History Series / DesperateHousewives

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1st Jan '16 10:01:12 AM Eievie
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Notable for its combination {{Narrator}}/NearDeathClairvoyance trope, in which the entire series is narrated by the dulcet tones of an apparently omnipresent dead woman - the friend who committed suicide. Basically a comedic [[SoapOpera soap]], which means that unlike a regular soap, this program is funny and has interesting plotlines. However, the situations are often just as ridiculous and the relationships and plots just as hopelessly tangled-up and interwoven as any old-fashioned soap (though ''unlike'' daytime soaps, the fast pace tends to leave many confused if they miss a couple of episodes - probably why the [[ClipShow clip show]] specials still proved relatively popular).
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Notable for its combination {{Narrator}}/NearDeathClairvoyance trope, in which the entire series is narrated by the dulcet tones of an apparently omnipresent dead woman - -- the friend who committed suicide. Basically a comedic [[SoapOpera soap]], which means that unlike a regular soap, this program is funny and has interesting plotlines. However, the situations are often just as ridiculous and the relationships and plots just as hopelessly tangled-up and interwoven as any old-fashioned soap (though ''unlike'' daytime soaps, the fast pace tends to leave many confused if they miss a couple of episodes - -- probably why the [[ClipShow clip show]] specials still proved relatively popular).

* AlphabeticalThemeNaming / LetterMotif: Lynette's kids; Porter, Parker, Preston,Penny, and Paige. Paige's twin, a baby Tom and Lynette lost, was to be named Patrick. Not to mention Lynette and her sisters- Lydia and Lucy.
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* AlphabeticalThemeNaming / LetterMotif: Lynette's kids; Porter, Parker, Preston,Penny, and Paige. Paige's twin, a baby Tom and Lynette lost, was to be named Patrick. Not to mention Lynette and her sisters- sisters -- Lydia and Lucy.

* LifeImitatesArt: In the SeriesFinale [[spoiler: cancer claimed Mrs. [=McCluskey=] - [[TearJerker as it would Kathryn Joosten]] (who played her), a few weeks after it aired]].
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* LifeImitatesArt: In the SeriesFinale [[spoiler: cancer claimed Mrs. [=McCluskey=] - -- [[TearJerker as it would Kathryn Joosten]] (who played her), a few weeks after it aired]].

** Paul had difficulty with acting as if he didn't have something to hide - he [[spoiler:tore out his pool to remove the body of the woman his wife killed]] in the middle of the night and was dubbed [=CreePaul=] by TelevisionWithoutPity. Compare that to Mary Alice, who was extremely adept at playing like nothing was wrong.
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** Paul had difficulty with acting as if he didn't have something to hide - -- he [[spoiler:tore out his pool to remove the body of the woman his wife killed]] in the middle of the night and was dubbed [=CreePaul=] by TelevisionWithoutPity. Compare that to Mary Alice, who was extremely adept at playing like nothing was wrong.

* ZanyScheme: All the housewives like to cook up one quite often - with varying degrees of success...
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* ZanyScheme: All the housewives like to cook up one quite often - -- with varying degrees of success...
26th Nov '15 10:51:00 AM Aruu
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--->'''Bree:''' Give. Me. The. Tie! --->'''Lynette''': Give it to her! Give it to her!
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--->'''Bree:''' -->'''Bree:''' Give. Me. The. Tie! --->'''Lynette''': -->'''Lynette''': Give it to her! Give it to her!
26th Nov '15 10:50:15 AM Aruu
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->'''Bree:''' Give. Me. The. Tie! ->'''Lynette''': Give it to her! Give it to her!
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->'''Bree:''' --->'''Bree:''' Give. Me. The. Tie! ->'''Lynette''': --->'''Lynette''': Give it to her! Give it to her!
1st Nov '15 6:03:13 PM ShorinBJ
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* AbortedArc: Holy hell, a domestic terrorist was killed in a carbomb in Wisteria Lane, the Solis' have suddenly gone on the run and... oh wait, forget all of that, that was yesterday! Lets focus on Susan's problems, which are [[SarcasmMode far more important!]]
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* AbortedArc: Holy hell, a domestic terrorist was killed in a carbomb in Wisteria Lane, the Solis' Solises have suddenly gone on the run and... oh wait, forget all of that, that was yesterday! Lets Let's focus on Susan's problems, which are [[SarcasmMode far more important!]]
25th Aug '15 2:21:18 PM phoenix
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* BeeAfraid: In Season 2 when Edie winds up disturbing a yellow jackets' nest and is stung pretty badly. Its left up to the audience whether this is dramatic or hilarious.

* GoshHornet: In Season 2 when Edie winds up disturbing a yellow jackets' nest and is stung pretty badly. Its left up to the audience whether this is dramatic or hilarious.
7th Jul '15 1:41:31 PM KizunaTallis
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-> ''"What the hell kind of street do we live on?"'' -->-- '''Edie Britt'''
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-> ''"What \'\'\"What the hell kind of street do we live on?"'' on?\"\'\' -->-- '''Edie Britt''' \'\'\'Edie Britt\'\'\'

Basically a comedic [[SoapOpera soap]], which means that unlike a regular soap, this program is funny and has interesting plotlines. However, the situations are often just as ridiculous and the relationships and plots just as hopelessly tangled-up and interwoven as any old-fashioned soap (though ''unlike'' daytime soaps, the fast pace tends to leave many confused if they miss a couple of episodes - probably why the [[ClipShow clip show]] specials still proved relatively popular). Owing to creator Marc Cherry's penchant for comedy, the series pokes fun at itself and its characters about as often as it takes them seriously, probably the number one thing that attracted most of its initial viewership, aside from the fact that it throws vicious, subversive holes in the ideas of suburban paradise and maternal bliss. In fact, ratings dropped after ExecutiveMeddling caused the second season to be more "dramatic" (read: melodramatic) leading to the panicked execs basically saying "OK, OK we'll go back to doing more comedy again, Marc. You win." Ratings apparently improved again after that point. Think ''SexAndTheCity'' meets daytime soap, meets parody of daytime soaps, set in the suburbs instead of the city with housewives instead of single women. Narrated by a dead woman.
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Basically a comedic [[SoapOpera soap]], which means that unlike a regular soap, this program is funny and has interesting plotlines. However, the situations are often just as ridiculous and the relationships and plots just as hopelessly tangled-up and interwoven as any old-fashioned soap (though ''unlike'' \'\'unlike\'\' daytime soaps, the fast pace tends to leave many confused if they miss a couple of episodes - probably why the [[ClipShow clip show]] specials still proved relatively popular). Owing to creator Marc Cherry's Cherry\'s penchant for comedy, the series pokes fun at itself and its characters about as often as it takes them seriously, probably the number one thing that attracted most of its initial viewership, aside from the fact that it throws vicious, subversive holes in the ideas of suburban paradise and maternal bliss. In fact, ratings dropped after ExecutiveMeddling caused the second season to be more "dramatic" \"dramatic\" (read: melodramatic) leading to the panicked execs basically saying "OK, \"OK, OK we'll we\'ll go back to doing more comedy again, Marc. You win." \" Ratings apparently improved again after that point. Think ''SexAndTheCity'' \'\'SexAndTheCity\'\' meets daytime soap, meets parody of daytime soaps, set in the suburbs instead of the city with housewives instead of single women. Narrated by a dead woman.

