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The four main housewives

    As a group 
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The main protagonists of the show, four housewives and friends inhabiting Wisteria Lane, a street in a suburbia of the East Coast city of Fairview.


  • Card Games: They have their own weekly ritual, a gathering to play cards and talk and gossip. They alternate homes every week to host it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: They're all prone to snark, even (or especially) at each other. Given how fucked up pretty much everyone's life is in Wisteria Lane, it might help them to cope.
  • Doom Magnet: Their lives alternate between happy, boring and miserable, and the "miserable" (or desperate, hence the show's title) part often prevails, turning into "horrible" more than once.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Susan is "Sanguine", Lynette is "Phlegmatic", Bree is "Melancholic" and Gabrielle is "Choleric".
  • Housewife: Each one of them is a different kind of stay-at-home wife initially, with Bree being the closest in mind to the archetype (in the early seasons, that is). The "housewife" denomination technically becomes The Artifact whenever one of them takes a job, but then, usually, something happens and she resumes being a housewife. All of them spent more time in their life being housewives than being working women with perhaps the exception of Lynette.
  • Odd Friendship: They are the best of friends despite huge differences in temperament and in the way each one of them handles suburban life.
  • Sixth Ranger: Susan, Lynette, Bree and Gaby remain the main protagonists throughout the eight seasons, but some other housewives join them in prominence for a lesser number of seasons such as Edie Britt, Katherine Mayfair or Renee Perry.
  • The Power of Friendship: When one goes through hardships, she can count on the support of the others.
  • True Companions: They really care for each other at the end of the day.
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    Susan 

Susan Delfino, formerly Mayer, born Bremmer

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Played by: Teri Hatcher

"It was common knowledge on Wisteria Lane that where Susan Mayer went, bad luck was sure to follow. Her misfortunes ranged from the commonplace, to the unusual, to the truly bizarre."
Mary Alice Young

Known for being a hopeless romantic and a klutz, as well as for her occasional portrayal of the "damsel in distress", Susan is arguably the most fragile of all the housewives, and is often considered the nicest and most adorable one.


  • Adorkable: She's desperately clumsy and short-sighted, but it makes her adorable at the same time.
  • Billy Needs an Organ: After being trampled during the riot that happened over Paul Young's project of home for former convicts, she badly needs a kidney transplant. It eventually happens, when Beth Young commits suicide at the hospital and donates her organs.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Susan is just as bitchy as the other Housewives, yet she's the one who tends to get away with it because of how "cute" and "klutzy" she is.
  • Born Unlucky: Dear God. While events tend to work against her, most of the time her troubles are solved rather easily and/or aren't as serious as some suffered by her fellow neighbors (barring her liver issues). Though she does have romantic issues in spades, and in the final season, Mike is killed, leaving her to raise her son all by herself.
  • Break the Cutie: Life in Wisteria Lane can be cruel and hit even the nicest and well-intentioned folks, and she's no exception.
  • Butt-Monkey: Is incredibly unlucky, romantic issues, liver issues, being forced out of the lane, and friendship troubles in the last season and not being able to deal with things in the final season.
  • Cat Fight: She has one with Katherine over Mike in early season 6.
  • The Chew Toy: Because Butt-Monkey really isn't enough and her antics are the funniest.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: In spades.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally.
    Edie: I have a husband now.
    Susan: Really? Whose?
  • Distressed Damsel
  • The Ditz: To a ridiculous extent.
  • Divorce Is Temporary: She ended up remarrying Mike Delfino.
  • Fat Girl: She was overweight in the months before her divorce with Karl. Mike convinced her to go on a diet and exercise.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: The plant she used to cover herself after the towel she was wearing got caught in Karl's car door as he drove away.
  • Girl Next Door
  • Informed Attractiveness: While Teri Hatcher is very pretty, the other housewives are equally or even more so; yet Susan seems to have the most men fawning over how 'hot' she is.
  • It's All About Me:
    Edie: Typical, Susan always finds a way to make it about her.
  • The Klutz: Firmly cemented as this when one of her first actions in the series was accidentally burning down someone's house.
  • Lethal Chef: On the very opposite spectrum of Bree, she is downright dreadful at cooking.
  • Mama Bear: She always stands in the way of troubled that would hit either Julie or MJ.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Being poster girl for The Klutz tends to cause this. She once managed to SET A HOUSE ON FIRE out of sheer clumsiness.

