What a difference 5 years makes! The new season takes America's favorite residents of Wisteria Lane five years into the future with surprise twists and dramatic changes in all the housewives' lives. But no matter how much their lives have changed, these friends and neighbors stay true to their gossip-swapping, hair-pulling, name-calling roots.
On the highly anticipated season premiere of "Desperate Housewives," five years have passed since Katherine shot her ex-husband as Susan, Lynette, Bree and Gaby stood together in solidarity to protect her. Susan tries to hide her relationship with a new man; Gaby questions her abilities as a mom; Bree is on the verge of publishing her own cookbook as business partner, Katherine, grows envious; Lynette catches her teenaged twins spearheading illegal activities; and Edie returns to Wisteria Lane in jaw-dropping fashion with a new man in tow.
Guest stars include Joy Lauren as Danielle Van De Kamp, Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. McCluskey, Gale Harold as Jackson, Kevin Rahm as Lee, Tuc Watkins as Bob, Stephen Spinella as Dr. Heller, Hank Stratton as Keith Kavendish, Brent Kinsman as young Preston, and Shane Kinsman as young Porter. "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" was directed by Larry Shaw and written by Marc Cherry.
Lynette discovers her son, Porter, has a softer side, which she finds endearing. Gaby amusingly attempts to mask her demise in social stature. The time has come for the men in Susan's life to meet. Meanwhile, Bree begins to feel the pressures of balancing marriage and a career. Edie is reminded just how hostile the neighbors on Wisteria Lane can be. Finally, a suspicious Mrs. McCluskey enlists Katherine's help to uncover more about their new neighbor, Dave.
Bree's estranged daughter, Danielle, returns to Wisteria Lane and is met with a deluge of criticism. Meanwhile, Gabrielle and Susan find themselves embroiled in a catfight brought on by an altercation between their kids. To her chagrin, Lynette comes home to find Tom and Dave have formed a garage band after she told him to get rid of his old things. Finally, Katherine and Mrs. McCluskey invite Edie to lunch to press her for more information on Dave.
Bree's new cookbook and entrepreneurial success has the women of Wisteria Lane feeling envious. Lynette's longing for a taste of her breadwinning days as an ad-exec leads her to lend an unsolicited hand to Bree's marketing plan. MJ's drawing of a family portrait has left Mike feeling like he's not a presence in his son's life. Gaby hatches a plan to have more sex with Carlos. Susan teaches a reluctant MJ how to fall. Meanwhile, Dave's motives for moving to the neighborhood continue to take shape.
Driven by a hidden agenda, Dave convinces Susan to throw Mrs. McCluskey a surprise party for her 70th birthday. Jackson wants to take his relationship with Susan to the next level. Gabrielle's concerned she might be pregnant. Tom tells Lynette he's sold the pizzeria. A startling reason for the bond between Bree and Katherine is revealed. And finally, an outraged Mrs. McCluskey has the entire neighborhood questioning her sanity.
During the course of his regular massage, Carlos accidentally gives a wealthy client an orgasm! She tips him extravagantly and then requests that he accompany her to Europe for two months for $100,000. Carlos turns it down, but won't say why, which Gabby can't understand. "Just wait until she tells all her rich lady friends what you did for her!" she gushes.
Lynette and Tom uncover the unsettling truth about son Porter. Gabrielle suspects Carlos' best client, Virginia (guest star Frances Conroy), has ulterior motives. Bree's moment of weakness could bring her great embarrassment and shame. Katherine's not-so-little secret is unveiled. Susan learns of Jackson's true passion. Finally, Mrs. McCluskey's sister Roberta (guest star Lily Tomlin) unearths a disturbing fact about Dave.
The members of Blue Odyssey -- Dave, Carlos, Mike, Tom, and Orson -- are nervous on the night of the Battle of the Bands since they're so much older than all the other bands. "We're here to have fun," Dave reminds them and Mike agrees, saying, "It'll be a night to remember." He has no idea, of course, that a fire is going to break out when they're on stage, causing a mad stampede for the exits
The road to recovery begins in the aftermath of the deadly fire that shook the citizens of Fairview. For Gaby and Carlos, injuries sustained in the fire lead to a fortunate discovery. But for most, the consequences are less forgiving. Lynette and Tom vow to protect son Porter at any cost; Susan must learn to let go of the man she loves; and Orson's attempt at a good night's sleep puts Bree in a most precarious, though amusing, position on the day of her big cooking demonstration.
