The drama on Wisteria Lane begins with a bang, and a bullet in Mary Alice Young's perfectly coiffed head. Then things really get interesting. Susan burns down rival Edie's house over Mike (a man she barely knows). Picture-perfect Bree "accidentally" spikes a salad with onions, sending husband Rex into anaphylactic shock -- all the poor guy did was ask for a divorce. Gabrielle has her teenage gardener, John, mowing her lawn (NOT the one in her yard), and Lynette is so tired of chasing after kids she refuses to have sex with hubby Tom.
And that's just the pilot.
Season 1 of "Desperate Housewives" is some of the best television ever made. Bree and Rex's marriage slowly falls to pieces, with a little help from the local prostitute, a uniquely messed-up pair of kids, and the friendly neighborhood pharmacist, George, who is smitten with Bree ... and filling Rex's heart meds with poison.
Then there's Susan, who so wants to fall for Mike. Until he passes out on their Valentine's date -- from a gunshot wound. And gets arrested for Mrs. Huber's murder. And disappears (when he's supposed to be moving in with her) to kill Paul Young. But, hey, nobody's perfect. Meanwhile, Susan's daughter Julie takes pity on Mary Alice's son Zach, who's fresh out of a mental institution. Bad move, Jules, because Zach's a stalker in geek's clothing.
Lynette's being eaten alive by four kids, an absentee husband, and a guilty dream of returning to the calm, collected world of her old, high-pressure ad agency. No wonder she starts taking the twins' Ritalin. But when Tom gets a shot at a major promotion that will keep him away from home even more, Lynette has a chat with the boss's wife and torpedoes his chances.
It's hard to tell who's worse, Gabrielle or husband Carlos. He's a macho, jealous jerk and a convicted felon. She's got a disturbing habit of bedding minors, and she turns her mother-in-law's death into a six-figure settlement -- without telling Carlos. But, damn it, you can't take your eyes off them.
On top of everything, we have Paul Young: lurking, murdering, lying.
And the way it ended! Rex going to his grave thinking Bree killed him. Carlos swearing he'll murder John -- in the middle of his hate-crimes trial. Tom sending Lynette back to work so he can be Mr. Mom. (Be careful what you wish for, girl.) Susan feathering the nest she'll share with Mike, only to face a deranged, gun-toting Zach. And Mike granting a stay of execution after Paul confesses everything -- including that Mike is Zach's real father.