    Lynette 

Lynette Scavo, born Lindquist

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Played by: Felicity Huffman

"She used to see herself as a career woman. And a hugely successful one at that. She was known for her power lunches, her eye-catching presentations and her ruthlessness in wiping out the competition. Lynette gave up her career to assume a new label: the incredibly satisfying role of full-time mother."
Mary Alice Young

Mostly known for being super controlling, with a tendency to slightly berate people she holds dear to her heart, Lynette is a neurotic, stressed and controlling businesswoman who put her career on hold to become a housewife and mother. She is the "smart one" of the group.


  • Control Freak: She can't stand when things don't go the way she intends them to go in her household. Sometimes it's justified, for instance with some immature antics of Porter and Preston and both of them being The Thing That Would Not Leave, but as for Tom, she practically emasculates him by always assuming she knows what he really needs while she actually doesn't.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: An odd example that is both played straight and subverted in that because she was pregnant with twins, one of them died in-utero.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She often snarkily sends the pity or criticisms of others back in their face in light of her having the biggest and most stressful household to manage.
  • Flanderization: Season 5 and 7. So very much.
  • Gag Boobs: Her increased cup size due to her pregnancy in season 6 became a fodder for some jokes.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: She is the housewife who has the most children out of all the protagonists, due to having a number of unexpected pregnancies (although she's not the one wishing she had no kids). Even obvious lack of contraception with Tom aside, she seems to be very fertile even past 40 (going by the actress' age).
    Karen McCluskey: (to Lynette) No offense, but you should be sterilized.
  • Mama Bear: She will personally face any threat to her children right in the eyes.
  • Nervous Wreck: Comes with having the most numerous family, a manchild of a husband whose plans never work and all while not having the coolest temper. That and living in the doom magnet that is Wisteria Lane.
  • Team Mom
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Lynette has always been kinda controlling, but nearing the end of season 7, manipulating Tom into walking out on Carlos, using increasingly manipulative and shrewish behavior crossed a few lines.

    Bree 

Bree Weston, formerly Van de Kamp and Hodge, born Mason

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Played by: Marcia Cross, Mackenzie Brooke Smith (age 10)

"I remember the easy confidence of her smile, the gentle elegance of her hands, the refined warmth of her voice. But what I remember most about Bree was the look of fear in her eyes. Bree had started to realize her world was unraveling. And for a woman who despised loose ends, that was unacceptable."
Mary Alice Young

Wisteria Lane's resident neurotic and perfectionist homemaker, whose strong resolve and proper demeanor are both her greatest assets as well as the source of nearly all her personal troubles. She describes herself as the "domestic housewife" out of the group.