A word of warning to those who aren't up-to-date on the latest episodes, the series is basically one string of continuous spoilers, so it is hard to detail just about anything that happens without revealing one twist or another. So be prepared for unmarked spoilers below.
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A word of warning to those who aren't aren\'t up-to-date on the latest episodes, the series is basically one string of continuous spoilers, so it is hard to detail just about anything that happens without revealing one twist or another. So be prepared for unmarked spoilers below.

* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Mary Alice, our cheerful sing-song narrator who kidnapped a baby, then later killed said baby's mother and dismembered the corpse]]. ** Dave Williams/[[spoiler: Dash]] is this. Despite what he's trying to do, he does come across as a genuinely nice guy. * AlphabeticalThemeNaming / LetterMotif: Lynette's kids; Porter, Parker, Preston,Penny, and Paige. Paige's twin, a baby Tom and Lynette lost, was to be named Patrick. Not to mention Lynette and her sisters- Lydia and Lucy. * AluminumChristmasTrees: Gabrielle once tries to convince Carlos that she has "sexsomnia". Probably fewer than ten percent watching the show know [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_sex it's a real condition]].
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* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Mary Alice, our cheerful sing-song narrator who kidnapped a baby, then later killed said baby's baby\'s mother and dismembered the corpse]]. ** Dave Williams/[[spoiler: Dash]] is this. Despite what he's he\'s trying to do, he does come across as a genuinely nice guy. * AlphabeticalThemeNaming / LetterMotif: Lynette's Lynette\'s kids; Porter, Parker, Preston,Penny, and Paige. Paige's Paige\'s twin, a baby Tom and Lynette lost, was to be named Patrick. Not to mention Lynette and her sisters- Lydia and Lucy. * AluminumChristmasTrees: Gabrielle once tries to convince Carlos that she has "sexsomnia".\"sexsomnia\". Probably fewer than ten percent watching the show know [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_sex it's it\'s a real condition]].

* ArtisticTitle: Literally. The opening credits (as used from seasons 1-3) depict various situations in which women find themselves 'desperate' throughout time. Eve being the very first 'Desperate Housewife', through various pieces of art until we eventually see the four protagonists holding an apple (alluding to Eve's downfall) of their own, symbolising the very contemporary and yet timeless idea of female desperation. * AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Irina, Preston's Russian fiancee]].
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* ArtisticTitle: Literally. The opening credits (as used from seasons 1-3) depict various situations in which women find themselves 'desperate' \'desperate\' throughout time. Eve being the very first 'Desperate Housewife', \'Desperate Housewife\', through various pieces of art until we eventually see the four protagonists holding an apple (alluding to Eve's Eve\'s downfall) of their own, symbolising the very contemporary and yet timeless idea of female desperation. * AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Irina, Preston's Preston\'s Russian fiancee]].

* BabyDollBaby: When Gaby [[spoiler: found out that her daughter had been exchanged when she gave birth, she started searching and found the other (her biological daughter)girl, and coming to realize that she couldn't keep her near her]] she bought an expensive doll and started to play with her, talk to her as real person, at first this is dismissed by the other characters, but when she and Carlos are about to go out, and arguing about the doll (which was in the back sit) [[spoiler:they get robbed and told to step out of the car, Gaby refuses to let the doll even tough the robber had a loaded gun, and tries to retrieve it, yelling "My daughter!"]] * BadassBystander: No one seemed to expect that the psychopathic gun toting hostage holder in season 3 to be taken down and shot by [[spoiler:a nameless extra who commented earlier that the woman with the gun taught her daughter's Sunday school class]].
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* BabyDollBaby: When Gaby [[spoiler: found out that her daughter had been exchanged when she gave birth, she started searching and found the other (her biological daughter)girl, and coming to realize that she couldn't couldn\'t keep her near her]] she bought an expensive doll and started to play with her, talk to her as real person, at first this is dismissed by the other characters, but when she and Carlos are about to go out, and arguing about the doll (which was in the back sit) [[spoiler:they get robbed and told to step out of the car, Gaby refuses to let the doll even tough the robber had a loaded gun, and tries to retrieve it, yelling "My daughter!"]] \"My daughter!\"]] * BadassBystander: No one seemed to expect that the psychopathic gun toting hostage holder in season 3 to be taken down and shot by [[spoiler:a nameless extra who commented earlier that the woman with the gun taught her daughter's daughter\'s Sunday school class]].

** Season 4: [[spoiler: Wayne Davis, Katherine's bitter CorruptCop ex-husband]].
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** Season 4: [[spoiler: Wayne Davis, Katherine's Katherine\'s bitter CorruptCop ex-husband]].

** Season 6: [[spoiler: Patrick Logan, Angie's ex-husband]].
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** Season 6: [[spoiler: Patrick Logan, Angie's Angie\'s ex-husband]].

*** Arguably, [[spoiler: Ramon Sanchez/Alejandro Perez, Gaby's step father]] is the big bad. Sure, [[spoiler: he was killed at the end of the previous season]], but it's because of him that a lot of the plot points occur. * BigBadEnsemble: As stated above, the show had this during the final season. First, there's [[spoiler: Alejandro, as mentioned above. Although he's dead, his death triggered a lot of events, and almost got Bree arrested towards the end]]. Then there's [[spoiler: Donny, a loan shark that Ben borrowed money from. Notably, he's the only "Big Bad" that killed a main character directly. Notable in that, while he did get arrested for the murder, he's still pretty much a KarmaHoudini, because we never see him in prison or anything]]. Next, [[spoiler: Chuck Vance, Bree's former boyfriend who investigating her for Alejandro's murder. Orson killed him, and just a few episodes later, Orson ended up being one of the big bads, since he sent evidence that Bree participated in covering up Alejandro's murder after she rejected him]]. Finally, [[spoiler: There's Detective Murphy, a friend of Chuck's. He tries to find evidence against Bree after Chuck is killed, and even tries to frame her]]. Also, [[spoiler: Jane is something of a minor bad, since she's trying to hurry Lynette and Tom's divorce]].
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*** Arguably, [[spoiler: Ramon Sanchez/Alejandro Perez, Gaby's Gaby\'s step father]] is the big bad. Sure, [[spoiler: he was killed at the end of the previous season]], but it's it\'s because of him that a lot of the plot points occur. * BigBadEnsemble: As stated above, the show had this during the final season. First, there's there\'s [[spoiler: Alejandro, as mentioned above. Although he's he\'s dead, his death triggered a lot of events, and almost got Bree arrested towards the end]]. Then there's there\'s [[spoiler: Donny, a loan shark that Ben borrowed money from. Notably, he's he\'s the only "Big Bad" \"Big Bad\" that killed a main character directly. Notable in that, while he did get arrested for the murder, he's he\'s still pretty much a KarmaHoudini, because we never see him in prison or anything]]. Next, [[spoiler: Chuck Vance, Bree's Bree\'s former boyfriend who investigating her for Alejandro's Alejandro\'s murder. Orson killed him, and just a few episodes later, Orson ended up being one of the big bads, since he sent evidence that Bree participated in covering up Alejandro's Alejandro\'s murder after she rejected him]]. Finally, [[spoiler: There's There\'s Detective Murphy, a friend of Chuck's.Chuck\'s. He tries to find evidence against Bree after Chuck is killed, and even tries to frame her]]. Also, [[spoiler: Jane is something of a minor bad, since she's she\'s trying to hurry Lynette and Tom's Tom\'s divorce]].