The police arrest Porter, over Lynette's protests. Tom assures Lynette, "We'll get a lawyer, we'll get through this." They hire their neighbor, Bob, as their lawyer, and Porter tells them he has an alibi: He was at Edie's stealing her gun! Since no one saw him there, Lynette tells him, "Honey, that's not an alibi. That's a confession to another crime." She surreptitiously returns the gun, without anyone being the wiser.
The competition is on when Bree meets Andrew's future mother-in-law for the first time, as each is determined to win over their son's affection; Gaby urges Carlos to accept a job which pays a six-figure salary even if it means spending more time away from home; Susan is feeling lonely while Jackson is away and turns to Lee for company; Lynette catches Preston speaking to his runaway twin on the phone; and Edie grows weary of Dave as he continues to exhibit some odd behavior.
Edie summons her friends over to sympathize with her over kicking Dave out, but Susan, who thinks she's being helpful by saying Edie can help her move, steals her thunder by announcing she's moving to Riverton to be with Jackson.
Neighborhood handyman Eli Scruggs dies of a heart attack on top of Susan's roof, shaking up all the women of Wisteria Lane, who each remember how much a difference he made in their lives. Gabrielle remembers how Eli helped her make friends when she first moved to Fairview by suggesting she host one of the weekly poker parties. Gaby's insistence on making a dramatic entrance and her tales of her glamorous days as a model fail to win over her new suburban neighbors, however. The next time Eli stops in, he tells her, "I went out on a limb to get you into that game and then you go in there and act like you're better than they are." He advises her, "Drop the attitude. Learn to like your neighbors." Gaby shows up with a muffin basket to the next poker game, which she wasn't invited to, and apologizes for starting off on the wrong foot. "What I should have said was, 'My husband's never home. I miss the city. I miss my life. I'm lonely all the time and I could really use some friends.'" This time, the women welcome her with open arms.
Bree reaps the success of her new book by treating herself to a new car, while Lynette and Tom resolve to sell his Mustang for some extra cash. Susan is determined to send MJ to the best school, even though she and Mike can't afford it. Meanwhile, Gaby joins Edie's no nonsense boot camp to get herself back into shape, and Lee is conflicted over whether to tell Lynette and Tom some disturbing facts about Dave.
Susan starts a new job in order to give son MJ the best, but when Mike leaves their son in Katherine's care, anger and jealousy pervade. As Scavo's Pizzeria continues to take a hit in the current economy, Lynette tells Tom they have to sell. Carlos receives a generous bonus when Gaby discovers his boss' dirty little secret. Orson confronts Bree when he learns she's given Andrew a raise. Meanwhile, Dave grows weary the neighbors are beginning to suspect he's up to no good.
In a gesture of friendship, Bree tells Lynette she'll help Tom secure a new job, but the best intentions will reach a tempestuous end and reveal Orson's shameful misdeeds. Gaby finds herself in a precarious position when Carlos' adulterous boss begins using her to cover for himself as he continues to cheat on his wife. Meanwhile, Edie digs into Dave's past after a chance encounter with an old acquaintance.
When Susan tries to impress Jessie (guest star Swoosie Kurtz), a teacher at work, Jessie comes away with the wrong impression. With the wrong intent, Gaby convinces Carlos to hire Lynette, and Carlos finds himself working with an old acquaintance (guest star Lesley Boone as Lucy). As Orson's shameful habit grows, Bree will protect herself from embarrassment at all costs, and a suspicious Edie slyly digs further into Dave's past.
Bree considers selling her business to save her marriage. Lynette is threatened by her new boss, and boundaries are crossed for Gabrielle and Carlos. Meanwhile, Katherine is caught in the most unexpected of circumstances and Edie's worst fears come true.
After Edie dies, her friends share memories of her during a four-hour drive to bring her ashes to a relative.
Rose, the elderly neighbor whose house Orson broke into, also witnessed him causing Edie's crash. After suffering a mild heart attack, she tells Katherine she's sure that it was Death coming after her, but Katherine thinks it's just the morphine talking.
Katherine bribes MJ to ask Mike when he plans to marry her, but Mike dodges the question. When Katherine brings it up again, Mike admits he just doesn't see himself getting married again.
Karl suggests several shady ways for Bree to hide her assets from Orson, including keeping double books, that she readily agrees to. But she can't believe her ears when he wants her to rob her own house.
Gabrielle runs into an old acquaintance who's lost everything, Lynette is upset with Tom for his latest "bright idea," Orson threatens to blackmail Bree, and Susan accepts Dave's "friendly" gesture.
Lynette adapts to Tom's decision to go back to school, Orson takes a beating that Bree cannot comprehend, Gabrielle's niece (guest star Maiara Walsh) moves to Wisteria Lane, and Susan and MJ's lives are in grave danger at the hands of Dave.