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Desperate Housewives is an American comedy-drama series that aired on ABC (American Broadcasting Company). It focuses on the residents living on the fictional Wisteria Lane as narrated by their deceased neighbor, Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong). Specifically, the series follows four protagonists and Mary Alice's friends, Susan Delfino (Teri Hatcher), Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross), and Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria). Desperate Housewives features an ensemble cast, which also includes the women's husbands, children, love interests, neighbors, and other acquaintances.
The following characters are all family members and acquaintances of Susan Delfino, one of the protagonists of the series.
Karl Mayer (Richard Burgi) is Susan's first husband and the father of Julie, as well as a successful practitioner of family law. He and Susan divorced a year prior to the series as a result of Karl's affair with his secretary, Brandi. In the season one episode "Move On", Karl ends his relationship with Brandi and asks Susan for a second chance, but she declines because of her commitment to Mike.
Karl reveals that he has been dating Susan's neighbor and frenemy Edie Britt for several months and is now living with her. Throughout the season, Karl continues to pursue Susan and even sabotages her romances with Mike and Ron McCready. When Susan needs a splenectomy operation, Karl offers to remarry her so she can take advantage of his medical benefits. When Edie learns of their sham marriage, she demands that Karl propose to her and throw her a lavish wedding; however, Karl leaves her soon after.
Following a five-year time jump, Karl reveals that Marissa has left him and their son, Evan (Sawyer Church), because of the stresses of motherhood. Bree Van de Kamp later hires Karl as her divorce lawyer. When Bree's husband, Orson, blackmails her into staying in the marriage, Karl and Bree begin an affair. Their affair continues until Karl dies when a small airplane crashes onto Wisteria Lane. In his will, Karl leaves Susan his partial ownership of a local strip club. Karl returns in the series finale as a ghost watching Susan leave the lane.
According to Cherry, casting the role of Karl was difficult because he "wanted a guy that was nice looking and seemed like he would have been married to Teri, but was also someone you wouldn't like." The character was portrayed by another actor in a series of non-speaking flashbacks in the pilot episode, but the role was recast once the direction of the character changed.
Maynard James "M.J." Delfino (Mason Vale Cotton) is Susan and Mike's son. He is born on Mother's Day in the fourth season episode "Mother Said", shortly before the five-year time jump. His first name honors Mike's grandfather.
M.J. struggles in school, prompting Susan and Mike to enroll him in private school. When Mike begins dating Susan's friend and neighbor, Katherine Mayfair, M.J. resents their relationship; however, he grows fond of Katherine as her romance with Mike progresses. M.J. becomes the target of a murder scheme when Dave Williams (Neal McDonough) wants revenge for Susan for killing his wife and daughter in a car accident several years earlier. However, Dave spares M.J.'s life after experiencing overwhelming guilt.
After Susan and Mike remarry, M.J. has never been happier. Katherine tells M.J. that Susan stole Mike away from Katherine which angers Mike. M.J. loves playing with his T-Rex which Susan accidentally sold to Roy Bender's deaf grandson. In season seven, M.J. is sad when he has to leave Wisteria Lane and move into an apartment. M.J. hates when Mike goes to work in an oil plant in Alaska.
The eighth and final season sees Mike being killed and M.J. and Susan dealing with the loss. M.J. is generally depicted in a bad temper because he feels like the other children at school think of him as a "weird kid" for not having a dad. M.J. and his family eventually leave Wisteria Lane in the series finale.
Sophie Flickman (Lesley Ann Warren; née Bremmer) is Susan's neurotic mother. She is obsessed with youth, and she often tells others that she and Susan are sisters. She is characterized as "a drama queen who tends to exaggerate." Sophie became pregnant with Susan as a teenager and raised her alone. Throughout her childhood, Sophie told Susan that her father was a United States Merchant Marine who died in the Battle of Hanoi during the Vietnam War. Prior to the beginning of the series, Sophie has been married four times, including two marriages to the same man.
She first appears in episode "Children Will Listen". She decides to stay with Susan indefinitely after alleging that her boyfriend, Morty Flickman (Bob Newhart), became violent during an argument. Her visit becomes an imposition for Susan, as Sophie continually flirts with strange men and tries to set up double dates for her and Susan. Eventually, Sophie and Morty reconcile and become engaged. Their wedding takes place, when Sophie admits to Susan that her father did not die in the Vietnam War and is actually local businessman Addison Prudy (Paul Dooley), with whom Sophie had an affair while working as his secretary. Sophie reappears in the seventh season episode "Where Do I Belong?", while Susan is in the hospital awaiting a kidney transplant. Susan feels betrayed when Sophie does not volunteer to be her kidney donor; however, Susan soon discovers that Sophie has breast cancer and does not want Susan to know because she is trying to make up for years of being self-centered.
Warren was cast in the role because of her similarities to Hatcher, who commented, "It's almost scary how much we are the same person." Series creator Marc Cherry, who had become a fan of Warren following her performances in Cinderella and Victor Victoria, deemed her "the Teri Hatcher of the '70s". James Denton recalled that "Lesley Ann looked at some episodes, came in and basically is Susan." Warren was initially turned off by the thought of portraying the mother to Hatcher's character, as there is only an 18 year age difference between the actors; however, she was comforted when Cherry assured her that Sophie "would be portrayed as girlish and flirtatious." Entertainment Weekly's Ann Hodgman criticized Warren's four-episode storyline in the first season, opining: "Every time she's on screen ... the show devolves into generic sitcom and becomes an old Bewitched episode where Endora drops in uninvited." Hodgman stated that guest actors "breach the security" of the "claustrophobic, sealed-in quality" of the series. Stransky praised the return of Warren as Sophie in the seventh season and called her final scene in the episode "touching."
Deirdre Taylor (Jolie Jenkins) is Mike's ex-girlfriend. Her death occurred before the series' timeline and plays an integral role in the first season mystery, which focuses on Mary Alice's suicide. Deirdre came from a wealthy family, but rejected it after becoming addicted to drugs as a young adult. During this time, she dated Mike, a drug dealer at the time. Their relationship ended after Mike was incarcerated for killing a corrupt police officer who attempted to rape Deirdre. Soon after, Deirdre gave birth to Mike's son without his knowledge. She later sold her son to Mary Alice, who worked as a nurse in a rehabilitation facility in Utah. Mary Alice and Paul fled town and raised Deirdre's child as their own. Years later, Deirdre tracked down the Young family and attempted to take the child, Zach, back, but Mary Alice killed her in an attempt to stop her. Mary Alice and Paul chopped up Deirdre's body and buried it underneath the cement of their swimming pool.
Although Jenkins did not appear onscreen until the first season finale, which was filmed in April 2005, she was cast in the fall of 2004 because earlier episodes required photographs of the Deirdre character. Because no material had been written for the character at the time of casting, Jenkins did not have to audition for the role.
Noah Taylor (Bob Gunton) is Dierdre's father who holds a vast fortune and heavy influence over several police officers in the city. Noah finances Mike's mission to discover what happened to Dierdre. Throughout the first season, he often checks on Mike's progress, and briefly fires Mike when he feels his focus has been pulled. He simultaneously discovers that he has a cancerous tumor and only has one more year to live. Noah is on bed rest as his imminent death draws near. Eventually, Noah learns that Mike has been keeping Zach's existence a secret. He demands to see Zach, but Mike stalls until Zach and Paul can leave town. In retaliation, Noah orders a rogue cop named Detective Sullivan (Nick Chinlund) to kill Paul, but he is unsuccessful. When Paul is framed for Felicia Tilman's murder, Zach attempts to secure his bail money from Noah, who refuses to provide it. This prompts Zach to shut off Noah's life support and subsequently inherits his entire fortune.
The character was named after John Huston's character, Noah Cross, in the film Chinatown. Gunton was selected for the role because of his performance as Juan Perón in the original Broadway production of Evita.
Ian Hainsworth (Dougray Scott) is Susan's British boyfriend and later fiance whose wife, Jane Hainsworth (Cecily Gambrell), is in a coma following a horseback riding accident. He meets Susan in the hospital after Mike falls into a coma following a hit-and-run accident. He pursues Susan, despite her hesitation to abandon her relationship with Mike. When Mike awakens from his coma with a case of retrograde amnesia, he rejects Susan's attempts to rekindle their romance; as a result, she begins dating Ian once more. When Mike is arrested for the murder of Monique Polier, Susan insists that he is innocent. Frustrated with Susan's unwavering commitment to her ex-boyfriend, Ian offers to pay for Mike's attorney as long as Susan does not speak to him again. Following Jane's passing, Ian and Susan become engaged. Once Mike is acquitted for the murder charges, he begins to regain the memory of his relationship with Susan. He challenges Ian for Susan's affections in a game of poker, which Ian wins. When Susan learns of this betrayal, she banish both men from her life. Eventually, she chooses to forgive Ian and they renew their engagement; however, when Ian realizes Susan will never truly stop loving Mike, he breaks up with her.
Casting for the role of Ian, a role originally intended to last only six to eight episodes, took place in June 2006. With the Ian storyline, the writers intended "to get [Susan] into a bona fide romantic-comedy kind of relationship that threatens her preexisting relationship with Mike." Scott described the character as "bumbling at time ... He kind of blossoms after he rediscovers his romantic juices with Susan."
Jackson Braddock (Gale Harold) is Susan's boyfriend throughout the fifth season. He is briefly introduced at the end of the fourth season finale, which flashforwards five years into the future. The couple continues dating in the fifth season. The origins of their relationship are explained in a flashback in "Mirror, Mirror", in which Susan, having just divorced Mike, engages in casual sex with Jackson, her house painter. Initially, Susan insists on keeping their relationship a secret. However, Mike and M.J. soon learn of the relationship and are both supportive. Jackson sustains serious injuries in a nightclub fire after Dave Williams, who set the fire, traps him in the club's restroom. After recovering, Jackson decides to move to Riverton and pursue a career opportunity at a college in Riverton and invites Susan to come with him. Susan ultimately decides not to go with him. Jackson returns later in the season and asks Susan to marry him, as his visa has expired and he must marry an American citizen to avoid being deported to Canada. Dave fears that Jackson could inform police of his involvement in the club fire and reports him to immigration officials. Jackson is subsequently deported.
On October 14, 2008, Harold entered intensive care after a motorcycle accident. He sustained several injuries, including brain swelling and a fractured shoulder. While Desperate Housewives were required to rewrite one scene in the episode "City on Fire", Gale's absence did not delay production. Originally, the writers had planned to end the character's storyline around midseason, but Harold's accident forced them to push the storyline's resolution to the end of the season. Following the accident, Harold recorded dialog for an offscreen speaking part in the January 2009 episode "Home is the Place". In April 2009, Harold returned to the series six months following the accident to continue his character's storyline. While reviewing the fifth season, TV Guide's Matt Roush commented the introduction of Harold, as well as other new cast members, "make Wisteria Lane once again an irresistible place to revisit."
Principal Hobson (John Rubinstein) is the head of a prestigious private elementary school called Oakridge. Susan takes a job at the school in order to enroll M.J. and pay his tuition. Later, he makes sporadic appearances. In the seventh season, he fires Susan after discovering that she had appeared on a pornographic website. His final appearance is in "Then I Really Got Scared", in which Susan fails to convince Principal Hobson to rehire her.
The following characters are all family members and acquaintances of Lynette Scavo, one of the protagonists of the series.
Preston and Porter Scavo (Brent and Shane Kinsman seasons 1 to 4, Max and Charlie Carver seasons 5 to 8) are Lynette's oldest twin sons. They are shown to be very rebellious, much to the distress of their parents, particularly Lynette as at this point she is a stay at home mother. Their uncontrollable nature leads to hints that they may have ADHD. The twins are often in trouble, particularly in season one, when they had a more prominent role in the show.
In Season 5, they have continued their mischievous ways but in forms such as under age drinking, smoking, and joyrides in their family's cars. However it appears that the twins are showing signs of growing up and following their parents' rules. It is discovered later in the season that Porter was having an affair with his best friend's mother, Anne Schilling. She ultimately leaves town and Porter is accused of starting the fire at Warren Schilling's club, although the charges are later dropped.
