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Desperate Housewives’ Dirty Laundry: Bree Van de Kamp’s Wild Ride

Marcia Cross

Desperate Housewives wraps its eight-season run on Sunday, May 13 (9/8c on ABC) and what a long, strange trip it’s been for the ladies of Wisteria Lane! As we prepare to kiss our favorite harried housewives goodbye, takes a look back at each of the four protagonists’ biggest triumphs, greatest downfalls and all the juicy hookups, makeups and breakups in between.

Check back every day this week for our takes on the other Housewives’ wild rides.

Name: Bree Van de Kamp (formerly Hodge)
Known For: Perfect manners, conservative values, cooking skills, firearms skills, alcoholism
Marriages: Rex Van de Kamp (widowed), Orson Hodge (divorced)
Children: Andrew and Danielle (one additional faked pregnancy, to cover for the birth of Danielle’s son, Benjamin)
Professions: Homemaker, former caterer, former cookbook author

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She always had the recipe for the perfect bran muffin, but Bree’s (Marcia Cross) perfectionist ways were a recipe for disaster at home. At the start, her suffocated husband, Rex (Steven Culp), wanted a divorce and her kids pretty much hated her guts. However, Martha Stewart 2.0 went to great lengths to keep her family intact, like when she concealed her son’s drunken hit-and-run (R.I.P., Mama Solis!) and when she participated in S&M sex with Rex so he would stop running to the town prostitute (Sharon Lawrence).

However, Bree could only keep things together for so long. After she engaged in a brief fling with her unhinged pharmacist George (Roger Bart), George slipped Rex the wrong meds and killed him, framing Bree in the process. Still, Bree actually accepted George’s marriage proposal, but when his homicidal urges came to light again, she broke things off and very pointedly did not intervene when George committed suicide by pills.

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Bree found love again in Season 3 when she met and married Orson Hodge (Kyle MacLachlan). His crazy ex-wife, Alma (Valerie Mahaffey) , and mistress-murdering mother (Dixie Carter) threatened their union, but when Orson admitted he had run down Mike Delfino with his car to suppress a secret years earlier, Bree left. Orson went to jail for the crime and, after the five-year time jump, the two reconciled. Orson eventually became resentful of his wife’s success and developed a case of spontaneous kleptomania. Bree almost divorced Orson — and in the process had a steamy affair with her divorce lawyer, Susan’s ex-husband, Karl (Richard Burgi) — but she and Orson reconciled again… for a while. Orson moved out for good at the end of Season 6.

Orson’s departure was at least partially to blame on the emergence of Rex’s long-lost son, Sam (Sam Page), who blackmailed Bree into turning over her company to him when she tried to fire him. Before Sam, Bree’s most delicious rivalry was with fellow homemaker extraordinare Katherine Mayfair (Dana Delany). The tornado in Season 4 brought them together and the women started a catering company together.

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Bree struggled with alcoholism throughout the show, beginning in Season 2, due in part to her extremely tempestuous children. Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom), whose homosexuality Bree refused to accept in Season 1, tried to blackmail his mother for his trust fund and falsely accused Bree of hitting him. She threw him out shortly afterward, but the two made up and enjoyed a surprisingly touching relationship. Meanwhile, Danielle’s (Joy Lauren) promiscuous ways led to a dangerous relationship with Matthew Applewhite (Mehcad Brooks) and Danielle getting knocked up, which Bree concealed by pretending to be pregnant herself.

After her split from Orson, the show had a hard time finding Bree a worthy companion. First, she dated her much-younger contractor, Keith (Brian Austin Green), with whom she had little in common but explosive sexual chemistry. Bree then dated Chuck (Jonathan Cake), a local cop. But when he started investigating the murder of Gaby’s abusive stepfather (which Bree helped cover up), they split — to Chuck’s chagrin.

Orson tried to win Bree back by killing Chuck (man, Orson loves his hit-and-runs), but she turned him down when she discovered that he had been stalking her. To retaliate, Orson sent evidence to the police that incriminated her in Alejandro’s murder and she was subsequently arrested. Bree then fell for her charismatic lawyer, Trip Weston (Scott Bakula), despite his liberal, NRA-hating ways.