  • The Alcoholic: In season 2, plus the occasional relapse. There was her slip during the time jump, and Bree's arc in season 8 has her falling off the wagon pretty hard.
  • Cartwright Curse: One surefire way to predict if a male character is going to die is judged by one question: Is he Bree's love interest? Of her seven love interests, five of them have died.
    • Lampshaded in a season five promo, where the paper boy recaps the events of the past four seasons, and ends his recap of Bree with "I hope Orson doesn't die, too."
    • She even lampshades it herself during season 7:
    Bree: My track record with lovers... two dead, one in a wheelchair.
  • Control Freak: And how.
  • Despair Event Horizon: During season 8, with her ex-boyfriend cop harassing her (and explicitly doing it in order to make her feel miserable) and the loss of her friends, Bree relapses into alcoholism, and in the 9th episode she ends up alone in a hotel room, with only a bottle of wine and a gun, speaking to an imaginary Mary Alice (or her ghost?) and contemplating the idea of suicide.
  • Driven to Suicide: By the 9th-10th episode of season 8, she's on the verge of committing suicide, but Renee's timely arrival prevents this.
  • Fiery Redhead: When she wants to be.
  • The '50s: Her look, moreso in the earlier seasons: A-line skirts and dresses, twin-sets with pearls, white gloves, her "flip" hair-do etc.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her mother died traumatically when she was 5 and her stepmother was a distant and unloving woman.
  • Gun Nut: She knows how to use guns, and she has a shotgun under her bed. It's not at all out of the realm of possibilities that she has a NRA membership.
  • Happily Married: It appears to finally be the case after her marriage with Trip Weston at the very end of the series in Mary Alice's final narration.
  • Housewife: Obviously. She's the most classic example in the series and evokes the archetypal 1950's housewife.
  • Lady Drunk: During season 8, the tension between the girls became so high that she ended becoming their scapegoat, and finally they abandonned her. She then relapses hard into alcoholism. She was on the verge of suicide, but is stopped just in time, thanks to the intervention of Renee. Now, she views herself as lost, not knowing anymore who she is. Slowly, she is deconstructing herself, and is becoming ''easy'', something she acknowledges. She didn't even deny when an angry spouse called her a whore (truth to be told, she was quite drunk at that time, but she doesn't seems to care at all, if the end of the 12th episode is any indication).
  • Love Hurts: Despite the perfect facade, she is consistantly unlucky in love.
    Rex Van De Kamp: Bree, I can't live in this detergent commercial anymore!
  • Mama Bear
  • Neat Freak: She can't stand seeing dirtiness.
  • Nice Girl: In spite of her faults, she does come off a pleasant person most of the time.
  • The Perfectionist: Especially in the first season, when she couldn't even stand the sight of a loose button.
  • Preppy Name: She's had a variety of preppy names with her first husbands until she married Trip Weston.
  • Pretty in Mink: Wore a sable coat to try to win back Rex.
  • Proper Lady: Deconstructed since the very first episode.
  • Really Gets Around: Yes, you read that right. During season 8, she relapses into alcoholism, and begins to date a lot in bars. However, what was only a brief experience became a habit, and it becomes clear that she has a different man each night in her bed. When she is confronted by an angry spouse (because she had sex with her husband) in the middle of the church during the 12th episode, she doesn't deny it. Worse: she actually acknowledges it, and is on her way to embrace this way of life.
  • Sexy Coat Flashing
  • Stepford Smiler: The other housewives have traces of this, but Bree is the ultimate Stepford Smiler of the show. Her own son calls her out on it in the pilot, saying she acts like she's running for Mayor of Stepford.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: On one hand, she's one hell of a Stepford Smiler. On the other hand, she's a loving friend to the other main housewives.
  • Super OCD: There were hints of this, especially in the early seasons, but it was never explored very much. She also referred to her quirks in terms of "anal retentiveness" and not "obsessive compulsiveness".
  • Supreme Chef: She's really good at cooking a lot of recipes, especially old school ones from her family. Not so for Italian cuisine, that said.
  • Trauma Conga Line: If something traumatic is going to happen to one of the leading females in the cast, it is inevitably going to be Bree.

    Gabrielle 

Gabrielle "Gaby" Solis, formerly Lang, born Marquez

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Played by: Eva Longoria

"Gabrielle was a drowning woman, desperately searching for a life raft. Luckily for her, she found one. Of course, Gabrielle only saw her young gardener as a way to infuse her life with a little excitement. But now she was about to discover just how exciting her life could get."
Mary Alice Young

A former top model turned trophy wife, Gaby gave up her lavish life in NYC to move to the suburbs of Fairview and adjust to a quieter, more settled lifestyle with Carlos Solis. During the first three years of marriage, Carlos was always away on business trips, leaving Gaby to become bored, lonely and unhappy, resulting in her having affairs with local handsome young men. Eventually the sense of friendship and family overwhelmed her, and Gabrielle found her happiness on Wisteria Lane.


