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Desperate Housewives Season 4
Desperate Housewives season 4 poster.jpg
ABC promotional poster for the fourth season of Desperate Housewives. From left to right: Bree, Edie, Susan, Gabrielle, and Lynette.
Country of origin  United States
Network ABC
Original run September 30, 2007 (2007-09-30) May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18)
No. of episodes 17
DVD release date September 2, 2008 (Widescreen, Boxset)
Previous season Season 3
Next season Season 5

The fourth season of Desperate Housewives, an American television series created by Marc Cherry, premiered on September 30, 2007 on ABC. Filming for the series was interrupted by the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike in November 2007, after production on the two-episode tornado storyline wrapped. The first part, "Something's Coming", aired on December 2, 2007.[1] "Welcome to Kanagawa", the second part and the last episode filmed before the strike, was originally going to be aired after the strike's resolution,[1] but aired on January 6, 2008.[2] Seven additional episodes were produced for the fourth season after the strike, the first of which aired on April 13, 2008. The final two episodes served as a two-part finale and were aired consecutively on May 18, 2008. A total of 17 episodes aired as part of the season, with one recap special airing on September 23, 2007.

The series continues to focus on Wisteria Lane residents Susan Delfino, Lynette Scavo, Bree Hodge, Gabrielle Lang, and Edie Britt, with Mary Alice Young returning as the series' narrator. Katherine Mayfair and her family are introduced in this season and are the center of the season's mystery. Critical reception for the season was positive,[3] and ratings increased from the third season. The series drew in an average of 18.2 million viewers per episode during the 2007-08 American television season, becoming the sixth most-watched program of the year and the most-watched scripted program for the first time.

The series was released on a five-disc DVD box set by ABC Studios on September 2, 2008 in Region 1,[4] October 29, 2008 in Region 4, November 3, 2008 in Region 2, and March 17, 2009 in Region 5.[5]

Contents

Cast

For the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Nathan Fillion, Kathryn Joosten and John Slattery were nominated along with the rest of the cast for the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series award due to their many appearances this season. [6]

Starring

Also starring

Notable guest stars

Production

Joe Keenan, one of the three executive producers during the third season, as well as writer of the critically acclaimed season episode "Bang", did not return for season four as executive producer, but as consulting producer.[7] Replacing Keenan, and joining Marc Cherry and George W. Perkins as executive producers, is season three writer and co-executive producer Bob Daily, whose previous work include sitcoms Frasier and Out of Practice, as well as cartoon series Rugrats. Keenan will serve as Cherry's second-in-command for the next two years. Also joining as executives producers are writers and former co-executive producers John Pardee and Joey Murphy who have been on the show since its first season.[8]

Storylines

The main mystery this season is about the Mayfair family returning to Wisteria Lane, after 12 years away.

Susan Delfino

Susan Delfino is finally married to Mike Delfino but has difficulty in settling down as she fears Mike isn't as happy as he should be. When finding out there is a possibility she has menopause, Susan grows emotional and turns her relationship with Mike to a blatant line. When she is told it isn't menopause but pregnancy she is overjoyed, Susan's daughter Julie has difficulty in living with Mike, as both of them clash with their separate opinions. Susan is later told by both Mike and Julie to choose between one of the two, and stick to the decision. Susan asks Bree to see her gynecologist after she says it feels funny seeing Adam, as he's Katherine's husband. She gives birth to a son, Maynard "M.J." in the episode before the finale.

Lynette Scavo

Lynette Scavo is sick with cancer and is hiding the fact by wearing a wig similar to her hair. No one knows except Tom, her mother Stella, who is staying with the family, and Lynette's sisters. Tom and Stella attempt to convince her that things would be so much easier for her if she told everyone the truth. After losing energy and suffering from fatigue and nausea, she tells everyone the truth. Lynette's cancer disturbs Gabrielle and makes her uncomfortable, as her father had died of cancer. Lynette's issues with Stella continue, meanwhile Stella bakes pot into brownies to get Lynette's nausea settled and her energy back. Despite Lynette's illness, she still wants to seem attractive to Tom and she buys a wig to turn him on but he doesn't feel like making love to a sick person, and Tom's feelings about Lynette's disease come forth.

