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This article contains episode summaries for the sixth season of Desperate Housewives.

Season Summary

In the U.S., original episodes of season six aired between September 27, 2009 and May 16, 2010.

Cast

Starring

*Also seen in archive footage in "Epiphany", accounting for an 11th appearance.

Also Starring

*Credited only in the episodes in which they appear.

**Credited before the "also starring" cast in "I Guess This is Goodbye".

***Not credited in "Don't Walk on the Grass".

****Also seen in archive footage in "Epiphany", accounting for a 14th appearance.

Recurring Guest Stars

*Was credited in but absent from two additional episodes.

**Not credited in "Being Alive".

***Not credited.

Main Plot Points

  • Bree develops a romantic affair with Karl Mayer, eventually makes up with Orson and is faced with a new addition to her family.
  • Lynette tries to conceal her pregnancy from those around her, and strikes up a friendship with a less than reputable character.
  • Susan and Mike get married, and Katherine has a nervous breakdown; later, the Delfinos struggle financially, and Katherine falls for someone unexpected.
  • Julie is attacked by an unknown assailant, who then targets other women.
  • Gabrielle becomes the legal guardian of her snotty, bratty teen niece, is forced to homeschool Juanita, and helps the new family on the block.
  • Angie Bolen and her family move to the lane, running away from something ... or someone.

Episode Summaries

01"Nice is Different Than Good" 09"Would I Think of Suicide?" 17"Chromolume No.7"
02"Being Alive" 10"Boom Crunch" 18"My Two Young Men"
03"Never Judge a Lady by Her Lover" 11"If..." 19"We All Deserve to Die"
04"The God-Why-Don’t-You-Love-Me Blues" 12"You Gotta Get a Gimmick" 20"Epiphany"
05"Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" 13"How About a Friendly Shrink?" 21"A Little Night Music"
06"The Coffee Cup" 14"The Glamorous Life" 22"The Ballad of Booth"
07"Careful the Things You Say" 15"The Chase" 23"I Guess This is Goodbye"
08"Don't Walk on the Grass" 16"Lovely"

Nice is Different Than Good

Nice is Different Than Good
See main article: "Nice is Different Than Good"

Original air date: September 27, 2009

Written by: Marc Cherry

Directed by: Larry Shaw

Plot Synopsis: Mike Delfino's bride is finally revealed, and whereas one woman of Wisteria Lane is struck by happiness (yet again), another woman's world falls apart. In the meantime, Lynette tries to cope with her new pregnancy, and develops some unexpected and horrifying feelings towards her unborn babies. Bree begins a reluctant affair with Karl Mayer, and Gabrielle has to deal with raising a rebellious teenage girl. Meanwhile, a new family with a dark past, headed by new housewife Angie Bolen, moves to the street.

Recurring Guest Stars: Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer), Kevin Rahm (Lee McDermott)



Being Alive

Being Alive
See main article: "Being Alive"

Original air date: October 4th, 2009

Written by: Matt Berry

Directed by: David Grossman

Plot Synopsis: As the citizens of Fairview try to make sense of a recent attack in their neighborhood, Lynette withholds a secret from Susan. Gabrielle gives niece Ana advice on how to get a guy's attention, whereas Bree worries how her affair with Karl will affect her friendship with Susan, and Angie is determined to protect her son and her family's past.

Recurring Guest Stars: Daniella Baltodano (Celia Solis), Orson Bean (Roy Bender), Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer), (Kevin Rahm (Lee McDermott), Tuc Watkins (Bob Hunter), Josh Zuckerman (Eddie Orlofsky) (uncredited)



Never Judge a Lady by Her Lover

Never Judge a Lady by Her Lover
See main article: "Never Judge a Lady by Her Lover"

Original air date: October 11th, 2009

Written by: Bob Daily

Directed by: Andrew Doerfer

Plot Synopsis: After a chance encounter with John Rowland, Carlos begins to suspect that his wife still has the hots for him, and allows his niece Ana to be hired by John to test Gabrielle. In the meantime, the Scavos tell their kids they are expecting twins, and Lynette hides her pregnancy from Carlos in order to get a big promotion. Bree realizes Karl is more serious about their affair, but she doesn't want to put much effort into something she does with a man she does not love... or does she? The intensity between Susan and Angie grows as the latter tries to defend her son, but Susan is determined to warn everyone that Danny Bolen is a dangerous kid.

