Desperate Housewives Episodes

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Desperate Housewives Season 5 episodes

If It's Only in Your Head Season 5, Episode 24

Orson takes a beating; Lynette adapts to Tom's decision to go back to school; Gaby's niece moves to Wisteria Lane; and Dave's "friendly" gesture proves to be anything but to Susan and MJ. read more

Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "Everybody Says Don't/If It's Only in Your Head" Season 5, Episode 23

We're finally here, folks! It's the two-hour season finale of Desperate Housewives, which is technically two self-contained, one-hour episodes — so I've recapped them separately. Bree and Orson's divorce battle heats up fo' realz, with Karl on the scene stoking the fire with devilish glee. Gaby and Carlos inherit an unruly teenager. Lynette receives some life-changing news from the doctor, just as Tom's midlife crisis pops up again. Plus, Lily Tomlin is back to help the idiot cops connect the dots of Dave Williams' murderous plan for revenge, which finally kicks into gear. Its resolution is somewhat surprising, in that its aftermath prompts further revelations that set up interesting developments for Season 6. Read on to find out how it all went down...

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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "Marry Me a Little" Season 5, Episode 22

Mary Alice tells us that Sunday's episode of Desperate Housewives is about masks, and the way that the residents of Wisteria Lane use them to deceive their friends and loved ones. You must look closely to find the truth, she says. Bree and Karl scheme and plot a secret divorce strategy together. Susan and Jackson decide not to tell anyone that their marriage is an immigration-mandated sham, which leads to some tension between Mike and Katherine when their reactions to the impending nuptials reveal deeper truths. Tom wants to change his literal mask — his face — to make himself a more desirable job candidate. Gaby has a run-in with a former neighbor that has her questioning the superficial trappings of her newly reclaimed wealth. And Dave's never-ending, insidious plan changes twice during this hour, but who can really keep track?

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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "Bargaining" Season 5, Episode 21

Bargaining is the theme this week, Mary Alice says, but it's a tenuous one. Bree makes a deal with the devil, Katherine uses manipulation (and M.J.) to force the marriage issue with Mike, Tom and Lynette negotiate their sex life, Susan agrees to help Jackson, Gaby teaches her daughter a valuable lesson and Dave takes a new tack in his mission to murder Mike and/or Susan and/or Katherine and/or M.J. It's been going on for so long it's kind of hard to keep track.

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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "Rose's Turn" Season 5, Episode 20

Hey, Mary Alice! What's Sunday's episode of Desperate Housewives about? "Everyone has something they want to keep hidden," she says. Orson is hiding his role in Edie's death. Lynette and Tom are hiding their respective perceptions of infidelity. And Dave is still hiding his true intentions when it comes to Mike, Katherine, Susan and now... M.J.? Read the full recap after the jump. read more

Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know" Season 5, Episode 19

In the aftermath of Edie's shocking (Get it? Get it?!) death, the ladies of Wisteria Lane take a road trip to break the unfortunate news to her absent son, Travers. Along the way, each Housewife flashes back to a moment when Edie revealed herself to be a true friend, a complicated woman with her own tragedies, insecurities and vulnerabilities. In the end, they scatter Edie's ashes with few words but much sentiment.

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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "A Spark. To Pierce the Dark" Season 5, Episode 18

Sunday's episode of Desperate Housewives is full of nasty shocks, according to Mary Alice. Susan has an unwelcome visitor at school. Bree surprises herself by making a life-defining choice of her career over her marriage. Carlos' new job has unexpected consequences for both Lynette and Gaby. Edie learns the truth about Yellow Satan. And Katherine's shock comes via Dave's shotgun.

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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "The Story of Lucy and Jessie" Season 5, Episode 17

This week on Desperate Housewives, Susan's boss taught her a lezzin', Lynette "went to work" for Gaby, Bree did her best to cover Orson's tracks, and Edie dug up some (but not quite enough) dirt on Dave. I'm Matt Mitovich, your guestcapper.

Will Susan Be Jessie's Girl?

Susan's making a go of it in her job as an art teacher's assistant at MJ's private school, trying to be "creative" in her lesson plans. Alas, her boss (guest star Swoosie Kurtz) is not impressed by her "crayons-on" approach. Parents spend $22K to send their kids here, Jessie explains, so the kids need to come home with "adorable" things ... read more

Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "Crime Doesn't Pay" Season 5, Episode 16

Sunday's episode of Desperate Housewives involves various people dealing with their new life situations, with various degrees of success: Susan is (still!) trying to get over her ex. Tom and Lynette are mourning the loss of their restaurant and seeking new means of employment. Gaby is trying to extricate herself from an extortion plot without giving up the new lifestyle to which she has become quickly again accustomed. Sad Orson, ever the ex-con, is dealing with his new station in life with an odd new behavior. Plus, Yellow Satan is under pressure to put Operation Kill People into effect, so that he may move on... to the afterlife?