Katherine Mayfair gets on Lynette's nerves when Katherine wants to run for President of their neighborhood and get rid of unsightly things on Wisteria Lane, and Lynette runs against her; she loses the race because of Susan. She later forgave Susan. After killing a possum that came into their home uninvited she was really mad at cancer her doctor pays a house call to let Lynette and her family know that her cancer is gone.

Now, the last uninvited thing she needs to rid her house of is her mother. Following a conversation between her three daughters which she overhears, Stella is brokenhearted and leaves without warning. A few days later after constant searching, Lynette arrives home to find her stepfather in her kitchen. Devising a plan to get Stella to return home, Lynette and Glenn (her stepfather) go to the park where Stella asked Glenn to meet her and give her money. After Stella catches Lynette, she appears angry that she was set up.

In the mess, Glen reveals to Lynette that he didn't leave Stella because she cheated on him, but because he is gay. The situation ends with Stella agreeing to live at Glenn's home, due to a spare bedroom in the home.

Lynette's family hides in Karen McCluskey's house during the tornado. However, her house gets destroyed while Lynette and Karen are not inside the house during the tornado, and the two escape the collapse. It is revealed that Ida Greenberg got all of Lynette's family under the stairs and they survived. Ida, however, died as there was not enough room under the stairs. She had to sit in a corner, and was killed when the house collapsed in.

Bree Hodge

Bree Hodge is pretending to be pregnant with Danielle's baby so she can adopt and raise it without anyone knowing it's Danielle's. She faces some obstacles along the way, with an elderly woman wanting to touch her belly and a BBQ fork being stabbed into her false belly. Orson tells her that he thinks they should throw in the towel, but Bree refuses to do that. Bree's ex-mother-in-law finds out about Bree's faux pregnancy but promises to keep her secret. Danielle goes into labor at Bob and Lee's Halloween party while she's dressed as Bree, and Adam Mayfair, who promises to not tell anyone, delivers little Benjamin Hodge. Danielle decides to let Bree raise her baby and leaves Fairview, probably to go to college. Bree then gets Benjamin circumcised against Orson's wishes. Following the circumcision, Bree attempts to raise Benjamin in what is known as a family bed, where she has Benjamin sleep in bed with Orson and herself. After a confrontation at the dinner table, Orson begins sleeping on the couch while Andrew moves out having been labeled a "mistake". Shortly after, Bree goes to visit Andrew only to finally realize that her son has become a man and matured greatly. After when a tornado hits Wisteria Lane Katherine gets and unexpected and unwelcome visitor. Katherine has a fight right before the tornado and Bree overhears, this led to Bree inviting Sylvia (visitor) into her house and giving her tea. When they have a fight Sylvia locks herself up in the safe room where Bree, Orson and Benjamin intended to stay.

Gabrielle Solis

Gabrielle Lang is in an unhappy marriage with Victor. She wants to get back with Carlos, but, although he wants her as well, he feels responsible for Edie, who faked a suicide attempt to win Carlos back. She discovers his hidden assets in an offshore bank account and uses this to blackmail him into continuing their relationship. Edie gets crabs from a tanning bed that she transmits to Carlos, which he gives to Gabrielle, who eventually gives them to Victor. Edie puts the pieces together and realizes what's going on. She hires a private investigator who finds Carlos with Gabrielle in a liplock. Edie shows these pictures to Victor in hopes of him doing something awful to Carlos. On a boat trip out to sea Victor confronts Gabrielle about the affair and pulls a black bag out of a cabinet. Fearing the bag contained a gun, Gabrielle hit him over the head with an oar, knocking him overboard. She meets up with Carlos back on shore and the two realize there was no weapon in the bag - only a sweater. They go back into the water and find Victor and pull him back onto the boat. Victor and Carlos then get into a fist fight. Just as Victor is about to kill Carlos with a knife, Gabrielle, once again, knocks him overboard with an oar. This time, Victor is nowhere to be found. Gabrielle and Carlos assume Victor is dead and return to shore and send the boat back into the ocean by itself, attempting to make Victor's death appear as accidental - and not involving them. Two detectives appear at Gabrielle's home questioning her about Victor's whereabouts and following a conversation with Carlos, and an "anonymous" phone call by Edie, Victor is found alive but unconscious on shore and brought to the hospital. Leaving Carlos drugged at her home, Gabrielle arrives at the hospital with the two detectives only for Victor to reveal he remembers nothing. However, after leading the detectives out, Victor reveals he does remember everything, but does not reveal what he will do with the information. He is eventually killed by a fence picket shoved through his stomach during the tornado which had hit Wisteria Lane. Gabrielle finds out at Victor's funeral that she will not be getting a cent from his will because he knew about the affair. Having gone blind and losing all his offshore money, Carlos did not tell Gabrielle about his blindness until she heard it from Edie.

