Desperate Housewives: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (3 Oct. 2004)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery
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In the pilot we meet all of the characters, at Mary Alice young's funeral. Lynette's sons get in trouble by jumping into the pool, Susan tries to make something to bring to the funeral, but burns her macaroni and cheese.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Solis (as Ricardo Antonio Chavira)


Mary Alice Young is a seemingly perfect housewife in a WASP suburban neighborhood who suddenly commits suicide. At her funeral all her friends show up for the wake, all of whom have mysterious secrets they keep from their friends. Then include Lynette Scavo, a former ambitious career woman who gave up her job, at her husband Tom's urging, to be a stay-at-home mom for their four children, three of whom are out of control and rambunctious. Susan Mayer is a divorcée living with her 15-year-old daughter Julie who has a meeting of minds with Mike Delfino, a plumber and new neighbor who's also pursued by Susan's narcissistic rival Edie Britt. Bree Van De Kamp is a stereotypical housewife with an obsessive-compulsive disorder for cleanliness which puts a strain on her long-suffering husband Rex and their two teenage kids, Andrew and Danielle. Gabrielle is a former fashion model married to a wealthy executive to satisfy her obsession for money and luxury items, and who is also having an ... Written by Anonymous

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[first lines]
Mary Alice: [voice over narration] My name is Mary Alice Young. When you read this morning's paper you may come across an article about the unusual day I had last week. Normally there is never anything newsworthy about my life, but that all changed last Thursday. Of course, everything seemed quite normal at first. I made breakfast for my family, I performed my chores, I completed my projects, I ran my errands. In truth, I spent the day as I spent every other day, quietly polishing the routine ...
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31 May 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I loved this episode! I bought the Desperate Housewives box, but i had only seen one episode. So i sat down and watched the first episode (pilot) and laughed so much! My favorite character is Lynette (Felicity Hauffman). She was so funny! I also loved all the other characters; Susan (Teri Hatcher), Bree (Marcia Cross), and the other girls and boys. Bree was such a cool woman, when everything had to be perfect. And Susans food was a great sequence! Lynette was a great woman who had so many children's (i loved went in the pool at the funeral). How can i say this... Well, great episode with great actresses. Many quick and funny lines and it felt good. I'm looking forwards to the other episodes!

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