* BittersweetEnding: The finale has Mary Alice funnily explain the peaceful destinies of the housewives, [[spoiler: Lynette remarrying Tom and finally landing her dream job as a CEO in New York, Gabrielle moving to California and becoming the host of a home-shopping TV show; Bree marrying Trip and becoming a legislator in Kentucky while Susan's destiny is left a bit on the dark, but with her children and granddaughter by her side]]. Then we understand that [[spoiler: they will never meet again]]. Plus, [[spoiler: Karen succumbs to cancer, but at least she's revealed to be with her son in the afterlife]]. ** It gets worse when Jennifer, the new owner of Susan's house, [[HereWeGoAgain is revealed to have a terrible secret of her own.]]
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* BittersweetEnding: The finale has Mary Alice funnily explain the peaceful destinies of the housewives, [[spoiler: Lynette remarrying Tom and finally landing her dream job as a CEO in New York, Gabrielle moving to California and becoming the host of a home-shopping TV show; Bree marrying Trip and becoming a legislator in Kentucky while Susan's Susan\'s destiny is left a bit on the dark, but with her children and granddaughter by her side]]. Then we understand that [[spoiler: they will never meet again]]. Plus, [[spoiler: Karen succumbs to cancer, but at least she's she\'s revealed to be with her son in the afterlife]]. ** It gets worse when Jennifer, the new owner of Susan's Susan\'s house, [[HereWeGoAgain is revealed to have a terrible secret of her own.]]

* BloodSpatteredInnocents: In season 3 when [[spoiler:Nora is shot and killed]], Lynette's face and hands are coated in blood. * BoomerangBigot: Gabrielle is accused of being a "Self-hating Mexican" at one point by Carlos, who realises that the reason Juanita was unaware of [[MistakenNationality their ethnicity]] was because Gabby has gone out of her way to prevent him from teaching their daughters Spanish or anything to do with their heritage. * BrainlessBeauty: Susan's mother Sophie was seemingly one in her youth ([[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave and arguably still is]]), being a much married serial romantic whom even Mary Alice calls "hoplessly naive" in her narration.
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* BloodSpatteredInnocents: In season 3 when [[spoiler:Nora is shot and killed]], Lynette's Lynette\'s face and hands are coated in blood. * BoomerangBigot: Gabrielle is accused of being a "Self-hating Mexican" \"Self-hating Mexican\" at one point by Carlos, who realises that the reason Juanita was unaware of [[MistakenNationality their ethnicity]] was because Gabby has gone out of her way to prevent him from teaching their daughters Spanish or anything to do with their heritage. * BrainlessBeauty: Susan's Susan\'s mother Sophie was seemingly one in her youth ([[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave and arguably still is]]), being a much married serial romantic whom even Mary Alice calls "hoplessly naive" \"hoplessly naive\" in her narration.

** Susan gets her fair share of this also, to the point where the other housewives don't bat an eyelid when they find out she's in trouble yet again.
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** Susan gets her fair share of this also, to the point where the other housewives don't don\'t bat an eyelid when they find out she's she\'s in trouble yet again.

** Susan, too, with everything's that happened to her. * CrazyJealousGuy: Carlos over Gabrielle in Season 1. She ''was'' cheating on him, but he ended up physically assaulting the wrong man twice (both of them turning out to be gay) and getting a prison sentence for it.
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** Susan, too, with everything's everything\'s that happened to her. * CrazyJealousGuy: Carlos over Gabrielle in Season 1. She ''was'' \'\'was\'\' cheating on him, but he ended up physically assaulting the wrong man twice (both of them turning out to be gay) and getting a prison sentence for it.

* CryForTheDevil: Deliberately invoked in "''Epiphany''", where we see how years of emotional abuse and neglect caused [[spoiler: Eddie Orlofsky]] to go from a sweet kid into become the notorious Fairview Strangler.
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* CryForTheDevil: Deliberately invoked in "''Epiphany''", \"\'\'Epiphany\'\'\", where we see how years of emotional abuse and neglect caused [[spoiler: Eddie Orlofsky]] to go from a sweet kid into become the notorious Fairview Strangler.

* EvilMatriarch: Orson's mother.
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* EvilMatriarch: Orson's Orson\'s mother.

** In the fourth season of the show, Katherine challenges Bree's melancholic position in the group.
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** In the fourth season of the show, Katherine challenges Bree's Bree\'s melancholic position in the group.

* GoldDigger: Preston Scavo's fiancée, Irina. * {{Housewife}}: It's in the title. * HugeGuyTinyGirl: Carlos is a big hot blooded bruiser, and Gabrielle is so small that ''anyone'' can pick her up over their shoulder, and in one episode was able to quickly hide herself inside a small travel bag and carried around discreetly. ** Makes you wonder how she became a model at all, considering models are usually super-tall; runway models are 5'10" at a minimum. It can be assumed that Gabrielle was some other type of model, perhaps a petite model or catalogue model. *** Indeed, being tall isn't a prerequisite for many men's magazines/glamour models (and Eva Longoria is no stranger to such spreads in real life).
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* GoldDigger: Preston Scavo's Scavo\'s fiancée, Irina. * {{Housewife}}: It's It\'s in the title. * HugeGuyTinyGirl: Carlos is a big hot blooded bruiser, and Gabrielle is so small that ''anyone'' \'\'anyone\'\' can pick her up over their shoulder, and in one episode was able to quickly hide herself inside a small travel bag and carried around discreetly. ** Makes you wonder how she became a model at all, considering models are usually super-tall; runway models are 5'10" 5\'10\" at a minimum. It can be assumed that Gabrielle was some other type of model, perhaps a petite model or catalogue model. *** Indeed, being tall isn't isn\'t a prerequisite for many men's men\'s magazines/glamour models (and Eva Longoria is no stranger to such spreads in real life).

* ImperiledInPregnancy: A pregnant Bree gets stabbed in the belly. However, no blood appears because it's a fake belly. But it does threaten to uncover the truth.
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* ImperiledInPregnancy: A pregnant Bree gets stabbed in the belly. However, no blood appears because it's it\'s a fake belly. But it does threaten to uncover the truth.

* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Every one of the families seem to be able to sneak their kids into the same incredibly exclusive and expensive private school. Though Lynette every now and then mentions the financial troubles with it, and Susan manages to get MJ in by getting employed as a teacher's assistant.
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* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Every one of the families seem to be able to sneak their kids into the same incredibly exclusive and expensive private school. Though Lynette every now and then mentions the financial troubles with it, and Susan manages to get MJ in by getting employed as a teacher's teacher\'s assistant.

