earthshaking surprise that could single-handedly pull the series out of its doldrums.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

ABC promised that the show that lost most of our attention last season was going to have better story lines and more scenes bringing the women together this time around. Judging by the third season premiere, I would say they were right -- sorta.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

"Desperate Housewives" has improved its performance but not changed its ways.

Sep 19, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Desperate Housewives has matured into a show that gets more right than wrong, and Season Three likely would've been its best yet if not for the curve ball thrown by Cross' pregnancy.

Jan 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Looks like Desperate Housewives is off and running again.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Housewives appears to have gotten its humorous groove back.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Unlike last season, the audience wasn't kept ahead of the entire cast for weeks; instead, it only took them a few commercial breaks to catch up.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The third season has recaptured much of the ABC hit's original comic-melodramatic zest. And below the surface there's still the resonance of some darker emotion.

Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…

With the shorter story arcs, the writers were able to captivate the audience with new and exciting twists without keeping us hanging on for too long.

Sep 20, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Desperate Housewives was much better in its third year than its second, bouncing back with far more engaging and interesting plots and recapturing much of the witty comedic moments...that makes it a soap opera with something outside the ordinary to it.

Sep 19, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Desperate Housewives: Season 3

  • May 05, 2019
    After a bit of a slumpy second season, the third one definitely returns to the first season's quality. The whole season is good, but it could've been so much more. The episodes before the departure of Bree Hodge surpassed season one in terms of interesting storylines, plots and twists. Sadly, after episode sixteen, as we got more time with Edie, the season started to drop from great to good. Despite that, season three is surely an improvememt from season two, mostly because the ladies socialize again. The best improvements over the last season were the well written mystery and the storylines' obvious improvement. Also, with an episode like "Bang", season three is hard to dislike. It may not be the best season, but season three stands out as the season that gives the biggest increase in quality over the last.

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