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Oct. 03, 2004
60 min.
ABC TV Network

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On a sunny day in the loveliest of suburbs, in a town called Fairview, housewife Mary Alice Young killed herself. Now she takes us into the lives of her family and neighbors. Her girlfriends are Susan, a known klutz who recently remarried the love of her life, Lynette who struggles with her family and career, Bree the owner of a catering business and the ex-model turned housewife Gabrielle...

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Nicollette Sheridan is an English actress, former model, and producer, known for Desperate Housewives, ...

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Edie Britt (previously McLain, Roswell, Williams) was the most reviled woman on Wisteria Lane, and yet her charm was that she didn't really understand why. Strong-willed and self-employed, when Edie saw something she wanted, she got after it. And nothing would stand in her way.

Early Life

Born in 1966, Edie was forced to grow up very quickly when her father abandoned her. Ilene wasn't much of a mother and the two swiftly drifted apart, causing Edie to leave home.

When Edie was 16 years old, her mother, Ilene, and her father seperated. He started dating another woman with a young daughter. When he was moving his stuff out Ilene brought Edie to the cinema because she didn't want to see him. When they returned, he had taken Edie's collection of toy horses. Ilene was furious and rang him immediately but he said that Edie was too old for the toys and that his new girlfriend's daughter would enjoy them more.

Edie lost her viginity at a young age, before setting up her own real-estate company and marrying her first husband, Charles McLain, in 1998.

First Marriage
A year after their marriage, Edie gave birth to her only child, Travers. Charles was always away on business trips and didn't spend enough time with Edie. Overtime, Edie became lonely and started dating other men. But, in 2000, Edie requested a divorce. Charles desperatly wanted to be a good father and do the best for Travers, so Edie decided not to fight for custody because she felt she wasn't going to be capable of raising a child.

Second Marriage
Two years after her first marriage, Edie became romantically involved with Umberto Rosswell, a gym instructor. They were soon married, but like before, this marriage ended in divorce after Edie found out that Umberto was gay.

While feeling insecure about her appearance, the local handyman, Eli, reassures Edie and makes her feel better. Eli later helps Edie get over Umberto and she cheers herself up by having sex with him!

Season One

The Fight for Mike
Just like Susan, Edie is attracted to Mike Delfino which brings in some drama between the two and leads Susan to accidentally burn her house down when she thinks they are having sex. When Susan gets with Mike she reveals that she has already had a sexual encounter with Susan's ex-husband, Karl, while they were married. Edie is upset when Martha Huber is murdered, and proves to be the only Wisteria Lane resident who wishes to give her a proper burial.

Season Two

Relationship with Karl
Edie dates Karl, much to the displeasure of Susan. He pretends to have broken up with Edie and has sex with Susan to see if they could get back together, but Susan finds out that he is still with her she shows him the door. However, when Susan has insurance problems Karl remarries her, but doesn't tell Edie. When she finds the prenup she thinks he is going to pop the question, but later Karl dumps Edie and she goes on a search to find out who the "other woman" is.

She finally discovers it to be Susan and burns her house down, but later states that she has helped Susan by doing so, putting her once again in the spotlight.

Season Three

Relationship with Mike

Edie is with Mike when he wakes up from his six-month coma. She learns that Mike has retrograde amnesia and doesn't remember the last two years of his life. While helping Mike fill in the blanks of his memory, Edie constructs a horrible image of Susan, leading him to believe that Susan never loved her and that they were never happy together. Edie also admits to Mike that she's always had a thing for him and that she's hurt about how he never paid any attention to her. Susan comes by the hospital to give Mike flowers, only to catch him having sex with Edie in the hospital bed. Edie and Mike begin a relationship, creating even more tension between her and Susan, but later breaks it off with Mike when he is arrested for the murder of Monique Pollier.

Taking in Austin
Edie's nephew, Austin McCann, comes to live with her. He begins a romantic relationship with Susan's daughter, Julie. Edie and Susan later catch Austin having sex with Bree's daughter, Danielle. When Danielle reveals she is pregnant, Austin leaves Wisteria Lane for parts unknown, never to be seen again.

Relationship with Carlos
Edie's ex, Charles McClain, dumps their son, Travers, at Edie's house. Carlos takes pity on her and agrees to look after the boy when needed. Edie and Carlos start an affair. When Travers leaves with his dad, Carlos tells Edie he doesn't love her. Edie tells Carlos she will have a child with him if he stays with her. Carlos agrees, but Edie continues the pill.

