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Pilot Recap

Desperate Housewives focuses on the lives of several residents of the fictitious street of Wisteria Lane. The suburban neighborhood is shocked by the suicide of Mary Alice Young, who seems to have led an ideal domestic life. Mary Alice's close friends, Susan Mayer, Lynette Scavo, Bree Van de Kamp, and Gabrielle Solis, struggle to come to terms with the news. Later, Mary Alice's son, Zach, awakens in the middle of the night to find his father, Paul, unearthing a mysterious chest from the drained swimming pool in their backyard.

Susan, a divorced mother, takes interest in Mike Delfino, a plumber who has recently moved to Wisteria Lane; however, she faces competition with neighbor Edie Britt, a promiscuous serial divorcée. Suspicious that Mike is spending the night with Edie, Susan enters Edie's home uninvited with the pretense of borrowing sugar. While inside, she accidentally knocks over a candle, which sets fire to the entire house. Susan flees the scene, leaving behind her glass measuring cup. Though wracked with guilt, Susan is relieved to learn that Mike was not the man with whom Edie was fornicating. Meanwhile, Lynette, a former career woman, is frustrated with raising four young children while her husband, Tom, is constantly away on business.

Bree, a perfectionist homemaker who feels unappreciated by her family, is troubled when her husband Rex asks for a divorce. She poisons him by mistakenly putting onions, to which he is deathly allergic, in his salad. At the hospital, Rex accuses Bree of being emotionally unavailable and obsessed with achieving domestic perfection. Elsewhere, Gabrielle, a former model, grows increasingly unhappy with her marriage to Carlos, who buys her love with extravagant gifts. She continues an affair with her sixteen-year-old gardener, John Rowland.

Paul asks Susan, Lynette, Bree, and Gabrielle to sort through Mary Alice's belongings, as he cannot bear to do so himself. In a box of Mary Alice's clothes, the women discover a blackmail note reading "I know what you did[.] It makes me sick[.] I'm going to tell[.]" The postmark indicates that Mary Alice received it the day she killed herself and the women begin to wonder what secret their friend could have been keeping.

Written by IngridPatriota on Aug 25, 2017

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