Edie Britt

Edie Britt was last shown hanging herself from the rafters after Carlos broke up with her. However, it is revealed that Edie was planning to deceive Carlos into taking her back, and was never going to commit suicide. Carlos, who feels responsible for her now, takes her back, despite still loving Gaby. She discovers Carlos's hidden assets in an offshore bank account and uses this to blackmail him into continuing their relationship. Edie gets crabs from a tanning bed that she transmits to Carlos, which he gives to Gabrielle, who eventually gives them to Victor. Edie puts the pieces together and realizes what's going on. She hires a private investigator who finds Carlos with Gabrielle in a liplock. Edie shows these pictures to Victor in hopes of him doing something awful to Carlos. Gaby and Edie confront each other when a tornado hits Wisteria Lane, after Carlos's accountant accidentally delivers the details of the offshore bank account to Edie, thinking her to be Gaby. After a scuffle, the papers get blown away, and both women are forced to flee from the tornado and climb into a crawl space together, where they reconcile and repair their friendship, which had been fragile from the previous season. Later on in the season, Edie finds out that Benjamin is really Austin and Danielle's baby, as opposed to Bree and Orson's. After Edie attempts to blackmail Bree with this information, Bree tells the other three housewives the truth. All four of them confront Edie, disowning her. Edie is last shown telling her son that she is coming to visit him on Mother's Day, and will be spending a lot more time with him from now on.

Katherine Mayfair

Katherine Mayfair returns to Wisteria Lane from Chicago with her (new) husband, Adam, and her daughter, Dylan. Twelve years ago, Dylan used to be Julie's best friend, although Dylan now does not remember anything about Julie, or living on Wisteria Lane at all. Katherine is happily reunited with her old friend Susan, although she does not get along at all with Bree. Katherine claims that she returned to Wisteria Lane to take care of her ill aunt Lillian but private conversations between Katherine and her husband suggest otherwise.

Five year leap

The season 4 finale fast-forwards five years, where we see Susan come home from poker with the girls to a new unnamed man (portrayed by Gale Harold), whom she kisses, and apparently, lives with. It was unknown at the time what had happened to Mike and M.J. (Formerly known as Maynard).

Lynette comes home to Tom to find a police car outside her house. A policeman is talking to Tom about one of her kids stealing a car for a joyride. While Lynette says she's talked to Porter about it, because he went to juvie one time because of the same accusation, Tom states that this time, it was Preston who did it. Basically, her once organized life...is over.

Bree comes home after playing poker and Andrew welcomes her, telling her that he has a woman from the New York Times on the phone who wants to have an interview with her (since she is now a famous cookbook author), Orson Hodge calls her from upstairs and Bree tells Andrew to tell the woman that she'll do the interview in the morning because she wants to have a nice bubble bath with her husband.

Gabrielle, with little make up on, goes upstairs she finds her daughters, Juanita and Celia Solis, playing with her make-up and dresses.

Edie is not seen at all, though by this time, she will be married again, and getting ready to return to Wisteria Lane, leading to the events that took place in Season Five.

Katherine, who is now the sixth lead, goes home after poker to find a message on her answering machine. The message is from Dylan, who has just returned from Paris, who excitedly informs her mother that her boyfriend has proposed to her under the Eiffel Tower.

