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Pilot 

Mary Alice takes her own life, taking us into the lives of her family, friends and neighbors; At Mary Alice's funeral, Susan meets Mike, a new neighbour.

Director:

Charles McDougall

Writer:

Marc Cherry
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Teri Hatcher ... Susan Mayer
Felicity Huffman ... Lynette Scavo
Marcia Cross ... Bree Van De Kamp
Eva Longoria ... Gabrielle Solis
Nicollette Sheridan ... Edie Britt
James Denton ... Mike Delfino
Steven Culp ... Rex Van De Kamp
Ricardo Chavira ... Carlos Solis (as Ricardo Antonio Chavira)
Mark Moses ... Paul Young
Brenda Strong ... Mary Alice Young
Andrea Bowen ... Julie Mayer
Cody Kasch ... Zach Young
Jesse Metcalfe ... John Rowland
Christine Estabrook ... Martha Huber
Doug Savant ... Tom Scavo
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unaired Pilot See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Teri Hatcher, Brenda Strong and Marcia Cross all played Jerry Seinfeld's girlfriend-of-the-week on Seinfeld (1989). Two also played Charlie Sheen's girlfriend, Cross, on Spin City (1996) in Sheen's debut episode on that show, and Hatcher on Two and a Half Men (2003) in the first season. See more »

Goofs

When Lynette is shopping in the supermarket, right after she loses track of the twins, she is shown pushing the shopping cart down the aisle and in the seat there's only a pink blanket; however in the next shot, her daughter is sitting in the seat with the blanket and one of her sons is riding in the basket. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Kath & Kim: Fame (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Get It On
(uncredited)
Written by Marvin Gaye and Ed Townsend
Performed by Marvin Gaye
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Hilaroius!
31 May 2006 | by martinandersson_3See 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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