The BEST Episodes of Desperate Housewives

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

In the town of Fairview there's a street called Wisteria Lane; a peaceful cul-de-sac with manicured lawns and beautiful houses. It's a place where you know all your neighbors and your neighbors know all about you. It's the perfect suburban fantasy. But, behind every picket fence there are secrets. And, in every seemingly happy home, you'll find jealousy, lust, passion, and sometimes... murder.

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#1 - Bang

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 2006

Everyone's lives on Wisteria Lane are forever changed when Carolyn Bigsby holds shoppers hostage at a local supermarket. 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.

star 8.28
1,095 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Joe Keenan
Finishing the Hat

#2 - Finishing the Hat

Season 8 - Episode 23 - Aired May 13, 2012

Everything that begins must eventually end. This episode of beginnings and endings walks us both backwards and forwards as we take our final stroll down Wisteria Lane.

star 8.19
1,154 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Marc Cherry

#3 - Free

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired May 18, 2008

After Katherine announces that she has to leave town, Bree is left responsible for catering Bob and Lee's wedding. Gabrielle finds $118,000 in Ellie's teddy bear. Susan realizes she will soon lose someone she loves. Katherine Mayfair's secrets are finally revealed, and several residents of Wisteria Lane are faced with deadly threats.

star 8.15
1,012 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Jeff Greenstein
Something's Coming

#4 - Something's Coming

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 2, 2007

A tornado comes to Wisteria Lane, forcing residents into basements, cellars and safe rooms, and destroying homes and lives. Meanwhile, Susan ends up at the hospital after falling down the stairs.

star 8.07
1,122 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Joey Murphy, John Pardee
Give Me the Blame

#5 - Give Me the Blame

Season 8 - Episode 22 - Aired May 13, 2012

Bree's trial finally comes to an end with a surprise confession. Tom takes steps to finalize his divorce.

star 8.05
2,054 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Bob Daily
Come On Over for Dinner

#6 - Come On Over for Dinner

Season 7 - Episode 23 - Aired May 15, 2011

The Wisteria Lane residents each enjoy a progressive dinner; Renee begins a short-lived relationship with a bartender; Bree sees a connection with Chuck; the housewives cover up a fatal accident.

star 7.95
1,530 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Bob Daily
A Weekend in the Country

#7 - A Weekend in the Country

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 8, 2006

It is a holiday weekend on Wisteria Lane. Bree and Orson are going on their honeymoon, while Gabrielle and Lynette are going a spa vacation and Tom is going on a camping trip with the kids. Meanwhile Susan is going on a quiet romantic getaway with Ian, not sure if she's cheating on Mike. However, things don't go as planned.

star 7.93
977 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Bob Daily
One Wonderful Day

#8 - One Wonderful Day

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 22, 2005

Bree confides that she feels guilty because she and Rex were having a fight when he had his heart attack and that now he needs a pacemaker. Lynette's marriage takes a dramatic turn after an upset Tom vows that it is now her turn to go back to work and he'll be staying home with the kids. Carlos finally learns that John and Gabrielle have been lovers for a while, and vows revenge as he is carted off to jail. Mike takes Paul out to a deserted quarry, intending to shoot him.

star 7.88
988 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Katie Ford
I Remember That

#9 - I Remember That

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 11, 2007

Ian proposes to Susan. The Scavo pizzeria prepares for its grand opening. Mike visits a hypnotherapist in hopes of remembering Monique. Gabrielle's romantically interested in a lawyer, but he's working for Zach who wants her for himself. Bree is hospitalized after a fall, after being tricked to climb on a ladder to retrieve Monique's teeth.

star 7.87
1,061 votes
Directors: David Warren
Writers: Joey Murphy, John Pardee
Children and Art

#10 - Children and Art

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 12, 2006

Lynette returns home from the hospital. Gabrielle decides to get back into modeling and travels to New York. Susan comes home to find Austin and Julie making out on her couch. Bree meets her antagonistic mother-in-law Gloria, with whom Orson is in a quarrel. Detective Ridley has Mike's house searched.

star 7.86
990 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Jenna Bans, Kevin Etten
Into the Woods

#11 - Into the Woods

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 6, 2007

Susan goes into the woods to try to find Mike. Gabrielle gets into an argument with a meter man who gives her a ticket. Victor is elected mayor, and Gabrielle goes back to teach the meter man a lesson. Edie's ex-husband comes back to collect Travers. Lynette realizes she has feelings for another man.

star 7.85
1,114 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Alexandra Cunningham

#12 - Liaisons

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 15, 2007

Susan considers moving from Wisteria Lane to London. Later, an accident causes Ian, Susan, and their car to find themselves stranded in a lake. Tom feels threatened by the interest a new Scavo's Pizzeria employee Rick shows in Lynette. While debating his opponent in the mayoral election, Victor Lang witnesses something disturbing.

star 7.84
1,081 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Alexandra Cunningham, Jenna Bans
Distant Past

#13 - Distant Past

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 25, 2007

A mysterious stalker from Adam's past shows up on Wisteria Lane, and they have dinner. Detectives question Gabrielle about Victor's whereabouts. Danielle's baby puts stress on Bree and Orson's marriage. Lynette has a reunion with her long-lost stepfather, Glen. Susan notices Mike is behaving strangely.

