Eddie Orlofsky (Josh Zuckerman) is the infamous "Fairview Strangler". He is a friend of Danny's, one of the few that remained friends with him even when Danny was being accused of assaulting Julie, who was attacked by Eddie himself. Eddie is shown working at a local café where Emily Portsmith, a waitress, becomes his second known victim. Eddie mentions that he was glad he was late to work, because he does not think he could have handled discovering Emily's body. Eddie invites Julie and Danny to watch him do stand up comedy at a local club, but he performs terribly. Eddie picks up Irina after she is dumped by Preston Scavo on their wedding night. After she insults him, Eddie strangles her and buries her in the woods.
The episode "Epiphany" reveals details of Eddie's past. Eddie had such a desperately lonely childhood, because his father abandoned him and his mother Barbara (Diane Farr), and Barbara claimed she never loved or wanted him either. Also, Eddie was always rejected by the women he was attracted to, so he developed strong hatred towards the women who rejected him. On the other hand, since he was a child, Eddie has had a friendly relationship with the women on Wisteria Lane: Mary Alice befriended Barbara after Eddie's father left his family; Gabrielle let him unpack boxes in her house when she first moved in; Bree gave him some love advice, unaware his affections would be towards her daughter Danielle; Lynette tried to include him in the Scavo family's game night to help him fit in; and Susan paid for him to attend an artist's seminar to encourage his artistic ability. Eddie develops a crush on Susan but she rejects him, so he plans to strangle Susan but mistakenly strangles Julie.
When Barbara discovers that Eddie had strangled a teenager, she tries to call the police. In a rage, Eddie strangles Barbara to death, and minutes later, Lynette invites him to move in to her house. Lynette realizes he is the Fairview strangler when she sees a remorseful look on his face and he cannot look her in the eyes when she tells him about the police finding his mother in the woods. He locks Lynette in his childhood home. In the season finale, Eddie holds the fate of Lynette and her unborn child in his hands. In the end he has Lynette call the police and he turns himself in, thanks in part to Lynette stepping in and saying she believes in him.
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“Eddie Felson: Church of the Good Hustler.
Charlie: Looks more like a morgue to me. Those tables are the slabs they lay the stiffs on.
Eddie Felson: Ill be alive when I get out, Charlie.”
—Sydney Carroll, U.S. screenwriter, and Robert Rossen. Eddie Felson (Paul Newman)