--> [[spoiler: '''Eddie''']]: Please stop laughing at me...
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--> [[spoiler: '''Eddie''']]: \'\'\'Eddie\'\'\']]: Please stop laughing at me...

* NosyNeighbor: Martha Huber. And to a lesser extent, virtually everyone else on the block. Don't worry, she gets her comeuppance.
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* NosyNeighbor: Martha Huber. And to a lesser extent, virtually everyone else on the block. Don't Don\'t worry, she gets her comeuppance.

* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Edie's sudden death in Season 5 was orchestrated to write the character out of the show due to Nicolette Sheridan being on increasingly bad terms with producer Mark Cherry.
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Edie's Edie\'s sudden death in Season 5 was orchestrated to write the character out of the show due to Nicolette Sheridan being on increasingly bad terms with producer Mark Cherry.

* ScarsAreForever: Angie has a horrific looking burn scar on her back, which she got [[spoiler: from her days as an eco-terroist]]. She doesn't seem to mind it though, probably because its always covered. ** Season 8's subplot [[spoiler: on Karen's illness, which would later turn on a major plot point in the finale, was heavily inspired by the Kathryn Joosten's previous two experiences with cancer and her third relapse, which coincided with the filming and would cause her death just weeks after the series finale aired in May 2012]].
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* ScarsAreForever: Angie has a horrific looking burn scar on her back, which she got [[spoiler: from her days as an eco-terroist]]. She doesn't doesn\'t seem to mind it though, probably because its always covered. ** Season 8's 8\'s subplot [[spoiler: on Karen's Karen\'s illness, which would later turn on a major plot point in the finale, was heavily inspired by the Kathryn Joosten's Joosten\'s previous two experiences with cancer and her third relapse, which coincided with the filming and would cause her death just weeks after the series finale aired in May 2012]].

* SpotlightStealingSquad: The cover[[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51IfLnIErtL._SL500_AA300_.jpg of Season Seven's DVD]] blatantly has Renee standing center stage while all of the main characters are off in the background. Despite the fact that she was only introduced that very season, and was in no way had an important role or was even involved in that season's story arc.
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* SpotlightStealingSquad: The cover[[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51IfLnIErtL._SL500_AA300_.jpg of Season Seven's Seven\'s DVD]] blatantly has Renee standing center stage while all of the main characters are off in the background. Despite the fact that she was only introduced that very season, and was in no way had an important role or was even involved in that season's season\'s story arc.

* StepfordSmiler: Bree, an apparently OCD woman who probably carries at least half of the "domestic bliss" satire. ** Lampshaded heavily. Andrew once even referred to her as "running for the Mayor of Stepford".
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* StepfordSmiler: Bree, an apparently OCD woman who probably carries at least half of the "domestic bliss" \"domestic bliss\" satire. ** Lampshaded heavily. Andrew once even referred to her as "running \"running for the Mayor of Stepford".Stepford\".

* TookALevelInJerkass: Carlos seems to go back and forth on this. For the most part he's an easy going nice guy, but sometimes he will suddenly become a intimidating vindictive ass doing needlessly villainous things, such as firing Lynette when she's the sole supporter of a family of six and pregnant with twins solely because he didn't want to give her maternity leave.
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* TookALevelInJerkass: Carlos seems to go back and forth on this. For the most part he's he\'s an easy going nice guy, but sometimes he will suddenly become a intimidating vindictive ass doing needlessly villainous things, such as firing Lynette when she's she\'s the sole supporter of a family of six and pregnant with twins solely because he didn't didn\'t want to give her maternity leave.

** His justification is that firing a pregnant woman would be bad PR, so he does increasingly cruel things to force her to leave, finally firing her because she could not complete the ''impossible'' task of auditing an entire years finances in less than a ''day''. Overall, this [[InsaneTrollLogic doesn't make that much sense]], since this would be pretty solid grounds for suing him for unfair dismissal and harassment, potentially giving the company even ''worse'' PR! It's even worse than no-one even points this out! * WomanScorned: Many, many examples, but the prize goes to Carolyn Bigsby, who [[spoiler:reacted to her husband's infidelity by taking his supermarket hostage in order to kill him]].
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** His justification is that firing a pregnant woman would be bad PR, so he does increasingly cruel things to force her to leave, finally firing her because she could not complete the ''impossible'' \'\'impossible\'\' task of auditing an entire years finances in less than a ''day''. \'\'day\'\'. Overall, this [[InsaneTrollLogic doesn't doesn\'t make that much sense]], since this would be pretty solid grounds for suing him for unfair dismissal and harassment, potentially giving the company even ''worse'' \'\'worse\'\' PR! It's It\'s even worse than no-one even points this out! * WomanScorned: Many, many examples, but the prize goes to Carolyn Bigsby, who [[spoiler:reacted to her husband's husband\'s infidelity by taking his supermarket hostage in order to kill him]].

* AesopAmnesia: In season five, Tom and Lynette kept going through the same loop--Tom wants to do something wild, Lynette disapproves, Tom whines about how he never gets a chance to do anything, Lynette tries to put a stop to what he is doing, the two reach a compromise, and resolve to be more understanding of each other's wishes...only to go through the ''exact same situation'' yet ''again'' a few episodes later.
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* AesopAmnesia: In season five, Tom and Lynette kept going through the same loop--Tom wants to do something wild, Lynette disapproves, Tom whines about how he never gets a chance to do anything, Lynette tries to put a stop to what he is doing, the two reach a compromise, and resolve to be more understanding of each other's other\'s wishes...only to go through the ''exact \'\'exact same situation'' situation\'\' yet ''again'' \'\'again\'\' a few episodes later.

* AmazingFreakingGrace: At [[spoiler: Mike's]] funeral.
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* AmazingFreakingGrace: At [[spoiler: Mike's]] Mike\'s]] funeral.

* AndIMustScream: Orson's mother, who suffered a stroke and no longer is able to move or speak, but still has a fully functioning mind. * BirthDeathJuxtaposition: The series finale spliced scenes of Julie's baby being born with Mrs. [=McKlusky=] succumbing to cancer. * BreadEggsMilkSquick: "Oh, we had a very busy day. We dropped off the dry cleaning, we deposited money into our Christmas account and then we got circumcised." * BriefAccentImitation: Gabrielle's hilarious imitation of Angie in the hospital [[spoiler: to get past the nurse]]. * ButLiquorisQuicker: Lynette mentions this in the season six episode ''Don't Walk On The Grass'' when looking for Tom in a frat party.
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* AndIMustScream: Orson's Orson\'s mother, who suffered a stroke and no longer is able to move or speak, but still has a fully functioning mind. * BirthDeathJuxtaposition: The series finale spliced scenes of Julie's Julie\'s baby being born with Mrs. [=McKlusky=] succumbing to cancer. * BreadEggsMilkSquick: "Oh, \"Oh, we had a very busy day. We dropped off the dry cleaning, we deposited money into our Christmas account and then we got circumcised." \" * BriefAccentImitation: Gabrielle's Gabrielle\'s hilarious imitation of Angie in the hospital [[spoiler: to get past the nurse]]. * ButLiquorisQuicker: Lynette mentions this in the season six episode ''Don't \'\'Don\'t Walk On The Grass'' Grass\'\' when looking for Tom in a frat party.

