Danielle Van de Kamp Katz
General Information
Homeschool Teacher
Bree Van de Kamp – Mother
Rex Van de Kamp – Father (Deceased)
Andrew Van de Kamp – Brother
Leo Katz – Husband
Benjamin Katz – Son
Austin McCann – Ex-Boyfriend
Series Information
S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6
First appearance:
Last appearance:

Danielle Katz (previously Van de Kamp) is the daughter of Bree and Rex Van de Kamp. She is Andrew's younger sister who always lived in her brothers shadow.

Character HistoryEdit

Season OneEdit

During her sophomore year, Danielle was the head of her high school's abstinence club. After finding a condom in the laundry basket, Bree discovers that Danielle is planning to lose her virginity to her ex-boyfriend, John Rowland, in order to lure him back to her. Bree visits John and advises him not to accept Danielle's offer. John then permanently ends the relationship, leaving Danielle devastated and heartbroken; this is also the first step towards Danielle becoming a bit strained of being around her mother because she thinks she will get more attention from her parents if she behaves more like her brother.

Season TwoEdit

Danielle soon found love in Matthew Applewhite, a new African-American neighbor on Wisteria Lane. While looking for his brother in the Van de Kamp yard, Danielle finds him and asks if he is looking for someone. Matthew politely lies claiming he's looking for her. She then basically asks him out by subtlely suggesting that if he were to ask her out, she'd say yes. After her mother discovers Matthew hiding under Danielle's bed, Bree attempts to put the brakes on their relationship. Danielle appears to need a boyfriend in order to feel good about herself, and is preoccupied with her looks. She played as an accomplice to Matthew's scheme in order to have Caleb "put down" so that he and his mother would not have to move. Danielle then discovers Matthew locked in the basement as punishment and frees him after hitting Betty on the head with a crow bar. Danielle and Matthew then run away together, leaving Bree feel she has no choice but to voluntarily admit herself to a mental institution. Bree escapes from there, desperately trying to protect her daughter.

Season ThreeEdit

Later, it is discovered by Bree that Danielle was sleeping with her history teacher, and attempts to sabotage the relationship. When Danielle is dumped by him, she reveals their affair to her teacher's wife, going as far as to get him fired and possibly criminally charged. Soon afterwards it is revealed that Austin McCann and Danielle were having an affair behind Julie Mayer's back, and later blackmailing Austin into not ending it, or she would reveal it to Julie. They are discovered by Susan and Edie, and Susan tells Julie. As of "My Husband, the Pig", Danielle is pregnant with Austin's child. She refuses to have an abortion when Austin suggests it, and does not argue with Orson's decision that the child will be put up for adoption. Bree pretends she is pregnant, intending to raise her grandchild herself. Bree and Orson have commented that Danielle is studying abroad, although she is still in America, located at a convent being cared for by nuns.

Season FourEdit

In the episode "The Game", Orson informs Bree that Danielle had a fall due to her rollerblading. Bree is furious and tells the nuns caring for Danielle to restrict her to her room until the baby is born. In the episode "If There's Anything I Can't Stand", Danielle goes to stay at Phyllis Van de Kamp's nursing home. Danielle wanted to have the baby and bring up the child there. Bree seems unable to change her mind, until she decided to surpass Phyllis by allowing Danielle to attend the party-college in Miami and giving her a convertible. Danielle chose the car over the baby and decided to give the baby to Bree. In episode 4.06 Danielle attends a Halloween party hosted by Bob and Lee. She tells people that she is a clone of Bree. While Bree is yelling at her for coming she realizes that her water broke, so Danielle gave birth at home to a baby boy named Benjamin. Danielle agreed with Bree that giving Bree the newborn baby would be more solid and he would be more protected. The next morning, Danielle left Wisteria Lane, and moved to Miami to go to college.

The Missing YearsEdit

Five years have passed and it is revealed in a flashback that Danielle returned for her son, leaving Bree devastated. She is now estranged from her mother.

Season FiveEdit

Danielle eventually agrees to bring her son and new husband, Leo, a lawyer, to visit. The reunion is short lived, however, when Bree constantly criticizes the way Danielle is raising Benjamin (such as being vegetarians, home schooling, and practicing Judaism). An angry Danielle departs early along with her family, leaving her relationship with her mother strained once again.

Season SixEdit

Danielle returns to meet her half-brother, Sam Allen, at Bree's dinner party after her mother called her and let her know about the situation. It is revealed near the end of the sixth season that a drunken Danielle revealed to Sam that their brother, Andrew, ran over Juanita Solis, Carlos' mother, a decade earlier (Season One). This event is not seen by the audience, however. Then, Sam threatens to tell the police unless Bree turns over control of the company to him.

Trivia Edit

  • Danielle's nickname in high school was "Little Miss Van de Tramp"

  Desperate Housewives Characters edit
The Housewives

Susan Mayer · Lynette Scavo · Bree Van de Kamp · Gabrielle Solis · Katherine Mayfair · Edie Britt · Renée Perry · Mary Alice Young

Current Main Supporting Characters

Carlos Solis · Tom Scavo · Orson Hodge · Angie Bolen · Ana Solis · Mike Delfino · Julie Mayer · Karen McCluskey · Nick Bolen · Danny Bolen · Porter Scavo · Parker Scavo · Penny Scavo · Juanita Solis · M.J. Delfino · Celia Solis · Lee McDermott · Bob Hunter · Karl Mayer · Andrew Van de Kamp · Preston Scavo

Former Supporting Main Characters

Rex Van de Kamp · John Rowland · Dave Williams · George Williams · Jackson Braddock · Matthew Applewhite · Caleb Applewhite · Betty Applewhite · Paul Young · Zach Young · Austin McCann · Kayla Scavo · Dylan Mayfair · Danielle Katz

Supporting Characters

Adam Mayfair · Victor Lang · Ida Greenberg · Stella Wingfield · Ian Hainsworth · Nora Huntington · Alma Hodge · Alex Cominis · Phyllis Van de Kamp · Gloria Hodge · Xiao-Mei · Martha Huber · Felicia Tilman · Bradley Scott · Maria Scott · Ed Ferrara · Roy Bender · Justin · Millicent Tilman