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My idiot husband died and left me with a worthless pension. I was desperate for money, and it's better to take it from a bad person than a good one. How was I supposed to know she'd shoot herself?
Mrs. Huber said the things everyone was thinking (but wouldn't dare say) and always did it with a smile, pleasantly diabolical. Martha never viewed her actions as anything less than neccessary, putting her own needs before the pain and anguish she might have caused others.
Martha's most infuriating quality was her honesty. Honesty to the point of recklessness. She mocked Edie's loose ways, told Lynette how to raise her children, and made the fatal mistake of telling Paul Young that why Mary Alice deserved to die.
On the day, Mary Alice shot herself in the head; Martha was the only one to hear the gun fire. Intrigued, she took a blender, which belonged to Mary Alice out of her closet, and she headed over to the house, looking for answers. She hurried over to Mary Alice’s house and rang the door bell several times, all with no answer. So, Martha ran around to the back of Mary Alice’s house and into her garden. She looked through one of the windows, which lead into the living room, and she discovered Mary Alice’s dead body surrounded by a pool of blood. Terrified, she returned home and called the police immediately, informing them of the incident. After a brief sense of depression, Martha recovered, and placed the blender back into her closet. ("Pilot")
When Edie's house burns down, Martha discovers a measuring cup that does not belong to Edie in the ruins. When she snoops through Susan's groceries and discovers a new measuring cup, she jumps to the conclusion that Susan burned Edie's house down in order to kill Edie and cease her advances towards Mike Delfino. Martha, who was undergoing financial difficulties of her own due her husband's death and her mother's hospitalization, consequently blackmails Susan. Susan and her daughter Julie break into Martha's home, steal the measuring cup and destroy it. On a visit to her sister Felicia’s home, Martha discovers that "Mary Alice's" name is Angela Forrest, and that she stole a baby in Utah and moved to Wisteria Lane to escape her past. Martha decides to solve her financial difficulties by blackmailing Mary Alice by sending her a letter. After Mary Alice receives the letter, she commits suicide. The housewives of Wisteria Lane find the note in Mary Alice's clothing and give it to Paul Young. He hires a private eye/hitman to discover who sent the note and to kill whoever sent it. Paul discovers that Edie has the same stationery as the blackmail note, and a misunderstanding ensues until it becomes clear that Edie stole the stationery whilst living with Martha.
Paul confronts Martha at her home, and Martha explains that she was desperate for money and that Mary Alice killed herself because of "what she did to that poor baby", Zach Young, whose true identity is Dana Taylor. In a rage, Paul kills Martha by bludgeoning her with his own blender and then strangling her. He then proceeds to bury her body next to a forest hiking trail.
- Martha reappears in a flashback gossiping about finding Mary Alice's body after her suicide.
- Martha has been rumoured to return in a flash-back during the Season Seven premiere.
- Marc Cherry has hinted Martha's return when the show steps back in time.
- Martha was originally planned to be called 'Edith Huber'.
- After the first draft of the pilot was written, Marc decided to make the nosey neighbor Asian. Her name would be Mrs. Chang. After that didn't work out, Marc went back to his original idea and made her Caucasian and named her 'Martha Huber.'
- As revealed in the Desperate Housewives Season One companion book, the character of Martha was not originally intended to die, instead she was going to be 'murdered' by Paul only to return later on in the season alive and well. This idea was scrapped after the network felt that it was unrealistic and the network didn't approve of making Martha a regular in season 2. However a similar storyline took place with her Martha's sister, Felicia, who set Paul up by creating evidence that Paul murdered her at the end of season 2, and was found not to be dead.
- 'Martha', was given the name of Marc Cherry's mother
- On the Series One Commentary, Marc Cherry claims that he wrote the role of Martha Huber especially for Christine Estabrook. All other characters had open auditions, leaving the roles open for debate.
- Martha wears a "Viva Las Vegas" shirt, which was originally a prop in the box of clothes she collects after Edie's house burns down.
- Martha has a mole on her arm, which is stated on her WANTED poster in the episode "Every Day a Little Death".
|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
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