Recurring Guest Stars: Daniella Baltodano (Celia Solis), Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer), Maria Cominis (Mona Clark), Jesse Metcalfe (John Rowland), Tuc Watkins (Bob Hunter), Josh Zuckerman (Eddie Orlofsky)



The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues

The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues
See main article: "The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues"

Original air date: October 18th, 2009

Written by: Alexandra Cunningham

Directed by: David Warren

Plot Synopsis: As Katherine unravels, revealing how much of a toll losing Mike has taken on her, Bree comes to her aid. Gabrielle grows weary of John's intentions towards her niece, and during the second trimester of her pregnancy, Lynette's breasts become bigger. In the meantime, Susan learns Julie has been harboring some secrets, and Angie gets Porter to throw a party for her son.

Recurring Guest Stars: Daniella Baltodano (Celia Solis), Jesse Metcalfe (John Rowland), Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van de Kamp), Josh Zuckerman (Eddie Orlofsky)



Everybody Ought to Have a Maid

Everybody Ought to Have a Maid
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Original air date: October 25, 2009

Written by: Jamie Gorenberg

Directed by: Larry Shaw

Plot Synopsis: Gabrielle is deemed a bad mother during her daughter Juanita's playdate, and she tries desperately to prove to others that she is a responsible parent. Bree gets defensive when she's judged by a motel maid for having an affair with Karl Mayer, and Lynette is put off by her new handyman, Roy Bender, when he defers to Tom for approval on all things, whereas Susan and Katherine come to blows over Mike. Meanwhile, a lapse in judgment on Danny's part leads to a terrible mishap that Angie and Nick must cover up.

Recurring Guest Stars: Daniella Baltodano (Celia Solis), Orson Bean (Roy Bender), Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer), Maria Cominis (Mona Clark), Kevin Rahm (Lee McDermott), Tuc Watkins (Bob Hunter)



The Coffee Cup

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See main article: "The Coffee Cup"

Original air date: November 1, 2009

Written by: Dave Flebotte

Directed by: Larry Shaw

Plot Synopsis: Susan and Katherine are both sentenced to community service by picking up trash, and in the meantime Katherine finds a way to let Susan know she and Mike once had sex five times in a day, which annoys Susan, as her sexual ratio with Mike was never that high, leading her to believe he was closer to Katherine. Meanwhile, Gabrielle goes out of her way to get her daughter into Catholic school, and the only way to do so is by having Carlos send one of his employees, and Lynette's trainee, to Florida, much to Lynette's dismay, as she was training him to cover for her during her soon-to-come maternity leave. Angie refuses to make small talk with Julie Mayer, and Orson lets on that he is suspicious his wife might be cheating on him.

Recurring Guest Stars: Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer), Jeff Doucette (Father Crowley), Tuc Watkins (Bob Hunter), Josh Zuckerman (Eddie Orlofsky)



Careful the Things You Say

Susan 6x07
See main article: "Careful the Things You Say"

Original air date: November 8, 2009

Written by: Peter Lefcourt

Directed by: Bethany Rooney

Plot Synopsis: Susan is in desperate need of help to figure out if Katherine was responsible for strangling her daughter, and the detective who agrees to help her, Denise Lapera, shares some history with her that they both would rather forget. In the meantime, Lynette learns about Julie's past affair with Nick Bolen, which leads her to have her own theory as to who may have strangled her. The Hodges are invited over for dinner by the Bolens, and Nick proposes to Bree that she hire Angie to work for her at the catering company. Meanwhile, Gabrielle takes advantage of her housekeeper by making her play the role of Juanita's tuitor.

