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List of Desperate Housewives episodes

Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery which premiered on ABC on October 3, 2004, in the United States. The first season had a single special episode, while the second and third season each had two. Seasons one through eight have been released on DVD in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Desperate Housewives follows the lives of four women–Susan (Teri Hatcher), Lynette (Felicity Huffman), Bree (Marcia Cross) and Gabrielle (Eva Longoria)–through the eyes of Mary Alice (Brenda Strong), their deceased friend and neighbor.

The vast majority of the episodes are titled after lyrics by composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. A total of 180 episodes of Desperate Housewives were aired over eight seasons.

Contents

Series overviewEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 23 October 3, 2004 (2004-10-03) May 22, 2005 (2005-05-22)
2 24 September 25, 2005 (2005-09-25) May 21, 2006 (2006-05-21)
3 23 September 24, 2006 (2006-09-24) May 20, 2007 (2007-05-20)
4 17 September 30, 2007 (2007-09-30) May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18)
5 24 September 28, 2008 (2008-09-28) May 17, 2009 (2009-05-17)
6 23 September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27) May 16, 2010 (2010-05-16)
7 23 September 26, 2010 (2010-09-26) May 15, 2011 (2011-05-15)
8 23 September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25) May 13, 2012 (2012-05-13)

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (2004–05)Edit

Season one premiered on October 3, 2004 and featured a total of 23 episodes and one clip show. The show opens with the mysterious suicide of housewife Mary Alice Young on a beautiful day in the suburbs, on a street called Wisteria Lane. Mary Alice, who narrates the show from the afterlife, had four friends: Bree Van de Kamp, the seemingly perfect mother of two teenagers struggling to save her marriage; Lynette Scavo, the mother of four whose husband is always away on business; Susan Mayer, the divorced mother in search of love who finds love in the form of her new neighbour Mike Delfino, who has a secret of his own; and Gabrielle Solis, the materialistic former runway model who cheats on her husband. While trying to be good wives and mothers, the four friends also try to find out why their friend committed suicide. The discovery of a blackmail note among Mary Alice's belongings, a therapy session tape in which she admits her real name was Angela, and her widowed husband's strange behavior all pique their interest in the mysterious suicide of their friend and neighbor.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"Charles McDougallMarc CherryOctober 3, 2004 (2004-10-03)21.64[1]
22"Ah, But Underneath"Larry ShawMarc CherryOctober 10, 2004 (2004-10-10)20.03[2]
33"Pretty Little Picture"Arlene SanfordOliver GoldstickOctober 17, 2004 (2004-10-17)20.87[3]
44"Who's That Woman?"Jeff MelmanMarc Cherry & Tom SpezialyOctober 24, 2004 (2004-10-24)21.49[4]
55"Come In, Stranger"Arlene SanfordAlexandra CunninghamOctober 31, 2004 (2004-10-31)22.14[5]
66"Running to Stand Still"Fred GerberTracey SternNovember 7, 2004 (2004-11-07)24.60[6]
77"Anything You Can Do"Larry ShawJohn Pardee & Joey MurphyNovember 21, 2004 (2004-11-21)24.21[7]
88"Guilty"Fred GerberKevin MurphyNovember 28, 2004 (2004-11-28)27.24[8]
99"Suspicious Minds"Larry ShawJenna BansDecember 12, 2004 (2004-12-12)21.56[9]
1010"Come Back to Me"Fred GerberPatty LinDecember 19, 2004 (2004-12-19)22.34[10]
1111"Move On"John David ColesDavid SchulnerJanuary 9, 2005 (2005-01-09)25.20[11]
1212"Every Day a Little Death"David GrossmanChris BlackJanuary 16, 2005 (2005-01-16)24.09[12]
1313"Your Fault"Arlene SanfordKevin EttenJanuary 23, 2005 (2005-01-23)25.95[13]
1414"Love Is in the Air"Jeff MelmanTom SpezialyFebruary 13, 2005 (2005-02-13)22.30[14]
1515"Impossible"Larry ShawMarc Cherry & Tom SpezialyFebruary 20, 2005 (2005-02-20)24.18[15]
1616"The Ladies Who Lunch"Arlene SanfordAlexandra CunninghamMarch 27, 2005 (2005-03-27)24.08[16]
1717"There Won't Be Trumpets"Jeff MelmanJohn Pardee & Joey MurphyApril 3, 2005 (2005-04-03)24.61[17]
1818"Children Will Listen"Larry ShawKevin MurphyApril 10, 2005 (2005-04-10)25.55[18]
1919"Live Alone and Like It"Arlene SanfordJenna BansApril 17, 2005 (2005-04-17)25.27[19]
2020"Fear No More"Jeff MelmanAdam BarrMay 1, 2005 (2005-05-01)25.69[20]
2121"Sunday in the Park with George"Larry ShawKatie FordMay 8, 2005 (2005-05-08)26.10[21]
2222"Goodbye for Now"David GrossmanJosh SenterMay 15, 2005 (2005-05-15)25.28[22]
2323"One Wonderful Day"Larry ShawJohn Pardee & Joey Murphy & Marc Cherry
& Tom Spezialy & Kevin Murphy
May 22, 2005 (2005-05-22)30.62[23]