  • Aesop Amnesia: How many times has she learned being a better person is more important than having material possessions or looking pretty?
  • Book Dumb: Especially when it comes to geography (she thinks Argentina is near Romania).
  • Catch-Phrase: For the first four or five seasons or so, she manages to work the phrase "son of a bitch" in at least once per season. To be fair to her, it often refers to Carlos, who is the son of an actual bitch.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Prone to snark, just like pretty much everyone else in Wisteria Lane. And just like everyone else, it might help her to cope with the rollercoaster that is life there.
  • Divorce Is Temporary: She ended up remarrying Carlos following the Victor Lang sequence.
  • Domestic Abuser: Although Carlos sends it back to her.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be callous or insensitive, but she truly cares about her friends and her daughters.
  • Mrs Vice Gal: Openly vain, materialistic and immature but a loyal friend and (eventually) loving wife and mother.
  • Ms. Fanservice: At times it was as if she chose to be excluded from the wardrobe budget.
  • Rags to Riches:
    • She was born into a poor Mexican-American family then embraced a model career and married Carlos.
    • Once Carlos sees again, he starts working in lucrative businesses again and their wealth improves again.
  • Rich Bitch: Her "bitch" status depends on the writer.
  • Riches to Rags: Following Carlos' imprisonment and loss of sight.
  • Self-Serving Memory: She recalls her time as a model as being wonderful, much loved and she hated giving it up to marry Carlos. During a trip to New York, Gabby is thrown that some former model "friends" rip into her about how much they hated her. Her former agent then breaks it down that Gaby was an incredible diva whose demands were getting so bad that agencies were deciding not to use her because of the hassle. Gaby realizes that instead of "ruining" her career, marrying Carlos saved her from getting kicked out of the business.
  • Spicy Latina: A subversion, believe it or not. Yes Gaby is sexy and she certainly has the temper but she lacks the sterotypical accent, can't speak Spanish and as several episodes have shown is indifferent at best towards her Hispanic heritage.
  • Spoiled Brat: When it comes to material possessions.
  • Volleying Insults: She and Carlos do this a lot, and were at their most tempestuous in the early seasons.
  • Your Cheating Heart

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    Mary Alice Young 

Mary Alice Young (real name Angela Forrest)

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Played by: Brenda Strong

"There was a time when my husband and I were very happy. I remember warm summer afternoons. And backyard barbecues. And laughter with friends. Our life was like some kind of suburban dream. But the day comes when we all must wake up..."

A housewife from Wisteria Lane. The series was kicked off when she committed suicide, and she narrated it ever since, seemingly observing the life of everyone from the other world.


  • The Artifact: By the end of season 2, all of her story lines had been wrapped up pretty much, and there really was no particular point to her character anymore other than simply being the narrator (of mysteries unrelated to her). Even when Paul comes back in season 7, her character is hardly referred to and she makes little-if any attempt in her narration to remind us that Paul is her husband.
  • Back for the Finale: She's the last ghost to be seen in Wisteria Lane as Susan drives away from it in the final episode.
  • Blackmail: She was victim of this, and it sadly led to her death.
  • Dark Secret: She killed Deirdre Taylor, the former drug addict who was the true mother of Dana (Zach), and permanently changed of identity and residential location because of this.
  • Driven to Suicide: She was blackmailed and committed suicide, which set off the entire storyline of the first season and part of the second.

    Edie Britt 

Edie Williams, formerly McLain and Roswell, born Britt

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Played by: Nicollette Sheridan

"Edie Britt was the most predatory divorcée within a five block radius. Her conquests were numerous, varied and legendary."
Mary Alice Young

A real estate agent whose poor childhood led to an adulthood of promiscuous behavior, seducing any man she likes. Despite this, she somehow married twice.


  • Ascended Extra: After the first season, she was given a much more prominent role.
  • Brutal Honesty: She never embellishes the truth when voicing her opinion to other people of Wisteria Lane, often bordering on Accentuate the Negative.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's an understatement to say she has a razor-sharp tongue.
    "Well, someone's gotta say it - Susan, what the hell have you been smoking?"
  • Faking the Dead: She tries faking her own suicide so she can manipulate Carlos into staying their relationship. Unfortunately she almost kills herself by accident.
  • Guest Host: She gets to narrate an episode, which focuses on the immediate aftermath of her death and memories Susan, Lynette, Bree and Gaby had of her.
  • Hidden Depths
  • Hypocrite: She loves messing with people through Brutal Honesty, but she's in denial about her own troubles.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Knows how to use them to get her own way.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's an absolute jerk, but she does have a fair share of moments that humanize her.
  • Killed Off for Real: She dies by a combination of car accident and electrocution in season 5.
  • The Lad-ette: She drinks beer, hates all that lovey dovey stuff and just wants some no-strings sex.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: In season 4 Edie is unusually vicious about keeping Carlos in her hands, attempting suicide, even when she was certain he'd rescue her in time is kind of a big leap for her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Out of all the women in the series, she has the most scenes in underwear or swimwear.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot Nicollette Sheridan's disputes with Marc Cherry led to her leaving the show and Edie being killed off near the end of season 5.
  • Really Gets Around: She's promiscuous, and she loves it.
  • Sixth Ranger: She was featured alongside the four main housewives in promo material from season 2 to season 5, reflecting her Ascended Extra status.