Recurring Guest Stars: Michael Dempsey (Detective Murphy)



Don't Walk on the Grass

Don't Walk on the Grass
See main article: "Don't Walk on the Grass"

Original air date: November 15, 2009

Written by: Marco Pennette

Directed by: David Grossman

Plot Synopsis: When Bree begins to fall for Karl, she decides it is time to break things up before they get way too serious. However, Karl isn't willing to let her go that easily, and makes her a proposition. In the meantime, Juanita says a bad word during a school play and Gabrielle is attacked by the school's principal, which leads her to respond and ultimately get her daughter out of the school, whereas Lynette learns her husband is cheating during mid-term. Katherine pretends to be on Susan's side to get to Mike, and Angie hides some secrets regarding her mother.

Recurring Guest Stars: Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer)



Would I Think of Suicide?

Would I Think of Suicide?
See main article: "Would I Think of Suicide?"

Original air date: November 22nd, 2009

Written by: Jason Ganzel

Directed by: Ken Whittingham

Plot Synopsis: In the wake of another unexpected attack, Nick decides the time has come for him and his family to move away from Wisteria Lane. In the meantime, Susan and Bree clash over the latter's affair with Karl Mayer, whereas Gabrielle and Lynette clash over the latter's pregnancy. Meanwhile, Katherine's crazy schemes have brought Mike to a point where he can no longer put up with her, and a heated arguement between the two of them has shocking results.

Recurring Guest Stars: Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer), Christine Clayburg (Newscaster), Maria Cominis (Mona Clark), Josh Zuckerman (Eddie Orlofsky)



Boom Crunch

Boom Crunch
See main article: "Boom Crunch"

Original air date: November 29, 2009

Written by: Joey Murphy, John Pardee

Directed by: David Grossman

Plot Synopsis: Gabrielle and Lynette's friendship is on the brink of collapse, whereas Bree and Orson come to an agreement about their marriage. Meanwhile, Susan hatches a plan to help an irrational Katherine, and Danny's vital mistake might cost Angie her freedom. In the meantime, Christmas cheer is curtailed when disaster strikes, as a plane crashes down on Wisteria Lane, putting lives in peril.

Recurring Guest Stars: Daniella Baltodano (Celia Solis), Orson Bean (Roy Bender), Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer), Maria Cominis (Mona Clark), Kevin Rahm (Lee McDermott), Tuc Watkins (Bob Hunter)



If...

If...
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Original air date: January 3, 2010

Written by: Jamie Gorenberg

Directed by: Larry Shaw

Plot Synopsis: In the aftermath of the plane crash, the residents of Wisteria Lane reflect on what their lives might have been had they made different choices: Susan contemplates a life with Karl had he not walked out on her, and Bree considers life without Orson. Lynette thinks about a future with her unborn twins, whereas Gabrielle imagines her daughter Celia aspiring to become a superstar actress, and Angie ponders the consequences should her secrets be revealed.

Recurring Guest Stars: Daniella Baltodano (Celia Solis), Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer), Maria Cominis (Mona Clark), Jeff Doucette (Father Crowley), Tuc Watkins (Bob Hunter)



You Gotta Get a Gimmick

You Gotta Get a Gimmick
See main article: "You Gotta Get a Gimmick"

Original air date: January 10, 2010

Written by: Joe Keenan

Directed by: David Grossman

Plot Synopsis: Susan turns up the heat for Mike, whereas Lynette discovers Tom's true intentions regarding her job. Gabrielle is forced to examine feelings she's suppressed regarding her heritage, and Bree learns it'll be hard to undo the hurt she's caused Orson. In the meantime, Ana is more determined to land Danny.

Recurring Guest Stars: Orson Bean (Roy Bender), Dakin Matthews (Reverend Sikes), Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van de Kamp), Kevin Rahm (Lee McDermott), John Rubinstein (Principal Hobson), Josh Zuckerman (Eddie Orlofsky)



How About a Friendly Shrink?

How About a Friendly Shrink?
See main article: "How About a Friendly Shrink?"

Original air date: January 17, 2010

Written by: Jason Ganzel

Directed by: Lonny Price

Plot Synopsis: Lynette balks at the idea of seeing a couples' therapist. In the meantime, Katherine shows no intention of moving back onto the lane, whereas Gabrielle and Susan are determined to find out which of their kids is in the smartest math group at school, whereas Orson makes life harder for Bree and Angie disapproves of Danny's new girlfriend.