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To sum it up: Bree can’t go to jail because she needs to marry Trip. She deserves a happy romantic ending after enduring the most hellacious romantic history on the Lane.

Desperate Housewives’ series finale airs Sunday, May 13 at 9/8c on ABC.

Rex and Bree (after marriage) with children .

Bree Van de Kamp (formerly known as Bree Hodge, also known as Bree Weston & Bree Mason) is one of the main protagonists of Desperate Housewives, and thus her family is central to the series and its stories. They resided at 4354 Wisteria Lane.

Family Tree

Bree’s Family Tree

Family members

Immediate family

  • Bree Van de Kamp – Coined as “Martha Stewart on-steroids”, the matriarch of the family is a neurotic and perfectionist home fairy who drives her family crazy.

    The Hodge family.(At Marriage)

    Married three times throughout the series (to Rex, Orson, and Trip), Bree also finds herself in numerous other relationships from being engaged to having one night stands. Bree is the mother of two, grandmother of one, and stepmother of one.

  • Rex Van de Kamp – Bree’s first husband, a doctor whom she was married to for 18 years until he was poisoned by their pharmacist. Rex is into S&M and has three kids, two of which are with his wife, one from a one night stand before meeting Bree.
  • Orson Hodge – Bree’s second husband (her only ex-husband), a dentist with a shady past who wound up developing an affiliation for kleptomania and lying, drove her to a long term affair, and left her after becoming a paraplegian. After a 9 year marriage, the couple end their unhappy romance in the sixth season finale on good terms. It’s not until

    The Weston family (before marriage).

    the eighth season where Bree cuts Orson out of her life permanently.

  • Trip Weston – Bree’s third and current husband, a defense attorney who represented her when she was charged with the murder of Alejandro Perez. The two start dating in the series finale and are married three years later. The couple relocate to Louisville, Kentucky where he convinces Bree to enter politics, resulting in her becoming state senator.
  • Andrew Van de Kamp – Bree’s first born child, a homosexual sociopath who went out of his way to destroy

    The Van de Kamp/Hodge house, 4354 Wisteria Lane.

    his mother, until he learned to grow up. While drunk driving, Andrew ran over Juanita “Mama” Solis, resulting in her falling into a coma, and ten years later, the end of his mother’s second marriage. Andrew gets married to Alex Cominis in season five, but Alex leaves Andrew in season seven. In season eight, Andrew nearly remarries to a woman, but his mother convinces him not to.

  • Danielle Van de Kamp – Bree’s second born child, an obnoxious and self-centered daughter, who never truly grew up until years after becoming an adult. Danielle dates the homocidal, Matthew Applewhie in season two, and replaces Andrew as Bree’s devil child in season three. Danielle has a child with Edie’s nephew, which Bree and Orson legally adopt. Danielle eventually gets married to Leo Katz and takes back her son, Benjamin. Danielle and Leo divorce in season eight.
  • Benjamin Katz – Bree’s grandson and Danielle’s son who Bree and Orson legally adopted as their own for three years. Benjamin’s biological father is Edie’s nephew, Austin, but when Danielle takes him Benjamin back from Bree and Orson, her husband Leo legally adopts him, that is, until he leaves Danielle.
  • Sam Allen – Rex’s illegitimate son, and Bree’s stepson, who wanted to be apart of the Van de Kamp family all his life. Bree is close with Sam at first, but when she see’s his dark side, she gives him her business in order for him to leave her family alone.