In Season 6, Preston is planning to put off college and backpack in Europe for a year, whilst Porter will continue living at home to attend Fairview Community College. Preston returns in the episode "Chromolume No. 7" with a fiancee from Russia named Irina Korsakov, prompting Lynette to worry that her son is being taken advantage of. Lynette eventually discovers that Irina is already married to two other men, both of whom she has stolen from. They break up and Lynette tells Preston she knows he is mad at her but hopes he will forgive her eventually. After the twins wake up Lynette and bring home girls in the middle of the night, Lynette and Tom agree that it is time for them to find their own place. The boys find a house soon after and say goodbye to Tom and Lynette. However, it transpires that the twins' 'new house' is just across the street with Mrs. McCluskey. Eager to get them out, Lynette brings them a keg of beer and suggests they have a party. Inevitably, McCluskey's house is trashed and she kicks the twins out.
In the final season, it is announced that Porter is the father of Julie Mayer's baby. In "Finishing the Hat", Porter goes to Renee and Ben's wedding to get Tom and Lynette to tell them that his and Julie's baby is being born.
Parker Scavo (Zane Huett seasons 1 to 4, Joshua Logan Moore season 5 to 8) is the youngest son of Lynette and Tom. He, just like all of Lynette's kids, drives her crazy. In the first season, Parker stays at home while his brothers are in school. In season two, Parker starts school but is upset when he finds out that his mother cannot go with him because of her new job and her mean boss. Thanks to his mother's absence, he grows very fond of an imaginary baby-sitter and her umbrella. He and his brothers also get chicken pox. Parker gets curious about human sexuality, asking several girls to see their vaginas, including Mrs. McCluskey. Parker proves to be the most sensitive of Lynette's three boys as he is shocked when he finds out that his mother was shot and refuses to let her out of the house.
He gets along very well with his half-sister, Kayla, and is most connected to McCluskey, especially when she is victim of rumors that she killed her husband, convincing her to tell everybody the truth. He gets buried alive in McCluskey's house during the tornado and is the second one to be pulled out of it. He was disgusted to learn his parents were still having sex after they tell the family Lynette is pregnant again. In "Lovely" he and his friends are doing a peeping tom on Robin in the shower. It is later revealed that he offered money to sleep with her, which she declined. His parents later had a talk with him, with Tom reassuring Parker that he will have sex when the time is right.
Penelope Lynne Scavo (Dylan and Jordan Cline - season 1; Darien and Kerstin Pinkerton - seasons 2, 3 and 4; Kendall Applegate - season 5 and 6; Darcy Rose Byrnes - season 7 and 8) is Lynette and Tom’s fourth child and first daughter. She has her first line in the season three episode "God, That's Good". She is the most well-behaved out of Lynette's children. Lynette wanted Penny to be Gabrielle’s flower girl at her wedding, but due to her having “zero charisma,” Gabrielle chose Victor's housekeeper’s daughter who resembled herself.
Penny plays a more active role in the series after the 5-year jump between seasons 4 and 5. She learns she is going to be a big sister when Lynette becomes pregnant again in season 6, and becomes jealous of the new baby. In the episode "The Chase" she celebrated her 11 birthday, but Tom and Lynette forgot it, resulting in a birthday dinner with only half the family there, and her cake had the name "Polly" on it. Penny then used her parents credit card to check herself in a hotel. Lynette discovered this after Penny did not come home from school and after one of Penny's friends gave her Mom a note to tell she ran away. When baby Paige is born, Penny has a change of attitude and even helps Lynette baby sit Paige in "The Thing That Counts is What's Inside", taking her to school with her. Throughout season eight, Penny helps Lynette try to win Tom back many times.
Paige Scavo (Emmett, Hudson and Noah Martin Greenberg, Mindy Montavon as Older Paige in 6x11) is the youngest child of Tom and Lynette. Lynette thinks her cancer has returned in "If It's Only In Your Head" and goes to the doctor to find that it is not cancer, but that she is pregnant with a second set of twins. In the season 6 episode "If...", we find out Lynette has complications with her pregnancy and one of her babies needs surgery to prevent mental and physical damage. The surgery does not go as expected, and the baby Lynette was going to name Patrick (Zayne Emory as a teenager and Anthony Traina as an adult in hypothetical flashforwards) does not survive. Lynette is still pregnant with Paige. In the 6th season finale entitled "I Guess This Is Goodbye" Lynette goes into labor with her daughter while she's held hostage by Eddie Orlofsky.
Kayla Scavo (Rachel Fox; née Huntington) is the daughter of Tom Scavo and Nora Huntington, and stepdaughter of Lynette. Tom reveals that he has just found out that a one-night stand twelve years prior had resulted in the birth of Kayla. Lynette tries to include Kayla in their family, but it becomes increasingly difficult due to Nora's hostility. Kayla's true personality does not emerge until after Nora's death, which causes Kayla to move in with the Scavos full-time.
In season four, Kayla seems to be closer to Lynette and fits in perfectly with the rest of the Scavo family. Later on in the season, however, she persuades Porter and Preston to set fire to Rick Coletti's rival pizza joint, and tricks one of the twins into jumping off the roof of the house by pretending that she had safely done so herself by using an umbrella as a parachute. Lynette takes Kayla to a therapist, who tells Lynette that she and Kayla should spend more time together, so Lynette takes her shopping. Kayla blackmails her to get what she wants in the store, and she then threatens to hurt Penny, causing Lynette to slap her. Later, Kayla calls her therapist and tells him that Lynette has repeatedly hit her many times before. These accusations bring Child Protective Services to the Scavo home. After intentionally overhearing the conversation between the Scavos and their lawyer, she hears that Lynette could jeopardize her rights of parental custody over her children. Kayla precedes by burning herself with a curling iron, claiming Lynette did it to her, and leading to Lynette's indefinite arrest. Later that night Tom makes Kayla confess everything, her therapist listening to their conversation the entire time. Kayla persists that Tom has to let her stay within the family household, but Tom decides to call Nora's parents, and Kayla is forced to move away and live with her grandparents.
Stella Kaminsky (formerly Lindquist and Wingfield; Polly Bergen) is Lynette's mother. She used to be an abusive mother, who frequently beat her girls. She used to get drunk and abuse drugs very often, and also bring strange men over to their house. She was almost always absent, so Lynette had to take care of her little sisters and make them go to school. Stella had breast cancer when she was younger.
Stella first appeared on the show in the season three finale, after learning that Lynette had Hodgkin's lymphoma. She did not want her mother to know, but Lynette needed the money for chemotherapy, so Tom asked her. Stella arrives to Wisteria Lane and clashes with Lynette, but she tells her daughter that she would be staying for as long as Lynette would have to fight cancer to help her look after the Scavo kids. Stella continues to appear in the first episodes of the fourth season, still supporting Lynette, but also causing some trouble. When Lynette is cured from cancer, she tries to convince her younger sisters Lucy and Lydia to take Stella with them, but they refuse. Stella eventually leaves by herself. In episode eight, Lynette was looking for Stella, and learned that she had broken into a car and slept in it during one night. She then talks to her former stepfather, Glen Wingfield (Richard Chamberlain). Lynette had always thought that it was her mother's fault that the couple had divorced, but Glen told her he was gay. After they find Stella in a park, Glen agrees to let Stella stay with him, as he misses having her around.
In the fifth season it is revealed that Lynette has taken Stella to a retirement home after Glen's death. When Porter left home fearing retribution from Warren Schilling, he hid with Stella. After Lynette finds out where Porter is, she visits Stella but Stella is hostile towards Lynette. Lynette leaves the home, upset at her mother's anger, and is on the phone to Tom when two vehicles in front of Lynette collide, and that gives her the idea to pretend she is in a car accident. This lures Stella and Porter to the hospital and to Stella's shock Lynette appears perfectly fine from around the corner. Lynette tells Stella her reasons for putting her in the home and why visiting her is not a pleasant experience. Stella reveals her fear of dying and says she stays angry because it is all she has left. Lynette agrees that if Stella changes she will visit at least twice a week and sometimes bring the children along with her.
Until season 7, Stella was married twice for love but she ended up brokenhearted and poor. This is why her third husband Frank Kaminsky (Larry Hagman) is just for the money. He dies couple days later in Scavo house during their family photo day. Couple hours later, Stella legally and finally becomes a rich widow.
"Parcher & Murphy" is an ad agency in which Lynette works during seasons two and three. Nina Fletcher (Joely Fisher) is Lynette’s first boss at "Parcher & Murphy". Nina makes it clear to Lynette on her interview that she despises mothers who put their children above everything else. When Lynette brings Penny multitasks by changing a diaper and delivering a business plan at the same time, Nina's boss Ed Ferrara (Currie Graham) is very impressed and welcomes her aboard, but Nina is less welcoming. One night, Nina is caught in an affair with receptionist Stu Durber (Charlie Babcock) by Lynette, who offers to keep silent about it if Nina would be a little nicer on the job. Unfortunately, Nina fires Stu, and Lynette talks to him and ends up uttering something about a lawsuit. Next time she walks in, the place is in chaos, as it is found out Stu threatened a lawsuit against the firm and they paid him off to settle, Ed to fire the majority of staff, including Nina, and promotes Lynette to her position. Nina then explains to Lynette that being nice was one of many luxuries she gave up to keep the firm afloat, and told her that if she thought she was not seeing her kids enough before, then she will see them even less now.
Later, Ed hires Tom on "There's Something About a War". In the following episode, "Silly People", he and Tom place bets that Tom could do certain tricks. Lynette tries to stop all of these games, so Ed tells her if she could eat a package of raw bacon, they will stop. Lynette succeeds and Ed and Tom have had a business-like relationship since. But after having marital problems with his wife Fran (Penelope Ann Miller), he asks Lynette to send instant messages to her to help him with his sex life. When Fran figures out it was not Ed, she tells him to fire the person who wrote the IMs or she will leave him; he fires Tom instead. In season three, Ed threatens to fire Lynette after she fakes being ill to help Tom with his pizza business at a fair. Lynette eventually quits the job to work at the pizzeria.
Nora Huntington (Kiersten Warren) was dancing on a cruise where she met Tom. The two ended up having a one night stand and Nora became pregnant. When Tom finds out that he has a daughter named Kayla, he meets Nora in Atlantic City. Lynette thinks the two of them are having an affair until Tom explains the truth. Nora asked for back child support which Tom owes. Lynette finally agrees to give her the money, as long as Nora stays away from their family. But Nora wants the two families together and spends the money on an apartment close to Wisteria Lane.
When Tom wants to open a pizzeria, Lynette doesn't appreciate the idea, but meddling and intrusive Nora is supportive. Behind Lynette's back Nora meets Tom at a restaurant and they have dinner together. Nora makes a move on Tom but he swears he does not want anything more and tells her he loves his wife. Nora is very upset and leaves. After Tom tells Lynette what happened, Lynette breaks into Nora's house and threatens that if Nora ever comes near Tom again, she will hurt her. Nora decides to move to Mexico with Kayla, to work as a stripper in a dance club. Lynette tries to sue for custody of Kayla. Shopping at Field's Supermarket, she and Nora run into each other and Nora confronts her about the custody case. Meanwhile, psychotic Carolyn Bigsby creates a hostage situation, which results in Carolyn shooting Nora in the chest. Before Nora dies, Lynette promises her that she will love Kayla like she was her own daughter, and Nora dies.
Nora appeared among other deceased characters in the series finale.
Rick Coletti (Jason Gedrick) is hired by Lynette at Scavo Pizzeria. He used to be a chef at a four star restaurant. Because of Rick's former cocaine addiction, Tom does not agree with Lynette's decision to hire him. As Lynette's marriage starts to shake, she and Rick get closer. After Lynette and Rick are locked in a freezer as a result of the pizzeria being robbed, the two cuddle close together for warmth and go to sleep. Tom confronts Rick after seeing a surveillance tape, in which Lynette and Rick were having dinner before the pizzeria was robbed. Tom makes a speech about how although his marriage to Lynette is shaky, it is rock solid and Rick could never break it up. Tom asks Rick to quit, but Rick says he will not leave unless Lynette fires him, because "she doesn't want him gone". Later, Rick tells Lynette he has feelings for her, and that it is obvious she has feelings for him. This enrages Lynette and she fires him, pretending it did not affect her, but she is later seen sobbing in her bathroom, distraught over the loss of Rick. He returns in season four, informing Lynette and Tom that he is opening a restaurant around the corner from Scavo's. It is shown that Rick still has feelings for Lynette. The restaurant steals customers from the Pizzeria until it burns down. Lynette believes Tom set the fire until Porter and Preston reveal that they set it themselves due to a fear of Rick separating their parents, and under Kayla's suggestion.
