"I just...have this feeling, like if I'm with him, we could have everything."
- Sue to Gertrude about FrankSue Murphy (nee Chilsons) is the wife of Frank Murphy and a part-time Plast-a-Ware (a parody of Tupperware) sales representative, and later secretary. She is voiced by Laura Dern.
Sue played softball in high school, her team making it to the championship. After high school, she enrolled in college and began dating Frank Murphy. Sue became pregnant with their first son, Kevin. They married and Sue became a stay at home wife and mother. Eventually, she had two more children, Bill and Maureen. Feeling bored at home she eventually took a job selling Plast-a-Ware.
On Saturday Bloody Saturday she has a full-on emotional breakdown stemming from the feeling that she has nothing outside of being a wife and mother. In F is for Halloween she gets offered a promotion at Plast-a-Ware, which she accepts (despite Frank's attempt to stop this). At first, she enjoys the job, but as time goes on she begins feeling stressed and like her boss is taking advantage of her.
After Frank is fired, she asks to be a secretary as someone had recently quit, so she could earn money for the family. She doesn't appreciate the crude language of her co-workers but learns to deal with it. The company is looking for a new product, and Sue eventually comes up with the idea of spin-drying lettuce. She sells her locket from Frank at a pawn shop to pay for the prototype, but the head of Plast-a-Ware winds up taking credit for the idea.
Throughout all of this, Sue's marriage begins to fall apart when Frank starts working for a vending company, but they eventually manage to work things out, Frank buys back her locket by selling the color TV, and they start discussing their future plans. After unknowingly having sex with Frank using a broken condom, she becomes pregnant.
Sue is a soft-spoken woman who obviously loves her family very much. Though like her husband, she succumbs to the stress of daily life rather easily, and this manifests itself in screaming matches with her husband. She also suffers from depression and is known to break down at times.
She doesn't seem to know what she wants in life, as being a stay at home mother left her anxious and bored, yearning for more purpose in life. Her job though leaves her drained and stressed without much time to herself. She does eventually figure out a clear ambition when she invents the Salad Tosser, though this idea was stolen from her leaving her back at square one.
She is overly polite, which can be a hindrance to her. For example, she's too polite to stop her acquaintance Ginny from talking about herself for hours and had a difficult time adapting to the vulgar environment at Plast-a-Ware's head office.
Family and Relationships Edit
Frank Murphy Edit
Frank is Sue's husband. The two have a loving but strained marriage, mainly due to financial reasons. This stress causes both Sue and Frank to be extremely volatile and they often get into loud verbal arguments.
They first began dating in 1958 and were very much in love, though when Sue became pregnant they were scared for their futures and of raising a child. They decided to go through with it together, with Frank promising to be Sue's co-pilot. Years later Sue feels as though Frank was not living up to this promise, and never seemed to support her in her ambitions while she always lent him her support. Before Frank comes to this discovery, they nearly reach the point of divorce.
Kevin Murphy Edit
Kevin is Sue's oldest son. She is much more lenient towards him than Frank is and she tries to be understanding towards him. Also, Sue is aware that if Kevin is yelled about Something he is anticipated to do, it will only make him want to do it more (A Conception that Frank always forgets or doesn't listen). She did get upset with him when she found out he was failing several of his classes but was proud of him when he managed to get a C. It was later revealed that as a child an accident caused Kevin permanent brain damage and because of this, Sue believes this is the best he can hope to do. It's implied she feels very guilty over this fact and because of this treats Kevin very delicately, and tries to get Frank to do the same.
Bill Murphy Edit
Bill is Sue's youngest son. She is generally sweet and maternal towards him, though he often gets ignored in favor of Kevin and Maureen. Sue wishes Frank would discipline him more when he acts out. In a heated argument, Frank states that Sue coddles Bill too much, which he strongly believes is why Bill is often thought of as a pushover who's too sensitive.
Maureen Murphy Edit
Maureen is Sue's youngest child and only daughter. She seems to be a little more aware of Maureen's rebellious nature than Frank is. Sue tried to encourage Maureen after Frank told her there was no girl astronauts by telling her women would be astronauts some day.
Stan Chilsons Edit
Stan is Sue's Father. He is very protective of Sue and wanted her to get a college degree and join the advanced workforce. He resents Sue's husband Frank for impregnating her before she could finish college. When Frank lost his job with Mohican, Stan secretly sent Sue $100 per month to keep the Murphy family afloat until April of that year. Sue's relationship with her Father has at times driven a rift between herself and Frank.
Louis Chilsons Edit
Louis is Sue's Brother. Sue is apparently in contact with him but hasn't seen him for some time. He seems to be isolated from his socially conservative family as he lives in Miami with a male roommate and had been arrested for cruising in a bus station men's room.
Mrs. Chilsons Edit
Mrs. Chilsons is Sue's mother, not much is known about their relationship because she appears to have early set dementia. But it can be assumed that she used to be a little critical of Sue and even though she hates Frank as much as her husband it is hinted that she is the one who blames Sue for quitting college and getting pregnant because after Stan blames Frank for impregnating Sue and causing her to quit college, Mrs. Chilsons says that ”Sue has always done things her way”.
- She is right-handed.
- She would be 85 years old today in 2018.
- According to the writers, her favorite of her three children is Kevin.
- In college, she was a member of the Mu-Rho-Sigma sorority.