Extended family

  • Henry Mason – Bree’s father, a conservative lawyer, who wanted to take Andrew to live with him after his emancipation suit. He cheated on Bree’s mother before she died.
  • Mrs. Mason – Bree’s mother, a homemaker, who trained her daughter to repress her emotions. She later died on the night of Christmas Eve, and her blood was scrubbed off the street by her daughter. Her husband was revealed to have cheated on her when Bree was a kid.
  • Eleanor Mason – Bree’s step-mother, a relatively cold woman who discouraged Henry of taking Andrew with them when she found out he was gay.
  • Phyllis Van de Kamp – Rex’s mother, who was deeply affected by his death and who had a tough relationship with her daughter-in-law.
  • Mr. Van de Kamp – Rex’s deceased father and Phyllis’s husband.
  • Gloria Hodge – Orson’s mother, a religious fanatic responsible for the deaths of his father and mistress, and who suffered a paralyzing stroke.
  • Edwin Hodge – Orson’s father and Gloria’s adulterous husband, whom she murdered and made it seem like a suicide.
  • Unnamed Grandmother – Bree’s grandmother, she said to Bree that sex is “a woman’s burden”. Bree’s grandmother gave Bree her good china when she died and this is why Bree pretended to love her.
  • Fern – Bree’s aunt, who told her niece at her first wedding, to Rex, to believe that the best was yet to come whenever things looked troubling. Fern has glaucoma and made a toast at Bree’s second wedding; she lives in Philadelphia.
  • Alma Hodge – Orson’s first wife, a crazy woman who was devoted to him and often acted as Gloria’s “puppet”. She and Orson got pregnant but miscarried the baby after several months.
  • Leo Katz – Danielle’s ex-husband, an environmentalist lawyer who adopted Benjamin, but who apparently walked out on the family, for unspecified reasons.
  • Alex Cominis – Andrew’s ex-husband, a plastic surgeon that fixed Orson’s broken nose and left Andrew after he became an unbearable alcoholic.
  • Melina Cominis – Alex’s annoying mother, who rivaled Bree for the title of “perfect mother-in-law”.
  • Lillian Allen – Sam’s mother, who had a one night stand with Rex and didn’t allow her son to live with the Van de Kamps.


  • Ty Grant – Bree’s first fiancé, whom she left to be with Rex. They met again 20 years later.
  • George Williams – Bree’s second fiancé, whom she dated briefly during her separation from Rex, and reluctantly agreed to marry after a short relationship after Rex’s death. A seldom psychotic pharmacist who was unlucky in love and thus developed an unhealthy obsession with the first women to give him the time of day. Before he was engaged Bree, he was engaged to Leila Mitzman who left him because of his psychotic issues.
  • Keith Watson – Bree’s first lover/boyfriend after her divorce from Orson. A young contractor hired to paint Bree’s house eventually moves in until he learns of his long lost son and breaks up with Bree to move to Florida. Before moving in together, Keith had proposed to Bree which she turned down, but decided to move further in the relationship. Other than having a son, the other obsicles in the relationship included a huge age difference with him in his mid thirties and her in her mid fifties.
  • Chuck Vance – Bree’s second lover/boyfriend after her divorce from Orson. A detective whom she dated for several episodes during seasons seven and eight. Bree was forced to end the relationship in order to keep a secret about a murder from him. The night they break up, Chuck was planning to propose, which Bree turned down. After the break up, Chuck became Bree’s worst nightmare until her ex-husband hit him with a car, ending his life.
  • Mary Beth – Andrew’s ex-fiancée, whom he was engaged to for a brief period of time after his divorce from Alex. A former over eating, billionaire who Andrew was using for her money in order to help with financial issues. Even though Andrew never told her he was gay, she already knew and wanted to help him. Thanks to Bree, however, they call off the engagement since it’s not for love.
  • Justin – Andrew’s first boyfriend, whose parents kicked him out and who would often sleep over at the Van de Kamp house. Andrew and Justin were pretty serious during the first two seasons, but they must have broken up as he wasn’t shown during season three or anytime after that.

Note: Susan’s family, Edie’s family, and Renee’s family intertwine with Bree’s.

Immediate Family

Extended Family


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Bree Van De Kamp

About Her

Grew up… as a teenager without her mother. When Bree was 10, her mother was killed by a drunk driver. Bree didn’t know how to deal with her grief, so she cleaned the blood off the road herself.

Living… with her husband Rex and two kids on Wisteria Lane. Their house is the one with the immaculate landscaping with aromas of blueberry muffins baking.

Profession… homemaker. Bree takes pride in her skills as a housewife. She is determined to be known as Wisteria Lane’s best mom and most elegant resident – no matter what.

Interests… the PTA, the NRA, and S&M.

Relationship Status… married. It fits that the buttoned-up Bree met her husband at a meeting of the Young Republicans society in college. They talked all night about everything from immigration policies to problems with big government, and she was hooked. Yes, she’s quite the romantic.

