Phyllis Van de Kamp
General Information
Rex Van de Kamp (son)
Andrew Van de Kamp (grandson)
Danielle Katz (granddaughter)
Benjamin Katz (great-grandson)
Bree Hodge (daughter-in-law)
Series Information
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Phyllis Van de Kamp is Rex's mother. She has always had a very cold relationship with Bree, disapproving of her marriage to Rex and accusing her of making her son's life miserable.


Season TwoEdit

After Rex's death, she continues to disrupt Bree's life and manipulated Danielle to finally get revenge on Bree. Phyllis first appears in the second season when she arrives for Rex's funeral. However, while she is there, she and Bree soon come to blows. An example of this is when they argue about what tie Rex will be buried in, and what stories the Vicar will tell about Rex at his funeral. However, Phyllis only wrote about Rex's life before he met Bree and tells Bree that it was because it was the happiest time of his life. Bree is insulted and bans her from the funeral. However, when Andrew and Danielle beg Bree to let Phyllis attend, Bree gives in and tells her she is welcome to attend. During the funeral however, Bree finds Rex wearing the orange tie which she had forbidden Phyllis to put on Rex and she takes Tom Scavo's tie during the service and puts it on Rex, with the guests looking in shock. Soon after, Phyllis calls a detective who is looking into Rex's death and informs them that Bree has a boyfriend. Suspecting foul play, the detectives exhume Rex to examine his body. When Bree learns what Phyllis has done, she packs her bags and sends her home.

Season FourEdit

Phyllis appears in the episode 4.04 at Bree's baby party and discovers that Danielle is actually pregnant and Bree intends to raise the baby as her own. Phyllis later leaves but turns up at the end of the episode in the place where Danielle is staying and takes Danielle to stay with her. Danielle packs her things right away. However, Andrew informs Bree that the only reason Danielle wants to stay with Grandma and raise her baby is because she will be offered a cushy life. However, Bree outbids Phyllis and offers Danielle a convertible which would have been a surprise for her birthday if she wasn't living with Phyllis and the college of her choice. Therefore, Danielle goes home with Bree and Orson. Bree feels sorry for Phyllis and tells her that she will be allowed to babysit the child on weekends.

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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