star 7.84
1,117 votes
Directors: Jay Torres
Writers: Joe Keenan
I Guess This Is Goodbye

#14 - I Guess This Is Goodbye

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired May 16, 2010

Gaby risks her safety to help Angie; Lynette's fate and that of her unborn child lie in the hands of Eddie; Susan comes to grips with her financial woes; Bree considers confessing a secret she's harbored for years; and Angie must submit to Patrick's demands in order to protect her son.

star 7.82
2,554 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Alexandra Cunningham
Remember (2)

#15 - Remember (2)

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired May 21, 2006

Flashbacks take us back to key moments in time for Bree, Lynette, Susan and Gabrielle and how they connect to the present. After hearing Betty's message on her cellphone, Bree realizes she needs to escape from the psychiatric hospital and help Danielle, who has run away with him. When he sees Mike buying an engagement ring, Karl buys Susan a house. Lynette learns the truth about Tom's secret trips, while Gabrielle discovers a shocking secret her husband has been keeping from her.

star 7.82
604 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Chris Black, Kevin Murphy
No One Is Alone

#16 - No One Is Alone

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 14, 2006

Reaching the end of her rope, Bree checks herself into the Fairview psychiatric hospital. Lynette suspects that Tom is cheating on her, so she follows him to Atlantic City. Susan must start over. Felicia Tilman has more in store for Paul Young, resulting in their war reaching its final battle. Gaby and Carlos get Xiao-Mei pregnant.

star 7.82
938 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Chris Black, Kevin Murphy
Now I Know, Don't Be Scared

#17 - Now I Know, Don't Be Scared

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 4, 2007

This is the show's first Halloween episode. Edie Britt's biggest fear comes true when Carlos walks out on their relationship. Susan finds Mike's father, who was supposedly dead. Danielle goes into labor right in the middle of the Halloween party... and somebody has to deliver the baby.

star 7.81
1,089 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Dahvi Waller, Susan Nirah Jaffee

#18 - Gossip

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 29, 2007

Susan goes to the therapist and realizes she must choose between Ian and Mike. Travers is having a birthday party which only spells trouble for Mrs. McCluskey, Gabrielle's engagement party is upstaged by an unexpected announcement and the neighborhood is full of gossip about the dead body found on Wisteria Lane.

star 7.80
1,019 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Joey Murphy, John Pardee
The Ballad of Booth

#19 - The Ballad of Booth

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 9, 2010

Lynette comes to a shocking realization about Eddie. Meanwhile, Angie discreetly relies on Gaby for help when Patrick threatens the life of her son; Bree offers Sam a generous payoff to walk away; and Susan and Mike's financial woes result in the ultimate sacrifice.

star 7.80
2,567 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Bob Daily
The Gun Song

#20 - The Gun Song

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired May 18, 2008

Susan and Mike try to name their son. Lynette is arrested for supposedly attacking Kayla, and Tom must do what he can to save his family. Bree is being stalked by Orson, and when she meets with Reverend Green, the reverend tries to hit on her. In the meantime, Gabrielle is still helping the police trying to detain Ellie for dealing drugs. Finally, Katherine is visited by her ex-husband, Wayne.

star 7.80
1,180 votes
Directors: Bethany Rooney
Writers: Bob Daily, Matt Berry
You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover

#21 - You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 11, 2007

Lynette's sisters Lydia and Lucy come to visit. While having dinner with Susan and Mike, Bree and Orson realize they share different views on whether their newborn baby should be circumcised. On a boat, Victor confronts Gaby about her affair with Carlos and she throws him into the ocean. Later, Bree informs Susan that she thinks Mike is addicted to drugs.

star 7.79
1,142 votes
Directors: David Warren
Writers: Anne Flett-Giordano, Chuck Ranberg
Sweetheart, I Have to Confess

#22 - Sweetheart, I Have to Confess

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 2006

Susan professes her love for Ian. Gabrielle and Carlos try to rekindle their love. Bree is confronted with Orson's past. In the meantime, Nora and Lynette go to war.

star 7.78
1,067 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Dahvi Waller, Josh Senter
Goodbye for Now

#23 - Goodbye for Now

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 15, 2005

Susan and Mike decide to move in together, much to Edie's displeasure. Meanwhile, Lynette takes steps to make sure Annabel doesn't come between her and Tom. Also, Bree comes to a realization about her "buddy" George the pharmacist who continues to interfere in her and Rex's lives. Carlos' legal problems take a turn for the worse, when Gabrielle decides to leave him. Mrs. Huber's journal reveals some secrets. Lastly, two new faces arrive on Wisteria Lane.

star 7.78
980 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Adam Barr
Not While I'm Around

#24 - Not While I'm Around

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 14, 2007

Bree isn't happy Alma has moved to Wisteria Lane. Gabrielle's secret admirer is revealed. The new Scavo Pizzeria faces an uncertain future. Julie and Austin go to Edie about giving them parental consent to buy birth control pills.

star 7.77
1,092 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Kevin Etten, Kevin Murphy
The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

#25 - The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 18, 2009

When Eli Scruggs (Beau Bridges), the neighborhood handyman, passes away, the residents of Wisteria Lane realize how much he affected their lives.

star 7.77
1,429 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Bob Daily, Marc Cherry