Challenge… her marriage. She has done everything right. She has always been faithful, devoted, and pleasant. But Rex said he wants a divorce; he was tired of pretending to be happy all the time and didn’t want to live in a “detergent commercial” any more. And her kids seem to blame her for everything falling apart.

Personality… uptight, which is a polite word to describe the essence of Bree. Beneath her typically kind, polite outer persona is a very rigid and controlling woman. But maybe her intentions are good deep, deep down. As she says, “We’re both going to die eventually, and in the time we have left, whether it’s two days or two decades, I think we should be nice to each other.” Bree tries her hardest to be nice, but it comes at a price: by bottling up her emotions, some day she just might explode.

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‘Desperate Housewives’ 12 Most Memorable Moments

When Desperate Housewives premiered in 2004 with more than 21 million viewers, primetime television was never the same, and neither was pop culture. Being a “desperate housewife” became a thing; 40-year-old women were, for the first time, perceived as sexually vibrant; and women everywhere sighed with relief that they weren’t the only ones exasperated by their children. With its black comedy and soapy melodrama, the show catapulted ABC out of the bottom of the rankings and gave America new ladies to be excited about on Sunday nights after Sex and the City went off the air. An instant success and cultural phenomenon that hasn’t been duplicated since, the show paved the way for other primetime dramedies, such as Grey’s Anatomy, and the reality franchise Real Housewives. Viewers were thrilled to welcome Teri Hatcher, Nicollette Sheridan, Felicity Huffman, and Marcia Cross back to television, and newcomer Eva Longoria became a household name overnight. From the moment viewers saw a fully dressed Lynette (Huffman) dive into a pool to fetch her rebellious sons during a wake, to Gabrielle (Longoria) mowing the lawn in her formal-wear, the actresses became highly coveted megastars. Although the show was not able to sustain the creative magic of its first season and lost two thirds of its audience along its journey, Desperate Housewives’ lasting mark on the TV landscape is undeniable. The Daily Beast revisits the show’s top-12 moments, beginning with the series finale; the rest of the retrospective is listed chronologically.

Season 8, Episode 23, “Finishing the Hat”: The Ladies Say Goodbye to Wisteria Lane

(Aired May 14 , 2012)

The final season of Desperate Housewives was eclipsed by real-life drama in a Los Angeles courtroom where actress Nicollette Sheridan, who played Edie Britt for five seasons, sued ABC Studios and creator Marc Cherry for firing her after she complained that Cherry had hit her on the head during a rehearsal. What happened on Wisteria Lane in its eighth season just could not compete with that reality. However, the show delivered a sweet if predictable goodbye, with Cherry himself making a cameo as a moving guy, and all of the lane’s deceased loved and hated neighbors—except for Edie, of course—showing up for one last moment of face time. Because this show was always about the women and their friendships, we pick the last montage as our favorite moment from the series finale. After the women play poker for the last time together, the show flashes forward to tell viewers what happens to the main foursome: Lynette, Bree, Gabrielle, and Susan. Lynette becomes a CEO and she and Tom (Doug Savant) move to New York City, buy a penthouse, and have six grandchildren. Bree marries her lawyer, Trip, (Scott Bakula), moves to Kentucky, and becomes a state legislator. Gabrielle and Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) start a personal-shopping website, which lands her a talk show, and they move to Los Angeles. And Susan leaves Wisteria Lane to help her daughter, Julie, raise her baby. As Susan drives away, the last ghost she sees is Mary Alice (Brenda Strong), whose last words to viewers are: “Even the most desperate life is oh so wonderful. But only a lucky few realize the gift they’ve been given. Most people just go on day after day, trying in vain to keep secrets that will never stay hidden.”

Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”: Mary Alice Shoots Herself

(Aired Oct. 3, 2004)

From the start, all of Wisteria Lane’s ladies were as charming as they were beautiful. But one housewife stood out more—the dead one. Narrating from heaven—or was it hell, since it turned out she had murdered someone?—Mary Alice (Brenda Strong) spent her last moments on earth “as I spent every other day, quietly polishing the routine of my life until it gleaned with perfection.” Then she shot herself in the head. Her passing served as the catalyst for the most compelling mystery the series ever did while her tongue-in-cheek gossip gave the soapy dramedy its unique voice.