* ComicallySmallBribe: Gabrielle tries to bribe a nurse into letting her into a patient's room... with twelve dollars. But then remembers she needs to pay for parking and brings the bribe down to two dollars. * CourtroomAntic: Carlos' trial.
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* ComicallySmallBribe: Gabrielle tries to bribe a nurse into letting her into a patient's patient\'s room... with twelve dollars. But then remembers she needs to pay for parking and brings the bribe down to two dollars. * CourtroomAntic: Carlos' Carlos\' trial.

* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Felicia Tillman at the end of season 7, after having used her daughter both alive ''and dead'' to get revenge towards Paul Young, is seen driving away towards what appears to be a KarmaHoudini conclusion, when her daughter's vase with her ashes is suddenly knocked over in the car, scattering and blinding Felicia's sight. Losing control of the car as a result, Felicia ends up colliding with a truck.]] * DeathEqualsRedemption: Nora Huntington. [[spoiler:A BitchInSheepsClothing whom Tom had a one-night stand with many years ago, resulting in a daughter, Kayla, whose existence was kept from Tom for almost eleven years. Since her introduction in the second series finale, ''Remember'', she attempted to ruin Tom and Lynette's marriage (and, particularly, Lynette's life). In S03E07, ''Bang'', she is shot in the chest by Carolyn Bigsby during a hostage situation. While dying from the wound, she confesses to Lynette that her daughter Kayla was "the only good thing I ever did in my life." She then asks Lynette to take care of Kayla for her before she dies]].
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* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Felicia Tillman at the end of season 7, after having used her daughter both alive ''and dead'' \'\'and dead\'\' to get revenge towards Paul Young, is seen driving away towards what appears to be a KarmaHoudini conclusion, when her daughter's daughter\'s vase with her ashes is suddenly knocked over in the car, scattering and blinding Felicia's Felicia\'s sight. Losing control of the car as a result, Felicia ends up colliding with a truck.]] * DeathEqualsRedemption: Nora Huntington. [[spoiler:A BitchInSheepsClothing whom Tom had a one-night stand with many years ago, resulting in a daughter, Kayla, whose existence was kept from Tom for almost eleven years. Since her introduction in the second series finale, ''Remember'', \'\'Remember\'\', she attempted to ruin Tom and Lynette's Lynette\'s marriage (and, particularly, Lynette's Lynette\'s life). In S03E07, ''Bang'', \'\'Bang\'\', she is shot in the chest by Carolyn Bigsby during a hostage situation. While dying from the wound, she confesses to Lynette that her daughter Kayla was "the \"the only good thing I ever did in my life." \" She then asks Lynette to take care of Kayla for her before she dies]].

* EnfantTerrible: Kayla, Nora's daughter.
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* EnfantTerrible: Kayla, Nora's Nora\'s daughter.

* TheFunInFuneral: Rex's funeral, indescribably wrong and weirdly funny. ->'''Bree:''' Give. Me. The. Tie! ->'''Lynette''': Give it to her! Give it to her! * GoshHornet: In Season 2 when Edie winds up disturbing a yellow jackets' nest and is stung pretty badly. Its left up to the audience whether this is dramatic or hilarious. * HarsherInHindsight: In-universe, [[spoiler: Eddie]] claims his (awful) stand up comedy routine is "going to kill". * HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler: The ending of the very last episode features a woman moving into Susan's house after she leaves, taking out a box that she looks at with worry before hiding it, clearly implying it containing a secret. And that's where it ends]].
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* TheFunInFuneral: Rex's Rex\'s funeral, indescribably wrong and weirdly funny. ->'''Bree:''' ->\'\'\'Bree:\'\'\' Give. Me. The. Tie! ->'''Lynette''': ->\'\'\'Lynette\'\'\': Give it to her! Give it to her! * GoshHornet: In Season 2 when Edie winds up disturbing a yellow jackets' jackets\' nest and is stung pretty badly. Its left up to the audience whether this is dramatic or hilarious. * HarsherInHindsight: In-universe, [[spoiler: Eddie]] claims his (awful) stand up comedy routine is "going \"going to kill". kill\". * HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler: The ending of the very last episode features a woman moving into Susan's Susan\'s house after she leaves, taking out a box that she looks at with worry before hiding it, clearly implying it containing a secret. And that's that\'s where it ends]].

--> '''Paul Young''': Look at those people over there, those are ''your'' friends! What makes you think you're ''better'' than a bunch of ex-cons?! * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Victor Lang, Gabby's evil mayor husband]], ended up impaled by a white picket fence. * IncestIsRelative: In season 5, Lynette pretends to be a teenage girl online to get her son to open up and find out what's going on in his life. ... then she sort of accidentally became his online girlfriend. Much to her shock. * IntimidatingRevenueService: From "Now I Know, Don't Be Scared" (Season 4, Episode 6): Edie goes to the local IRS office to rat out Carlos for having millions in an offshore account in the Caribbean...until the agent tells her that the account numbers she gave him don't exist. * JerkassHasAPoint: Mrs. Huber's sister spent season two trying to turn the neighbors against Paul and have him arrested for murder, and repeatedly attempted to kill him. We seem to be intended to feel sorry for him, but it's sort of hard considering he actually ''is'' a murderer who had been getting away with everything he did in the past. ** Technically, Paul was an accomplice to Mary Young's murder of Deirdre. The only person he ''actually'' killed was Martha Huber in a fit of passion, after discovering she blackmailed his wife and drove her to commit suicide. While Paul ''is'' a murderer, he is far more sympathetic than his [[AssholeVictim victim]] and spends several years in prison after Felicia Tilman fakes her own murder. When she finally reappears in Series 6, it's clear that she's far ''more'' of a monster than he is!
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--> '''Paul Young''': \'\'\'Paul Young\'\'\': Look at those people over there, those are ''your'' \'\'your\'\' friends! What makes you think you're ''better'' you\'re \'\'better\'\' than a bunch of ex-cons?! * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Victor Lang, Gabby's Gabby\'s evil mayor husband]], ended up impaled by a white picket fence. * IncestIsRelative: In season 5, Lynette pretends to be a teenage girl online to get her son to open up and find out what's what\'s going on in his life. ... then she sort of accidentally became his online girlfriend. Much to her shock. * IntimidatingRevenueService: From "Now \"Now I Know, Don't Don\'t Be Scared" Scared\" (Season 4, Episode 6): Edie goes to the local IRS office to rat out Carlos for having millions in an offshore account in the Caribbean...until the agent tells her that the account numbers she gave him don't don\'t exist. * JerkassHasAPoint: Mrs. Huber's Huber\'s sister spent season two trying to turn the neighbors against Paul and have him arrested for murder, and repeatedly attempted to kill him. We seem to be intended to feel sorry for him, but it's it\'s sort of hard considering he actually ''is'' \'\'is\'\' a murderer who had been getting away with everything he did in the past. ** Technically, Paul was an accomplice to Mary Young's Young\'s murder of Deirdre. The only person he ''actually'' \'\'actually\'\' killed was Martha Huber in a fit of passion, after discovering she blackmailed his wife and drove her to commit suicide. While Paul ''is'' \'\'is\'\' a murderer, he is far more sympathetic than his [[AssholeVictim victim]] and spends several years in prison after Felicia Tilman fakes her own murder. When she finally reappears in Series 6, it's it\'s clear that she's she\'s far ''more'' \'\'more\'\' of a monster than he is!