    Katherine Mayfair 

Katherine Irma Mayfair, formerly Davis, born Simms

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Played by: Dana Delany

A former victim of domestic abuse, perpetrated by her first husband Wayne Davis, Katherine moved to Wisteria Lane with her aunt Mrs. Simms, hoping to get away from her rough lifestyle and be happy. However, unfortunate circumstances led her to pack up in 1995, and leave suddenly, only to return 12 years later, in 2007, with a new family in tow and a big secret weighing heavily on her. Katherine rivaled Bree Van de Kamp for the title of perfect home fairy, and soon moved comfortably into the position of scheming vixen when it came to going about making her ends meet.


  • The Artifact: In season six, the writers didn't really know what to do with her after Mike marries Susan. So she ends up going through various hysterics that were almost completely irrelevant to the rest of the season's plot, before finding out she's a lesbian and leaving for Paris with Robin Gallagher.
  • Back for the Finale
  • Cat Fight: She has one with Susan over Mike in early season 6.
  • Crazy Jealous Girl: Let's just say she didn't take losing Mike to Susan between season 5 and 6 very well. So much so that she becomes literally crazy and ends up interned in a psychiatric hospital.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: She ended up antagonizing the four main housewives for various reasons in season 5 and early season 6, especially Bree and Susan. Then subverted when they all end up coming together at the psychiatric hospital where she's interned to reconciliate with her.
  • Mysterious Past
  • Put on a Bus
  • Remember the New Guy?: Sorta. She moved onto Wisteria Lane in the Season 4 premiere, and it turns out she lived there some time before the show started, and was Susan's best friend. And yet, she was never mentioned in the three years prior to Season 4, not in Mary Alice's narration or by Susan. Justified in that she apparently moved away before the rest of the housewives even arrived, so there wouldn't be any need for Susan to mention her.
  • The Rival: To Susan in season 5 and season 6, because of Mike Delfino.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: She is force to kill her first husband Wayne due to his being a Dirty Cop with friends who will either get him off or make sure he gets very little jail so he can return to kill her.
  • Villainy Discretion Shot: Was gratuitously cruel to her dying aunt and treated her daughter poorly before her secret was revealed and she joined the core group.
  • Yandere: In season 6, towards Mike.
    • She's practically a poster child. She got increasingly insane in the first half of the season, but then regained sanity later. Turned out she's much more sane in a lesbian relationship.

    Renee Perry 

Renee Faulkner, formerly Perry

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Played by: Vanessa Williams

"Renee comes off a little stuck-up when your first meet her, which is a real time-saver."
Lynette Scavo

Appearing in season 7, Renee is a narcissistic diva from Manhattan, a glamorous party girl who became disenchanted with her humdrum lifestyle and decided to move to Wisteria Lane, close to her sorority sister from college, Lynette Scavo. She initially ruffles the other housewives' feathers with her aggressive behavior but eventually develops close friendships with her neighbors.


  • Bridezilla: She marries Ben Faulkner in the final episode, and in the lead-up to this, she yells at everyone and is very bitchy on the way to the wedding. Then, if this wasn't enough, as Susan, Gaby and Julie are taking her to the wedding, Julie's water breaks in the limo and ruins Renee's dress and shoes, infuriating her even more. They solve the mess by making a pit stop at Gabrielle's department store for a new dress, and Susan and Julie take off with the limo to go to the hospital. Gaby and Renee then steal a dress and shoes and run to the ceremony.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: She appeared in the two final seasons, and more or less joined the four main housewives in prominence by season 8.
  • Funny Afro: During Tom and Lynette Scavo's separation, she introduces her haidresser Frank to Lynette and the two have a date. Said date ends up a disaster because Lynette spent her time advising a business plan to Frank. The next day, Frank takes revenge on Renee's hair, giving her a huge perm.
  • Happily Ever After: The last time she is seen in the series' finale, she marries Ben Faulkner.
  • Mrs Vice Gal: She's as vain and materialistic as Gaby, initially.
  • Old Flame: She had a one night stand with Tom Scavo twenty years before her arrival in Wisteria Lane, and fondly remembers it to the point of considering him as the love of her life.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She was an important friend to Lynette, and Bree mentions that Lynette talked quite a lot about her. To the viewer, she was unheard of until season 7.
  • The Rival: To Bree in early season 7, because of Keith Watson.
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    Karen McCluskey 