Season 1, Episode 3, “Pretty Little Picture”: Naked Susan

(Aired Oct. 17, 2004)

If Desperate Housewives viewers didn’t find Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher) endearing before this episode, there’s no way her locked-out-naked-in-bushes moment couldn’t have won your heart. Wisteria’s resident klutz managed to run out of her house in a towel during a fight with her ex-husband, Karl Mayer (Richard Burgi), lose her towel as he drove away, lock herself out, and then fall into the bushes. Then it got even more humiliating. Her new beau, Mike Delfino (James Denton), found her in the bushes and proceeded to ask her out on a date anyway. All this after Susan had just ironically yelled at her ex: “I can walk down the street and hold my head high!” The all-around hilarious performance by Hatcher would go down as one of the show’s classic comedic moments.

Season 1, Episode 4, “Who’s that Woman?”: It’s Edie Britt!

(Aired Oct. 24, 2004)

Edie Britt may not have been in the title sequence of Desperate Housewives, but she was a man-eating force to be reckoned with on Wisteria Lane regardless. When Nicollette Sheridan vamped it up and showed what Edie’s got in the series’ famous car-wash scene, the rest of the women knew they were in trouble. Edie may have been trying to seduce Mike Delfino (James Denton) in her Daisy Dukes, but he was not the only husband or boyfriend she’d target. Cleaning cars on television was never the same.

Season 1, Episode 23, “One Wonderful Day”: Rex Van de Kamp Dies

(Aired May 22, 2005)

The death of Rex Van de Kamp, Bree’s husband, was a complete shock to viewers. Maybe we should have known when he almost died in the pilot. A hilariously annoyed Bree (Marcia Cross) accidentally had put onions in his salad when he (Steven Culp) asked for a divorce. Still, they mended their relationship, and everything looked like it was back on track until Rex had a heart attack and his doctor told him he believed someone was poisoning him. Rex died thinking his wife had poisoned him, but it was a crazy stalker pharmacist who was in love with Bree. Cross did some of her best work on the show in the poignant scene in which she learns by telephone that Rex has died. As Bree is meticulously polishing her silver, she dissolves from control freak into grieving widow. In the episodes that followed, as Bree dealt with the aftermath of her husband’s death, Cross continued to deliver. Another particularly memorable moment came at Rex’s funeral, when in classic Bree style, she changed his tie in the casket.

Season 3, Episode 7, “Bang”: Hostage Situation

(Aired Nov. 5, 2006)

After a ho-hum second season, Laurie Metcalf spiced things up on Wisteria Lane when she guest-starred for four episodes as Carolyn Bigsby, a nosy neighbor who learns her husband is cheating, goes to his supermarket to kill him, and holds all the shoppers hostage. Proving why she earned the series’s only Best Actress Emmy, Felicity Huffman’s Lynette Scavo went head-to-head with Carolyn in a riveting and shocking scene in which Carolyn kills Nora, the mother of Lynette’s stepdaughter. Before all hell broke loose in the supermarket, Nora (Kiersten Warren) had been flirting with Tom (Doug Savant) and getting on Lynette’s nerves. But in the crisis the two women bonded, and Lynette promised to take care of Kayla, Tom’s daughter with Nora. The superbly written episode ended with Lynette dreaming about saving Mary Alice and her dead friend advising her to “enjoy this beautiful day. We get so few of them.”

Season 4, Episode 9, “Something’s Coming”: Tornado Hits Wisteria Lane

(Aired Dec. 2, 2007)

One of the series’s best cliffhangers—did Lynette (Felicity Huffman) lose her entire family in a tornado? The show’s fourth-season winter break left viewers hanging with that question as well as the image of Lynette poignantly shrieking as she discovered her family was inside a neighbor’s house demolished by the disaster. It would be four weeks before viewers learned that the Scavo family was intact but that, sadly, neighbor Ida Greenberg (Pat Crawford Brown) had perished. Ida sacrificed herself alone in a corner of the basement so that the four Scavo children could hide under the stairs.