Recurring Guest Stars: Kevin Rahm (Lee McDermott), John Rubinstein (Principal Hobson), Tuc Watkins (Bob Hunter)



The Glamorous Life

SusanandRobin
See main article: "The Glamorous Life"

Original air date: January 31, 2010

Written by: Dave Flebotte

Directed by: Bethany Rooney

Plot Synopsis: Gabrielle and Carlos grow concerned with the direction Ana and Danny's relationship might be taking. In the meantime, Susan befriends a stripper named Robin and takes her under her wing, whereas Tom and Lynette come to a disagreement regarding their new therapist. Bree watches over Orson as she fears he may commit suicide, and Angie tries to get a neighbor to sort out her garbage, much to Nick's dismay.

Recurring Guest Stars: Daniella Baltodano (Celia Solis), Orson Bean (Roy Bender), Julie Benz (Robin Gallagher), John Rubinstein (Principal Hobson), Mindy Sterling (Mitzi Kinsky)



The Chase

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Original air date: February 21, 2010

Written by: John Pardee and Joey Murphy

Directed by: Larry Shaw

Plot Synopsis: Celia comes down with the chicken pox, and having never had it herself, Gabrielle must keep her distance, so she stays with Bob and Lee for a while, and is suddenly reminded of what it feels like to be "single" again. In the meantime, Tom and Lynette forget little Penny's birthday, which leads the girl to go missing. Bree hires a promising new employee (guest star Sam Page) and Katherine makes a surprising discovery about herself. Meanwhile, Susan cheats on Mrs. McCluskey, whereas Angie grows concerned over Danny's disappearance.

Recurring Guest Stars: Daniella Baltodano (Celia Solis), Orson Bean (Roy Bender), Julie Benz (Robin Gallagher), Sam Page (Sam Allen), Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van de Kamp), Kevin Rahm (Lee McDermott), Tuc Watkins (Bob Hunter), Josh Zuckerman (Eddie Orlofsky)



Lovely

Lovely
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Original air date: February 28, 2010

Written by: David Schladweiler

Directed by: David Warren

Plot Synopsis: Susan causes quite a stir when she invites a former stripper (guest star Julie Benz) into her home, because former exotic dancer Robin will have a profound effect on the ladies of Wisteria Lane: with three teenage boys at home, Lynette will need to keep a watchful eye on them, Bree needs to pick up a few tricks to engage Orson, Katherine needs to find a friendly companion, and Gabrielle needs help with her troublesome niece - and Robin might just provide that help, whether she wants to or not.

Recurring Guest Stars: Orson Bean (Roy Bender), Julie Benz (Robin Gallagher)



Chromolume No. 7

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See main article: "Chromolume No. 7"

Original air date: March 14, 2010

Written by: Marco Pennette

Directed by: Lonny Price

Plot Synopsis: Gabrielle and Angie head out to New York to track down Ana and Danny, and a chance encounter with supermodels Paulina Porizkova and Heidi Klum, Gaby's former co-workers, leads the former top model to an unexpected revelation about herself. In the meantime, Mike tries to prove to Susan that he is a man with a capital "M" after he feels emasculated by her, and the Scavo family is surprised to see Preston back from Europe... accompanied by a hot russian gold digger. Bree discovers a surprising connection to her new employee and Katherine feels confused regarding her feelings towards Robin.

Recurring Guest Stars: Julie Benz (Robin Gallagher), Max Carver (Preston Scavo, Sam Page (Sam Allen), Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van de Kamp), Kevin Rahm (Lee McDermott), Tuc Watkins (Bob Hunter)



My Two Young Men

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See main article: "My Two Young Men"

Original air date: March 21, 2010

Written by: Bob Daily

Directed by: David Grossman

Plot Synopsis: Susan and Gabrielle go to extreme and shameless lenghts to top each other's kids, whereas Bree invites Sam over for a family dinner. A party is thrown for Mrs. McCluskey after she beats cancer, and Lynette thinks there is more to Preston's fiancée than she's letting on. Meanwhile, Katherine comes out of the closet, though not willingly.

