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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Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Teri Hatcher began studying acting at the American Conservatory ...

Character Bio

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Susan Delfino (née Bremmer, previously Mayer) is the main protaganist of the series.

Susan's best quality is also the one that gets her into the most trouble: her huge, open heart. Vivacious, smart, and warm, Susan has a habit of opening herself too easily and seeing the best in everyone, even when her judgement tells her otherwise.

Early Life

Susan, born on December 8, 1968, grew up believing her father died at war and was raised by her mother, Sophie. Her mother's erratic love life led to some distance between the two of them but they have always remained close. Susan was a high school gym master and graduated as valedictorian.

First Marriage and Divorce
She later married Karl Mayer and had a daughter together but their marriage was a very difficult one due to Karl's infidelity. He finally left her for his secretary Brandi. Julie was then her only shoulder to cry on and their relationship has strengthened ever since but both of them still have issues about being sometime in a role reversal with Julie playing the adult and Susan making many mistakes.

Season One

Relasionship with Mike
Susan, recovering from her divorce the year before, sees new neighbor Mike Delfino as an opportunity to move on. Edie Britt also wanted Mike, and their competition for his love is a focal point of the season. Susan and Mike do start a relationship, which has its ups and downs due to his mysteriousness, and his real agenda for moving onto Wisteria Lane.

Season Two

Mike isn't killed by Zach, who escapes Fairview. Susan and Mike re-kindle their relationship after a brief period apart. Susan finds Zach, convinces him to look for Paul and gives him money. When Mike learns that Susan gave Zach money, he breaks up with her.

Remarriage to Karl
Susan is shocked to learn that her ex-husband, Karl is dating Edie Britt. Later on, in desperate need of health insurance for a surgery, she secretly marries Karl.

Relasionship with Doctor Ron
Susan dates her doctor, Ron who carries out her operation, but this soon ends on discovering Susan marrying Karl for insurance and finding out she still loved Mike on hearing her semi-conscious after surgery. Mike also fights with Dr. McCredie when the break-up gets ugly.

Engagement to Mike
Mike then buys a ring and wanted to propose to Susan. However before he can do this, he is run over by Orson Hodge.

Season Three

Relasionship with Ian
Susan finds herself looking after Mike who has been in a coma for 6 months. At the hospital, Susan meets Ian whose wife is also in a coma. She begins a relationship with Ian. When Mike does wake up, he has amnesia and has forgotten the past two years of his life, including that he was in love with Susan. Susan is torn between lovers, which leads to Mike and Ian using a poker game to determine who will get Susan, but Ian wins who proposes to Susan.

Second Marriage
Ian and Susan are engaged, she forgives him the poker game, but when the question of whether Susan still loves Mike comes up, she finds that she still does, and she and Ian break off the engagement. Mike and Susan are privately married at a small ceremony.

Season Four

Mike's Addiction
Susan and Mike learn they are expecting a baby. He worked late and got addicted to prescribed painkillers. Susan finds out. After Susan is accidentally injured when Mike confronts her for taking his pills away, she demands he go to rehab.

The Tornado
When a tornado destroys their house, Bree, Orson and baby Benjamin move in with Susan.

Mike, back from rehab, is now clean and ready for the baby. Susan has a son, and after some debate, they name him Maynard James Delfino.

Five Year Jump
During the five year jump, Susan and Mike got divorced. They were involved in a car crash which resulted in the death of the other driver. Although Susan and Mike were not to blame for the accident, her guilty feelings took its toll on their marriage.
It was actually Susan who was driving that night, but Mike took the blame to protect his wife.
Susan also began a secretive love affair with Jackson, but refuses to go public.

Season Five

Dave's Plan
Jackson returns and proposes marriage because his student visa has expired and he will be deported to Canada, but Dave tips off immigration services. Dave convinces Susan and M.J. to go fishing with him, so he can get revenge. On the way to marry Katherine, Mike sees the tape Dave made confessing to the crime; and leaves Katherine at the airport to save M.J. and Susan.

Season Six

Remarriage to Mike
The season begins with Susan preparing to marry Mike for the second time. She feels guilt for what Katherine must be going through, but knows she and Mike belong together.

Episode Screenshots

01x02 - Ah, But Underneath
Season 1, Episode 02
 - Secrets & Lies
08x05 - The Art of Making Art
Season 8, Episode 05
07x04 - The Thing That Counts is What's Inside
Season 7, Episode 04
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