Jane Carlson (Andrea Parker) is first introduced when Lynette suspects Tom has a new girlfriend following their separation, but she suspects Chloe, who is in fact Jane's daughter. At first, Jane and Lynette are friendly to each other, but when Lynette asks Jane to back off from Tom, Jane refuses and hostility between the two women begins. Jane and Tom continue to spend time together, leading Penny to suspect they will eventually get married, worrying Lynette. Jane and Tom organize a romantic trip to Paris, but when Lynette tells Tom about her involvement in the cover of the murder of Alejandro Perez, he decides to stay for a while. Jane leaves to Paris anyway, and Tom joins her later. When they return from Paris, Jane and Tom move together. After Mike's death, Lynette decides to get Tom back, while Tom realizes he still has feelings for Lynette. In "With So Little to Be Sure Of", Jane gives Lynette her and Tom's divorce papers, which Tom has already signed but was not ready to give Lynette. Tom then fights with Jane about ending his marriage when Tom was not ready. In "The People Will Hear", Tom confesses that he is still in love with Lynette. Jane is sad because she actually loved Tom. Jane moves out at the end of the episode heartbroken.
The following characters are all family members and acquaintances of Bree Van de Kamp, one of the protagonists of the series.
Danielle Van de Kamp (formerly Katz; Joy Lauren) is the daughter of Bree and Rex Van de Kamp. She is also Andrew's younger sister. Danielle appears to need a boyfriend in order to feel good about herself, and is preoccupied with her looks. During her sophomore year, Danielle was the head of her high school's abstinence club. However, Danielle is planning to lose her virginity to her ex-boyfriend, John Rowland, to lure him back to her, but John permanently ends the relationship at Bree's request, leaving Danielle devastated and heartbroken. This is also the first step towards Danielle acting more strained around her mother because she thinks she will get more attention from her parents if she behaves like her brother.
Danielle soon finds love in Matthew Applewhite, who has recently moved to Wisteria Lane. Danielle is an accomplice to Matthew's scheme to have Caleb "put down" so that he and his mother would not have to move. After Betty locks Matthew in the basement as punishment, Danielle frees him and the two run away. After it is revealed that Matthew, not Caleb, was responsible for the murder that has haunted the Applewhite family, Betty and Bree race to stop Danielle and Matthew, who break into the Van de Kamp house to steal money. When Bree confronts the kids, Matthew threatens to kill Bree, as Danielle pleads for her mother's life. Matthew is later shot and Bree and Danielle tentatively reconcile.
Later, Bree discovers that Danielle has been sleeping with her history teacher, and attempts to sabotage the relationship. When Danielle is dumped by him, she reveals their affair to her teacher's wife, going as far as to get him fired and possibly criminally charged. Soon afterward it is revealed that Austin McCann and Danielle are sleeping together behind Julie Mayer's back. Danielle blackmails Austin, threatening that she will tell Julie about their relationship if he tries to end it. When Danielle discovers she is pregnant with Austin's child, Bree and Orson take Danielle to a convent, and tell others that Danielle is studying abroad. After they get back from their honeymoon, Bree pretends she is pregnant, intending to raise her grandchild herself. Danielle decides she wants to keep the baby and raise it at the home so in an attempt to change Danielle's mind, Bree allows Danielle to attend a big party college in Miami and gives her a convertible. In "Now I Know, Don't Be Scared", Danielle attends a Halloween party dressed as a clone of Bree. While Bree is yelling at her for attending the party, her water breaks. The Van de Kamps do not have time to get to the hospital, so Danielle gives birth at home to a baby boy named Benjamin. The next morning, after giving Bree the baby, Danielle leaves Wisteria Lane to attend college in Miami.
After the five-year gap in the series, Danielle has returned for her son, leaving Bree devastated. She remains estranged from her mother for several years but eventually agrees to bring her son and new husband, Leo Katz, a lawyer, to visit. Bree constantly criticizes the way Danielle is raising Benjamin, including their vegetarianism, homeschooling, and practicing Judaism. An angry Danielle departs early along with her family, leaving her relationship with her mother strained once again. In Season Six, Danielle appears in the episode "My Two Young Men" at the family meal Bree organizes for her half brother, Sam Allen. It is revealed near the end of the sixth season that a drunken Danielle has told Sam that their brother, Andrew, ran over Carlos Solis's mother a decade earlier (Season One).
In Season Seven, Danielle and Benjamin come to visit Bree, unknown that their visit was a plot orchestrated by Renee Perry to embarrass Bree in front of her new love interest, Keith, over the fact that she is a grand-mother. Danielle states that Renee told her that she was devastated over Orson leaving her. They appear to have achieved a happy relationship as Danielle and Benjamin embrace Bree upon their arrival. Danielle returned in Season 8 with Benjamin. She mentioned to Bree, Leo had left her. After wallowing in self-pity, she tells Bree she is starting an Internet business selling exercise equipment. Bree soon discovers she is selling "sex swings" and while angry, she decides eventually to support her daughter in hopes of bridging the gap between them.
Phyllis Van de Kamp (Shirley Knight) is Rex's mother. She has always had a very cold relationship with Bree, disapproving of her marriage to Rex and accusing her of making her son's life miserable. After Rex's death, she continues to disrupt Bree's life.
Phyllis first appears in the second season when she arrives for Rex's funeral. She clashes with Bree on the stories the Vicar would tell about Rex, or the tie he was going to wear. Soon after, Phyllis calls a decective who is looking into Rex's death and informs them that Bree has a boyfriend. Suspecting foul play, the detectives exhume Rex to examine his body. When Bree learns what Phyllis has done, she packs her bags and sends her home.
Phyllis appears in the episode 4.04 at Bree's baby party and discovers that Danielle is actually pregnant and Bree intends to raise the baby as her own. Phyllis later leaves but turns up at the end of the episode in the place where Danielle is staying and takes Danielle to stay with her. Danielle packs her things right away. However, Andrew informs Bree that the only reason Danielle wants to stay with Grandma and raise her baby is because she will be offered a cushy life. Bree outbids Phyllis and offers Danielle a convertible which would have been a surprise for her birthday if she was not living with Phyllis and the college of her choice. Therefore, Danielle goes home with Bree and Orson. Bree feels sorry for Phyllis and tells her that she will be allowed to babysit the child on weekends.
Alma Hodge (Valerie Mahaffey) was Orson's first wife. Alma tricked him into marrying her by getting pregnant, thinking that having a baby together would make Orson fall in love with her. Unfortunately she had a miscarriage and had trapped herself in a loveless marriage. When Alma found out that Orson had an affair with Monique Polier, she leaves Orson and disappears to make people think Orson murdered her.
Alma suddenly arrives to Wisteria Lane, and Bree tries to have a good relationship with her. However, Alma buys herself the old Applewhite house, so when the Hodges discover that Alma is their neighbour, Bree wants Orson to get rid of her. Orson visits her house and tries to convince her to leave. Alma tells him she thinks they still have a chance to be happy together. She proceeds to blackmail him, threatening to reveal that it was he who ran over Mike Delfino in his car and buried Monique. Orson accepts defeat and leaves. Alma then trains a parrot to say "Don't tell Bree", and when Bree visits her to tell her to move away, she hears the parrot and drops a glass of lemonade. When reaching in the pantry for paper towels to clean the mess up, Bree discovers a picture of Orson and Monique and a bag containing Monique's teeth hidden under the linoleum. She leaves and gives Orson the teeth. He plants them in Alma's house, stating that she will not find them and that she will now leave them alone, or else he will call the police and tell them that Alma murdered Monique and kept her teeth.
Later, Orson's mother Gloria and Alma trick Orson into believing Alma was going to commit suicide. When Orson arrives to Alma's house, Gloria offers Orson a drink, which contain some drugs so that Alma could forcibly have sex with him. Bree arrives to Alma's house, and realizing that Alma has just raped Orson, she punches her in the face. The morning after, Bree tells Orson that Alma raped him, and he finally tells her the truth about what happened with Monique. Orson goes to Alma's to tell her that he told Bree the truth and that he does not need to worry about her anymore. She tells him she may be pregnant, to which he responds that he does not care. Alma then realizes that there is nothing else she can do to make Orson love her. Gloria, however, does not give up and locks Alma in the attic and plans to kill Bree. After Alma tries to escape from her attic through the window, she falls from the roof to her death. Orson discovers her dead body and plants the suicide note and the bag containing Monique's teeth in her house, making it seem to the police that she killed Monique and committed suicide.
Alma appeared amongst other deceased characters in the series finale.
Gloria Hodge (Dixie Carter) is Orson's scheming mother. When Orson was a teenager, Gloria killed her unfaithful husband and staged his death as a suicide. Orson blamed himself for his 'suicide' because he was supposed to be watching over his depressed father but opted instead to sneak out. Gloria would exploit her son's guilt to make him do the things she wanted him to do. Gloria made Orson feel so guilty that he became extremely depressed and had to be committed to a mental institution.
When Gloria discovered Orson was cheating on Alma, she decided to go to his mistress Monique's house. Gloria ended up killing Monique "in self-defense" when she told her to stay away from Orson, and Monique attacked her. Orson discovered Gloria standing over Monique's body and Gloria guilted Orson, with his father's suicide, to help her hide Monique's body. Orson obliged and after the deed was done, he sent Gloria to live in a nursing home.
Gloria reappeared after Orson and Bree's wedding. She tried to convince Bree to leave Orson by telling her he was a bad person and revealing his affair with the deceased Monique. But, in the end, Gloria did not succeed in separating them. Gloria then decides to team up with Alma to separate Orson and Bree. Gloria subsequently gives Orson sleeping pills combined with Viagra so that he can be raped by Alma, who thinks having a baby with Orson will get them back together. However, when Orson tells Alma he does not care if Alma is pregnant, Alma accepts defeat and threatens to call the police and implicate everyone. Gloria locks her in an upstairs closet and then attempts to kill Bree. Orson, after finding out his mother's plan, races home from the hospital. He finds Gloria trying to slit Bree's wrists in the bathroom (a scene strikingly similar to the one he found his father in). At this point, he realizes Gloria had killed his father. He stops Gloria from hurting Bree, but in doing so, causes her to have a stroke, but instead of calling her an ambulance, he takes Gloria to Alma's house. As Orson does so, he finds Alma herself, killed by a fall from the roof. He leaves Gloria with Alma in the lawn and returns home. By the time Ida Greenberg finds Alma and Gloria, Gloria's stroke has caused total paralysis, unable to speak or move (though her brain remains active).
Benjamin Tyson Katz (formerly Hodge; Jake Soldera) is Danielle’s and Austin McCann's son and Bree's grandson. However, Bree fakes a pregnancy to make seem like he is her son by Orson. Danielle gives birth to Benjamin on Halloween when Dr. Adam Mayfair delivers him in Bree's kitchen, and Bree promptly adopts him to save her family from scandal. Danielle reclaims her son when he is three years old. He is later adopted by her husband Leo Katz.
Dr. Alex Cominis (Todd Grinnell) is Andrew's ex-husband. He is a plastic surgeon and resides with Andrew on Wisteria Lane, in a house which Bree purchased for them. He is quick to point out Bree's selfishness, which Bree has come to appreciate. Alex appeared in the gay porn film "Rear Deployment" while putting himself through medical school. Alex is not seen in season six, but it is revealed that Andrew cheated on him. Alex leaves Andrew in season seven, due to Andrew's severe drinking problem.
Sam Allen (Samuel Page) is a young man who comes to work for Bree in the second half of season 6. He quickly wins Bree over with his business know-how, but he receives heavy criticism from Andrew, who believes he is hiding something. After a violent fight against Andrew, Sam reveals that Rex and his mother had a one-night stand before he met Bree and they produced him. Rex visited him a few times but after a while Sam's mother asked him to stop, citing it hurt Sam too much. Sam tells Bree he always wondered why Rex chose his new family over him. This makes Bree feel guilty. Bree decides to incorporate Sam into the family and organizes a family dinner (including Danielle) so everyone can get to know each other. Sam becomes a rival to Andrew in the company, as well as for Bree's affection.
