Trish Murtaugh is the wife of LAPD Sergeant Roger Murtaugh, the mother of children Rianne Murtaugh, Nick Murtaugh, Carrie Murtaugh, and the mother-in-law of rookie detective Sergeant Lee Butters. She appears in every film.
Being the mother of three kids, and taking care of things around the house is not easy for housewife Trish Murtaugh. With her husband's pending retirement near, she believes it would be a good thing for them to spend more time with each other and the kids when he leaves his job. But for her, it's always thoughtful to be in support of Roger.
Trish and the kids surprise Roger in celebration of his 50th birthday. She later talks to Roger and tells him she got a call from an old friend that tried calling him yesterday. The now clean-shaven Roger realizes who it is and he heads for work almost immediately.
The next day, Trish is seen setting up dinner for her husband when he brings along his new partner Martin Riggs over. She is introduced to him and is happy to have him over for dinner.
The following night, just before Christmas Eve, Rianne gets kidnapped. Trish immediately figures it out when Roger receives a phone call from Mr. Joshua of Shadow Company and he tells Nick and Carrie to go to their bedrooms, fearing for their safety. Roger tells her that he and Martin are going to go after the men who kidnapped Rianne, and get her back.
With her daughter back alive and unharmed, and Riggs and Roger alright, she welcomes Riggs over to her house for Christmas dinner.
In the second film, Trish is seen at her house watching the commercial that Rianne is in with Roger, Riggs, Rianne, her new boyfriend George, Nick, Carrie, and Mickey McGee. She sees Roger eating a tuna fish sandwich and begins to tell him that they're boycotting tuna because it kills dolphins. When they discover that the commercial Rianne is in is about having safe sex, Roger tells Trish to take Nick and Carrie upstairs believing they are too young to be informed about it, to which Trish does. Later, Trish is next seen giving Riggs a golden pen she found in the laundry, to which he tells her it was from the night his wife Vicky died, and she hears the whole story from him about it.
That night, Arjen Rudd's right-hand-man, Pieter Vorstedt and his henchmen break into the Murtaugh house and tie and gag Roger and Trish with duct tape in their bed and give Murtaugh a warning for him and the other detectives investigating the krugerrand case to back off the case, and after the bad guys leave, Nick, Carrie, and Rianne come in and free their parents.
Trish doesn't appear throughout the rest of the film after the attack, but according to Roger, she took Carrie, Nick, and Rianne to her sister's house in Bellflower for the time being for their safety until the case was solved.
Trish appears in the third film telling Roger to wear his bullet-proof vest the last 5 days of work before he retires and tells Riggs to keep an eye on Roger.
When Riggs and Roger later on get involved in a shooting with a gang and Roger kills one of them who is Nick's friend, Darryl Smithers, Riggs calls to inform Trish who later tells Nick. Trish also goes to Darryl's funeral and helps break up an almost fight between Roger and Darryl's parents.
Trish appears lastly with the children who surprise Roger with a cake for his retirement, to which Roger unfortunately tells them he's not going to retire and decides to stay with the force for another 10 years. Trish and the kids understand and support Roger's decision to stay on the force. Trish then tells the kids and Leo (who came to see Roger) to leave and then makes out with Roger in the tub.
Trish appears with Rianne who welcomes back Roger and Riggs from work again, and they join the Hong family for a Chinese breakfast. They find it very delicious.
The next day or so, she is seen held captive along with Rianne and Lorna Cole when Wah Sing Ku and the Triads invade their home and recapture the Hongs. After a failed attempt of rescuing them by Riggs and Murtaugh, they are left to die with the house set on fire committed by Ku and the Triads. Only one of the Hongs, Ping, who evaded capture, was able to cut them free, and Trish quickly left the house along with everyone else as all they could do was sadly watch it burn.
A couple of days later, she then appears much happier when Rianne has given birth to her child, along with husband Lee Butters. She poses in a picture with Roger, Rianne and Butters and the baby, Carrie, Nick, Riggs and Lorna and their baby, Leo, and Captain Murphy to remember the family moment.
Television Series Edit
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Behind the ScenesEdit
Trish Murtaugh was portrayed by Darlene Love in all four Lethal Weapon movies.
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