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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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"My name is Mary Alice Young. When you read this morning's paper, you may come across an article about the unusual day I had last week. Normally there's nothing news worthy about my life. But that all changed last Thursday. Of course, everything seemed quite normal at first. I preformed my chores. I completed my projects. I ran my errands. In truth, I spent the day as I spent every other day: quitely polishing the routine of my life until it gleamed with perfection. That's why it was so astonishing when I decided to go to my hallway closet and retrieve a revolver that had never been used..."

Mary Alice Young (formerly Angela Forrest) is the most mysterious of the housewives because only bits and pieces of her story are known. We first meet her moments before she shoots herself in the head. Not a very neighborly thing to do, Mary Alice. The friends you left behind on Wisteria Lane always thought of you as a happy, loving wife and mom. But there are so many secrets that need to be told about this little slice of suburban life. And only Mary Alice can tell them. Nobody around here seems to mind if she does so from beyond the grave.

We feel Mary Alice may be the greatest deceased narrator in TV history! She’s been waxing poetic on the not-so-perfect lives of all the Desperate Housewives since day one. No one on Wisteria Lane is safe from Mary Alice’s insightful observations and intimate knowledge. Some secrets need to be told. And nobody dishes the dirt in a more comforting, neighborly way than Mary Alice Young.

Early Life

Dark Secret
Years ago, Mary Alice couldn't conceive and bought a baby illegally from a heroin addict, Deirdre. She then moved to Wisteria Lane with her husband and the baby to start a new life. The Young family's beautiful, happy life on Wisteria Lane was nearly destroyed when the woman returned, seemingly sober, wanting her baby back. After a verbal fight, as Deirdre went to reclaim her baby, Mary Alice stabbed her and killed her, as the child, originally named Dana and renamed Zach, watched. Mary Alice and Paul chopped up the body and buried it under their pool. Zach's father turned out to be Mike Delfino.

Meeting The Other Housewives

Mary Alice was the first housewife to move to Wisteria Lane. Mary Alice would later describe her meeting with all the major housewives. Susan moved to Wisteria Lane two years after Mary Alice. Mary Alice first encountered Susan when she locked herself in a moving van.

Bree arrived later that year, who arrived at the Youngs house, with Andrew and Rex in tow, she was there to make Andrew apologize for stealing a garden ornamental frog.

She met Lynette several years later, Lynette and Tom were arguing over how Lynette was pregnant with twins, and that it was completely ok for Lynette to punish Tom for neglecting to tell her that his family had eight sets of twins over three generations.

Gabrielle was the final housewife to be greeted by Mary Alice. Mary Alice was shocked to see her hiding behind cardboard boxes in her underwear after having sex with Carlos.

Katherine's Secret
Mary Alice used to be good friends with neighbor, Katherine Mayfair, until she abrubtly left Wisteria Lane.
It was mentioned that Mary Alice held the position of President of Wisteria Lane's homeowners' association, a position actually left vacant for four years (after her death) until Katherine Mayfair returned and insisted a new one be elected.

Mary Alice was also present the night before Katherine left Wisteria Lane. Whilst Katherine and Lillian had been out, Mary Alice had been babysitting Dylan and revealed that Katherine's ex-husband Wayne Davis had turned up and given Dylan a toy doll and a tri-cycle as gifts. Having no idea that Katherine had been running away from her abusive ex, Mary Alice apologizes for any wrong doing as Katherine rushes inside the house with her Aunt Lillian to check on Dylan.


Years later, when Mrs Huber discovered Mary Alice's secret via her sister, Felicia, who worked with "Angela", she blackmailed Mary Alice. Mary Alice then puts a gun to her head, and commits suicide.

On the day that Mary Alice commits suicide, local handyman, Eli visits and sees how clearly distraught she is. She gives him a vase that he fixed when they first met, and then asks him to leave...

Lynette then has a series of dreams about the last time she talked to Mary Alice, which happened to be moments before she shot herself. Lynette tormented herself over not trying to save Mary Alice. After a hostage situation in which two people were killed and Lynette was injured, she had one final dream of Mary Alice. This time, however, Lynette tried to prevent something bad from happening by asking if she could help. To which Mary Alice replied that she couldn't, before walking into her house and shooting herself.

When Eli heard about Mary Alice's death, he promised from then on to help all the other housewives with their handywork and their personal lives, to make sure that none of them do something so awful.

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