Season 2 (2005–06)Edit

Season two premiered on September 25, 2005 and featured a total of 24 episodes (including a two-hour season finale of two episodes) and two clip shows. After discovering Mary Alice's dark secret, the housewives continue to move on with their lives. Bree, whose husband Rex Van de Kamp has just died, is not coping well with being a widow and is unwittingly dating the man who poisoned her husband. Susan, still searching for love after breaking up with Mike, ends up in bed with her ex-husband Karl Mayer who is now dating the neighborhood hussy, Edie Britt. Lynette goes back to her career in advertising, as her husband Tom Scavo becomes a stay-at-home dad. Gabrielle, who is now pregnant, decides to be faithful to her husband Carlos Solis who is now in jail – but just as she starts accepting her upcoming motherhood, she suffers a miscarriage. While managing their busy lives, the women cannot help but notice something suspicious about the new neighbors, Betty Applewhite and her son, who moved in during the middle of the night and are keeping a prisoner held captive in their basement.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
241"Next"Larry ShawJenna Bans & Kevin MurphySeptember 25, 2005 (2005-09-25)28.36[24]
252"You Could Drive a Person Crazy"David GrossmanChris Black & Alexandra CunninghamOctober 2, 2005 (2005-10-02)27.11[25]
263"You'll Never Get Away from Me"Arlene SanfordTom Spezialy & Ellie HermanOctober 9, 2005 (2005-10-09)26.06[26]
274"My Heart Belongs to Daddy"Robert Duncan McNeillJohn Pardee & Joey MurphyOctober 16, 2005 (2005-10-16)25.78[27]
285"They Asked Me Why I Believe in You"David GrossmanAlan CrossOctober 23, 2005 (2005-10-23)25.22[28]
296"I Wish I Could Forget You"Larry ShawKevin Etten & Josh SenterNovember 6, 2005 (2005-11-06)23.93[29]
307"Color and Light"David GrossmanMarc CherryNovember 13, 2005 (2005-11-13)25.93[30]
318"The Sun Won't Set"Stephen CraggJenna BansNovember 20, 2005 (2005-11-20)25.92[31]
329"That's Good, That's Bad"Larry ShawKevin MurphyNovember 27, 2005 (2005-11-27)25.89[32]
3310"Coming Home"Arlene SanfordChris BlackDecember 4, 2005 (2005-12-04)25.52[33]
3411"One More Kiss"Wendey StanzlerJoey Murphy & John PardeeJanuary 8, 2006 (2006-01-08)23.72[34]
3512"We're Gonna Be All Right"David GrossmanAlexandra CunninghamJanuary 15, 2006 (2006-01-15)22.52[35]
3613"There's Something About a War"Larry ShawKevin EttenJanuary 22, 2006 (2006-01-22)25.33[36]
3714"Silly People"Robert Duncan McNeillTom SpezialyFebruary 12, 2006 (2006-02-12)23.47[37]
3815"Thank You So Much"David GrossmanDahvi WallerFebruary 19, 2006 (2006-02-19)23.41[38]
3916"There Is No Other Way"Randy ZiskBruce ZimmermanMarch 12, 2006 (2006-03-12)22.20[39]
4017"Could I Leave You?"Pam ThomasScott Sanford TobisMarch 26, 2006 (2006-03-26)21.41[40]
4118"Everybody Says Don't"Tom CheronesTeleplay by: Jenna Bans & Alexandra Cunningham
Story by: Jim Lincoln
April 2, 2006 (2006-04-02)21.82[41]
4219"Don't Look at Me"David GrossmanJosh SenterApril 16, 2006 (2006-04-16)20.02[42]
4320"It Wasn't Meant to Happen"Larry ShawMarc Cherry & Tom SpezialyApril 30, 2006 (2006-04-30)21.30[43]
4421"I Know Things Now"Wendey StanzlerKevin Etten & Bruce ZimmermanMay 7, 2006 (2006-05-07)21.33[44]
4522"No One Is Alone"David GrossmanKevin Murphy & Chris BlackMay 14, 2006 (2006-05-14)21.03[45]
46
47
23
24
"Remember"Larry ShawTeleplay by: Marc Cherry & Jenna Bans
Story by: Alexandra Cunningham & Tom Spezialy
May 21, 2006 (2006-05-21)24.23[46]

