Actress Marcia Cross seems to be channeling a pre-incarcerated Martha Stewart. Of course, before the season's first episode ends, her husband announces that he wants a divorce because he can't stand "living in a deodorant commercial."
When Bree visits her estranged hubby at his hotel room, her planned evening of make-up intimacy is ruined because she can't stand to be in a room with a half-eaten burrito.
At the marriage counselor's office, her perfectionist tendencies are in full force as she compulsively fixes a loose button on her shrink's shirt while dismissing Freud.
"Oh, who cares what he thinks? I took psychology in college. We learned all about Freud. A miserable human being," Bree says. "He grew up in the late 1800s. There were no appliances back then. His mother had to do everything by hand, just backbreaking work from sunup to sundown, not to mention the countless other sacrifices she probably had to make to take care of her family.
"And what does he do?" Bree says. "He grows up and becomes famous, peddling a theory that the problems of most adults can be traced back to something awful their mother has done. She must have felt so betrayed. He saw how hard she worked. He saw what she did for him. Did he even ever think to say thank you? I doubt it."
Bree's own particular form of mothering comes out when she covers for her teenage son after he runs over a neighbor and leaves the crime scene. For Bree, it's just another household dilemma to be solved with a mop and bucket. She personally scrubs the bloodstains off the street.
If it were anyone but Bree, neighbors might think that's suspicious behavior. But they just think it's one more effort to maintain Wisteria Lane's image as the ultimate suburban paradise. Little do they know, she's just disposing of the evidence.
2. Monica Geller Bing
Monica Geller, the house mother on "Friends," is an overachiever's overachiever. When she's through cleaning the apartment, she vacuums the vacuum with a DustBuster.
Throughout the show's run, Monica lives with roommates and then husband Chandler Bing, but it was always abundantly clear that nothing in her apartment could be moved without her permission, and that includes rearranging the refrigerator magnets.
In addition, Monica let it be known that she likes the toilet paper folded in the shape of an arrow, hotel-style.
When Chandler and Joey play Monica and Rachel in a who-knows-their-friends-best trivia contest, the guys correctly identify all 11 categories that Monica uses to separate her towels, and they include guest, fancy, fancy guest and everyday.
Monica's perfectionism alternatively helps and hinders her career as a chef and initially leads her to burn through relationships, with a penchant for older men (remember Tom Selleck as Richard the ophthalmologist?) and, to her own horror, a 17-year-old boy.
In Chandler, Monica has found a counterbalancing force that mellows her freewheeling competitiveness, and evidence of this is more than abundant:
Monica: I think I'd be great in a war. I'd, like, get all the medals.
Chandler: Before or after you're executed by your own troops?
Chandler: Now, honey, I know you don't like to relinquish control ...
Monica: That's just another word for "lose."
Still, old habits die hard. Monica doesn't drink from a wine glass. She removes her mouth paint, sips and reapplies.
3. Felix Unger