Desperate Housewives (2004–2012)
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The day begins just as every other... Except today, there will be a deadly hostage situation in a local supermarket.


Larry Shaw


Marc Cherry (created by), Joe Keenan | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Teri Hatcher ... Susan Mayer
Felicity Huffman ... Lynette Scavo
Marcia Cross ... Bree Hodge
Eva Longoria ... Gabrielle Solis
Nicollette Sheridan ... Edie Britt
Ricardo Chavira ... Carlos Solis (as Ricardo Antonio Chavira)
Andrea Bowen ... Julie Mayer
Doug Savant ... Tom Scavo
Kyle MacLachlan ... Orson Hodge
Brenda Strong ... Mary Alice Young
James Denton ... Mike Delfino (credit only)
Shawn Pyfrom ... Andrew Van De Kamp
Joy Jorgensen ... Danielle Van De Kamp (as Joy Lauren)
Josh Henderson ... Austin McCann
Brent Kinsman ... Preston Scavo


Everyone's lives on Wisteria Lane are forever changed when Carolyn Bigsby holds shoppers hostage at a local supermarket after finding out that her husband, the store manager, was involved with the mystery dead woman. Meanwhile, Gabrielle and Carlos finish dividing their assets: Gabrielle gets the house, and Carlos gets everything in it. Susan is preparing to go to Paris with Ian, but cancels when when learns that Julie is one of the hostages along with Austin who was caught shoplifting, as well as the cynical Edie, and Lynette and Nora whom are still feuding over Tom. Also a new guy move into Whisteria Lane into Paul Young's old house; a middle-aged man named Art Shepherd who also ends up being one of the hostages at the mercy of he psycho Carolyn Bigsby. Written by Anonymous

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Maile Flanagan, who voices Naruto in the anime series Naruto makes a cameo as the cashier who caught Julie and Eddie's nephew shoplifting the bottle of whisky. See more »


When Lynette is arguing with Carolyn and Carolyn is about to shoot her, the blood on Lynette's face and position of hair above her left ear, changes between shots. See more »


[at Bree's house, people are watching the news about the hostage situation]
Tom Scavo: [Knocks on the door, comes in, unaware that Lynette is a hostage] Bree would you mind watching the kids, I got a doctor's appointment and Lynette is taking her sweet time at the market.
[People looking at him in shock]
Tom Scavo: I'm sorry, are you guys having a party?
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References Roseanne (1988) See more »


Desperate Housewives Theme
Written by Danny Elfman
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In short, the best episode of television I think I've ever seen.
6 November 2006 | by duk_See all my reviews

In short, the best episode of television I think I've ever seen. This episode, like most of the episodes of Desperate Housewives, does not require previous knowledge of the characters for it to work, although it certainly helps. What's so marvelous about this series is how well each episode works with the one before it and still manages to have its own story arc. This episode is no exception, but here, it just so happens to be the best written one provided by the series so far. The episode starts by giving viewers a taste of things to come, but then backs up one day to start a typical action to action quickly paced comedic episode of Housewives. However, when things catch up to what we saw at the beginning, time slows down. The audience is then given the greatest expose on the characters in front of us we could possibly ask for. Without spoiling the content of the show, I'll go on to say this. This episode jerks at you because nothing about it is disposable. Unlike shows where your supporting characters are merely background music and kill fodder, this show uses nothing but characters you know on both good sides and bad. Buy the entire season on DVD if you have to, it's one of the few gems that television ever sees.

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5 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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