Season 3 (2006–07)Edit

Season three premiered on September 24, 2006 and features a total of 23 episodes and two clip shows. It has been six months since Orson Hodge deliberately ran Mike over with his car. Gabrielle, who found out Carlos cheated on her with their surrogate maid, refused to take him back, and now they're getting divorced, but both want to raise the newborn child. Bree, who has finally put Rex's death behind her, marries Orson. A mysterious woman (played by Laurie Metcalf) accused him of killing his wife at their engagement party, and Bree cannot help but wonder if that is true. Lynette, meanwhile, tries to adjust to having another child around the house. Ultimately she quits her job at the advertising agency to start a pizzeria with Tom. Susan, who has been waiting for Mike to wake up from his coma is shocked when she finds out her nemesis Edie has been posing as his girlfriend, since he has amnesia. And Edie has her nephew move to Wisteria Lane after she finds him trying to break into her house.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
481"Listen to the Rain on the Roof"Larry ShawMarc Cherry & Jeff GreensteinSeptember 24, 2006 (2006-09-24)24.09[47]
492"It Takes Two"David GrossmanKevin Murphy & Jenna BansOctober 1, 2006 (2006-10-01)21.42[48]
503"A Weekend in the Country"Wendey StanzlerBob DailyOctober 8, 2006 (2006-10-08)20.96[49]
514"Like It Was"Larry ShawJohn Pardee & Joey MurphyOctober 15, 2006 (2006-10-15)20.64[50]
525"Nice She Ain't"David WarrenAlexandra Cunningham & Susan Nirah JaffeeOctober 22, 2006 (2006-10-22)19.71[51]
536"Sweetheart, I Have to Confess"David GrossmanDahvi Waller & Josh SenterOctober 29, 2006 (2006-10-29)21.24[52]
547"Bang"Larry ShawJoe KeenanNovember 5, 2006 (2006-11-05)22.65[53]
558"Children and Art"Wendey StanzlerKevin Etten & Jenna BansNovember 12, 2006 (2006-11-12)22.27[54]
569"Beautiful Girls"David GrossmanDahvi Waller & Susan Nirah JaffeeNovember 19, 2006 (2006-11-19)21.63[55]
5710"The Miracle Song"Larry ShawBob DailyNovember 26, 2006 (2006-11-26)21.43[56]
5811"No Fits, No Fights, No Feuds"Sanaa HamriAlexandra Cunningham & Josh SenterJanuary 7, 2007 (2007-01-07)18.71[57]
5912"Not While I'm Around"David GrossmanKevin Murphy & Kevin EttenJanuary 14, 2007 (2007-01-14)16.76[58]
6013"Come Play Wiz Me"Larry ShawValerie Ahern & Christian McLaughlinJanuary 21, 2007 (2007-01-21)17.14[59]
6114"I Remember That"David WarrenJohn Pardee & Joey MurphyFebruary 11, 2007 (2007-02-11)18.10[60]
6215"The Little Things You Do Together"David GrossmanMarc Cherry & Joe KeenanFebruary 18, 2007 (2007-02-18)18.51[61]
6316"My Husband, the Pig"Larry ShawBrian A. AlexanderMarch 4, 2007 (2007-03-04)18.31[62]
6417"Dress Big"Matthew DiamondKevin Etten & Susan Nirah JaffeeApril 8, 2007 (2007-04-08)15.93[63]
6518"Liaisons"David GrossmanJenna Bans & Alexandra CunninghamApril 15, 2007 (2007-04-15)16.35[64]
6619"God, That's Good"Larry ShawDahvi Waller & Josh SenterApril 22, 2007 (2007-04-22)15.91[65]
6720"Gossip"Wendey StanzlerJohn Pardee & Joey MurphyApril 29, 2007 (2007-04-29)17.17[66]
6821"Into the Woods"David GrossmanAlexandra CunninghamMay 6, 2007 (2007-05-06)17.16[67]
6922"What Would We Do Without You?"Larry ShawBob DailyMay 13, 2007 (2007-05-13)16.13[68]
7023"Getting Married Today"David GrossmanJoe Keenan & Kevin MurphyMay 20, 2007 (2007-05-20)18.82[69]