Episodes

Series
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Season
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
71 1 "Now You Know" Larry Shaw Marc Cherry September 30, 2007 (2007-09-30)
The residents are shocked to learn about Edie's attempted suicide. Susan finds out she's pregnant. Lynette tells the other housewives about her cancer. Bree desperately tries to hide the fact that her pregnancy is fake. Gabrielle continues her secret affair with Carlos. The new residents of Wisteria Lane include Katherine Mayfair, an old friend of Susan's, as well as her second husband, Adam, a gynecologist, and their teenage daughter, Dylan, all of whom have dark secrets of their own. 
72 2 "Smiles of a Summer Night" David Grossman Bob Daily & Matt Berry October 7, 2007 (2007-10-07)
Susan is mistaken for a stripper. Lynette bans Tom from her chemotherapy sessions. Bree does some sneaky sleuthing in Katherine's house and overhears Katherine and Dylan arguing about Dylan's birthfather. Edie blackmails Carlos into getting engaged. Gaby reveals a shock from the past to Lynette. 
73 3 "The Game" Bethany Rooney Joey Murphy & John Pardee October 14, 2007 (2007-10-14)
Susan and Mike have a charades party at their house. Stella makes some pot-laced brownies for Lynette to rid her of the chemo side effects. Bree tells the other housewives about what she overheard in Katherine's house. Gabrielle is unhappy to learn about Carlos and Edie's engagement. 
74 4 "If There's Anything I Can't Stand" Larry Shaw Alexandra Cunningham & Lori Kirkland Baker October 21, 2007 (2007-10-21)
Susan unsuccessfully tries to get along with the new gay couple, Bob and Lee, on the block. Tom and Lynette try to spice up their sex life. Rex's mother, Phyllis, returns and discovers that Bree's pregnancy is fake. Edie is diagnosed with crabs. 
75 5 "Art Isn't Easy" David Grossman Jason Ganzel October 28, 2007 (2007-10-28)
John Rowland comes back into Gaby's life. Lynette runs against Katherine for Wisteria Lane's homeowner's association. Bree convinces Danielle to let her raise the baby as her own. Edie hires a man to follow Carlos. 
76 6 "Now I Know, Don't Be Scared" Larry Shaw Susan Nirah Jaffee & Dahvi Waller November 4, 2007 (2007-11-04)
Susan finds out that Mike's father, Nick, isn't really dead but in prison for murder. Lynette finds out she's been cured of her cancer. Danielle gives birth to a baby boy, named Benjamin, and Bree pretends that it's hers. Gaby is upset that Carlos hid money from her while they were getting divorced. Carlos dumps Edie. Gaby tells Victor that she's leaving him. 
77 7 "You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover" David Warren Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano November 11, 2007 (2007-11-11)
Bree tells Susan that Mike has a drug problem. Stella leaves after learning none of her daughters want her to live with them. Bree gets her grandson, Benjamin, circumcised despite Orson's objections. The question of Victor's survival becomes a cliffhanger after Gaby knocks him off his boat. 
78 8 "Distant Past" Jay Torres Joe Keenan November 25, 2007 (2007-11-25)
Adam's surprised by a stalker from his past. Susan spies on Julie as Julie kisses her tattooed boyfriend. Detectives questions Gabrielle about Victor. Lynette's reunited with her stepfather Glen. Bree and Orson face marital problems. 
79 9 "Something's Coming" David Grossman Joey Murphy & John Pardee December 2, 2007 (2007-12-02)
A tornado tears through Wisteria Lane. Susan tells Mike that if he doesn't get help for his drug problem she will leave him. Bree learns the truth about why Adam and Katherine left Chicago. After trying to kill Carlos, Victor dies in the tornado. Lynette fears for the lives of her family, after Mrs. McCluskey's house is destroyed while her family was inside. 
80 10 "Welcome to Kanagawa" Larry Shaw Jamie Gorenberg & Jordon Nardino January 6, 2008 (2008-01-06)
Lynette finds out that Ida Greenberg sacrificed her life to save her children. Adam leaves Katherine when he finds out about her past. Bree tries to secure the services of a gay contractor by "pimping out" her son Andrew while staying with Susan, who schemes to make Bree stay longer. Gaby discovers she will not inherit any money from Victor's will. 
81 11 "Sunday" David Grossman Alexandra Cunningham & Lori Kirkland Baker April 13, 2008 (2008-04-13)[9]
Two weeks after the tornado, Mike is about to finish rehab. Gabrielle learns from Edie that Carlos's blindness is permanent. Susan's hunky young male cousin reveals more than expected. A surprise wedding ceremony has its share of secrets. 
82 12 "In Buddy's Eyes" Larry Shaw Jeff Greenstein April 20, 2008 (2008-04-20)
Gaby struggles with the reality of having a blind husband, Lynette is surprised when someone from her past (Rick) shows up at Scavo pizzeria. Bree and Katherine join forces to plan the Founders Day Ball. 
83 13 "Hello, Little Girl" Bethany Rooney Susan Nirah Jaffee & Jamie Gorenberg April 27, 2008 (2008-04-27)
Bree and Katherine decide to start a catering business together. Lynette tries to deny her feelings for Rick, and Mike learns the truth about his nearly fatal accident. 
84 14 "Opening Doors" David Grossman Dahvi Waller & Jordon Nardino May 4, 2008 (2008-05-04)
Lynette finds out who was responsible for starting the fire at Rick's restaurant: the twins Porter and Preston, but learns that Kayla was the one who inspired them to do so. Bree gives Orson an ultimatum to turn himself in for running over Mike. Orson refuses and moves out, but the man-hungry Edie is, as always, there to make the moves onto him. Elsewhere, Susan reconnects with her ex-husband, Karl, at a Lamaze class. Katherine finally finds out that Dylan is secretly meeting with her ex-husband Wayne. 
85 15 "Mother Said" David Warren Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano May 11, 2008 (2008-05-11)
Adele Delfino, Susan's Southern belle, overbearing mother-in-law, arrives for a visit. Carlos and Gaby find out their tenant, Ellie, has a dark secret of selling drugs, and worse still, the police want their cooperation to arrest Ellie. A full scale war erupts between Bree and Edie in which Edie resorts to drastic measures after she learns the secret about Bree's baby Benjamin from Orson. Elsewhere, Tom persuades Lynette to give Kayla a second chance... which Lynette soon regrets. Also, Katherine is hiding an even darker secret when she tells Wayne that Dylan is not his biological child. 
86 16 "The Gun Song" Bethany Rooney Bob Daily & Matt Berry May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18)
The ladies of Wisteria Lane meet Susan and Mike's new baby, and Susan tries to change the name from Maynard to Connor. Gaby forms a strong bond with their new tenant, Ellie, who happens to be a drug dealer. Lynette is accused of child abuse, since Kayla called and told a doctor. 
87 17 "Free" David Grossman Jeff Greenstein May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18)
Several residents of Wisteria Lane are faced with deadly threats when Katherine's ex-husband wants to see his daughter again. Susan realizes she will soon lose her daughter when she goes off to college early, and Katherine Mayfair's secrets are finally revealed. In the closing moments of the season finale, the show flashed ahead five years, which brought many surprising changes in the lives of the Housewives. 