Carlos discovers the birth control pills and confronts Edie at Gaby's wedding. Carlos leaves Edie alone and depressed. She later returns home and hangs herself...
It transpires that Edie's suicide attempt was faked, and was merely a bid for Carlos's attention. He agrees to resume their relationship.

Season Four

This leads Edie to discover Carlos's secret offshore bank account containing $10 million. She uses this knowledge to blackmail him, asking him to marry her. Edie hires someone to spy on Carlos and manages to get pictures of him and Gaby kissing. Edie attempts to get revenge by telling the IRS and turning the pictures over to Victor. Edie, still feeling vindictive, reveals to the police that Gaby and Carlos may be responsible for her husband Victor's disappearance. A tornado is about to hit Wisteria Lane and Carlos and Gabrielle plan on disappearing. Edie then gets her hands on a folder, giving her access to Carlos's offshore bank account. Gabrielle and Edie fight over the folder, but lose the papers in the tornado. They are forced to take shelter together and put aside their differences for a while.

When Bree and Orson are having troubles, Edie lets Orson stay with her. Edie later shares a brief drunken kiss with Orson which is seen by Bree. When Edie says it meant nothing, Bree slaps her and a full scale war erupts between them. Bree sabotages Edie's business by hounding off potential house buyers. Edie visits Orson, who is now living alone at a hotel, to complain about Bree. When she enters the room, she discovers a piece of paper revealing that Bree's baby is really Austin and Danielle's. Edie threatens to tell everyone. Bree tells her friends about her faked pregnancy and about Edie's threats. They take Bree's side and tell Edie that her friendship with the others is over. This causes Edie to leave Wisteria Lane.

Moving On
Edie then leaves Wisteria Lane for good. She tells her Travers that she will be spending Mother's Day with him. In fact, she will be spending a lot more time with Travers from now on.

Five-Year Jump
Edie is a new and transformed woman and ties the knot with Dave Williams, who insists that they return to Wisteria Lane, for unknown reasons.

Season Five

Return to Wisteria Lane
Edie returns to Wisteria Lane seemingly changed and with a husband. The other housewives decide to forgive her and resume their friendship with her. However, they can't help but feel suspicious about her new husband, Dave Williams, particularly Mrs. McCluskey and Katherine.

Suspicions of Dave
Edie's new husband, Dave, is persistent in convincing her to get along better with her neighbors. He kidnaps Karen McCluskey's cat after she is rude to Edie, only returning him when Karen apologizes. When Karen attempts to investigate Dave's background, Edie realizes she knows very little about his past. Dave's doctor, Samuel Heller, arrives in Fairview and confronts Dave at the White Horse Club, but Dave strangles him and sets fire to the building. Dave only married Edie to have an excuse to move to Wisteria Lane and get revenge on Mike Delfino, who, as it turns out, had been involved in a car accident that killed Dave's wife, Lila, and daughter, Paige. Edie starts to notice something is off about Dave and is irritated that he doesn't show interest in her. Suspicious about her husband's motives, she does a research on his past and goes to the local newspaper for information on Dave's family. Upon receiving a news article on the fateful car accident and finally learning the truth about her husband's intentions, she confronts Dave when he returns home from his camping trip.
As she attempts to call Mike to warn him, she is almost strangled to death by Dave. Tearful and disorientated, Edie manages to run away and drives down the lane. She almost hits Orson as he stumbles onto the road; swerving to miss him, she hits an electric post instead. Dazed and unaware that the power line had snapped and there was water underneath the car, Edie steps out. She receives an electric shock, falls to the ground and dies a few minutes later.

A One of a Kind Life...
The housewives pay a visit to Travers, to announce her death and to give him her ashes. On the journey up each of the housewives and Karen McCluskey share memories of Edie. In one flashback, Susan and Edie did get along in the beginning, until Susan finds out Edie is having sex with her neighbor's husband. In another flashback, Edie takes Lynette out to cheer her up. In another flashback, Edie tells Bree to go see Orson once a month since he went to jail. In another flashback, Edie reveals to Gabrielle that she always knew she would never see 50. However, although Edie was right, Gabrielle convinced her that in 50 years time they would still go out clubbing wearing short skirts and still be the hottest ladies on the lane. And in a final flashback, Edie tells Karen McCluskey she knows what it's like losing a child. Once they arrive, however, Travers tells them that they were her closest friends and that they should spread the ashes wherever they want.

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