Season 4 (2007–08)Edit

Season four premiered on September 30, 2007 and was supposed to feature a total of 23 episodes, but due to the Writers Guild of America strike it only featured a total of 17 episodes including a two-hour season finale, making season 4 the shortest season of the series.[70] In season 4, Susan and Mike settle down into a married life and Susan finds out she's pregnant. Lynette is battling Hodgkin's lymphoma and having problems with her recently discovered stepdaughter. Bree is pretending to be pregnant with her daughter's baby so she can adopt the baby and pass it off as her own. Gabrielle is in an unhappy marriage with Fairview's mayor and is continuing her secret affair with Carlos, and after faking a suicide attempt, Edie tries to keep her relationship with Carlos intact by blackmailing him. New neighbor Katherine Mayfair moves to Wisteria Lane with a dark secret of her own. Season 4 also saw the destruction of Wisteria Lane when a tornado ripped through the neighborhood and ultimately changed the lives of everyone. By the end of the season, a 5-year time jump takes place.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
711"Now You Know"Larry ShawMarc CherrySeptember 30, 2007 (2007-09-30)19.32[71]
722"Smiles of a Summer Night"David GrossmanBob Daily & Matt BerryOctober 7, 2007 (2007-10-07)17.82[72]
733"The Game"Bethany RooneyJoey Murphy & John PardeeOctober 14, 2007 (2007-10-14)18.89[73]
744"If There's Anything I Can't Stand"Larry ShawAlexandra Cunningham & Lori Kirkland BakerOctober 21, 2007 (2007-10-21)18.21[74]
755"Art Isn't Easy"David GrossmanJason GanzelOctober 28, 2007 (2007-10-28)18.28[75]
766"Now I Know, Don't Be Scared"Larry ShawSusan Nirah Jaffee & Dahvi WallerNovember 4, 2007 (2007-11-04)18.58[76]
777"You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover"David WarrenChuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-GiordanoNovember 11, 2007 (2007-11-11)18.63[77]
788"Distant Past"Jay TorresJoe KeenanNovember 25, 2007 (2007-11-25)18.64[78]
799"Something's Coming"David GrossmanJoey Murphy & John PardeeDecember 2, 2007 (2007-12-02)20.65[79]
8010"Welcome to Kanagawa"Larry ShawJamie Gorenberg & Jordon NardinoJanuary 6, 2008 (2008-01-06)19.78[80]
8111"Sunday"David GrossmanAlexandra Cunningham & Lori Kirkland BakerApril 13, 2008 (2008-04-13)16.37[81]
8212"In Buddy's Eyes"Larry ShawJeff GreensteinApril 20, 2008 (2008-04-20)15.75[82]
8313"Hello, Little Girl"Bethany RooneySusan Nirah Jaffee & Jamie GorenbergApril 27, 2008 (2008-04-27)16.35[83]
8414"Opening Doors"David GrossmanDahvi Waller & Jordon NardinoMay 4, 2008 (2008-05-04)16.76[84]
8515"Mother Said"David WarrenChuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-GiordanoMay 11, 2008 (2008-05-11)15.43[85]
8616"The Gun Song"Bethany RooneyBob Daily & Matt BerryMay 18, 2008 (2008-05-18)16.84[86]
8717"Free"David GrossmanJeff GreensteinMay 18, 2008 (2008-05-18)16.84[86]

Season 5 (2008–09)Edit

The fifth season premiered on September 28, 2008, with the time period jumping five years after the previous season. Cherry had stated that flashbacks would be used infrequently to advance or illustrate a current plotline of the new season following the five-year leap.[87] The season mystery revolves around Edie's new husband, Dave Williams, who is looking for revenge on someone on Wisteria Lane (later revealed to be Mike). Susan deals with being a single mother and having a new romance with her painter, while Mike starts dating Katherine. Lynette and Tom learn that their son is having an affair with a married woman whose husband's nightclub burns down with all of Wisteria Lane's neighbors inside. Gabrielle struggles with their two daughters and with a financial crisis, as Carlos' sight returns. Bree and Orson have marriage problems, because Bree has become too focused on her career, and Orson begins to steal from neighbors as a coping mechanism. Edie dies of electrocution after a car crash, before she can expose Dave moments after she discovers his secret.