Sam plots to make Bree fire Andrew, which she later does, but after she reveals to him since she has a love-and-hate relationship with her son, and it is most likely Andrew would return. After, an important client dinner is sabotaged, Sam points a finger at Andrew. When Bree tells Orson what occurred, he says it could not be Andrew because it seems something well planned. Bree begins to suspect Sam's true intentions. Bree's suspicions also arise when she and Sam meet his mother at a grocery store; Bree is shocked because Sam had previously told her his mother had recently died. When Bree confronts Sam, Sam reveals that a few months before he started working for Bree he discovered a letter from Rex offering assistance to raise Sam. Sam's mother declined Rex's offer and decided to raise Sam on her own. Sam tells Bree he was extremely angry at his mother at robbing him of a chance with his affluent father. When Bree tries to reason with Sam, Sam reacts violently, so Bree tells him to leave. Sam retaliates by telling Bree if she does not hand over her company to him, then he'll tell the cops Andrew was the one who ran over Carlos Solis's mother. At the end of season six, Bree signs over her company to Sam.
Trip Weston (Scott Bakula) is a criminal lawyer who defends Bree after she is accused of the murder of Alejandro Perez (aka Ramon Sanchez) and later her third husband. Bob Hunter, who was initially Bree's lawyer, tells her she needs a criminal lawyer, and suggests Weston for the job, describing him as a "shark." At first, Weston refuses to defend Bree, claiming her case is not challenging enough; however, he later accepts the job. Bree begins to develop a crush for Trip and they marry and move three years after Susan, who was the first to leave the lane.
Dr. Albert Goldfine (Sam Lloyd) is hailed as the number one marriage counsellor in Fairview. Rex and Bree begin seeing him in the second episode of Season 1, "Ah, But Underneath". During appointments, Bree frequently makes small talk with Dr. Goldfine, and during a private session, she fixes a loose a button on his jacket. Goldfine becomes captivated by her domesticity and later asks Rex if he has ever thanked Bree for the things she does around the house, to Rex's chagrin. In episode "Love is in the Air", he encourages Bree to ask Rex about his true sexual feelings, refusing to divulge Rex's desire for domination despite being flustered by Bree's openness about her love of sex. He returns in the second season when Bree needs advice regarding her feelings about being widowed and about her relationship with George Williams. When George finds out that Goldfine has been advising Bree to take their relationship slowly, he lies in wait for Goldfine, slamming his head into a concrete barrier and throwing him over a bridge. Goldfine survives and informs Bree his attacker had a blue bike. When Bree recalls she had seen George with a blue bike earlier that day, she realize the depths of George's obsession with her.
Justin (Ryan Carnes) is Andrew's first boyfriend. Justin first appears in season one as John Rowland's room-mate. Justin has not yet come to terms with his sexuality and tries to blackmail Gabrielle into having sex with him to prove to himself that he is not gay. She, however, refuses but helps him accept his sexuality. Afterwards, his relationship with Andrew becomes more serious. Ironically, Justin is later beaten up by Carlos Solis, who mistakenly believes he is having an affair with Gabrielle.
In season two, Andrew confides in Justin that he had to stop loving his mother because he did not want to get hurt any more, and that Bree had to be punished, so he forces Justin to hit him and passes off the bruises as having been inflicted by Bree. Justin tends throughout his screen time to do whatever Andrew wants, although he often appears thoroughly embarrassed by Andrew's behavior towards his mother. Justin is heartbroken when he finds out Andrew is planning to move to Rhode Island with his grandparents, and when Bree asks him why, he replies his parents kicked him out when they first heard he was gay. Andrew told him he should be ashamed of them because they were too stupid to know how great he was. Justin asks Bree how she cannot love someone like that. Bree then persuades Justin to supply her with gay magazines and videos, which she plants among Andrew's things for his grandparents to find. They leave Andrew behind and revoke his trust fund. Having seen Justin's love for Andrew, Bree becomes more accepting of their relationship, and regularly invites him to dinner. Although never stated, it appears that Andrew and Justin lost contact when Bree forced Andrew onto the streets.
George Williams (Roger Bart) is a pharmacist who begins a relationship with Bree after her discovery of her husband's extramarital affair with the neighbourhood prostitute, Maisy Gibbons. Things are going extremely well until Bree shoots off his toe (by accident) with a gun given to her as a gift by George. He returns after a short absence and begins to lust after Bree. Rex takes offense to this, and it culminates with George being pushed into a pool at Carlos Solis's going-away party. Motivated by his obsession for Bree, George begins replacing Rex's heart medication with dangerous amounts of potassium. This ultimately proves fatal for Rex.
After Rex's death, George attempts to move his and Bree's relationship forward. While on vacation with Bree, George drugs her by talking her into mixing antihistamines with alcohol. George decides against taking advantage of Bree in this way but when she wakes up, he tells her he will not wait much longer, thereby finally getting Bree into bed. George proposes to her. She feels pressured into agreeing. After Bree tells George about her chat with Dr. Goldfine in which he suggested she and George were taking their relationship too fast, George attacks Dr. Goldfine and throws him over a bridge. Goldfine is injured but survives. Later, George becomes more possessive. He objects to Bree's reluctance to wear her engagement ring; Bree, in turn, becomes annoyed when she sees her engagement to George announced in the newspaper. This announcement brings George's ex-fiancée to Bree's house, where she warns Bree that George is unstable. Bree dismisses her, refusing to believe. Later, while Bree and George are out having dinner, they meet Bree's old college boyfriend, Ty Grant. He asks Bree to dance and she agrees. George's overreaction to this leads Bree to end her relationship with George. In retaliation, George steals Ty's valet ticket from his jacket, speeds off in his car, takes it out to some remote location, and sets it on fire.
George then finds out the police are closing in on him and have also searched his house after Bree went to the police, suspecting George was involved in Dr. Goldfine's attack. George retreats to a hotel room (in the same hotel where Bree is co-hosting a charity event) and has a bellman give her a note. He then overdoses on sleeping pills which ultimately leads to his death.
George returns in season eight in the final moments of the show as him and all the other characters who have died over the years watch Susan and her family leave Wisteria Lane.
Reverend Sykes (Dakin Matthews) is reverend at the local Presbyterian church. He first appeared in the episode "Live Alone and Like It", when he met with Andrew about his sexual orientation. Andrew tells him he plans on getting revenge by "rocking" Bree’s world (which Sykes cannot warn Bree about due to the rules of confession). Sykes presided over Rex’s funeral and was the celebrant at Bree and Orson’s marriage. He is later seen in numerous occasions for the rest of the series, giving Bree advice whenever she needs some.
Carolyn Bigsby (Laurie Metcalf) is Orson's former neighbor. Before his move to Wisteria Lane, Carolyn had found Orson thoroughly cleaning his house, and upon learning his wife, Alma, was missing, began to suspect him of Alma's murder. By the time Orson moves to Wisteria Lane, Carolyn's suspicion has become an obsession, and she tries in vain to warn Bree several times. Bree reaches her limit with Carolyn and retaliates by revealing the affair between Monique and Harvey Bigsby (Brian Kerwin), Carolyn's husband. Carolyn goes to Harvey's store with gun, intending to kill him, but panics and takes hostages, including Lynette, Nora, Austin, and the Fairview newcomer Art Shepherd. Harvey locks himself in the manager's office with Edie. Carolyn shoots Nora in the chest when, in the middle of an discussion with Nora, Lynette explains that Nora had tried to seduce Tom. Carolyn declares that Nora deserved to die, to which Lynette replies, "Yeah, well, maybe you deserved to be cheated on." When she realizes she has just taunted a woman with a gun, Lynette attempts to apologize. As Carolyn pauses before aiming the gun at Lynette, Art manages to retrieve a large food can from the floor behind him. He throws the can at Carolyn's head, and she pulls the trigger before falling to the floor and dropping the gun. Lynette is wounded in the shoulder. Carolyn attempts to retrieve the gun, but Austin struggles with her long enough for Maya, another hostage, to pick up the gun. Maya shoots Carolyn in the head, killing her instantly.
Monique Polier (Kathleen York) is a French flight attendant who had affairs with both Harvey Bigsby and Orson Hodge while they were married to Carolyn Bigsby and Alma Hodge respectively. Upon finding out her son was cheating on Alma with Monique, Gloria Hodge went to Monique's house and murdered her by hitting her on the head with Mike Delfino's wrench. Mike had at the time been fixing Monique's sink and stepped out to get an extra part. Gloria convinced Orson that she had killed Monique in self-defense and upon Mike's return, Orson paid him and ushered him out of the house quickly so that he and Gloria could bury Monique. The presence of Mike's phone number written on Monique's hand implicated Mike in Monique's death. Monique had written his phone number on her arm so that "she would not forget his phone number". Bree finds Monique's teeth under Alma's floorboards as Gloria had removed them so that police could not identify Monique's body.
Keith Watson (Brian Austin Green) is a contractor who helps Bree redecorate her house. Bree initially sees him as just an employee until he calls her "hot" and she begins to develop feelings for him. Bree begins to subtly flirt with Keith. However, Renee also becomes interested in Keith, so a rivalry between the two women erupts. Keith dates each of them in different occasions, and Bree and Renee try to sabotage the other until Renee admits defeat and backs away from Keith. Bree and Keith begin getting intimate. When Bree reveals that she is exhausted after many all-nighters of sex with Keith's unrestricted libido, Keith confesses that he was only trying to impress her because Bree seemed too conservative and sophisticated for him. They tell each other that they like each other the way they are.
Bree is introduced to Keith's parents, Richard Watson (John Schneider) and Mary Wagner (Nancy Travis). Richard is retired from the army and Mary is Bree's gynaecologist for some time, but none of them are aware of Bree's relation with Keith. Richard and Mary's relation is strained, and after a Thanksgiving dinner with Keith and Bree, Mary declares she wants a divorce. Richard moves in with Keith following his separation from Mary and appears to be depressed. Taking pity on him, Bree invites him out to dinner with her and Keith. This becomes a regular routine, much to Keith's annoyance who wants to be alone with Bree. Richard later takes a fancy to Bree, and even tries to kiss her on one occasion. When Keith finds out, he attacks Richard while the residents of Wisteria Lane are staging a protest against Paul Young's Halfway House. Several protestors mistake Keith for a convict and attack him, ensuing a riot on the lane.
Later, when Bree discovers Keith actually has a son with a former girlfriend, she briefly hides this from him because she fears it could jeopardize their relationship. Eventually, though, Bree tells Keith the truth. Keith is upset when he learns his son is returning to Florida with his mother and asks Bree to move there with him. Bree refuses and is saddened that Keith has chosen to remain with Bree rather than be closer to his son. Bree tells Keith that his child comes first and the two end the relationship on loving terms. Keith moves to Florida.
Chuck Vance (Jonathan Cake) is introduced in the seventh season as the investigator in charge of keeping an eye on Felicia Tilman who has moved back onto the lane. When Juanita Solis calls the police and tells them Bree is trying to kill her and Celia (after Carlos tells her Bree's involvement in her grandmother's death), Chuck responds to the call at Bree's home. Carlos sorts everything out, explaining the girls misunderstood what he had told them. Chuck leaves and gives Bree his number. Chuck later returns to give Bree his number again after assuming she had lost it since he has not received a call from her. Bree then agrees to go out on a date with him . When Bree tells this to Renee, Renee runs a background check on Chuck and reveals to Bree he is still married, though he had filed for divorce a year ago. At dinner, Bree confronts Chuck with this information but Chuck retaliates by telling her he had also ran a background check on her, therefore becoming more aware of Bree's past. Offended, Bree abruptly ends their date. As Chuck drives her home, Chuck catches a hooker in the street and tells that she can turn her life around, pretending to reveal Bree once was a prostitute and she had turned over a new leaf by going to school and starting a massive catering company. Moved by Chuck's whole-heartedly words, Bree gives Chuck a second chance.
In the seventh season finale, Lee McDermott tells Bree he recognizes Chuck as a gay man he has seen in local gay bars. Bree drops in on him at the police station, and her suspicions deepen, leading her to believe Chuck's marriage has broken down because he is gay. After a dinner date, Bree insists Chuck take her to a gay bar, where several patrons and a waiter recognize him. Chuck tells her he had worked undercover in the bar, and discloses his marriage broke down because his wife had been having an affair with his police partner. Chuck is one of the attendees to the progressive party that takes place during the night in which Alejandro Perez is accidentally killed by Carlos. Bree and the other housewives helped hide Alejandro's body.
