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The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'

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There are so many juicy episodes of Desperate Housewives that keep you coming back for more and more drama, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Gossip" the best, or is "Liasons" your favorite episode of Desperate Housewives? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Desperate Housewives are, let's rank every Desperate Housewives episode from best to worst.

Desperate Housewives is an American soap opera and comedic drama series created by Marc Cherry. Desperate Housewives premiered on ABC on October 3, 2004. The series has received numerous Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, winning a total of 7 and 3 respectively. 

Vote up your favorite episodes of Desperate Housewives, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Desperate Housewives episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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    Bang is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Bang

    November 5, 2006

    Season3

    Episode Number7

    The day begins just as every other... Except today, there will be a deadly hostage situation in a local supermarket.

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    The Best Thing That Ever Could is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

    January 18, 2009

    Season5

    Episode Number13

    Local handyman Eli Scruggs dies from a heart attack on his last day of work and the housewives remember moments when he affected their lives.

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    Something's Coming is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Something's Coming

    December 2, 2007

    Season4

    Episode Number9

    Things take an unexpected turn when a large tornado hits Wisteria Lane, forcing the residents to seek shelter; Katherine comes clean about her and Adam's past.

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    Down the Block There's a Riot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Down the Block There's a Riot

    December 12, 2010

    Season7

    Episode Number10

    Paul's nefarious plan for Wisteria Lane is put into full effect; Juanita discovers Gabrielle's secret; Tom is confronted about his past indiscretion with Renee.

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    Finishing the Hat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Finishing the Hat

    May 13, 2012

    Season8

    Episode Number23

    Everything that begins must eventually end, as the beginnings and endings walk us both forwards and backwards, taking our final stroll down Wistera Lane.

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    Give Me the Blame is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Give Me the Blame

    May 13, 2012

    Season8

    Episode Number22

    Bree's trial finally comes to an end with a surprise confession; Tom takes steps to finalize his divorce.

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    Free is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Free

    May 18, 2008

    Season4

    Episode Number17

    Several residents are faced with deadly threats; Adam is held captive by Wayne; Katherine's secret past is finally revealed, after she and Bree are held hostage.

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    One Wonderful Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    One Wonderful Day

    May 22, 2005

    Season1

    Episode Number23

    Tensions and conflicts endure between the different characters as the season comes to an end but leaves you hanging for what is to come.

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    Look Into Their Eyes and You S is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know

    April 19, 2009

    Episode Number10

    The ladies travel out of town to visit Edie's estranged son, Travers, to deliver her ashes, thinking back to their most significant time in Edie's life along the way.

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    The Little Things You Do Toget is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    The Little Things You Do Together

    February 18, 2007

    Season3

    Episode Number15

    A drunk Gabirelle finds herself in bed with Zach; Tom prepares for Scavo's Pizzeria grand opening; A surprise proposal is made; The truth about Monique's murder is finally revealed.

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    Remember: Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Remember: Part 2

    May 21, 2006

    Season2

    Episode Number24

    More frequent flashbacks featuring Rex, John Rowland, and George Williams, take us back to key moments in time for Bree, Lynette, Susan and Gabrielle and how they connect to the present.

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    Come on Over for Dinner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Come on Over for Dinner

    May 15, 2011

    Season7

    Episode Number23

    The residents each enjoy a progressive dinner, but the evening turns fatal when Gabrielle's stepfather appears.

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    I Guess This Is Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    I Guess This Is Goodbye

    May 16, 2010

    Season6

    Episode Number23

    Gabrielle risks her safety to help Angie; Lynette and her baby's fate lie in Eddie's hands; Susan comes to grips with financial woes; Bree considers confessing a secret; Angie must submit to Patrick's demands to protect Danny.

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    City on Fire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    City on Fire

    November 16, 2008

    Season5

    Episode Number8

    Everyone gathers at a nightclub for the annual "Battle of the Bands," until a fire breaks out, threatening the lives of those inside.

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    Remember: Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Remember: Part 1

    May 21, 2006

    Season2

    Episode Number23

    Perodic flashbacks to moving-in day on Wisteria Lane and how the control-freak Bree, the ambitious Lynette, the neurotic Susan, and the narcissistic Gabrielle met Mary Alice Young for the first time and how she brought them all together. 

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    Pilot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Pilot

    October 3, 2004

    Season1

    Episode Number1

    Mary Alice takes her own life, taking us into the lives of her family, friends and neighbors; At Mary Alice's funeral, Susan meets Mike, a new neighbour.

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    Lovely is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Lovely

    February 21, 2010

    Season6

    Episode Number15

    Robin and Katherine go on a double date with two men, who both like Robin; Bree picks up a few tricks to engage Orson; Gabrielle looks for help with troublesome Ana.

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    Getting Married Today is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Getting Married Today

    May 20, 2007

    Season3

    Episode Number23

    Bree returns from her honeymoon with Orson. Lynette's mother comes to town, as Lynette faces the possibility of cancer. Gabrielle's and Susan's weddings both take place.

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    Boom Crunch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Boom Crunch

    December 6, 2009

    Season6

    Episode Number10

    The Bolens are blackmailed for money; Lynnette's lawsuit against Carlos further escalates; A small plane crashes into the Wistera Lane block party.

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    Putting It Together is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Putting It Together

    December 4, 2011

    Season8

    Episode Number9

    Gaby, Susan and Lynette are questioned; Bree's life begins to spiral into despair; Lynette's favor could ruin Tom's relationship with Jane.

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    Welcome to Kanagawa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Welcome to Kanagawa

    January 6, 2008

    Season4

    Episode Number10

    In the aftermath of the tornado, Lynette's learns of her family's fate; An incriminating letter, left by Katherine's late aunt, forces her and Adam to come to terms with a dark secret.

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    That's Good, That's Bad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    That's Good, That's Bad

    November 27, 2005

    Season2

    Episode Number9

    George stalks Bree; Lynette uses some leverage against Nina; Carlos is released from prison; Susan finally meets her birth father, and tries to form a relationship.

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    Now I Know, Don't Be Scared is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Now I Know, Don't Be Scared

    November 4, 2007

    Season4

    Episode Number6

    As Halloween approaches, Edie's biggest fear comes true; Susan discovers Mike's father, who he claimed was dead, is actually alive; Danielle goes into labor during Bob and Lee's Halloween costume party.

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    Now You Know is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Now You Know

    September 30, 2007

    Season4

    Episode Number1

    After agreeing to run away with Carlos on her wedding night to Victor, Gabby gets a call from Carlos, informing her that Edie has tried to commit suicide. One month later, Lynette tries to hide the fact that she has cancer from everyone, despite the fact she has no hair while she continues to deal with her difficult mother Stella.

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    Guilty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'
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    Guilty

    November 28, 2004

    Season1

    Episode Number8

    Bree and Rex cover up Andrew's accident; Susan grows suspicious of Mike's real reason for moving to Wisteria Lane; Gabrielle questions the priest, who John confessed her adulterous affair ...

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