Ratings

United States

Episode number
Production number
Title Original airing Rating Share Total viewers (in U.S.) Rank per week
71
4-01
Now You Know September 30, 2007 12.2 18 19.317m #4
72
4-02
Smiles of a Summer Night October 7, 2007 11.7 17 17.817m #5
73
4-03
The Game October 14, 2007 11.8 18 18.892m #4
74
4-04
If There's Anything I Can't Stand October 21, 2007 11.5 17 18.214m #4
75
4-05
Art Isn't Easy October 28, 2007 11.8 17 18.280m #3
76
4-06
Now I Know, Don't Be Scared November 4, 2007 11.8 18 18.579m #6
77
4-07
You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover November 11, 2007 11.9 18 18.632m #5
78
4-08
Distant Past November 25, 2007 11.6 17 18.638m #4
79
4-09
Something's Coming December 2, 2007 12.7 18 20.650m #4
80
4-10
Welcome to Kanagawa January 6, 2008 12.1 18 19.782m #5
81
4-11
Sunday April 13, 2008 10.1 15 16.371m #8
82
4-12
In Buddy's Eyes April 20, 2008 10.0 15 15.746m #2[10]
83
4-13
Hello, Little Girl April 27, 2008 10.2 16 16.346m[11] #5
84
4-14
Opening Doors May 4, 2008 10.8 17 16.757m[12] #4
85
4-15
Mother Said May 11, 2008 9.7 15 15.427m[13] #5
86
4-16
The Gun Song May 18, 2008 10.7 17 16.837m #6
87
4-17
Free May 18, 2008 10.7 17 17.445m #6