In the eighth season, Bree fears that Chuck might discover what happened with Alejandro, so she ends their relation the same night in which Chuck planned to propose to her. Later, at his office, Chuck is given a missing person report for Alejandro. Chuck starts an investigation and recalls seeing Alejandro at Wisteria Lane the night of the progressive party, so he guesses that Bree is involved in the case, though he knows she did not kill him. Chuck harasses Bree as well as her friends, in an attempt to get revenge and make Bree suffer. Chuck is close to discover the truth until he is run over and killed by Orson Hodge. Chuck appeared amongst other deceased characters in the series finale.
The following characters are all family members and acquaintances of Gabrielle Solis, one of the protagonists of the series.
Juanita Solis (Madison De La Garza) is the legal daughter of Gabrielle and Carlos born in the 5-year gap between seasons 4 and 5. She is named after Carlos's late mother. Juanita provides comic relief in most of her appearances; however, she constantly gives her mother trouble and causes mischief.
In Season 7, Carlos learns that Juanita was switched at birth with Grace Sanchez (Cecilia Balagot), and that her biological parents are Hector and Carmen Sanchez (Ronaldo Molina and Carla Jimenez, respectively). However, he keeps this a secret from Gabrielle, not wanting to lose the daughter they have been raising the last several years. When Bree accidentally runs over Juanita, Juanita is admitted to the hospital. There, a nurse assumes Juanita is adopted because Gabrielle and Carlos have Type O blood and Juanita has Type A. Carlos eventually tells Gabrielle the truth. Gabrielle then tracks down her biological daughter, Grace. Unaware of the truth, Juanita is jealous of the attention her mother bestows on Grace. When Juanita's biological parents turn out to be illegal immigrants, Grace is forced to leave with them, causing Gabrielle to be heartbroken. She tries to get through her feelings by writing a note to Grace but Juanita finds it and discovers the truth. She yells at Gabrielle and even shoves her down before fleeing the house, ending up in the back of Lee's car during the riot caused by Paul Young. When the car is attacked as part of a riot, Juanita is nearly hurt, but is rescued by Gabrielle and Carlos and appears ready to forgive her parents.
Madison De La Garza is promoted to "Starring" status in the eighth season, but only in the episodes she appears in. However, her role is not different from that of the previous seasons and is not involved in any major plot; instead, she continues to provide comic relief.
Celia Solis (Daniella Baltodano, Karolinah Villarreal as the 11-year-old Celia Solis in the episode "If..." and Gloria Garayua 25 to 30 years later in the same episode) is the youngest daughter of Gabrielle and Carlos Solis. Like her sister Juanita, Celia was born during the five-year-jump. Though she is often quiet and is not as rebellious as Juanita, nevertheless Celia gives Gabrielle a hard time in most of her appearances.
In "Boom Crunch", Celia is attending the Christmas block party on Wisteria Lane, and is nearly struck by a crashing plane, when Lynette pulls her out of the way, so she is taken to the hospital. In the episode "If...", Gabrielle is convinced that God saved Celia because she is special. Gabrielle imagines a series of hypothetical scenarios which involve an older Celia at different ages being forced by Gabrielle to become a television star. Back in the hospital room, Carlos asks Gabrielle what their daughter needs to do to be special. Gabrielle replies "Nothing" and smiles at Celia, lying in her hospital bed, who wakes up just as Gabrielle realizes how special her daughter really is.
Juanita "Mama" Solis (Lupe Ontiveros) is the deceased nosy mother of Carlos, who was convinced that Gabrielle was cheating on him with another man, she had obtained photographic evidence of the affair moments before being accidentally run over by Andrew Van de Kamp. She remained in a coma for five months before awakening, only to fall to her death down a flight of stairs at the hospital. Before dying, Mama told a nurse of Gabrielle's infidelity; however, the nurse could not hear her because she was wearing headphones and listening to loud music. Gabrielle and Carlos named their eldest daughter after her. Mama returns in the series finale watching Susan as she leaves the lane.
Victor Lang (John Slattery) is Gabrielle's second husband. He tells his chauffeur to intentionally rear-end Gabrielle's car so he can meet her. He tells Gabrielle he wants to make it up to her by taking her to dinner. Victor and Gabrielle begin to intimate, though with lots of problems. After spending a night together at Victor's house, Victor asks Gabrielle to marry him. She does not give him a straight answer but after a violent press conference emerges from comprising photos of Victor and Gabrielle in an elevator, Gabrielle comes to Victor's rescue and accepts his proposal. When Gabrielle discusses wedding plans with Victor, she is shocked to learn the press will be at their wedding and that most of Victor's efforts is all about his image. Gabrielle becomes worried that marrying Victor will be a mistake. In the third season finale, Victor and Gabrielle get married. Shortly after they wed, Gabrielle overhears a conversation between Victor and his father, Milton Lang (Mike Farrell), in which Victor reveals to his father that he only married Gabrielle so that he could win the Latino vote and that he plans to run for Governor.
In the fourth season, Gabrielle tells Victor that she is not happy and must know where she stands with him, and she suggests they go away for a week together, but he refuses due to his tight schedule. Upon learning about Gabrielle's affair with John Rowland, Victor tells Carlos that if Gabrielle ever did that to him then he would "take care" of the man and make him "vanish"; this seems to startle Carlos as he is currently sleeping with Gabrielle. In "Now I Know, Don't Be Scared" Gabrielle tells Victor she is leaving him, but after Milton bribes her to stay married to Victor until an election is over as a divorce will hurt his political image, she agrees. But when she is picked up in a limo she finds Victor inside and she tells him to his face but he says he loves her and rips out all his schedule for the next month so he can spend it with her. After Gabrielle heads off to do Yoga the next day, an angry Edie drops by and shows Victor the photos of Gabrielle and Carlos kissing. In "You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover", Victor takes Gabrielle out for a boat ride and tells her that he knows everything. Gabrielle knocks Victor off the boat twice (first by herself and then with Carlos help), fearing for her safety. Victor is taken to the hospital, and humiliates Gabrielle by saying, "I remember everything. I think I will rest now. I'm gonna need all my strength."
During a tornado, Victor finds Carlos in his house. Carlos tells Victor that he and Gabrielle never meant to hurt him, and Victor answers by shooting at him. Carlos escapes and Victor tracks him down. Victor and Carlos fight it out. During the fight, just as Victor is about to kill Carlos with a leadpipe, a flying fencepost impales Victor in the chest, killing him instantly. In Victor's funeral, Milton tells Gabrielle that he knows about the affair and that she will not get a dime from Victor. Milton orders Gabrielle to leave the funeral right away or else he will tell everyone about Gabrielle's adultery. Gabrielle then leaves the funeral in tears with all eyes on her.
Ana Solis (Maiara Walsh) is the granddaughter of Carlos's Aunt Connie. Ana arrives to Wisteria Lane in the fifth season finale to live with her uncle Carlos and his family, as her grandmother had stated she was dying and could not take care of Ana anymore. Gabrielle soon realizes Ana is a very superficial, scheming young girl who uses her good looks to get what she wants. In the sixth season, Carlos wants Gabrielle to sign the legal papers that would define them as Ana's legal guardians, but Gabrielle is not willing to. Ana overhears their conversation and starts acting out even more in purpose to get back at her aunt. When Gabrielle learns this, she immediately signs the papers to keep her niece at ease, 24/7.
Ana reveals she has a thing for Danny Bolen, and when Julie Mayer is strangled and sent to the hospital, he asks her to make up an alibi for him. Later, Ana gets a job working for John Rowland, Gabrielle's ex-lover, and develops a crush on him, but John leads Ana on only to get to Gabrielle. When Gabrielle confronts him, he kisses her, and Ana witnesses the kiss. Ana runs home, infuriated, and prepares to tell her uncle Carlos, but Gabrielle reassures her that Carlos knows about her past affair with John, and that she is so happy with Carlos right now. She begs Ana not to do anything that would ruin their happiness. Ana keeps quiet, and quits her job.
Ana and Danny begin to date, but Gabrielle sends Ana to New York for a while after hearing Angie and Nick argue about their cover. Danny tracks down Ana to tell her the real reason while her aunt sent her away because Gabrielle did not want them to be together. By the end of season 6, Ana remains in New York City, and Danny leaves on a bus there, presumably to be with Ana.
Alejandro Perez, aka Ramon Sanchez (Tony Plana) is the stepfather of Gabrielle who was sexually abusive towards her when she was a child. He is the second husband of Gabrielle's mother, Lucia Marquez (María Conchita Alonso). When Gabrielle told Lucia what Alejandro did to her, Lucia believed that Gabrielle seduced Alejandro, causing Gabrielle to run away from home.
Gabrielle believed Alejandro to be dead, so in the seventh season she went to her home town to read a letter over his grave; but she ended up not going to it. Towards the end of the season, however, Alejandro appears in Wisteria Lane stalking Gabrielle. In the season finale, Alejandro confronts Gabrielle because he believed he had put his past behind him, and Gabrielle's return to her hometown may have put an end to that. Gabrielle almost kills him once but cannot go through with it, telling Alejandro never to come back. When Alejandro returns and touches Gabrielle inappropriately, Carlos hits him over the head, accidentally killing him. The housewives cover up the incident by burying the body in the forest.
The main focus of the eighth and final season of the series is the result of the murder of Alejandro. Carlos and the housewives all deal with the guilt, and Mike and Ben also become involved when Alejandro's body is moved from the forest and buried by Mike in Ben's construction site. Susan tries to overcome guilt of her involvement in Alejandro's murder, so she decides to look for his family to make sure they are okay. It is revealed that sometime after Gabrielle left Alejandro and Lucia's home, Alejandro left Lucia, changed his name to "Ramon Sanchez", and married Claudia Sanchez (Justina Machado), and that Alejandro also abused Claudia's daughter Marisa (Daniela Bobadilla). Bree becomes the main suspect of the murder of Alejandro when dumps her detective boyfriend Chuck Vance, and suspicion grows after Chuck is killed. Bree goes to trial and is close to face 20 years to life sentence until Mrs. McCluskey herself confesses she killed Alejandro. All charges dropped against Bree and McCluskey.
John Rowland (Jesse Metcalfe) is employed by Carlos and Gabrielle as a gardener. Gabrielle and John embark on an illicit affair which encountered several difficulties, the most strenuous of which included Gabrielle's mother in law, Juanita. However, Juanita was hit by a car driven by Andrew Van de Kamp after discovering the affair. John became overwhelmed with guilt and decides to break up with Gabrielle and start dating Danielle Van de Kamp. However, he became entranced once again by Gabrielle and may have conceived her unborn child. When John finds out, John arrives at Carlos's gay hate trial and confesses his affair with Gabrielle, so Gabrielle breaks up with John.
John goes and looks for a new housewife to be with intimately, and starts having an affair with 41-year-old Joan. Upon finding this out, Gabrielle destroys Joan's garden, and shuts John out of her life. John is not seen again until early in the third season. According to his dialogue in episode "A Weekend in the Country", he is doing well and is very rich and successful with his gardening company. He was engaged to the daughter of the Sinclair Hotel owner, whom he later marries. A few months later he met Gabrielle at a hotel owned by his father-in-law and realized that he still loved her. He constantly fights with his wife over the fact that she wants to lead his life. He tries to get back with Gabrielle, but she refuses because his wife is pregnant and she is with Carlos.
In the sixth season, the Solis family goes out to dinner and finds out that John is the owner of the restaurant. John mentions that he received a large settlement from his divorce from the hotel heiress. Ana Solis begins falling for him, and John revealed that he is still in love with Gabrielle. They share a kiss, and Ana catches them. When she prepares to tell Carlos, Gabrielle reveals her affair with John many years back and tells her that she has a happy life with Carlos and that she should not say anything that would hurt him. Ana ended up not saying anything.