* NonIndicativeName: Some of the StephenSondheim-inspired [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming idiosyncratic episode titles]] have only a very weak connection to the episode's plot; others have none at all. Season 4's "Welcome to Kanagawa" was all about the aftermath of a tornado that struck Wisteria Lane, and nothing about characters arriving in Japanese prefectures. * ParkingPayback: Susan trips the guy who takes her spot, grabs his keys to move his car, then closes the window on his neck when he attempts to stop her. However, it wasn't really just about the parking space; she was pissed off that her fiance and ex-boyfriend [[LostHimInACardGame made her the prize in a poker game]], and thus [[DoesNotLikeMen was not feeling kindly to any men]] at the time. * RoomFullOfCrazy: The episode "If..." features Gabby having a nightmare where she becomes MyBelovedSmother to Celia, causing Carlos to leave her, slowly loose her [[SanitySlippage grip on reality]] and living off ''food-stamps'' in her house with the walls covered in newspaper clippings.
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* NonIndicativeName: Some of the StephenSondheim-inspired [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming idiosyncratic episode titles]] have only a very weak connection to the episode's episode\'s plot; others have none at all. Season 4's "Welcome 4\'s \"Welcome to Kanagawa" Kanagawa\" was all about the aftermath of a tornado that struck Wisteria Lane, and nothing about characters arriving in Japanese prefectures. * ParkingPayback: Susan trips the guy who takes her spot, grabs his keys to move his car, then closes the window on his neck when he attempts to stop her. However, it wasn't wasn\'t really just about the parking space; she was pissed off that her fiance and ex-boyfriend [[LostHimInACardGame made her the prize in a poker game]], and thus [[DoesNotLikeMen was not feeling kindly to any men]] at the time. * RoomFullOfCrazy: The episode "If..." \"If...\" features Gabby having a nightmare where she becomes MyBelovedSmother to Celia, causing Carlos to leave her, slowly loose her [[SanitySlippage grip on reality]] and living off ''food-stamps'' \'\'food-stamps\'\' in her house with the walls covered in newspaper clippings.

* AThreesomeIsHot: Dave, Katherine and Mike go camping in "The Story of Lucy and Jesse". * TreehouseOfFun: Lynette's kids briefly have a tree house in their yard for them to hang out in, though its destroyed in a tornado a few episodes later. * TwoPersonPoolParty: the way we find out Andrew is gay is that he's doing this with his friend Justin. * VerbalTic: Mary Alice has a fondness of constantly beginning a narration with "Yes...". * LovingForce[=/=]BlackComedyRape: If you want to have a baby with your ex-husband (and thereby force him back into marriage with you), just drug him and rape him! And make sure you do the reveal with the wife realizing what was done to her husband by his ex by having her use the "R" word in an over the top fashion.
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* AThreesomeIsHot: Dave, Katherine and Mike go camping in "The \"The Story of Lucy and Jesse".Jesse\". * TreehouseOfFun: Lynette's Lynette\'s kids briefly have a tree house in their yard for them to hang out in, though its destroyed in a tornado a few episodes later. * TwoPersonPoolParty: the way we find out Andrew is gay is that he's he\'s doing this with his friend Justin. * VerbalTic: Mary Alice has a fondness of constantly beginning a narration with "Yes...". \"Yes...\". * LovingForce[=/=]BlackComedyRape: If you want to have a baby with your ex-husband (and thereby force him back into marriage with you), just drug him and rape him! And make sure you do the reveal with the wife realizing what was done to her husband by his ex by having her use the "R" \"R\" word in an over the top fashion.

* WholeCostumeReference: One episode opens with Gabrielle wearing [[VideoGame/TheSims Bella Goth's dress]].
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* WholeCostumeReference: One episode opens with Gabrielle wearing [[VideoGame/TheSims Bella Goth's Goth\'s dress]].

* WorthlessForeignDegree: A house cleaner teaches Juanita while she's being home schooled. She had a doctorate in engineering from the University of Bucharest.
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* WorthlessForeignDegree: A house cleaner teaches Juanita while she's she\'s being home schooled. She had a doctorate in engineering from the University of Bucharest.

* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Orson's ex-wife, who was believed to be dead]] in season three. And of course, George Williams from the first two seasons.
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* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Orson's Orson\'s ex-wife, who was believed to be dead]] in season three. And of course, George Williams from the first two seasons.

* AbortedArc: Holy hell, a domestic terrorist was killed in a carbomb in Wisteria Lane, the Solis' have suddenly gone on the run and... oh wait, forget all of that, that was yesterday! Lets focus on Susan's problems, which are [[SarcasmMode far more important!]] * AnyoneCanDie: Reserved for plot twist moments. While most of the time they only kill off villains and B-characters no one really cares about, every once in a while they'll surprise you by killing off someone important. * ArcWords: As of season 8, the note saying [[spoiler: I know what you did, it makes me sick, I'm going to tell]].
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* AbortedArc: Holy hell, a domestic terrorist was killed in a carbomb in Wisteria Lane, the Solis' Solis\' have suddenly gone on the run and... oh wait, forget all of that, that was yesterday! Lets focus on Susan's Susan\'s problems, which are [[SarcasmMode far more important!]] * AdultFear: The main characters are mothers, and many story arcs are often derived from these kinds of fears (someone attacking your child, losing your family, financial troubles, among many others). * AnyoneCanDie: Reserved for plot twist moments. While most of the time they only kill off villains and B-characters no one really cares about, every once in a while they'll they\'ll surprise you by killing off someone important. * ArcWords: As of season 8, the note saying [[spoiler: I know what you did, it makes me sick, I'm I\'m going to tell]].

* BrotherChuck: Mike's dog Bongo was an important character in the early episodes but has not been seen or mentioned since mid-season 2. * ClosetShuffle: Several times every season. But special points go to Gabby from escaping her lover's room by hiding in a very small suitcase.
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* BrotherChuck: Mike's Mike\'s dog Bongo was an important character in the early episodes but has not been seen or mentioned since mid-season 2. * ClosetShuffle: Several times every season. But special points go to Gabby from escaping her lover's lover\'s room by hiding in a very small suitcase.

** Paul had difficulty with acting as if he didn't have something to hide - he [[spoiler:tore out his pool to remove the body of the woman his wife killed]] in the middle of the night and was dubbed [=CreePaul=] by TelevisionWithoutPity. Compare that to Mary Alice, who was extremely adept at playing like nothing was wrong. * {{Ephebophile}}: Gabrielle had an on-again-off-again tryst with her gardener since he was about 17 years old. Thanks to being played by a visibly grown man, it's easy to forget he's supposed to be a teenager.
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** Paul had difficulty with acting as if he didn't didn\'t have something to hide - he [[spoiler:tore out his pool to remove the body of the woman his wife killed]] in the middle of the night and was dubbed [=CreePaul=] by TelevisionWithoutPity. Compare that to Mary Alice, who was extremely adept at playing like nothing was wrong. * {{Ephebophile}}: Gabrielle had an on-again-off-again tryst with her gardener since he was about 17 years old. Thanks to being played by a visibly grown man, it's it\'s easy to forget he's he\'s supposed to be a teenager.

