This article contains episode summaries for the third season of Desperate Housewives.
In the U.S., original episodes of the third season aired between September 24, 2006 and May 20, 2007.
- Teri Hatcher - Susan Mayer (23/23)
- Felicity Huffman - Lynette Scavo (23/23)
- Marcia Cross - Bree Hodge (16/23)
- Eva Longoria - Gabrielle Marquez (23/23)
- Nicollette Sheridan - Edie Britt (23/23)
- Ricardo Antonio Chavira - Carlos Solis (21/23)
- Andrea Bowen - Julie Mayer (16/23)
- Doug Savant - Tom Scavo (23/23)
- Kyle MacLachlan - Orson Hodge (17/23)
- Brenda Strong - Mary Alice Young (23/23)* **
- and James Denton - Mike Delfino (22/23)
*Only appears in new footage shown in the "Previously on..." segment in "My Husband, the Pig".
**Receives the "with" credit in the episodes that don't feature the full credits sequence.
- Shawn Pyfrom - Andrew Van de Kamp (16/23)
- Joy Lauren - Danielle Van de Kamp (13/23)
- Josh Henderson - Austin McCann (11/23)*
- Brent Kinsman - Preston Scavo (14/23)
- Shane Kinsman - Porter Scavo (13/23)
- Zane Huett - Parker Scavo (16/23)
*Credited as a regular through "My Husband, the Pig".
Recurring Guest Stars
- Dougray Scott - Ian Hainsworth (18/23)
- Kathryn Joosten - Karen McCluskey (14/23)
- Rachel Fox - Kayla Scavo (12/23)
- Pat Crawford Brown - Ida Greenberg (11/23)
- Dixie Carter - Gloria Hodge (7/23)
- Ernie Hudson - Detective Ridley (7/23)
- Valerie Mahaffey - Alma Hodge (7/23)
- John Slattery - Victor Lang (7/23)
- Kiersten Warren - Nora Huntington (6/23)
- Jake Cherry - Travers McLain (5/23)
- Christine Clayburg - Reporter/Newscaster (4/23)
- Jason Gedrick - Rick Coletti (4/23)
- Cody Kasch - Zach Young (4/23)
- Alec Mapa - Vern (4/23)
- Terry Bozeman - Dr. Lee Craig (3/23)
- Mark Moses - Paul Young (3/23)
- David Fabrizio - Detective Collins (2/23)
- Dale Waddington Horowitz - Night Nurse (2/23)
- Gwendoline Yeo - Xiao-Mei (2/23)
- Polly Bergen - Stella Wingfield (1/23)
- Jill Brennan - Tish Atherton (1/23)
- Richard Burgi - Karl Mayer (1/23)
- Maria Cominis - Mona Clarke (1/23)
- Steven Culp - Rex Van de Kamp (1/23)
- Dakin Matthews - Reverend Sikes (1/23)
- Jesse Metcalfe - John Rowland (1/23)
- Betty Murphy - Alberta Fromme (1/23)
Main Plot Points
- Susan's complicated love life, brought on by her romantic feelings towards both Ian and Mike.
- Edie's need for revenge, relationship with Mike and subsequent relationship with Carlos.
- Gabrielle's divorce from Carlos, subsequent single life, and engagement to Victor Lang.
- Lynette's increasing family and the dreams of her husband being followed.
- Bree's marriage to the mysterious Orson Hodge.
- Julie's involvement with Edie's rebellious nephew, Austin.
|01||"Listen to the Rain on the Roof"||09||"Beautiful Girls"||17||"Dress Big"|
|02||"It Takes Two"||10||"The Miracle Song"||18||"Liaisons"|
|03||"A Weekend in the Country"||11||"No Fits, No Fights, No Feuds"||19||"God, That's Good"|
|04||"Like It Was"||12||"Not While I'm Around"||20||"Gossip"|
|05||"Nice She Ain't"||13||"Come Play Wiz Me"||21||"Into the Woods"|
|06||"Sweetheart, I Have to Confess"||14||"I Remember That"||22||"What Would We Do Without You?"|
|07||"Bang"||15||"The Little Things You Do Together"||23||"Getting Married Today"|
|08||"Children and Art"||16||"My Husband, the Pig"|
Listen to the Rain on the Roof
It Takes Two
A Weekend in the Country
Like It Was
Nice She Ain't
Sweetheart, I Have to Confess
Children and Art
The Miracle Song
No Fits, No Fights, No Feuds
Not While I'm Around
Come Play Wiz Me
I Remember That
The Little Things You Do Together
My Husband, the Pig
God, That's Good
Into the Woods
What Would We Do Without You?
Getting Married Today
- The characters of Susan Mayer, Lynette Scavo, Gabrielle Solis, Edie Britt and Tom Scavo are the only ones to be physically seen in every single episode of the season. In addition to them, Mary Alice Young provides voice-overs for all 23 episodes, although in "My Husband, the Pig" (an episode narrated by Rex Van de Kamp) her voice is only heard during the Previously on "Desperate Housewives" segment.
- This is the only season to feature Edie in every episode.
- Due to Marcia Cross' pregnancy, the character of Bree Van de Kamp had to be written off for a short period of time towards the end of the season. Thus, the season's mystery, which revolved around Bree's new husband, Orson Hodge, was shortened, and this became the only season not to feature Bree in every single episode. Also, for the first time in the series' run, a male character (Tom) appears in every episode of a season, and three other male characters (Mike, Carlos and Orson) appear in more episodes than one of the main housewives (Bree).
- This is the only season to feature the character of Austin McCann as a series regular.