Father Crowley (Jeff Doucette) is the priest at the local Catholic church. Gabrielle is openly rude to him. He first appeared on "Guilty" when he prayed for "Mama" Solis, who was in a coma at the time. Father Crowley and Gabrielle clash after John told him about the affair. He then presides Mama's funeral, looking back when Carlos & Gabrielle were fighting. Gabrielle says to him, "Eyes front, Padre!" He appears on "Fear No More" when Gabrielle confessed her pregnancy and her unawareness of who the father is. He tells her to be thankful since children are a blessing. Father Crowley then appears on "There's Something About a War" when Gabrielle asked him to transfer Sister Mary. He is the one who informs Gabrielle in "Silly People" that Xiao-Mei will be staying with them briefly. His next appearance is in Season 5 when Gabrielle forces Juanita to work at the soup kitchen where Father Crowley is volunteering. He appears in season 6 when Gabrielle attempted to get Juanita into Catholic school, and he is also shown presiding over the funeral of Karl Mayer.
Xiao-Mei (Gwendoline Yeo) is an illegal immigrant from China, sold by her uncle to Maxine Bennett (Jane Lynch) as a servant. After being liberated by the authorities, Father Crowley takes her to the Solises. Discovering Xiao-Mei could not be deported if she was the mother of an American citizen, Gabrielle suggested Xiao-Mei be their surrogate. However, Xiao-Mei did not understand the process Gabrielle and Carlos are proposing and initially refuses, thinking that she will be worthless if she does not preserve her virginity until marriage. Gabrielle convinces her that experience is what men want and Xiao-Mei agrees to have the baby. One day, Xiao-Mei catches Carlos in the master bath before the appointment at the fertility clinic, and undresses, preparing for sex. Gabrielle is unhappy that Xiao-Mei has misunderstood and Carlos does not correct her misconception. Later on, Gabrielle suspects Xiao-Mei is sleeping with Carlos and takes her to the hospital, and it is revealed she is no longer a virgin. Gabrielle puts baby monitors in the house to check on Xiao-Mei and Carlos, and eventually discovers that they were indeed having sex. Horrified, Gabrielle kicks Carlos out and asks for a divorce but tells Xiao-Mei to stay, causing tension between them to the point that she runs away once. Her water breaks at Bree's wedding and she gives birth to a black baby boy as the Solis's embryo was accidentally switched. Eventually Xiao-Mei moves to Chinatown to work for her friend in her restaurant.
The following characters are all family members and acquaintances of Mary Alice Young, the narrator of the series.
Zachary "Zach" Young, formerly Dana Taylor (Cody Kasch) is the "adopted" son of Paul and Mary Alice. Zach's birth parents are Deirdre Taylor and Mike Delfino . However, Zach's true identity isn't revealed until the final episode of the first season.
In season one Paul puts him in a mental home where Julie Mayer goes in to speak with him. Then Zach runs away and goes to Julie's house where they start dating against Susan's will until Zach becomes creepily in love with Julie in which she breaks it off. Zach goes missing, after holding Susan hostage, until she sees him in a park. She brings him lunch and tells him that she wants to help until he says he hopes he and Julie would reconcile. Susan, visibly shaken by this, suggests he go to Utah and find Paul and gives him money to get there. Months later, after Felicia Tilman frames Paul for her murder, Paul begs Zach to ask his grandfather, Noah Taylor, for money to pay a lawyer, claiming it is for a car. Noah refuses, telling Zach that he would not inherit his fortune because of Zach's supposed lack of bravery. Wanting to prove him wrong, Zach turns off Noah's respirator and finds that he has inherited a vast fortune and no longer wants anything to do with Paul. Zach moves to his grandfather's mansion.
Zach reappeared in season three as Gabrielle's secret admirer. Zach unsuccessfully tried to impress Gabrielle with luxurious gifts and his wealth. One day, Zach gets Gabrielle drunk, and makes her think they had sex, though she could not remember. Gabrielle asked Carlos to scare Zach off but Carlos told her that Zach had such a large penis that she could not possibly forget sleeping with him. Zach proposes to Gabrielle at the Pizzeria, but Gabrielle tells him that she did not want a relationship with him.
Zach returns in season seven, shooting Paul at the end of the episode "Down the Block There's a Riot", though he is not seen. He first appears as a delivery guy delivering flowers to Bree. Later in the episode, a gun matching the one used to shoot Paul popped up on Bree's couch. It is revealed that Zach has lost himself to drugs and gambling, and lost his fortune. Both Paul and Mike momentarily put their differences aside to help Zach.
Martha Huber (Christine Estabrook) lived at 4350 Wisteria Lane. She first appeared in the pilot episode as a nosey neighbour who discovered Mary Alice's suicide. When Edie's house burns down, Martha discovers a measuring cup that Edie said was not her in the ruins, making Martha curious. When she finds a new measuring cup in Susan's groceries, she realises that Susan burned Edie's house down. Martha, currently suffering financial difficulties, consequently blackmails Susan. Susan and her daughter, Julie, break into Martha's home to retrieve the cup and destroy it.
It is revealed that while on a visit to her sister, Martha discovered Mary Alice's secret. Martha decides to solve her financial difficulties by blackmailing Mary Alice by letter, but Mary Alice commits suicide after receiving it. Mary Alice's friends find the note when packing up her belongings and give it to Paul. He hires a private eye/hit man to discover who was responsible and kill them. Paul discovers Edie has the same stationery but Edie stole it while living with Martha. Paul confronts Martha and she explains that she was desperate for money and Mary Alice killed herself because of "what she did to that poor baby (Zach Young)". In a rage, Paul kills Martha by bludgeoning her with the blender and strangling her. He then buries her next to a forest hiking trail.
Martha Huber has made few appearances since season one. In season five, she appears gossiping to the residents of Wisteria Lane about finding Mary Alice Young's body. Martha was seen again in the season seven premiere episode "Remember Paul?" via flashbacks. At the end of the same season, Paul finally confesses to her murder and is arrested. She again appeared in the series finale "Finishing the Hat" in a flashback to when Mary Alice arrived on the Lane, and later as among a group of the deceased who watch Susan leave.
Felicia Tilman (Harriet Sansom Harris) is Martha Huber's sister. As Felicia informs Edie upon her arrival, she knows that her sister is dead and has come to Wisteria Lane to discover who is behind her sister's murder. After finding and reading Martha's journals, Felicia discovered that Martha was blackmailing Mary Alice after she discovered her secret. Incidentally, Martha found this out from Felicia, who had worked in the same rehab center as Mary Alice did back in Utah. Felicia then realizes that it was Paul who had murdered her sister as he had obviously found out that Martha was blackmailing Mary Alice. After revealing that she knows everything, Felicia tells Paul to leave town for good or she will expose Zach's true identity and the fact that he murdered Martha. Paul agrees to go but Felicia then informs him that Zach shall be staying with her from now on. When Felicia informs Zach about this, he attacks Felicia with a hockey stick which causes Felicia to fall down a flight of stairs, causing severe injury to her neck.
In season two, Mike goes to visit Felicia to see if she knows where Zach is, but Felicia informs Mike that she does not know where Zach is and that she herself is going back to Utah for a few months to recuperate. Felicia then returns to Wisteria Lane to plan a final act of revenge against Paul, by spilling her own blood all over Paul's kitchen, cutting off two fingers, and faking her own death. Paul is arrested for the supposed murder of Felicia, while Felicia goes hiding and under the alias of her dead sister.
Felicia returns in the seventh season premiere episode. It emerges that Felicia has been pulled over for speeding and was arrested for having no identification, prompting Paul to be freed. Felicia is sent to prison for eighteen months. In episode "A Humiliating Business", it is revealed that Paul's new wife Beth Young is actually Felicia's daughter, when Beth visits her in prison, and that all this time Felicia has been using her daughter in order to gain proof that Paul did, in fact, murder Martha. However, not only Beth fails to gain any evidence, but is eventually discovered by Paul and thus he kicks her out of his house, so Felicia dismisses her as useless. After Beth shoots and kills herself, Felicia is told that because of her personal tragedy, the parole board has granted her a release. She tells Paul that, since the war between them has claimed her daughter's life, it is time for both of them to put the fight behind them. However, she returns to Wisteria Lane still determined to get back at Paul. Felicia first begins to poison Paul's food by sabotaging meals that Susan has been cooking for him, so Paul suspects that Susan is trying to kill him and has her arrested, but the police suspect that Felicia was the culprit afterall. After Paul is convinced of Susan's innocence, he decides to move out of the lane. However, as he is about to leave, he is knocked unconscious by Felicia, only to awaken bound to a chair and hooked to an antifreeze drip which slowly weakens and poisons him. Susan comes by the house in time to save Paul, but in turn gets attacked by Felicia herself. Paul breaks free, quickly pushes Felicia of Susan and into the wall, where he begins to strangle her; a scene eerily similar to Martha's death. However, Susan manages to convince Paul that he is not a killer and Paul finally lets Felicia go. Felicia then escapes the house with her daughter's ashes avoiding capture from the police. While driving down the highway the next morning, Beth's ashes spill and cause Felicia to lose control of her car, and is last seen about to crash head-on with a semi-truck. Executive producer Jeff Greenstein made a comment on Twitter that confirmed she had died in the incident.
Beth Young (née Tilman; Emily Bergl) is Paul Young's second wife introduced in "You Must Meet My Wife". Beth met Paul while writing to him in prison where he was serving time for the apparent murder of Felicia Tilman. When she arrives to Wisteria Lane, Paul wants to finally have their "wedding night", but Beth refuses to have sex, preferring to take it slowly. In "Truly Content" the housewives invite Beth to their weekly poker game, during which Beth shares some information about her past and how she met Paul at prison. Later, Beth learns from Karen McCluskey that, while Paul was exonerated from the supposed murder of Felicia, everyone blames him for the murder of Felicia's sister, Martha Huber. Beth and Paul talk about this, and she claims that, even if he is really a murderer, she will remain by his side. However, Beth is worried about Paul's plans for Wisteria Lane. When his former cellmate moves into the neighborhood, Beth threatens to tell people he attacked her unless he tells her Paul's plans. She meets Paul at home in sexy underwear, revealing what she knows but she supports him, saying she knows all about revenge.
It is soon revealed that Beth is actually Felicia's daughter, aiding her mother in revenge on Paul. After she and Paul sleep together, Beth questions her mother's sanity and if she knew for certain Paul killed her sister, so the two women have a fight. When Paul is shot later in the season, Beth returns to jail, convinced her mother had something to do with it but Felicia is honestly surprised to hear it happened. Unknown to Beth, the detectives investigating the shooting told Paul how she was Felicia's daughter, making him realize how she has been using him all along. While Paul develops hatred for Beth, Beth falls in love with Paul, and has turned against Felicia to support Paul. He kicks Beth out of the house, but she tries to get back with Paul, telling him how she believed her mother's claims of Paul killing her aunt but now that she knows him, does not believe it. She is thus shocked when Paul confesses to having killed Martha after all. Beth goes to see Felicia in prison where her mother berates her for being so stupid as to not get the confession on tape and that Beth is useless to her, telling the guards to remove her daughter from the visitor list. Beth then learns is a match to be a kidney donor for Susan. With nothing else to live for, Beth goes to the hospital and makes sure the nurse in the waiting room files the paperwork ensuring her kidney will go to Susan. Beth then pulls a gun out of her purse and shoots herself in the head, leaving her brain dead. At first, Paul refuses to give Susan Beth's kidney, but later decides to let Susan have the kidney and mourns his wife.
Beth appeared amongst other deceased characters in the series finale.
The following characters are all family members and acquaintances of Edie Britt, one of the protagonists of the series.
Travers McLain (Jake Cherry, season 3; Stephen Lunsford, season 5) is Edie's son with her first husband Charles McLain. He lives with his father full-time. Though briefly mentioned in the pilot, he first appears until the third season, when Charles left him with Edie whilst he went on a Doctors without Borders trip. Edie tries to leave Travers with Carlos while she goes to a party, but as Carlos has a date, he declines. Seeing Travers playing by himself in the street, Carlos brings him to his home and later criticizes an intoxicated Edie for not supervising her son. She in turn reveals that she did not take custody of him because she did not feel she was capable of it. Later on Edie uses him as a way to get closer to Carlos. When Charles comes to pick up Travers, Edie tries to get shared custody of Travers when she suspects Carlos might be losing interest in their relationship. Charles and Edie get into an argument, and she threatens to hire a lawyer so she can get full custody of Travers. Carlos learns of Edie's plan and tells her that she should think of what is best for Travers which is for him to stay with Charles and not have to go back and forth.