* FollowTheLeader: The idea for the series is said to have been inspired by ''Film/AmericanBeauty''. (What's funny is in that movie, the story is told from the husband's POV.) * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The series is downright ''infamous'' for the amount of innuendo it has managed to slip right past the ABC censors, to the point where it could very well have its own page. * GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: To list all examples of both the good ''and'' bad adultery on this show would be madness, but Bree enters grey territory. * HarsherInHindsight: A rarity, in that it is both an in universe example, and a real life example. [[spoiler: When Carlos and Gabrielle think they'll be found out for Alejandro's murder, they discuss who Juanita and Celia go to if they're arrested. They can't go to Lynette, Susan, or Bree since they were involved in the murder too. Carlos suggests Mrs. Mc Clusky, but Gabrielle responds with "I've got meat in the freezer that will be around longer than her!" Come series finale later that season, Karen Mc Clusky dies from cancer. Then, 20 days after the finale and the death of her character on the show, Katheryn Joosten dies of the exact same thing. Again, Karen died the same season Gaby says she has meat in the freezer that will be around longer than her, and then the actress who played her died 20 days later, less than a year after that episode aired]]. Yikes. Can you get any harsher?
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* FollowTheLeader: The idea for the series is said to have been inspired by ''Film/AmericanBeauty''. (What's \'\'Film/AmericanBeauty\'\'. (What\'s funny is in that movie, the story is told from the husband's husband\'s POV.) * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The series is downright ''infamous'' \'\'infamous\'\' for the amount of innuendo it has managed to slip right past the ABC censors, to the point where it could very well have its own page. * GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: To list all examples of both the good ''and'' \'\'and\'\' bad adultery on this show would be madness, but Bree enters grey territory. * HarsherInHindsight: A rarity, in that it is both an in universe example, and a real life example. [[spoiler: When Carlos and Gabrielle think they'll they\'ll be found out for Alejandro's Alejandro\'s murder, they discuss who Juanita and Celia go to if they're they\'re arrested. They can't can\'t go to Lynette, Susan, or Bree since they were involved in the murder too. Carlos suggests Mrs. Mc Clusky, but Gabrielle responds with "I've \"I\'ve got meat in the freezer that will be around longer than her!" her!\" Come series finale later that season, Karen Mc Clusky dies from cancer. Then, 20 days after the finale and the death of her character on the show, Katheryn Joosten dies of the exact same thing. Again, Karen died the same season Gaby says she has meat in the freezer that will be around longer than her, and then the actress who played her died 20 days later, less than a year after that episode aired]]. Yikes. Can you get any harsher?

* IdiotBall: Susan in "Suspicion Song". After they are ''finally'' in the clear for [[spoiler: Alejandro's murder, she decides to ''paint'' a series of portraits of the event in her art class, which her teacher ends up putting into an art gallery, in plain view of the public]]. Not your finest moment there... ** In "Who Can Say What's True", Susan then proceeds to continue this long streak of bad decisions by [[spoiler: investigating Alejandro's life by travelling to his home, where she meets his family. Because after covering up a man's murder, it's only natural to want to become acquainted with their kin, right? There is absolutely ''nothing'' suspicious or potentially implicating about that?!]] * KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Art Shepard. Lynette suspects he's a pedophile after finding some risque photos of young boys in his basement. This quickly spreads throughout the neighborhood, and they show up to protest at Art's house. The stress induced by the rumors and protests causes Art's sister Rebecca to go into cardiac arrest and ultimately pass away. Lynette feels guilty for jumping to conclusions, and when she apologizes to Art, he pretty much admits to being a pedophile. After that, we never hear from him again, having apparently moved off of Wisteria Lane]]. * LatinoIsBrown: Subverted for the sake of a joke. Gabrielle is stopped speeding by a cop and tries to play the race card with the (fair complexioned) officer... but realizes that the name on his uniform reads 'Martinez'. Otherwise the show played this trope totally straight.
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* IdiotBall: Susan in "Suspicion Song". \"Suspicion Song\". After they are ''finally'' \'\'finally\'\' in the clear for [[spoiler: Alejandro's Alejandro\'s murder, she decides to ''paint'' \'\'paint\'\' a series of portraits of the event in her art class, which her teacher ends up putting into an art gallery, in plain view of the public]]. Not your finest moment there... ** In "Who \"Who Can Say What's True", What\'s True\", Susan then proceeds to continue this long streak of bad decisions by [[spoiler: investigating Alejandro's Alejandro\'s life by travelling to his home, where she meets his family. Because after covering up a man's man\'s murder, it's it\'s only natural to want to become acquainted with their kin, right? There is absolutely ''nothing'' \'\'nothing\'\' suspicious or potentially implicating about that?!]] * KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Art Shepard. Lynette suspects he's he\'s a pedophile after finding some risque photos of young boys in his basement. This quickly spreads throughout the neighborhood, and they show up to protest at Art's Art\'s house. The stress induced by the rumors and protests causes Art's Art\'s sister Rebecca to go into cardiac arrest and ultimately pass away. Lynette feels guilty for jumping to conclusions, and when she apologizes to Art, he pretty much admits to being a pedophile. After that, we never hear from him again, having apparently moved off of Wisteria Lane]]. * LatinoIsBrown: Subverted for the sake of a joke. Gabrielle is stopped speeding by a cop and tries to play the race card with the (fair complexioned) officer... but realizes that the name on his uniform reads 'Martinez'.\'Martinez\'. Otherwise the show played this trope totally straight.

** "Epiphany", takes the Sondheim allusions even further, as much like in Sweeney Todd, we learn the precise RageBreakingPoint that drove kindhearted [[spoiler: Eddie Orlofsky]] to become a deranged serial killer. * LoveDodecahedron: Oh, where do we start? Bree had an affair with Karl, who's divorced from Susan, who's married to Mike, who once dated Edie, who almost got pregnant by Carlos, who's been twice married to Gaby, who had a blind date with Zach, who had a crush on Julie, who got pregnant by Porter... * LoveMakesYouCrazy: Edie attempting ''suicide'' over a man.
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** "Epiphany", \"Epiphany\", takes the Sondheim allusions even further, as much like in Sweeney Todd, we learn the precise RageBreakingPoint that drove kindhearted [[spoiler: Eddie Orlofsky]] to become a deranged serial killer. * LoveDodecahedron: Oh, where do we start? Bree had an affair with Karl, who's who\'s divorced from Susan, who's who\'s married to Mike, who once dated Edie, who almost got pregnant by Carlos, who's who\'s been twice married to Gaby, who had a blind date with Zach, who had a crush on Julie, who got pregnant by Porter... * LoveMakesYouCrazy: Edie attempting ''suicide'' \'\'suicide\'\' over a man.

