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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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Mike Delfino

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The second of three children born to a dentist and his wife in Nashville, Tennessee, Denton grew up ...

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Mike Delfino's not just your average friendly neighbourhood plumber. Your average friendly neighbourhood plumber never worked as a hitman.

Season One

Search for Deirdre and Relasionship with Susan
Mike Delfino posed as the friendly neighborhood plumber but was secretly trying to find out where his ex-girlfriend (Deirdre Taylor) had gone. Her father, Noah, wanted to know what had happened to her before he died - he was terminally ill. Deirdre's remains were discovered in the toy chest that had been under the Young family pool.

Paul Young murdered Martha Huber after she admitted blackmailing his late wife, Mary Alice. He tried to frame Mike, who was arrested but released. Susan was Mike's alibi and she discovered that he had been in prison for manslaughter and drug dealing. Devastated, Susan ended their relationship and he wrote her a letter, explaining why he was convicted of those crimes. Susan didn't trust him and gave it back but visited Kendra and Noah, looking for answers. Kendra told her that Mike and Deirdre were drug addicts. Mike kicked the habit but Deirdre didn't and an undercover policeman forced her to sleep with him in exchange for his silence about her drug habit. Mike found out and tried to stop it. He caught them together and they had a fight, ending with them going over a balcony. Mike survived but the cop didn't. Susan and Mike reconciled after she found out it was self-defense.

Mike discovered that Paul Young was involved in Deirdre's murder. He took Paul hostage and was going to shoot him but Paul told him that he and Mary Alice Young lived in Salt Lake City years before. Mary Alice worked at a rehab centre and met Deirdre there. One night, needing drugs, Deirdre tried to sell her and Paul her watch - claiming the baby needed food but Mary Alice offered to buy food but refused to give her cash. Deirdre knew Mary Alice couldn't have kids and offered them her baby son instead. Mary Alice agreed and they moved to Fairview with their son, Zach. Three years later, Deirdre found them and demanded her baby back; they refused. Deirdre went towards the stairs, intending to take Zach but Mary Alice stabbed her - she had been holding a knife during the argument. Mike let Paul go as he realized Zach was his son.

Season Two

Problems with Zach
When Mike got home, he and Susan fought off Zach and fled. Susan was stunned to discover that Mike is Zach's father. Wanting to protect Julie, Susan encouraged Zach to go to Utah, looking for Paul and gave him money too. When Mike found out about this, he ended their relationship.

Hit-and-Run Incident
After Edie Britt set Susan's house on fire, Mike got Susan a wire to record Edie's confession. Mike then asked Susan to move in with him but Susan, while tempted, refused, moving into a caravan instead. Later, they made up and he planned to propose in the season finale but was knocked down by Orson Hodge.

Season Three

Amnesia and Arrest
Mike survived the accident but spent the next 6 months in a coma. When he woke up, he was diagnosed with amnesia and had forgotten the last 2 years. Edie Britt took advantage of this, telling him that Susan was obsessed with him. They soon began a relationship which ended when he was arrested for the murder of Monique Polier. Susan and her new boyfriend, Ian, did their best to get him out of jail.

In prison, Paul Young attempted to befriend him so Zach would help him find Felicia Tilman, who he was accused of murdering during Season Two. Zach helped Mike by paying for him to be released on bail. Later, he realized that Orson Hodge was responsible. He and Mike had a fight on the hospital roof and Orson fell off. Mike was cleared when the police found Alma and Monique's teeth and suicide note.

Feelings for Susan
Mike was saddened when Ian and Susan got engaged but later discovered that Ian had known Mike had been about to propose the night of his accident and proposed first. Mike challenged Ian about this at a poker game for Susan. Susan was furious and sent them both away but eventually decided to marry Ian. Upset, Mike left a message on her voicemail, saying goodbye. That night, he left Wisteria Lane and Susan behind. Susan finally realised her true feelings for Mike, and ended it with Ian.

Exactly a year to the day after Mike's accident, they went out to dinner. Susan waited for Mike to propose and was disappointed when he didn't. On their return to Wisteria Lane, the trailer Susan decorated on the night of Mike's accident, was waiting on her driveway. They live the experience they were meant to have that night and Mike proposed. They married in the woods in the middle of the night.