The fifth season featured the show's one-hundredth episode, revolving around Eli Scruggs (Beau Bridges), a handyman who had an important role in all of the ladies' lives. This episode features flashbacks and returning characters, including Mary Alice, Rex, and Martha Huber (Christine Estabrook). The episode was broadcast on ABC on Sunday, January 18, 2009.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
881"You're Gonna Love Tomorrow"Larry ShawMarc CherrySeptember 28, 2008 (2008-09-28)18.68[88]
892"We're So Happy You're So Happy"David GrossmanAlexandra CunninghamOctober 5, 2008 (2008-10-05)15.69[89]
903"Kids Ain't Like Everybody Else"Bethany RooneyJoe KeenanOctober 12, 2008 (2008-10-12)15.51[90]
914"Back in Business"Scott EllisJohn Pardee & Joey MurphyOctober 19, 2008 (2008-10-19)15.49[91]
925"Mirror, Mirror"David GrossmanJeff GreensteinOctober 26, 2008 (2008-10-26)15.95[92]
936"There's Always a Woman"Matthew DiamondJohn Paul Bullock IIINovember 2, 2008 (2008-11-02)15.93[93]
947"What More Do I Need?"Larry ShawMatt BerryNovember 9, 2008 (2008-11-09)15.85[94]
958"City on Fire"David GrossmanBob DailyNovember 16, 2008 (2008-11-16)16.84[95]
969"Me and My Town"David WarrenLori Kirkland BakerNovember 30, 2008 (2008-11-30)15.81[96]
9710"A Vision's Just a Vision"Larry ShawDavid FlebotteDecember 7, 2008 (2008-12-07)16.09[97]
9811"Home Is the Place"David GrossmanJamie GorenbergJanuary 4, 2009 (2009-01-04)14.39[98]
9912"Connect! Connect!"Ken WhittinghamJordon NardinoJanuary 11, 2009 (2009-01-11)13.79[99]
10013"The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened"Larry ShawMarc Cherry & Bob DailyJanuary 18, 2009 (2009-01-18)13.08[100]
10114"Mama Spent Money When She Had None"David WarrenJason GanzelFebruary 8, 2009 (2009-02-08)13.82[101]
10215"In a World Where the Kings Are Employers"David GrossmanLori Kirkland BakerFebruary 15, 2009 (2009-02-15)14.01[102]
10316"Crime Doesn't Pay"Larry ShawJamie GorenbergMarch 8, 2009 (2009-03-08)13.65[103]
10417"The Story of Lucy and Jessie"Bethany RooneyJordon NardinoMarch 15, 2009 (2009-03-15)14.60[104]
10518"A Spark. To Pierce the Dark."David GrossmanAlexandra CunninghamMarch 22, 2009 (2009-03-22)14.75[105]
10619"Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know"Larry ShawMatt BerryApril 19, 2009 (2009-04-19)13.85[106]
10720"Rose's Turn"David WarrenDave FlebotteApril 26, 2009 (2009-04-26)13.64[107]
10821"Bargaining"David GrossmanDavid SchladweilerMay 3, 2009 (2009-05-03)13.49[108]
10922"Marry Me a Little"Larry ShawJason GanzelMay 10, 2009 (2009-05-10)12.29[109]
11023"Everybody Says Don't"Bethany RooneyJohn Pardee & Joey MurphyMay 17, 2009 (2009-05-17)13.96[110]
11124"If It's Only In Your Head"David GrossmanJeffrey RichmanMay 17, 2009 (2009-05-17)13.96[110]

