Desperate Housewives/Pilot

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Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate October 3, 2004
Production Number 101
Writer(s) Marc Cherry
Director(s) Charles McDougall

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Ah, But Underneath
Desperate HousewivesSeason One
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Pilot is the first episode of the first season of Desperate Housewives.

Starring: 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 Antonio Chavira (Carlos Solis), Mark Moses (Paul Young), Brenda Strong (Mary Alice Young), Andrea Bowen (Julie Mayer), Cody Kasch (Zach Young), Jesse Metcalfe (John Rowland)

Guest Starring: (in credits order) Christine Estabrook (Mrs. Martha Huber), Doug Savant (Tom Scavo), Joy Lauren (Danielle Van De Kamp), Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van De Kamp), Brent Kinsman (Preston Scavo), Shane Kinsman (Porter Scavo), Zane Huett (Parker Scavo), Sherica Durdley (Wendy), Nike Doukas (Natalie Klein), Heath McCall (Waiter), Kay Wade (Elderly Lady), Edward Zoellner (Tanaka Party Waiter)


Plot Overview

Our bright sunny afternoon on Wisteria Lane, housewife and mother Mary Alice ended her seemingly perfect life. Now, in death, Mary Alice sees the lives of her four best friends and neighbors, Susan, Gabrielle, Bree and Lynette, and their most intimate secrets. Single mom Susan had a crush on new resident Mike, model-turned-trophy-wife Gabrielle is having an affair with her seventeen-year-old gardener, perfectionist homemaker Bree is driving her family crazy, and former career woman Lynette is stressed beyond relief from her quartet out-of-control kids. Together, these four women try to solve the mystery of what drove Mary Alice to shoot herself.


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