Season Four

Drug Addiction
Mike and Susan discovered that they were expecting a baby.
The doctor suggested Susan and Mike go for genetic counselling (due to her pregnancy), Mike admitted that his father was alive and in prison for first degree murder. They visited and Susan was shocked by how cold Mike's father was, later confronting him alone. Bree discovered that Mike's painkillers are highly addictive, she told Susan who only believed it when she found pills hidden in Mike's torch. Mike's drug dealer hassled him for money so he blackmailed Adam and Orson into prescribing him more pills. She confronted Mike and he accidentally pushed her down the stairs. They went to the hospital - worried about the baby - but punched a hospital worker so Mike was handcuffed to a seat. Susan told him if he didn't go to rehab, she would leave him and refuse him access to the baby. Mike agreed and went for thirty days.

After Mike's mother visited Mike and Susan, she was difficult with Susan. Mike scolded his mother and she apologized just before Susan gave birth to their baby boy. Mike wanted to name him Maynard after his grandfather (who was a father figure for him) but Susan preferred Connor. Mike convinced her to name their son Maynard James Delfino (he's known as M.J.).

Five Year Jump
During the years, Mike and Susan were involved in a car crash, killing two people. In a flashback reveals in the aftermath of the crash Susan and Mike argued, Susan couldn't come to terms with the accident while Mike maintained it was an accident. The rows led to Mike walking out on her and divorcing her.

Season Five

Relasionship with Katherine
While Susan is now with Jackson, Mike started dating Katherine Mayfair, Susan's older friend. Mike and Katherine bonded over after bad dates and realize they are attracted to each other.

Worried about her and Mike's relationship, Kat tells him that her daughter wants her to move to Maryland, but isn't sure if she should go. Mike was non-committal but realized, thanks to Dave, that he was falling in love with Katherine and left her a basket of roses with a note saying "Don't go". When Katherine found them, she was thrilled - unaware that Dave had an agenda of his own, thinking Mike was responsible for the deaths of his wife and daughter. Dave planned his revenge - he, Mike and Katherine would go camping and he would shoot Katherine dead. Unfortunately, Dave's wife, Edie, sent him a text, telling him to come home. Edie confronts him - during the confrontation, Edie is about to call Mike when Dave nearly strangles her. Edie rushed out and was killed after being electrocuted when she crashed her car into an electricity pole after swerving to avoid Orson. Dave later learns that he nearly killed the wrong person. Susan confessed she was driving the night that Lila and Paige died and realized he should have been targeting her. Dave decides to kill Susan and Mike's six-year-old son, M.J. Delfino, in revenge.

Mike later struggled with his feelings for Susan and Katherine, and proposes to Katherine, who gladly accepts. In the finale, Dave gives Mike a videotape, a confession which Mike wasn't supposed to see until after M.J. is dead. Needing a videotape to use at the wedding, Katherine puts it in her camera. Katherine and Mike are waiting to fly to Vegas and Katherine takes her wallet to buy cappuccinos and knocked the camera so Mike heard Dave's voice from her purse. Watching it, he sees Dave confess to killing M.J.. Mike runs to save him, leaving a message for Katherine. Unfortunately, it is misinterpreted. Mike phones Susan and told her that Dave is the man whose wife and daughter that died in the accident. He speaks to Dave, offering himself in Susan and M.J.'s place. Dave agrees and tells Mike to meet them at the site of the accident. Unknown to Mike, Dave plans to have Mike crash into his car and kill M.J., just as Susan did when she killed Lila and Paige. Susan manages to escape and tried to warn Mike, but he crashed into Dave's car anyway. Susan was relieved to find M.J. alive and well as Dave had told him to get out of the car. Susan, Mike, and M.J. share a hug, and Mike kisses Susan.

Season Six

After Susan and Mike got back together, Mike goes over and apologizes to Katherine straight away saying that he needs to be with Susan.
Susan and Mike finally tie the knot for the second time. On their way down the aisle, Katherine storms into the church. Mike tells her that if she doesn't leave he will drag her out himself. Katherine agrees but Susan starts to feel guilty and stands back up on the altar and apologizes to her. The two then hug, but Katherine makes it clear to Susan that she hasn't forgiven her and declares war against Susan.

The next day, Julie has been brutally attacked. Later, Katherine tells him that she's there for him. Katherine is still in love with Mike, and tries to make him realize that his current marriage to Susan is doomed and that they should be together...

Episode Screenshots

05x24 - If It's Only in Your Head
Season 5, Episode 24
02x14 - Silly People
Season 2, Episode 14
03x21 - Into the Woods
Season 3, Episode 21
03x02 - It Takes Two
Season 3, Episode 02
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