Season 6 (2009–10)Edit

The sixth season premiered on Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 9pm.[111] The main mystery of this season is surrounding new neighbor Angie Bolen and her family. The first half of the season consists of Susan's daughter Julie Mayer being strangled by an unknown person, the conflict between Gabrielle and her niece Ana Solis, Lynette's attempt to sue her new boss Carlos, Katherine's eventual breakdown at losing Mike to Susan, and Bree's affair with Karl, which ends tragically when Karl's hired plane crashes into a building with the two of them and Orson inside. The second half of the season focuses on Katherine experimenting with her sexuality, Lynette inviting the Fairview strangler to stay with them before discovering the truth, the conflict between Bree and a son of Rex whom he had before meeting Bree, and the solving of the Bolen mystery.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1121"Nice Is Different Than Good"Larry ShawMarc CherrySeptember 27, 2009 (2009-09-27)13.64[112]
1132"Being Alive"David GrossmanMatt BerryOctober 4, 2009 (2009-10-04)14.64[113]
1143"Never Judge a Lady by Her Lover"Andrew DoerferBob DailyOctober 11, 2009 (2009-10-11)13.42[114]
1154"The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues"David WarrenAlexandra CunninghamOctober 18, 2009 (2009-10-18)13.68[115]
1165"Everybody Ought to Have a Maid"Larry ShawJamie GorenbergOctober 25, 2009 (2009-10-25)14.18[116]
1176"Don't Walk on the Grass"David GrossmanMarco PennetteNovember 1, 2009 (2009-11-01)14.08[117]
1187"Careful the Things You Say"Bethany RooneyPeter LefcourtNovember 8, 2009 (2009-11-08)13.80[118]
1198"The Coffee Cup"Larry ShawDave FlebotteNovember 15, 2009 (2009-11-15)14.72[119]
1209"Would I Think of Suicide?"Ken WhittinghamJason GanzelNovember 29, 2009 (2009-11-29)12.78[120]
12110"Boom Crunch"David GrossmanJohn Pardee & Joey MurphyDecember 6, 2009 (2009-12-06)14.86[121]
12211"If..."Larry ShawJamie GorenbergJanuary 3, 2010 (2010-01-03)15.35[122]
12312"You Gotta Get a Gimmick"David GrossmanJoe KeenanJanuary 10, 2010 (2010-01-10)14.03[123]
12413"How About a Friendly Shrink?"Lonny PriceJason GanzelJanuary 17, 2010 (2010-01-17)11.32[124]
12514"The Glamorous Life"Bethany RooneyDave FlebotteJanuary 31, 2010 (2010-01-31)11.44[125]
12615"Lovely"David WarrenDavid SchladweilerFebruary 21, 2010 (2010-02-21)10.92[126]
12716"The Chase"Larry ShawJohn Pardee & Joey MurphyFebruary 28, 2010 (2010-02-28)10.89[127]
12817"Chromolume No. 7"Lonny PriceMarco PennetteMarch 14, 2010 (2010-03-14)12.01[128]
12918"My Two Young Men"David GrossmanBob DailyMarch 21, 2010 (2010-03-21)10.84[129]
13019"We All Deserve to Die"Larry ShawJosann McGibbon & Sara ParriottApril 18, 2010 (2010-04-18)10.62[130]
13120"Epiphany"David GrossmanMarc CherryApril 25, 2010 (2010-04-25)11.29[131]
13221"A Little Night Music"David WarrenMatt BerryMay 2, 2010 (2010-05-02)12.12[132]
13322"The Ballad of Booth"Larry ShawBob DailyMay 9, 2010 (2010-05-09)11.36[133]
13423"I Guess This Is Goodbye"David GrossmanAlexandra CunninghamMay 16, 2010 (2010-05-16)12.75[134]

