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This article contains episode summaries for the fourth season of Desperate Housewives.
- 1 Season summary
- 2 Episode Summaries
- 2.1 Now You Know
- 2.2 Smiles of a Summer Night
- 2.3 The Game
- 2.4 If There's Anything I Can't Stand
- 2.5 Art Isn't Easy
- 2.6 Now I Know, Don't Be Scared
- 2.7 You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover
- 2.8 Distant Past
- 2.9 Something's Coming
- 2.10 Welcome to Kanagawa
- 2.11 Sunday
- 2.12 In Buddy's Eyes
- 2.13 Hello, Little Girl
- 2.14 Opening Doors
- 2.15 Mother Said
- 2.16 The Gun Song
- 2.17 Free
- 3 Notes
- 4 See Also
In the U.S., original episodes of season four aired between September 30, 2007 and May 18, 2008.
- Teri Hatcher - Susan Delfino (17/17)
- Felicity Huffman - Lynette Scavo (17/17)
- Marcia Cross - Bree Hodge (17/17)
- Eva Longoria Parker - Gabrielle Solis (17/17)
- Nicollette Sheridan - Edie Britt (15/17)
- Ricardo Antonio Chavira - Carlos Solis (17/17)
- Andrea Bowen - Julie Mayer (14/17)
- Doug Savant - Tom Scavo (17/17)
- Kyle MacLachlan - Orson Hodge (17/17)
- Dana Delany - Katherine Mayfair (16/17)
- with Brenda Strong - Mary Alice Young (17/17)
- and James Denton - Mike Delfino (16/17)
- Shawn Pyfrom - Andrew Van de Kamp (11/17)
- Lyndsy Fonseca- Dylan Mayfair (14/17)
- Joy Lauren - Danielle Van de Kamp (4/17)*
- Brent Kinsman - Preston Scavo (14/17)
- Shane Kinsman - Porter Scavo (14/17)
- Zane Huett - Parker Scavo (10/17)
- Rachel Fox - Kayla Scavo (10/17)*
*Not credited in "Now You Know".
Recurring Guest Stars
- Nathan Fillion - Adam Mayfair (11/17)
- Kathryn Joosten - Karen McCluskey (10/17)
- Kevin Rahm - Lee McDermott (7/17)
- John Slattery - Victor Lang (7/17)
- Tuc Watkins - Bob Hunter (7/17)
- Gary Cole - Wayne Davis (6/17)
- Polly Bergen - Stella Wingfield (5/17)
- Justine Bateman - Ellie Leonard (4/17)
- Pat Crawford Brown - Ida Greenberg (4/17)
- Jason Gedrick - Rick Coletti (2/17)
- Shirley Knight - Phyllis Van de Kamp (2/17)
- Dale Waddington - Nurse Voorhees (2/17)
- Daniella Baltodano - Celia Solis (1/17)
- Richard Burgi - Karl Mayer (1/17)
- Jeff Doucette - Father Crowley (1/17)
- Gale Harold - Jackson Braddock (1/17)
- Dakin Matthews - Reverend Sikes (1/17)
- Billy Mayo - Detective Lyons (1/17)
- Jesse Metcalfe - John Rowland (1/17)
Main Plot Points
- Susan and Mike are married and expecting a child.
- Lynette fights cancer, her alcoholic mother and her scheming stepdaughter.
- Bree conceals both a real and a fake pregnancy and has marital problems with Orson.
- Gabrielle is trapped in an unhappy marriage with Victor while having an affair with Carlos.
- Edie tries to secure her relationship with Carlos, and later comes to blows with Bree.
- Katherine moves back to the lane with a new family and several secrets.
|01||"Now You Know"||07||"You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover"||13||"Hello, Little Girl"|
|02||"Smiles of a Summer Night "||08||"Distant Past"||14||"Opening Doors"|
|03||"The Game"||09||"Something's Coming"||15||"Mother Said"|
|04||"If There's Anything I Can't Stand"||10||"Welcome to Kanagawa"||16||"The Gun Song"|
|05||"Art Isn't Easy"||11||"Sunday"||17||"Free"|
|06||"Now I Know, Don't Be Scared"||12||"In Buddy's Eyes"|
Now You Know
Smiles of a Summer Night
If There's Anything I Can't Stand
Art Isn't Easy
Now I Know, Don't Be Scared
You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover
Welcome to Kanagawa
In Buddy's Eyes
Hello, Little Girl
The Gun Song
- The characters of Susan Delfino, Lynette Scavo, Bree Hodge, Gabrielle Solis, Carlos Solis, Tom Scavo and Orson Hodge are the only ones to be physically seen in every single episode of the season. In addition to them, Mary Alice Young provides voice-overs for all 17 episodes, and is physically seen in 2 of them.
- In the fourth season, Austin and Danielle were supposed to return to Wisteria Lane to take away their illegitimate son, Benjamin from Bree and her then-husband, Orson. However this idea was scrapped out because of the writer’s revolt and the decline in the number of episodes of that season. Austin, hence, never made a comeback.
- This is the only season to feature the characters of Dylan Mayfair and Kayla Scavo as series regulars. It is also the last season to feature Danielle Van de Kamp as a regular.
- This season is the shortest of all seasons, with only 17 episodes. All other seasons comprised 23-24 episodes. The shortening of season 4 came as a result of the Writers Guild of America strike of 2007-08.
- Originally, Danielle and Austin were meant to return to take Benjamin back, but this was scrapped due to the writers strike.