When Edie leaves Wisteria Lane at the end of the fourth season, she tells Travers she would have to spend a lot more time with him from now on. Travers is next seen in season 5 when the Housewives visit him at Beecher's Academy to inform him of his mother's death and to give him her ashes. While he is sad about his mother's death, he harbors anger toward her for her abandonment. He eventually forgives her after a conversation with Karen McCluskey, and asks the Housewives to dispose of Edie's ashes as they see fit.
Austin McCann (Josh Henderson) is Edie's troubled teenage nephew. When Edie catches him trying to break into her house, she lets him stay with her for some time instead of going to Mexico like he was planning to, since he fought his mother's boyfriend, but she chose her boyfriend instead of Austin. He is instantly attracted to Julie Mayer, and they spend some time playing cat and mouse but begin a relationship after both being held hostage by Carolyn Bigsby. In episode "No Fits, No Fights, No Feuds", Julie gives up her virginity to Austin. Shortly afterwards, it is revealed that Austin had been sleeping with Danielle Van De Kamp. Austin plans to break it off with her to keep Julie from finding out, but it ends with Danielle threatening to reveal their relationship to Julie if Austin quits having sex with her. However, the next episode, Edie and Susan catch Austin and Danielle having sex and, at the end of the episode, Susan tells Julie about Austin and Danielle, which end Julie's relationship with Austin and her friendship with Danielle. Austin gets a job at the Scavo Pizzeria, but is fired by Lynette for smoking marijuana on the job. Tom hired him back because "teenage girls think he's hot...he'll bring in all the high school girls and half the men's chorus." Later on he discovers that he got Danielle pregnant just when he managed to mend his relationship with Julie. Orson Hodge tells Austin he would need to leave town. Although Austin refused, Andrew pointed out that sooner or later he would just hurt Julie again. Austin agreed to leave.
The following characters are all family members and acquaintances of Katherine Mayfair, one of the protagonists of the series.
Adam Mayfair (Nathan Fillion) is a gynecologist and Katherine's second husband, who knows something of Katherine's past in Wisteria Lane. Katherine is very jealous of any attention other women pay to her husband, and it is often implied that he has a history as a womanizer. It eventually comes to light that the couple left Chicago because of a lawsuit initiated by a patient named Sylvia Greene (Melora Walters) against Adam. The case had been settled out of court, with Adam allowing his wife to believe the patient was a nymphomaniac. When Sylvia arrives in Fairview hoping to rekindle a relationship with Adam, Katherine is furious and asks him to leave. While packing, he finds the note that Katherine's Aunt Lillian left for Dylan, which reveals Katherine's true mystery, and he decides he wants to leave her. In "Sunday," Dylan asks to meet with Adam to learn the truth about her father. Katherine first meets with Adam, who agrees to talk to Dylan in the interest of learning what she already knows but promises he will not reveal Katherine's secrets. Katherine tells him she wants to work on their marriage, but Adam says he is finished. In the fourth season finale, Adam tells Katherine that, though he is still finished with her, he is not finished with Dylan and wants to protect her from Wayne. He and Katherine attend Dylan's cello recital, with Adam planning to take Dylan away afterward. Wayne also attends the recital, unbeknownst to Adam, who had neither met nor seen a photo of Wayne. During the intermission, Wayne elicits Adam's help with a flat tire. Wayne knocks Adam unconscious with a tire iron, drives him to an abandoned shack, and beats him until he believes Adam is dead. Adam, who had only feigned death to get Wayne to stop, steals a car and rushes to save her. He arrives as Wayne is preparing to shoot Katherine and struggles with him, taking his gun. Later, Bree takes Adam to nurse his wounds. This is Adam's last appearance.
Dylan Mayfair (Lyndsy Fonseca) is Katherine's daughter. Dylan has no memory of "her" early years, and throughout Season 4, she unearths surprising news about her past, including her unknown friendship with Julie Mayer, whom she had never actually met since it was Katherine's original daughter Dylan Davis, who was Julie's friend. One day, Dylan is driving, and a police officer pulls her over for speeding. Later, she finds out he is her father, Wayne, who she always thought had died. Wayne asks Dylan not to tell Katherine that they have met. Dylan meets Wayne a few times for dinner, telling Katherine that she is out on a date. Katherine follows Dylan one evening and discovers the truth, while Dylan and Wayne were planning to tell Katherine that they have been meeting. Wayne later discovers that Dylan is not his biological daughter after watching home videos of Dylan when she was young: while his daughter had a scar from a bike accident that needed 11 stitches, this Dylan's skin is unmarked. Katherine has no choice but to tell Dylan the truth about all the secrets: Katherine says that Wayne abused her, so she planned to leave town with the original Dylan. One day, Katherine has gone out for the evening and when she returns, Mary Alice (who was babysitting Dylan) tells her that Wayne came by and gave Dylan a doll, which the little girl would not let go of. Katherine takes the doll and puts it on top of a bookcase. Dylan tries to get the doll and the wardrobe falls on top of her, killing her. Katherine feels like she cannot go to the police because she believes Wayne will find a way to pin Dylan's death on her, so she buries her daughter in the woods. Katherine flies to a Romanian orphanage and adopts a girl who bears a striking resemblance to Dylan, to assume the identity of her deceased daughter.
After the five year jump in the Season 4 finale, Dylan leaves a message for Katherine saying she has just returned from Paris, where her fiance proposed under the Eiffel Tower. In the fifth season Katherine reveals that Dylan has married and the she and her husband, Bradley, have had a baby. It is learned that Dylan and her family live in Baltimore.
She makes her return to Wisteria Lane in Season 6, when her mother intentionally stabs herself. Susan realizes that Katherine needs serious mental help, and upon learning that only a family member can commit someone to a mental institution, she calls Dylan, pretending to be a doctor, and tells her she should come to Fairview. At first, Dylan not only believes Susan attacked her mother, but also thinks Katherine is married to Mike; however, After Susan shows Dylan her wedding album, Dylan realizes that her mother has been lying to her and living in delusion. When Dylan visits Katherine, she confronts her mother. Katherine goes into a full blown meltdown and both Susan and Dylan watch as she is restrained.
Wayne Davis (Gary Cole) is a police officer, Katherine's first husband, and the father of the "real" Dylan. It is shown in flashbacks that he beat his wife and also had a drinking problem, causing Katherine to leave him. He spent twelve years trying to track Katherine and his daughter down and discovered Katherine is back on Wisteria Lane. He wanted a relationship with his daughter, or who he thought to be his daughter, until Katherine informed him that Dylan is not his child. Upon hearing this, he has a blood test done at the hospital. The test results come back concluding that he is not Dylan's father. He tries everything in his power to find out what actually happened to his daughter, even threatening to kill Katherine so she would tell him. He then held Katherine hostage along with Bree, until Katherine finally told him what really happened with Dylan (see Dylan's section). When Wayne finds this out from Katherine, he attempts to kill her, until Adam comes and a fight between the two ensues, resulting in Adam overpowering Wayne. While laying on he floor, Wayne threatens Katherine, telling her he may go to jail, but his friends at the police will help him get out and that he will come after her again. After realizing the truth in his statements, Katherine shoots him in the chest, killing him instantly.
Robin Gallagher (Julie Benz) is a stripper at Double D's, a strip club left to Susan Mayer when her ex-husband, Karl Mayer, is killed in the plane crash. When Susan sells her half of the business she convinces Robin to leave stripping when she learns that Robin has higher hopes and dreams. Susan manages to get Robin a job at her school but she is fired after it is revealed she used to be a stripper. Susan and Mike then invite Robin to stay with them. Robin accepts the offer but the other women of Wisteria Lane are less than pleased to have their husbands, boyfriends and sons leering at Robin. This causes them all to judge her prematurely, but they all later see that Robin is genuinely a nice person and much more than a reformed stripper. Robin decides to become roommates with Katherine, and the two become fast friends. After a night out together, Robin admits to being a lesbian and kisses Katherine. This confuses Katherine, but she ends up sleeping with her. Robin becomes frustrated as Katherine is unwilling to define their relationship, or show affection in front of the neighbors. Robin is afraid that Katherine is kicking her out, but instead Katherine suggests they go away together, so they pack and go to Paris. They pack and leave that evening. It is revealed in the series finale that Robin and Katherine broke up three months after arriving in Paris.
The following characters are all family members and acquaintances of Angie Bolen, one of the protagonists of the series.
Nick Bolen (formerly Dominic; Jeffrey Nordling) is the manipulative husband of Angie Bolen. He shares a past with Julie Mayer. Nick is later shown talking to some girls at Danny and Porter's party, and Danny confronts his father by telling him he knows about his affair with Julie. Nick hassles Julie, wanting to get back together with her, she refuses. Lynette walks in as they are having a fight and Nick leaves. Later, Lynette and Tom go to the police and tell them that Nick was sleeping with Julie and that he is a possible suspect for her strangling. Angie has found out about the affair due to the police calling her; she lied and told them that Nick was with her the entire night and, as she knows they are stuck together due to their secret, Angie forgives him after punching him in the face. Angie is angry when a waitress, Emily Portsmith (Julie McNiven), brushes crumbs from his shirt and quickly confronts him, he asks her if that is how it will be from now on whenever he talks to another woman, she confirms it. Later, at the coffee cup, Nick takes out a pre-paid phone and makes a proposition with an agent, telling him that he might be ready to return if she (Angie) is let off the hook; the call ceases and he sees Emily, he asks her if she was eavesdropping on him and she denies it, Nick leaves. The waitress is strangled to death. Nick tells Angie, once the news has spread of Emily's death, that he was the last person to leave the night she was murdered; he suggests that they pack up and leave but Angie refuses, hoping that they will get lucky, Nick wonders how much luck they have left. When Patrick Logan arrives to Wisteria Lane, he runs Nick over. Gabrielle visits Nick in the hospital and shows him the note that Angie left her saying that she and Danny are held hostage. Nick now knows that Patrick is behind it and leaves the hospital with Gabrielle. However, Nick passes out in Gabrielle's car due to the influence of pain pills. After Patrick is killed, Nick and Angie leave Wisteria Lane and move to Atlanta.
Danny Bolen (formerly Tyler; Beau Mirchoff) is the son of Angie and Nick Bolen. He comments that he did not want to move to Fairview, to which his mother replied "Oh, honey. Whose fault was that?" He has feelings for Julie Mayer, but is prone to random fits of anger around her, and thus becomes a suspect after Julie is strangled. Danny confronts his father after he discovers his father's affair with Julie. After Julie tells Danny she will never be with him, he attempts to commit suicide, but fails. Later at the hospital, he is being looked after by Nurse Mona Clarke, who lives on Wisteria Lane. When Mona calls him by name, a dazed Danny says that his name is Tyler. He starts dating Ana Solis, which concerns Angie, as she is afraid that Ana is going to break his heart someday. He goes to New York City to talk with Ana about her supposed modeling job and reconnects with his grandmother. It also revealed that Patrick Logan is his biological father, but he does not know this and thinks of Nick as his real dad. Patrick meets Danny Patrick in episode "We All Deserve to Die", and tells Danny that he is writing a novel, which in reality is the story of how Patrick and Angie met. Patrick asks Danny for advice on how to "end the novel" and Danny, believing it is all fiction, suggests that the main character kill "the girl", for taking away the main character's kid (who takes the role of Danny). When Patrick runs Nick over, Angie tells Danny to escape, and though she reveals Patrick's past as an eco-terrorist, she misses out the important fact of their relationship. Danny is about to leave town, but is tricked by Patrick into returning, and is held hostage along with Angie. Patrick reveals to Danny the truth about his paternity. Patrick attempts to kill Danny by making Angie build a bomb and placing it in the Bolens' house; however, Angie planted the bomb within the detonator and Patrick is killed, while Danny is saved by Gabrielle. Later, while Angie and Nick relocate to Atlanta, Danny is seen relocating to New York to be with his grandmother and Ana.