Season 7 (2010–11)Edit

The seventh season premiered on September 26, 2010[135] and its main focus is the return of Paul Young to Wisteria Lane and his plans of seeking revenge on the residents for shunning him during his incarceration. This season also focuses on the mystery of Paul’s new wife, and Felicia Tilman's plans to avenge the death of her sister at Paul's hands. Lynette’s best friend from college, Renee Perry moves to the Lane and stirs things up among the other housewives. Gabrielle and Carlos learn an unsettling fact about their eldest daughter, which ultimately takes them back to Gabrielle’s home town of Las Colinas. Due to financial problems, Susan and her family have moved off the lane, and Susan is forced to earn money by somewhat untraditional means. Following a major riot on the lane, Susan is put on the waiting list for a vital organ donation. Carlos learns the truth about his mother’s death, consequently ending the friendship between the Solis family and Bree. Lynette persuades Tom to take an exciting new job, which leads to unprecedented problems in their marriage.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1351"Remember Paul?"David GrossmanMarc CherrySeptember 26, 2010 (2010-09-26)13.06[136]
1362"You Must Meet My Wife"Larry ShawDave FlebotteOctober 3, 2010 (2010-10-03)13.23[137]
1373"Truly Content"Tara Nicole WeyrMatt BerryOctober 10, 2010 (2010-10-10)12.38[138]
1384"The Thing That Counts Is What's Inside"David GrossmanJason GanzelOctober 17, 2010 (2010-10-17)12.67[139]
1395"Let Me Entertain You"Lonny PriceSara Parriott & Josann McGibbonOctober 24, 2010 (2010-10-24)12.16[140]
1406"Excited and Scared"Jeff GreensteinJeff GreensteinOctober 31, 2010 (2010-10-31)11.10[141]
1417"A Humiliating Business"Larry ShawMarco PennetteNovember 7, 2010 (2010-11-07)12.72[142]
1428"Sorry Grateful"David GrossmanAnnie WeismanNovember 14, 2010 (2010-11-14)11.92[143]
1439"Pleasant Little Kingdom"Arlene SanfordDave FlebotteDecember 5, 2010 (2010-12-05)11.36[144]
14410"Down the Block There's a Riot"Larry ShawBob DailyDecember 12, 2010 (2010-12-12)11.60[145]
14511"Assassins"David WarrenJohn Paul Bullock IIIJanuary 2, 2011 (2011-01-02)12.19[146]
14612"Where Do I Belong"David GrossmanDavid SchladweilerJanuary 9, 2011 (2011-01-09)12.83[147]
14713"I'm Still Here"Lonny PriceJosann McGibbon & Sara ParriottJanuary 16, 2011 (2011-01-16)10.25[148]
14814"Flashback"Andrew DoerferMatt BerryFebruary 13, 2011 (2011-02-13)9.20[149]
14915"Farewell Letter"David GrossmanMarco PennetteFebruary 20, 2011 (2011-02-20)10.58[150]
15016"Searching"Larry ShawJeff GreensteinMarch 6, 2011 (2011-03-06)11.35[151]
15117"Everything's Different, Nothing's Changed"David WarrenAnnie WeismanApril 3, 2011 (2011-04-03)9.05[152]
15218"Moments in the Woods"David GrossmanJohn Paul Bullock IIIApril 17, 2011 (2011-04-17)9.11[153]
15319"The Lies Ill-Concealed"Larry ShawDavid SchladweilerApril 24, 2011 (2011-04-24)10.15[154]
15420"I'll Swallow Poison on Sunday"David WarrenJason GanzelMay 1, 2011 (2011-05-01)9.44[155]
15521"Then I Really Got Scared"Larry ShawValerie A. BrotskiMay 8, 2011 (2011-05-08)10.00[156]
15622"And Lots of Security..."David GrossmanJoe KeenanMay 15, 2011 (2011-05-15)10.25[157]
15723"Come on Over for Dinner"Larry ShawBob DailyMay 15, 2011 (2011-05-15)10.25[157]