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In a World Where the Kings Are Employers Season 5, Episode 15

Susan starts a job to provide for MJ---and becomes both angry and jealous when Mike lets Katherine babysit him; Lynette wants Tom to sell the recession-wracked pizzeria; Carlos gets a big bonus after Gaby discovers his boss's dirty little secret; Bree gives Andrew a raise, raising Orson's hackles; and Dave grows tired of the neighbors' suspicions of him. read more

Mama Spent Money When She Had None Season 5, Episode 14

Bree buys a new car while Lynette and Tom resolve to sell his Mustang for extra cash; Susan is determined to send MJ to a school she and Mike can't afford; Gaby joins Edie's "boot camp" to get back into shape; and Lee wrestles with telling Lynette and Tom some disturbing facts about Dave. read more

The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened Season 5, Episode 13

When neighborhood handyman Eli Scruggs (Beau Bridges) dies, the housewives realize just how much he affected their lives. Gaby recalls how Eli helped her make friends when she arrived; Lynette remembers how he came to her aid when she was overwhelmed and neglecting Penny; Susan reflects on how he lent her his shoulder to cry on each time a man walked out on her; Edie looks back on their special friendship; and Bree thinks fondly of his small gesture that had a big effect. read more

Connect! Connect! Season 5, Episode 12

Susan and Edie accidentally lock themselves in a basement; Bree encounters someone who'll stand up to her; Gaby loses control of her girls and turns to Carlos for help; Lynette's search for Porter leads to her mom (Polly Bergen); Katherine and Mike define their relationship; and Dave's plan for revenge takes a new turn after Edie throws him out. read more

Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "Home Is the Place" Season 5, Episode 11

It's been nearly a month since the last new episode of Desperate Housewives. To refresh your memory about our last visit to Wisteria Lane, read my recap of the Dec. 9 episode here. Then read on to find out whose "Home Is the Place."

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Desperate Housewives Episode Recap: "A Vision's Just a Vision" Season 5, Episode 10

It's an awful thing to live in the dark, says Mary Alice. Our Wisteria Lane ladies all got their own version of enlightenment on Sunday's Desperate Housewives. But will the light at the end of the tunnel be enough to sustain us over the monthlong Christmas hiatus? Read on to see how things ended up...

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Me and My Town Season 5, Episode 9

The road to recovery begins in the deadly fire's wake. Gaby and Carlos' injuries lead to a fortunate discovery, but others aren't so lucky: Lynette and Tom vow to protect son Porter at any cost, and Susan must learn to let go of the man she loves. Meanwhile, Orson's attempt at a good night's sleep puts Bree in a precarious (if amusing) position just prior her big cooking demonstration. read more

City on Fire Season 5, Episode 8

A fire erupts at the club where the garage band is playing; Julie Mayer returns with a surprise; Lynette learns about Porter and Anne Schilling; Gaby and Mrs. Hildebrand arrive at a fragile truce; Dave keeps avoiding Dr. Heller. read more

What More Do I Need? Season 5, Episode 7

Lynette and Tom learn an unsettling truth about Porter; Gaby suspects that Carlos' top client has ulterior motives; Mrs. McCluskey's sister (Lily Tomlin) unearths a disturbing fact about Dave; Bree's moment of weakness could bring her great embarrassment; Katherine's not-so-little secret is revealed; and Susan learns of Jackson's true passion. read more

There's Always a Woman Season 5, Episode 6

Lynette suspects that Tom is having an affair; Susan tries to surprise Jackson; Mrs. McCluskey enlists her sister (Lily Tomlin) to dig up dirt on Dave; one of Carlos' clients makes him an offer; and the bond grows between Bree and Katherine. read more

Mirror, Mirror Season 5, Episode 5

Dave persuades Susan to throw a 70th-birthday party for Mrs. McCluskey, but his motives aren't entirely altruistic and Mrs. McCluskey isn't overjoyed; Jackson wants to ramp things up with Susan; Gaby fears she might be pregnant again; and Tom tells Lynette that he has sold the pizzeria. Meanwhile, events of the past five years come more clearly into focus. Among them: how the bond between Bree and Katherine developed. read more

Back in Business Season 5, Episode 4

Bree's success evokes jealousy on Wisteria Lane; Lynette, who misses using her business expertise, offers Bree unsolicited marketing advice; Mike feels as though he's not a part of MJ's life while Susan teaches their reluctant young son how to fall; and Gaby wants Carlos to be more amorous. Meanwhile, Dave's real reason for moving to Wisteria Lane begins to come into focus. read more

Kids Ain't Like Everybody Else Season 5, Episode 3

Danielle Van De Kamp is met with criticism when she returns to Wisteria Lane; Gaby and Susan get in a catfight following an altercation between their kids; Tom and Dave form a garage band after Lynette told Tom to get rid of his old things; and Katherine and Mrs. McCluskey invite Edie to lunch to press her for more information on Dave. read more

We're So Happy You're So Happy Season 5, Episode 2

Gaby tries to salvage what's left of her social stature; Lynette discovers Porter's softer side; the men in Susan's life meet; Bree must juggle marriage and career; Edie once again sees just how hostile Wisteria Lane residents can be; and Mrs. McCluskey enlists Katherine's help in digging up info on new neighbor Dave (Neal McDonough). Karl Meyer: Richard Burgi. read more

You're Gonna Love Tomorrow Season 5, Episode 1

It's five years later as the fifth-season opens, and Susan is trying to hide her relationship with a new man. Meanwhile, Gaby questions her maternal skills; Bree is about to publish a cookbook as her business partner, Katherine, bristles; Lynette catches her teenage twins (Charlie and Max Carver) spearheading illegal activities; and Edie returns to Wisteria Lane with a new man in tow. read more

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Premiered: October 03, 2004, on ABC
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Premise: Following her suicide, Mary Alice Young keeps tabs on friends and family she left behind on bucolic suburban Wisteria Lane. But this being a prime-time soap (if a tongue-in-cheek one), they all harbor a sordid secret or two. Created by writer-producer Marc Cherry (a 'Golden Girls' alum), 'Housewives' was an instant hit and a frequent contender on Emmy night .

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