Patrick Logan (John Barrowman) is the man Angie has been on the run from for nearly 20 years. It is revealed in "Chromolume No. 7", that he is Danny's real father. Patrick finally finds Angie thanks to her mother's neighbor, whom Patrick later kills. Patrick arrives to Wisteria Lane, and is shown watching Danny leave the house from his car and then we see him looking at the house, a mixture of anger, sadness and hate in his expression. Patrick meets his son Danny for the first time the following episode, and asks him for inspiration for writing a novel, which in reality is the story of him, Angie and Danny, and the two strike up an instant bond. Later, Patrick runs Nick over, and then holds Angie and Danny hostage in their own house. He gets Angie to make another bomb by threatening to take Danny's life, but states that he wants him and Danny to have a traditional father and son relationship. Danny replies "Are you serious?", showing he wants nothing to do with him. But Patrick asks him to think about if he wants to live with someone who spent 20 years searching for him, or someone who spent 20 years lying to him. Patrick is finally killed in "I Guess This is Goodbye" when Angie plants the bomb inside the detonator and Patrick activates the bomb without knowing he is going to commit suicide.
Ida Greenberg (Pat Crawford Brown) is a neighbor on Wisteria Lane, who is close friends with Mrs. McCluskey. She first appears in the episode, "Come In, Stranger", as a neighbor at the watch-meeting complaining that somebody was watching her whenever she took a shower. In season two, Ida has a drinking problem, but that ends because, when she asks for God to end her alcoholism, her bottle is shot due to an event taking place at Mike's house, and she quits. When Mike awakes from his coma, Ida's nephew, Dr. Lee Craig (Terry Bozeman), tells her about this, and she starts spreading the news around Wisteria Lane. In season four, Ida has gotten back to drinking. When a neighborhood meeting is done for elections of the street president, Ida objects against Bob and Lee, not because of their fountain, but because they are gay. During the tornado warning, she takes cover in Mrs. McCluskey's basement with the Scavos, but she dies sacrificing herself to save Lynette's children and husband. After her death, it is revealed that Ida was a professional baseball player during World War II. Her ashes are scattered by Lynette and Mrs. McCluskey at a baseball field where she had her glory days.
Mona Clarke (Maria Cominis) is a wife and mother that lived on Wisteria Lane. She is a registered nurse who works at Fairview Hospital. Mona has a reputation for having a big mouth. On different occasions she has been shown to annoy Lynette, Gabrielle, and Edie. Susan and Mike do not invite her to their wedding, unlike most the other residents of Wisteria Lane. In season six, while caring for Danny Bolen after his attempted suicide, he awakes, and Mona calls him Danny, to which he replies that his real name is actually Tyler, and tells her the truth behind the Bolens's mystery. Mona blackmails the Bolens, asking for $67,000 so she can start a new life at a new job. Shortly after a heated confrontation with Angie at a Christmas block party, Mona is struck by the wing of a crashing airplane. In the following episode it is revealed that Mona has fallen into a coma, but she finally succumbs to her injuries and dies. Mona returns in the series finale watching Susan leave the lane.
Caleb (Page Kennedy, replaced by NaShawn Kearse) and Matthew Applewhite (Mehcad Brooks; in flashbacks, Hendrix Henrie-Erhahon) are Betty Applewhite's sons. Through conversations and flashbacks, it is revealed that prior to moving to Fairview, Matthew was dating a young woman named Melanie Foster. He had tried to break up with her, but Melanie asked him to meet her at a lumber yard. Caleb arrived first, and after telling Melanie he loves her, he tried to kiss her, but she slapped him then hit him with a pole. Frightened, Caleb took the pole and hit Melanie in the head. When she fell to the ground, Caleb fled, thinking he had killed her. Matthew arrived later to find Melanie injured but alive. He tried to convince her that Caleb acted out of fear and would not intentionally hurt her, but she told him she would go to the police unless Matthew agreed to resume their relationship. As she walked away, he bludgeoned her with the pole, killing her. However, because Caleb arrived home first with blood on his hands, Betty is convinced it is he that murdered Melanie.
In Fairview, Betty insists on keeping Caleb locked in the basement, wanting to protect him from the authorities. One day, however, Caleb manages to escape and sneaks into Gabrielle's house. While searching for Caleb, Matthew meets Danielle Van de Kamp, who flirts with him and suggests they date. Knowing he himself is really Melanie's killer and wanting to help his brother, Matthew tries to convince Betty to allow Caleb to live upstairs. As Gabrielle has admitted Caleb had the chance but chose not to hurt her, and that his only crime was stealing a bowl of ice cream, Betty eventually concedes. Bree is displeased with Matthew and Danielle's relationship when she learns about Melanie's murder from Betty. Forbidden to see each other, Matthew and Danielle decide Caleb is the problem and devise a plan to get him out of their way. Matthew tells Caleb that Danielle likes him and wants to kiss him. Caleb goes to the Van De Kamp house and into Danielle's room, where Danielle screams for Bree. Bree enters with her gun and frightens Caleb away. Betty realizes she cannot control Caleb and decides to kill him peacefully by crushing pills into a bowl of ice cream. As Caleb eats the ice cream, he tells his mother that Matthew had told him to go to Danielle's room. Furious, Betty takes the ice cream from Caleb and locks Matthew in the basement., but soon he is freed by Danielle. Betty learns that Matthew is really Melanie's killer and informs Bree, who rushes home to find Danielle and Matthew with money they have just taken from her safe. Betty alerts the police, while a standoff ensues between Matthew and Bree. After Matthew threatens to kill Bree, he is shot in the heart by a police sniper before he can pull the trigger. Following Matthew's death, Betty and Caleb leave Wisteria Lane.
Roy Bender (Orson Bean) is a retired steak salesman, who begins dating Karen at the start of the sixth season. Together they discover Julie Mayer after she is strangled. He and Karen later confess that they are in love with each other. Lynette later hires Roy as a handyman, at Karen's request. It is where Roy is revealed to be a little old fashioned when it comes to women and does not like that Lynette bosses Tom around and goes behind her back to get his approval on things. He and the Scavos later come to an understanding. He is also hired by Bree to watch Orson when she fears he will commit suicide. However instead of watching Orson, Roy leaves him in the laundry room, puts a broom through Orson's wheelchair spokes and goes to sleep. By the seventh season, he and Karen have married. In the final season, it is revealed that the name of his first wife is Miriam, who died two weeks before their 40th anniversary from brain cancer. Roy plays a vital role in the two hours season finale, by advising Tom on telling Lynette how much he loves her, and later by contacting Trip Weston to ask her to get some music for Karen, which impresses Bree. He is by Karen's side when she dies.
Eddie Orlofsky (Josh Zuckerman) is the infamous "Fairview Strangler". He is a friend of Danny's, one of the few that remained friends with him even when Danny was being accused of assaulting Julie, who was attacked by Eddie himself. Eddie is shown working at a local café where Emily Portsmith, a waitress, becomes his second known victim. Eddie mentions that he was glad he was late to work, because he does not think he could have handled discovering Emily's body. Eddie invites Julie and Danny to watch him do stand up comedy at a local club, but he performs terribly. Eddie picks up Irina after she is dumped by Preston Scavo on their wedding night. After she insults him, Eddie strangles her and buries her in the woods.
The episode "Epiphany" reveals details of Eddie's past. Eddie had such a desperately lonely childhood, because his father abandoned him and his mother Barbara (Diane Farr), and Barbara claimed she never loved or wanted him either. Also, Eddie was always rejected by the women he was attracted to, so he developed strong hatred towards the women who rejected him. On the other hand, since he was a child, Eddie has had a friendly relationship with the women on Wisteria Lane: Mary Alice befriended Barbara after Eddie's father left his family; Gabrielle let him unpack boxes in her house when she first moved in; Bree gave him some love advice, unaware his affections would be towards her daughter Danielle; Lynette tried to include him in the Scavo family's game night to help him fit in; and Susan paid for him to attend an artist's seminar to encourage his artistic ability. Eddie develops a crush on Susan but she rejects him, so he plans to strangle Susan but mistakenly strangles Julie.
When Barbara discovers that Eddie had strangled a teenager, she tries to call the police. In a rage, Eddie strangles Barbara to death, and minutes later, Lynette invites him to move in to her house. Lynette realizes he is the Fairview strangler when she sees a remorseful look on his face and he cannot look her in the eyes when she tells him about the police finding his mother in the woods. He locks Lynette in his childhood home. In the season finale, Eddie holds the fate of Lynette and her unborn child in his hands. In the end he has Lynette call the police and he turns himself in, thanks in part to Lynette stepping in and saying she believes in him.
Detective Murphy (Michael Dempsey) is a detective for the Fairview Police Department. In season 6, he investigates the attack on Julie. Murphy reappears in season 7 as a friend of fellow detective Chuck Vance. When Chuck introduces Bree to Murphy and other colleagues, he says "See, guys, I didn't make her up", implying that Murphy and the others did not believe Chuck was dating someone. Later, Murphy unintentionally makes Bree think that Chuck was gay and was dating his former coworker Peter. In season 8, hostility erupts between Murphy and Bree after she dumps Chuck. This hostility notably increases after Chuck is killed. Murphy decides to avenge the death of his friend, believing Bree to be responsible for the murder of Chuck. Later in the season, Orson Hodge sends the Police Department a series of documents incriminating Bree for the murder of Ramon Sanchez, so Murphy becomes determined to prove Bree was the killer, even arresting her and interrogating her. Though absent for the last episodes of the series, his actions result in Bree's trial.
Mitzi Kinsky (Mindy Sterling) is a resident on Wisteria Lane living at 4347, the house formerly owned by Ida Greenberg. She has a reputation of being a bitter, cynical and shrewd widow. She is first seen in "The Glamorous Life", where she is seen having two disputes with Angie Bolen. She is later seen in the season six finale "I Guess This is Goodbye", this time arguing with both Susan and Karen. She reappeared in season seven's "Pleasant Little Kingdom" where Paul Young considers buying her house. Mitzi considers selling but decides she will not screw over her neighbors, so she stays on Wisteria Lane. During the riot, she tells some protestors that Bob and Lee sold their house to Paul, prompting the protestors to attack them. Weeks later, Bree asks if Mitzi would be a possible kidney donor for Susan, but Mitzi slams the door in her face. Later on, Mitzi finally gives in and gets herself tested; however she is not a match for Susan. In season 8, she gives Susan and M.J. a basket full of homemade jams after Mike dies.
Ben Faulkner (Charles Mesure) is an Australian real estate developer who moves to Wisteria Lane in the final season. He attracts Renee's attention, but initially he rejects her. Ben hires Mike as a plumber in his project, so Renee pumps Mike for information about Ben and he reveals that he helps out old people. Renee goes and acts nice to Karen in front of Ben in hopes that he will ask her out, which he does. For their date, he takes her to a homeless shelter and once she figures out that he is mocking her, she is furious, but they bond over the fact that they were both poor as small children. Bree comes to volunteer at Ben's soup kitchen, and helps him get the right to build his houses for the poor in the woods, but she later finds out that it is the same place that she and the girls buried Alejandro. Bree first tries to prevent Ben from building the houses there, but after Ben finds the corpse, Bree decides to reveal the secret to him, and asks Mike to bury it under the concrete foundations at the site. Ben clashes with Chuck when he sees the detective harassing Bree, while Renee gets suspicious of Ben and Bree's friendship. Chuck purposely plants the idea on Renee that Ben is having an affair with Bree, but this soon ends when Renee discovers that Bree is about to commit suicide, and when Chuck is killed.
Ben has a financial crisis and decides to do business with a loan shark, which is discovered by Mike. Mike then reveals that Renee got twelve million dollars in her divorce, so Ben, who had been ignoring Renee, suddenly begins treating her nicer and even plans to propose to her, but refrains from doing so and admits to her that he wanted to marry her for her money. Ben finally takes the money from the loan shark, but later has trouble paying him back and even has a stress-related attack, and ends being taken to hospital. Mike tells Renee about the situation, so she pays off the loan shark behind Ben's back. Ben attends Mike's funeral (he was murdered by the loan shark) as an usher.
Renee waits for another proposal from Ben and when he finally pops the question, he gets arrested as the police found Alejandro's body at his construction site. Renee gets the ring on her finger before he is taken in for questioning. Ben is let go, but when Bree is thanking Ben for covering up the murder for her, the cops are listening in to their phone call. Renee finds out that Ben is on the witness list for Bree’s trial, and that Ben is keeping a secret about the dead body, so she confronts him but Ben tells her he cannot tell her because he does not want to put her at risk. Ben goes to the trial, but refuses to speak. He is thrown to prison until he speaks, and the prosecutor threatens Renee with sending him back to Australia unless she confesses what she saw at the progressive party during which Alejandro was killed. In the end, Bree is exonerated, and Ben finally marries Renee.