Season debuts

Date Country Channel Time
30 September 2007 USA ABC 9:00pm/8.00pmc
30 September 2007 Canada CTV 9:00pm/8:00pmc
15 October 2007 Poland n (Poland) Video on Demand
4 December 2007 Turkey CNBC-e (cable TV) Tuesdays 9:00pm
5 December 2007 Italy FOXlife (Sky Italia - SAT TV) 9:00pm
7 January 2008 Arab World Showtime Arabia 9:00pm
8 January 2008 Ireland RTÉ Two 9:50pm
31 January 2008 South Africa M-Net 8:30pm
4 February 2008 New Zealand TV 2 8:30pm
11 February 2008 Switzerland SF2 8:00pm
11 February 2008 Austria ORF1 9:00pm
11 February 2008 Australia Seven 8:30pm
13 February 2008 Germany Pro7 Wednesdays 8:15pm
13 February 2008 Latin America Sony Entertainment Television 10:00pm
25 March 2008 Malaysia 8TV 10:30pm
14 February 2008 Poland FOXlife 9:00pm
8 January 2008 Portugal Fox Life 9:00pm
19 February 2008 Norway TV 2 9:45pm
10 March 2008 Finland Nelonen 9:00pm
26 March 2008
August 27, 2008
United Kingdom (excluding Wales) Channel 4 10.00pm - main UK showing
See notes below.
30 March 2008
August 31, 2008
United Kingdom (excluding Wales) E4 9.00pm - repeat
10.00pm - premiere UK showing
See notes below.
27 March 2008
August 27, 2008
Wales S4C 2:20am
See notes below.
25 April 2008 Hungary TV2 Wednesdays 10:15pm
20 May 2008 Mexico TvAzteca 10:00pm
16 September 2008 Asia Star World 11:00pm
Fall 2008 Bulgaria BTV 9:00pm
2 October 2008 Poland Polsat (free-TV premiere) 10:05pm
Fall 2008 Latvia TV3 Mondays, 10:00pm
Fall 2008 Lithuania TV3 10:00pm
14 October 2008 Republic of Macedonia A1 Televizija 9:00pm
20 October 2008 Singapore Channel 5 10:00pm
January 2009 Serbia RTS 9:00pm
28 August 2008 France Canal + 8:50pm
2 February 2009 Slovenia POP TV 8:50 pm/11.15 pm
23 June 2009 France M6 8:45pm

Note
The late season start in the United Kingdom was because of the strike. Channel 4 intended to begin showing season 4 in January, but it did not want to begin showing the season, only to have to take a break halfway through because of lack of episodes available.

Ironically, Desperate Housewives was eventually forced to take a break because of Big Brother 9 in the summer. It was anticipated that Desperate Housewives would have finished by June, but this was not the case. Big Brother took up the 9pm or 10pm slot every day from 5 June 2008 until the 5 September 2008, so there was not room for Desperate Housewives in the schedules. As there were still seven episodes left to show as of June, Channel 4 waited until Big Brother had finished to resume showing them. Episodes returned with Sunday on Wednesday September 3 at the earlier time of 9:30pm between 2 episodes of the Big Brother day 90 eviction.

As E4 is one episode ahead of Channel 4, but does not air the season premiere before the host channel, E4 did not begin airing the new season until four days later on March 30. Episodes after this were aired on E4 three days before the Channel 4 airing, with the exception of Sunday which was treated as a season premiere.

Desperate Housewives airs very late at night on Welsh channel S4C due to Welsh-language programming airing during prime-time.

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