* ModernStasis:Post TimeSkip the show is set roughly five years in the future (confirmed in Season 7 dialogue with Bree referencing the events of a 2006 episode as taking place "9 years ago.")
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* ModernStasis:Post TimeSkip the show is set roughly five years in the future (confirmed in Season 7 dialogue with Bree referencing the events of a 2006 episode as taking place "9 \"9 years ago.")\")

* NecroNonSequitur: Many characters' deaths or injuries are like this, where previous scenes set-up the death of the characters. These tend to occur in the middle and the end of a season, and oftentimes storylines intersect with each other to provide the proper circumstances. * NeverWakeUpASleepwalker: Averted. Susan finds Orson standing on her front lawn naked and muttering to himself. Once she figures out he's sleepwalking, she slaps him awake. * NoBisexuals: According to the characters on the show, if Katherine admits she's attracted to women, it means she must forsake her attraction to men entirely. It's impossible to like both, apparently.
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* NecroNonSequitur: Many characters' characters\' deaths or injuries are like this, where previous scenes set-up the death of the characters. These tend to occur in the middle and the end of a season, and oftentimes storylines intersect with each other to provide the proper circumstances. * NeverWakeUpASleepwalker: Averted. Susan finds Orson standing on her front lawn naked and muttering to himself. Once she figures out he's he\'s sleepwalking, she slaps him awake. * NoBisexuals: According to the characters on the show, if Katherine admits she's she\'s attracted to women, it means she must forsake her attraction to men entirely. It's It\'s impossible to like both, apparently.

** In the episode ''Bang!'' in Season 3, [[spoiler: Carolyn Bigsby]] snaps and takes the people in a local supermarket [[HostageSituation hostage]]. The episode is also peppered with Lynette having [[RecurringDreams recurring dreams]] of Mary Alice. ** Season 4 has the episode ''Something's Coming'' has a storm coming to Wisteria Lane. This episode provides an example of [[NecroNonSequitur Necro Non Sequitur]] ** Season 5 has ''City of Fire'', where a tragic fire occurs in a club. ** Season 6 has ''Boom Crunch'', which details how a series of events [[NecroNonSequitur lead up]] to a [[TrainwreckEpisode plane crash]] in Wisteria Lane. ** Season 7 has ''Down the Block There's a Riot'', where a protest in Wisteria Lane erupts into a riot.
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** In the episode ''Bang!'' \'\'Bang!\'\' in Season 3, [[spoiler: Carolyn Bigsby]] snaps and takes the people in a local supermarket [[HostageSituation hostage]]. The episode is also peppered with Lynette having [[RecurringDreams recurring dreams]] of Mary Alice. ** Season 4 has the episode ''Something's Coming'' \'\'Something\'s Coming\'\' has a storm coming to Wisteria Lane. This episode provides an example of [[NecroNonSequitur Necro Non Sequitur]] ** Season 5 has ''City \'\'City of Fire'', Fire\'\', where a tragic fire occurs in a club. ** Season 6 has ''Boom Crunch'', \'\'Boom Crunch\'\', which details how a series of events [[NecroNonSequitur lead up]] to a [[TrainwreckEpisode plane crash]] in Wisteria Lane. ** Season 7 has ''Down \'\'Down the Block There's There\'s a Riot'', Riot\'\', where a protest in Wisteria Lane erupts into a riot.

* StoryArc: Investigation of Mary Alice's past... among other things. The number of ''subplot'' arcs in this show can make your head spin.
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* StoryArc: Investigation of Mary Alice's Alice\'s past... among other things. The number of ''subplot'' \'\'subplot\'\' arcs in this show can make your head spin.

* TwistEnding: The show tries, but over time the twists have became easier and easier to spot, the worst being season 5, when everyone had the whole mystery figured after the first episode. Season 6 finally was able to pull off a surprise when it came to [[spoiler: Patrick's demise]] thanks to red herrings and misleading spoilers.
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* TwistEnding: The show tries, but over time the twists have became easier and easier to spot, the worst being season 5, when everyone had the whole mystery figured after the first episode. Season 6 finally was able to pull off a surprise when it came to [[spoiler: Patrick's Patrick\'s demise]] thanks to red herrings and misleading spoilers.

** When Tom ''finally'' stands up to Lynette, he calls her out on her controlling attitude and having the nerve to shoot him down everytime he actually makes a genuine decision for himself, despite her claims that she wants him to become more independent. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What the heck happened to Karl's son?
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** When Tom ''finally'' \'\'finally\'\' stands up to Lynette, he calls her out on her controlling attitude and having the nerve to shoot him down everytime he actually makes a genuine decision for himself, despite her claims that she wants him to become more independent. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What the heck happened to Karl's Karl\'s son?

* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where the Hell Is Fairview?]] Why, in the "Eagle State", of course. (Common consent seems to be that it is located somewhere around Indiana). * WritersCannotDoMath: Trust us, it does not always take very long for the [[FridgeLogic Fridge Logic]] to set in when you realize how much time has supposedly passed in between episodes, especially with the children's birthdays and ages. For example, Juanita is a year older than MJ, even though the episode where he was born happened before Gabby knew she was pregnant. Then there's Eddie, who seems to be the same age as the Scavo twins yet went to high school with Danielle, who was a teenager when the twins were little kids. ** The Scavo twins were explicitly stated as being 8 in the season 3 finale. This would mean that they would be 9 at the end of season 4, then 14 at the beginning of season 5, due to the five-year jump. However, Lynette says in the season 5 premiere that they're 16.
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* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where the Hell Is Fairview?]] Why, in the "Eagle State", \"Eagle State\", of course. (Common consent seems to be that it is located somewhere around Indiana). * WritersCannotDoMath: Trust us, it does not always take very long for the [[FridgeLogic Fridge Logic]] to set in when you realize how much time has supposedly passed in between episodes, especially with the children's children\'s birthdays and ages. For example, Juanita is a year older than MJ, even though the episode where he was born happened before Gabby knew she was pregnant. Then there's there\'s Eddie, who seems to be the same age as the Scavo twins yet went to high school with Danielle, who was a teenager when the twins were little kids. ** The Scavo twins were explicitly stated as being 8 in the season 3 finale. This would mean that they would be 9 at the end of season 4, then 14 at the beginning of season 5, due to the five-year jump. However, Lynette says in the season 5 premiere that they're they\'re 16.
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* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: Bree sent her pregnant daughter to a convent and pretended to be pregnant herself. She actually managed to get away with it... for a while. Eventually everyone who mattered found out by the end of the season and [[spoiler:Danielle took the baby back between seasons]]. Note that the use of this trope was a deliberate anachronism; the show is a comedy, after all.
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* FakePregnancy: Bree stages one as part of a FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo. * FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: Bree sent her pregnant daughter to a convent and [[FakePregnancy pretended to be pregnant herself.herself]]. She actually managed to get away with it... for a while. Eventually everyone who mattered found out by the end of the season and [[spoiler:Danielle took the baby back between seasons]]. Note that the use of this trope was a deliberate anachronism; the show is a comedy, after all.
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