Karen McCluskey, born Simonds

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Played by: Kathryn Joosten

A local babysitter who loves to cause trouble. Originally introduced as Lynette Scavo 's nemesis, Karen was progressively humanized and even became a friend to the main housewives and Edie.


  • Big Damn Heroes: As she's dying of cancer at the Solises' home in season 8, she hears the truth about what Carlos did, and she steps in during Bree's trial, claiming SHE killed Alejandro Perez, turning the tables and saving the day. Doubles as Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Cassandra Truth: She feels something is really fishy with Dave Williams in season 5, and figures out he moved objects in her house to have her hospitalized as a Scatterbrained Senior to free himself from a nuisance. And nobody believes her, specially after she tried attacking Dave with a baseball bat as soon as she saw him in the middle of a surprise birthday party that was organized for her.
  • Character Death: She dies of cancer in the series' finale. She's the last character to die in the series.
  • Cool Old Lady: After all, she was portrayed by Kathryn Joosten.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like most people in Wisteria Lane, she's prone to sarcasms. And she might well be the champion on the lane at that.
    Karen: (to Lynette) No offense, but you should be sterilized.
  • December–December Romance: She develops a romance with Roy Bender (who's over 80 year old) in season 6, and they eventually marry.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Subverted.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Sometimes, when she feels something is wrong with a neighbor's apparent Nice Guy demeanor and sees it as Faux Affably Evil, she takes upon herself to investigate. She gets help from her sister Roberta in season 5 against Dave Williams.
  • Widow Woman: Her husband Gilbert died while he was watching TV. She got the idea to put his body into a chest freezer in her basement to conceal his death and prevent his ex-wife from inheriting his pensions, as he forgot to change the papers in favor of Karen.

    Ida Greenberg 

Ida Greenberg

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Played by: Pat Crawford Brown

The elder of Wisteria Lane and a close friend to Karen McCluskey.


  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: She's killed during the storm that devastates Wisteria Lane at the end of season 4.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: She has a cat named Toby, and she's portrayed rather sympathetically.
  • Lady Drunk: She has a drinking problem, and she prays God so she can stop. It's solved hilariously when her bottle is shot due to an event taking place at Mike's home. Then she gets back to drinking in season 4.
  • Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: When a neighborhood meeting is done for elections of the street president, Ida objects against Bob Hunter and Lee McDermott, not because of their ugly and noisy fountain, but because they're gay.

    Betty Applewhite 

Betty Applewhite

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Played by: Alfre Woodard

A single mother with strong religious beliefs and not to be trifled with, Betty is a former concert pianist who will do anything to protect her family. She moves to Wisteria Lane with her two sons at the end of season 1 and becomes a prominent protagonist of season 2.


  • Dark Secret: She keeps her mentally challenged son Caleb in the basement since he's suspected of killing Melanie Foster in a fit or rage.
  • Put on a Bus

    Angie Bolen 

Angela "Angie" Bolen, born de Luca

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Played by: Drea de Matteo

A smart, brassy and liberal Italian-American woman, she is willing to go to great lengths to protect her family and to fight for what she believes in. Angie, her husband Nick and their teenage son Danny, moved to Wisteria Lane in season 6, hoping to adapt to suburban life whilst hiding a dark secret from their past.


  • Dark Secret: She had a Mad Bomber for a boyfriend and people died, and fled with the son she had with him.
  • Demolitions Expert: She became an expert bomb maker using her knowledge from university, and made bombs for Patrick Logan to use.
  • Granola Girl: She used to be one, although some of it comes back such as when she obsesses over waste sorting in Wisteria Lane.
  • Italians Talk with Hands: She's Italian-American from her mother's side, and she gesticulates more than the other housewives, though not on a caricatural level.
  • Mama Bear: She will do anything to protect her family.
  • Only Sane Woman: She's very no-nonsense and perhaps the sanest housewife in all Wisteria Lane in season 6.
  • Put on a Bus: Literally, at the end of season 6.
  • Scars Are Forever: She has a wide scar on her back, and she's very careful not to show it.
  • Supreme Chef: She's a great specialist in Italian cuisine.