Recurring Guest Stars: John Barrowman (Patrick Logan), Orson Bean (Roy Bender), Julie Benz (Robin Gallagher), Max Carver (Preston Scavo), Joy Lauren (Danielle Van de Kamp), Sam Page (Sam Allen), Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van de Kamp), Kevin Rahm (Lee McDermott)



We All Deserve to Die

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See main article: "We All Deserve to Die"

Original air date: April 18, 2010

Written by: Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott

Directed by: Larry Shaw

Plot Synopsis: Determined to derail son Preston's marriage to Irina, Lynette discovers the truth about her future daughter-in-law. In the meantime, Gabrielle offers to help out Bob and Lee in the most generous way, but does not consider the consequences. Bree begins to question whether Sam has a hidden agenda, and Susan gets creative to help Mike with his finances. Unbeknownst to Angie, Danny meets Patrick Logan (guest star John Barrowman) for the very first time.

Recurring Guest Stars: Daniella Baltodano (Celia Solis), John Barrowman (Patrick Logan), Max Carver (Preston Scavo), Sam Page (Sam Allen), Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van de Kamp), Kevin Rahm (Lee McDermott), Tuc Watkins (Bob Hunter), Josh Zuckerman (Eddie Orlofsky)



Epiphany

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See main article: "Epiphany"

Original air date: April 25, 2010

Written by: Marc Cherry

Directed by: David Grossman

Plot Synopsis: The Fairview strangler has been living among the women of Wisteria Lane, and we are introduced to the life and times of the mysterious monster that's been ruining lives, and we realize just how much the ladies of Wisteria Lane have affected and shaped him.

Recurring Guest Stars: Josh Zuckerman (Eddie Orlofsky)



A Little Night Music

621
See main article: "A Little Night Music"

Original air date: May 2, 2010

Written by: Matt Berry

Directed by: David Warren

Plot Synopsis: After years on the run, Angie finally comes face to face with her ex-lover, Patrick Logan. Meanwhile, Gabrielle and Susan plan an elaborate scheme against their husbands, Lynette sees a darker side of Eddie, and Bree meets a woman who knows Sam all too well: his (supposedly deceased) mother.

Recurring Guest Stars: Daniella Baltodano (Celia Solis), John Barrowman (Patrick Logan), Sam Page (Sam Allen), Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van de Kamp), Josh Zuckerman (Eddie Orlofsky)



The Ballad of Booth

622
See main article: "The Ballad of Booth"

Original air date: May 9, 2010

Written by: Bob Daily

Directed by: Larry Shaw

Plot Synopsis: Lynette comes to a shocking realization about Eddie, and Susan and Mike's financial woes result in the ultimate sacrifice. In the meantime, Bree offers Sam a generous payoff to walk away, and Angie relies on Gabrielle for help when Patrick threatens the life of her son.

Recurring Guest Stars: Daniella Baltodano (Celia Solis), John Barrowman (Patrick Logan), Max Carver (Preston Scavo), Sam Page (Sam Allen), Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van de Kamp), Josh Zuckerman (Eddie Orlofsky)



I Guess This is Goodbye

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See main article: "I Guess This is Goodbye"

Original air date: May 16, 2010

Written by: Alexandra Cunningham

Directed by: David Grossman

Plot Synopsis: Bree decides to hand over her company to Sam in order to protect her family's big secret. In the meantime, Susan and Mike prepare to move away, and Lynette is held hostage by Fairview's most notorious serial killer. Gabrielle puts herself at risk trying to help Angie and her family.

Recurring Guest Stars: Daniella Baltodano (Celia Solis), John Barrowman (Patrick Logan), Orson Bean (Roy Bender), Max Carver (Preston Scavo), Zane Huett (Parker Scavo (younger)), Brent Kinsman (Preston Scavo (younger)), Shane Kinsman (Porter Scavo (younger)), Mark Moses (Paul Young) (uncredited), Sam Page (Sam Allen), Kevin Rahm (Lee McDermott), Mindy Sterling (Mitzi Kinsky), Josh Zuckerman (Eddie Orlofsky)



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