Season 8 (2011–12)Edit

On May 17, 2011, Desperate Housewives was officially renewed by ABC for an eighth season.[158][159][160] The season premiere episode was broadcast on Sunday, September 25, 2011.[161] This season picks up straight after the dinner party that featured in the previous season finale, in which Gabrielle's perverted stepfather Alejandro Perez is unintentionally killed by Carlos. Bree, Susan and Lynette walk in on this, and conspire to cover up what has happened. Due to her relationship with detective Chuck Vance, Bree becomes the main affected by the cover-up of Alejandro's murder, and is eventually accused of killing Alejandro herself. A new neighbor, Ben Faulkner, moves into the lane, attracting Renee along the way. Ben is going through severe financial problems, and resorts to a dangerous and unruly loan shark to bail him out. Mike meddles in the business of Ben's loan shark in an attempt to protect Renee, but he pays the ultimate price. During the first half of the season, Susan struggles with the guilt of her involvement in the Alejandro case, and during the second half, she tries to deal with both Mike's death and Julie's unexpected pregnancy. Following the cover-up of Alejandro's murder, Carlos develops an alcohol problem, but Gabrielle persuades him to recover in rehab. Due to his guilty conscience, combined with recent events on the lane, Carlos decides to leave his highly paid career for a more charitable alternative, which forces Gabrielle to take a personal shopper position to bring in more money. Tom moves out of the family home, and Lynette struggles to come to terms with how quickly Tom seems to have moved on, until she accepts that she is still in love with him, and decides she will try to win him back. The series concluded on May 13, 2012.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1581"Secrets That I Never Want to Know"David GrossmanBob DailySeptember 25, 2011 (2011-09-25)9.93[162]
1592"Making the Connection"Tara Nicole WeyrMatt BerryOctober 2, 2011 (2011-10-02)9.16[163]
1603"Watch While I Revise the World"David WarrenJohn Paul Bullock IIIOctober 9, 2011 (2011-10-09)8.63[164]
1614"School of Hard Knocks"David GrossmanMarco PennetteOctober 16, 2011 (2011-10-16)8.27[165]
1625"The Art of Making Art"Lonny PriceDave FlebotteOctober 23, 2011 (2011-10-23)9.17[166]
1636"Witch's Lament"Tony PlanaAnnie WeismanOctober 30, 2011 (2011-10-30)9.28[167]
1647"Always in Control"Jeff GreensteinJeff GreensteinNovember 6, 2011 (2011-11-06)8.78[168]
1658"Suspicion Song"Jennifer GetzingerDavid SchaldweilerNovember 13, 2011 (2011-11-13)9.29[169]
1669"Putting It Together"David WarrenSheila LawrenceDecember 4, 2011 (2011-12-04)8.20[170]
16710"What's to Discuss, Old Friend"David GrossmanWendy MericleJanuary 8, 2012 (2012-01-08)8.84[171]
16811"Who Can Say What's True?"Larry ShawBrian TanenJanuary 15, 2012 (2012-01-15)7.91[172]
16912"What's the Good of Being Good"Ron UnderwoodJason GanzelJanuary 22, 2012 (2012-01-22)7.48[173]
17013"Is This What You Call Love?"David GrossmanDavid Schladweiler & Valérie A. BrotskiFebruary 12, 2012 (2012-02-12)6.40[174]
17114"Get Out of My Life"James HaymanCindy AppelFebruary 19, 2012 (2012-02-19)7.65[175]
17215"She Needs Me"Randy ZiskJason GanzelMarch 4, 2012 (2012-03-04)8.21[176]
17316"You Take for Granted"Jeff GreensteinMatt BerryMarch 11, 2012 (2012-03-11)8.39[177]
17417"Women and Death"David GrossmanAnnie WeismanMarch 18, 2012 (2012-03-18)9.03[178]
17518"Any Moment"Randy ZiskSheila LawrenceMarch 25, 2012 (2012-03-25)8.81[179]
17619"With So Little to Be Sure Of"Tara Nicole WeyrMarco PennetteApril 1, 2012 (2012-04-01)8.49[180]
17720"Lost My Power"David GrossmanWendy MericleApril 29, 2012 (2012-04-29)8.02[181]
17821"The People Will Hear"David WarrenBrian TanenMay 6, 2012 (2012-05-06)9.22[182]
17922"Give Me the Blame"Larry ShawBob DailyMay 13, 2012 (2012-05-13)11.12[183]
18023"Finishing the Hat"David GrossmanMarc CherryMay 13, 2012 (2012-05-13)11.12[183]

SpecialsEdit

Special
no.
Title Narrators Aired between Original air date
1"Oprah Winfrey Is The New Neighbour"Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young"Your Fault" (Episode 13)
"Love Is In The Air" (Episode 14)
February 3, 2005 (2005-02-03)
2"Sorting Out The Dirty Laundry"Tracy Fraim"Live Alone And Like It" (Episode 19)
"Fear No More" (Episode 20)
April 24, 2005 (2005-04-24)
3"All the Juicy Details"Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young"Coming Home" (Episode 33)
"One More Kiss"(Episode 34)
January 1, 2006 (2006-01-01)
4"The More You Know, The Juicer It Gets"Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young"Don't Look At Me" (Episode 42)
"It Wasn't Meant To Be"(Episode 43)
April 23, 2006 (2006-04-23)
5"Time To Come Clean"Marc Cherry"Remember (Part 2)" (Episode 47)
"Listen To The Rain on the Roof"(Episode 48)
September 3, 2006 (2006-09-03)
6"The Juiciest Bites"Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young"My Husband the Pig" (Episode 63)
"Dress Big"(Episode 64)
April 1, 2007 (2007-04-01)
7"Secrets and Lies"Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young"Getting Married Today" (Episode 70)
"Now You Know"(Episode 71)
September 23, 2007 (2007-09-23)

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