    Beth Young 

Elizabeth "Beth" Young, born Tilman

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Played by: Emily Bergl

Paul Young's second wife. It turns out she's Felicia Tilman's daughter.


  • Asexuality: She refuses to have sex (and even any other form of intimate contact such as kissing) with Paul initially (because her mother told her not to, he killed her aunt after all). She drops this completely after Susan's attack on her husband.
  • Broken Bird: There are few fates as sad as hers in the series, to put it plainly.
  • Driven to Suicide: The fact that she didn't manage to befriend anyone in Wisteria Lane plus the double whammy of her mother and Paul rejecting her drive her to shoot herself in the head at the hospital. She does so after vowing to donate her organs so Susan can have a new kidney.
  • Honey Trap: Her marriage to Paul is one big trap set up by her mother.
  • Mommy's Girl: She does everything her mother says without discussing, initially. Until she warms up to Paul.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She dons some hot lingerie and waits for Paul on the bed in episode 7 of season 7.
  • Protect This House: She threatened Susan with a revolver as she was attacking Paul after his blackmailing.
  • Romantic Fake–Real Turn: She starts to really love Paul over time, which enrages her mother.
  • Second Love: She's the second wife of Paul.
  • Unexpected Virgin: She admitted being a virgin when Paul and her went to a sexologist because of her asexuality.

Less prominent housewives

    Maisy Gibbons 

Maisy Gibbons

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Played by: Sharon Lawrence

The neighborhood alpha mom in season 1. A bully who treated her fellow school moms like corporate minions, her real profession is turning tricks in her bedroom to help support her family.


    Anne Schilling 

Anne Schilling

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Played by: Gail O'Grady

The wife of Warren Schilling. She has an affair with Porter Scavo in season 5.


  • Domestic Abuse: She's physically abused by her husband.
  • I Lied: She admits to Lynette that she is not pregnant. She lied about being pregnant from Porter in order to keep him with her.
  • May–December Romance: She is over twice the age of Porter.
  • Mrs. Robinson: She's over 40 and she has an affair with a young neighbor, Porter Scavo, who just hit 18.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She has an adulterous affair behind her husband's back.

    Barbara Orlofsky 

Barbara Orlofsky

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Played by: Diane Farr

Eddie Orlofsky's mother.


  • Abusive Parents: She constantly mocked and belittled her son.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Mary Alice Young lectured her on the importance of caring about her progeny after she left a 4-year old Eddie at home without babysitter. She didn't listen. It comes to bite her the day she realizes her son has become a Serial Killer, and she can't put two and two together about the fact that it stemmed from her "education" (or lack thereof), abusive behavior and neglect.
  • Alcoholic Parent: She's been drunk for most of Eddie's childhood and early adulthood.
  • Asshole Victim: She abused and neglected her son, and she perishes by his hand.
  • Lady Drunk: She's well over 40 in season 6 when Eddie is a young man, and by this time she's an alcoholic wreck.
  • Lazy Bum: The only things she does by the time of Eddie's early adulthood? Staying at home, and drinking.
  • Matricide: On the receiving end of this.
  • Parental Neglect: She didn't care one bit about raising Eddie, even having sex with a boyfriend without being bothered that her son would show up and see them, which he did. This would have disastrous consequences on Eddie's psyche as he grew up.
  • Struggling Single Mother: Her husband left the household when Eddie was 4 years old.

    Mitzi Kinsky 

Mitzi Kinsky

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Played by: Mindy Sterling

An annoying and selfish resident of Wisteria Lane who many neighbors have a disliking for.


  • Jerkass: She's a pretty obnoxious neighbor.
  • Red Herring: For some time in season 7, it seems like she is the traitorous neighbor who sold his/her house to Paul Young so he can have a majority of votes in the street to set up his home for former convicts. It turns out she is not.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She's treated like she has been living in Wisteria Lane for a while. She first appeared in season 6.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Angie Bolen over waste sorting in season 6.

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