Oct. 03, 2004
60 min.
ABC TV Network

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Bree Hodge (née Mason, previously Van de Kamp) is the perfect wife and mother, however, it becomes apparent that her emotional coldness and obsession with appearance causes the rest of her family to resent her. Known for her homemaking skills, she is also well-versed in regards to fire-arm training: she owns four guns and is a card carrying member of the NRA.

Early Life

Born into the wealthy conservative family of a prosecuting attorney, Bree's life was forever changed when she was a child, when her mother died in her family's driveway, after being hit by a drunk driver. To deal with the trauma, Bree closed herself off from the outside world, repressing her emotions and presenting the illusion of perfection to those who saw her. She also developed an obsession with cleanliness, which began when she washed her dead mother's blood off the driveway. Bree's father remarried shortly after his wife's death. Bree and her step-mother did not get along.

First Marriage
Bree went on to attend college, where, in her freshman year, she met her future husband Rex Van de Kamp, while attending a campus Young Republican meeting. The two connected the moment they met, as after their meeting the two went to a diner, where they stayed up until 2:00 AM, talking about immigration and state government. At the time, Bree was involved in a serious relationship with another man but quickly ended her relationship with him in order to begin dating Rex. This caused stress between Bree and her family, who did not approve of Rex as a suitor for their daughter. Shortly thereafter, the two married, with Bree Mason Van de Kamp quickly becoming pregnant with the first of her two children by Rex.

Season One

Marriage Problems
Bree is forced to take part in marriage counselling when her husband Rex asks for a divorce, and her son Andrew's rebellious behaviour leads her to cover up a hit-and-run accident to protect him. Bree eventually discovers that Rex is regularly visiting a prostitute,and leaves him, seeking companionship with local pharmacist George Williams. Hoping to restore her marriage, Bree reluctantly takes part in S&M scenarios with Rex in an attempt to satisfy him sexually. The conservative Bree is horrified when Andrew comes out of the closet. George begins plotting to murder Rex by replacing his heart medication. When Rex has a heart attack and the doctors discover his medication was tampered with, Rex believes Bree was the one trying to kill him and writes a note, forgiving her. He then dies of a heart attack, leaving Bree devastated.

Season Two

Rex's Death
Bree makes sure everything is perfect at Rex's funeral. Her mother-in-law, Phyllis, came to visits and annoys Bree .

Bree gets engaged to George. He then tries to rush her into marrying him, he loses his temper and she ends their relationship. He tries to blackmail her into getting back with him by telling her that he has taken a lot of pills and confesses that he killed Rex. Devastated, Bree tells him that she has called an ambulance, instead she sits there and watches him die but later tells Andrew this, who uses it to try and blackmail her.

Abandoning Andrew
Events take their toll on Bree and she starts drinking heavily. She has a brief relationship with Andrew's sponsor Peter but that ends when she discovers that he and Andrew have slept together in her bed. Unable to take any more, she packs Andrew's belongings and leaves him by the side of the road, miles from home.

Saving Danielle
Danielle gets involved with Mathew Applewhite and leaves home to be with him. Unfortunately Matthew's mother, Betty, and Bree realize that Matthew murdered an ex-girlfriend, Melanie Foster, after she started calling his brother, Caleb names. Bree had signed herself into a psychiatric unit because she felt she needed help but they wouldn't let her leave voluntarily so she had to break out. She arrived home to find Matthew and Danielle there, wanting money, but Bree confronted him about Melanie and refused to let him leave with Danielle. He threatened to shoot her if she didn't move, but the police shot him first.

Season Three

Second Marriage
Bree marry Orson Hodge after a six-month relationship, but their marriage is plagued by the belief that Orson physically abused his first wife, Alma, and murdered her. Andrew returns home due to Orson's intervention, and he and his mother reconcile. However, the arrival of Orson's mother, Gloria, and Alma's return, cause a rift in the family once more. When the two women successfully drug Orson for the purpose of allowing Alma to rape him, Bree intervenes and learns that Gloria was responsible for murdering Orson's mistress, Monique Pollier, in order to keep him trapped in a loveless marriage to Alma. Gloria then tries to murder Bree in the bathtub and make it look like suicide, but Orson defends Bree, causes his mother to suffer a severe stroke.