Season 4, Episode 17, “Free”: Katharine Mayfair’s Secret

(Aired May 18, 2008)

Dana Delaney elevated Desperate Housewives in the fourth season when she joined the show as Katharine Mayfair, a housewife who had lived on Wisteria Lane a decade earlier and had returned, of course, holding a big secret. The smart casting of Delaney, who originally turned down the role that went to Teri Hatcher, was met with glee by fans and critics. Although her secret was a bit ludicrous (she replaced her daughter who died with a look-alike from a Romanian orphanage), Delaney was sorely missed when she left the show at the end of the sixth season.

Season 5, Episode 1, “You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow”: Fast Forward Five Years

(Aired Sept. 28, 2008)

Reboot time! Executive producer Marc Cherry skipped ahead five years in the lives of his housewives. Where did viewers find the lovely ladies at the start of the fifth season? Bree (Marcia Cross) was the successful head of a catering company, about to publish her first cookbook. Lynette’s (Felicity Huffman) sons entered adolescence, joining their father. Susan (Teri Hatcher) was hiding a secret lover. Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) became a frumpy mother of two overweight daughters. And Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan) returned to Wisteria Lane with her new husband, Dave (Neal McDonough)—the beginning of the end both for the character and the actress. In her classic Edie way, Sheridan delivered one of the episode’s best lines after Gabrielle explains her unexpected pudginess: “I had two children.” Without missing a beat, Edie wisecracked: “For what? For breakfast?”

Season 5, Episode 18, “A Spark. To Pierce The Dark”: Edie Britt Dies

(Aired March 22, 2009)

No Desperate Housewives death has been written about more. The passing of Edie Britt, Wisteria Lane’s most promiscuous and ballsy resident, would have been noteworthy on its own. But the manner in which she was killed—almost strangled by her husband, followed by a horrible car wreck, and finally she stepped into a puddle and was electrocuted—was overshadowed by actress Nicollette Sheridan’s legal claims that the only reason Edie died is because executive producer Marc Cherry struck her across the head on set and fired her after she complained. (The first trial resulted in a hung jury, and a new one is scheduled for September in Los Angeles Superior Court.) All the nasty legal feuding aside, Sheridan gave it her very best in the episode and the one that followed it—a lovely flashback tribute to Edie. RIP Edie Britt.

Season 6, Episode 10, “Boom Crunch”: Plane Crashes on Wisteria Lane

(Aired Dec. 6, 2009)

A hostage situation, a tornado—why not throw another catastrophe at the cul-de-sac? By this time, many Desperate Housewives viewers had had enough of all the melodrama, but the show always did big well. Even if viewers knew no one they really cared about would be killed by the plane, there was still a lot of suspense as Wisteria Lane prepared for its annual Christmas party and a single-engine plane barreled onto the street. Right before the crash landing, Bree told Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) she had filed for divorce, Karl (Richard Burgi) planned to propose to Bree, Gaby (Eva Longoria) fought with Lynette (Felicity Huffman) over her lawsuit against Carlos (Ricardo Chavira), and Mona (Maria Cominis) blackmailed Angie (Drea de Matteo). Lynette pushed Gaby’s daughter, Celia, out of harm’s way, as the plane toppled the adult-size Santa’s workshop with Bree, Karl, and Orson inside. Karl died as a result, and Lynette later miscarried one of her twins. The episode ended with Mary Alice’s sad observation: “The best Christmas ever—that’s what everyone had wanted. But something went wrong, horribly wrong. For those who survived, it would be a day they would try to forget. For those who didn’t, this Christmas would simply be their last.”

Season 8, Episode 16, “You Take for Granted”: Mike Delfino Dies

(Aired March 11, 2012)

The best love story on Desperate Housewives was always between Susan Mayer and Mike Delfino. It wasn’t an easy relationship, but Teri Hatcher and James Denton always had terrific chemistry and made you believe Susan and Mike were in love every step of the way. Mike’s tragic death at the hands of the mob would have been one of the show’s best-kept secrets if it hadn’t been spoiled just days before it aired during testimony in the Nicollette Sheridan trial. But it still managed to be one of the series’s most-poignant episodes, as a montage of Susan and Mike’s life together flashed on screen as Mike fell to a bullet. Hatcher’s performance—as Susan embraced a dying Mike on the front porch and Mary Alice narrated, “We all take the gift of life for granted. If only we could slow things down … because before you know it, the gift is gone.”—was heartbreaking and beautiful.