Bree then leaves with Orson, to go on the honeymoon they never had. Bree returns in time for Gabrielle and Victor's wedding, pregnant.

Season Four

Fake Pregnancy
Bree and Orson struggle to keep her fake pregnancy a secret. Phyllis, Rex’s mother, discovers Bree’s pregnancy is a hoax and tries to convince Danielle to raise the child herself to spite Bree. In the end, Danielle gives birth to a boy named Benjamin Tyson Hodge (Surname eventually changed to Katz) and agrees that Bree and Orson will raise him as their own.
Bree then develops a rivalry with new neighbor, Katherine, who have same interests and personality traits. After a series of small feuds, they ultimately become friends.

The Tornado
After a tornado destroys her house, Bree, Orson and Benjamin move in temporarily with Susan. During this time, Orson inadvertently reveals that he was responsible for putting Mike in a coma. Unable to forgive Orson, Bree kicks him out and during their separation, Edie comes onto Orson, beginning a feud between Edie and Bree. When Edie discovers the truth about Benjamin, she uses it to blackmail Bree.

Catering Company
Bree and Katherine begin a small catering business together. In the season finale, Katherine saves Bree’s life by telling her ex-husband Wayne her secrets. When Katherine kills Wayne, Bree rallies the other housewives around Katherine to prevent her from going to prison.

Five Year Jump
Bree has just published her own cookbook, and is successfully running her the catering business. Bree has reconciled with Orson after he spent time in prison for running over Mike.
A flashback sequence revealed that while Bree awaited Orson's release, Danielle returned and took Benjamin back. Bree relapsed into alcoholism but was able to overcome it once again thanks to Katherine's intervention.

Season Five

A Disintegrating Marriage
Bree almost always puts her career before anything else. Orson begins to steal to "hurt" Bree. Orson agrees to stop his compulsive stealing, but when Bree learns that he attempted to rob an old woman (which led to Edie Britt's death), she decides to divorce Orson.

Season Six

Affair with Karl
Bree is unwilling to sleep with Karl, but her marriage to Orson is strained, and they are sleeping separately. Orson comments that guilt is sometimes necessary for happiness, defending his decision to blackmail her to stop her from divorcing him. Bree takes this motto as her own and consummates her affair with Karl.

Bree never wants Susan to discover her affair with Karl espiecally after Susan said if any friend of hers went into bed with him and knew what he did her is no longer a friend of hers.

Karl has proposed, vowing that he will change, Bree has not given Karl an answer to the proposal, she would rather see if Karl is capable, part of their arrangement is leaving their sex lives on hiatus. More recently, Bree has hired Angie Bolen making her the newest member of Mrs. Van de Kamp's Caterering, Bree started to feel the pressures of running a company alone since dismissing Katherine, she also feels she has lost a confidante and friend, she later confides in Angie about how miserable she is in her marriage. Bree has become even more distant with her husband, pleading with him on how she "wants out". However Orson is determined to work on their marriage.

Orson then starts to become suspect that Bree is cheating, before asking Angie to spy on her. Angie discovers the truth about Bree and Karl, but decides to help Bree hide Karl before Orson can catch them in the act. Bree later thanks Angie, who says that she didn't do it for her but, for Orson.

Susan notices Julie's car outside a motel, not realizing that Karl switched cars with Julie and is shocked to see Bree and Karl in bed together. Susan and Bree nearly choke each other while they are taking a self-defense course. Later, Susan confronts Bree and Karl to let them know she is aware of their affair and tells Bree of all the misdeeds Karl committed while Susan was married to Karl. Bree insists she knows what Karl is like but thinks he has changed and admits that she loves him. Susan accepts this and agrees to keep their secret.

Plane Crash
After cleverly blackmailing Orson, he finally gives her the divorce on Christmas day. While at the neighborhood Christmas party, Bree discovers Karl is planning to propose to her via an airplane banner. Karl tells Orson about the affair and the two get into a fistfight inside a gingerbread house. Bree tries to break it up and all three are inside when a crashing airplane smashes into the house with Karl, Bree and Orson inside. The scene ends with Lee looking at the crushed house with a bloodstained hand in one of the windows.

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