List of Maude episodes

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Maude is a television series created as the first spin-off of All in the Family featuring Maude Findlay (Bea Arthur), Edith Bunker's cousin, who appeared in two episodes of the latter series' second season.

The first season of Maude was previously released on DVD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In 2015, the complete series was made available in a large boxed set from Shout Factory.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 22 September 12, 1972 (1972-09-12) March 20, 1973 (1973-03-20)
2 24 September 11, 1973 (1973-09-11) March 5, 1974 (1974-03-05)
3 23 September 9, 1974 (1974-09-09) March 31, 1975 (1975-03-31)
4 24 September 8, 1975 (1975-09-08) March 15, 1976 (1976-03-15)
5 24 September 20, 1976 (1976-09-20) April 4, 1977 (1977-04-04)
6 24 September 12, 1977 (1977-09-12) April 22, 1978 (1978-04-22)


Season 1 (1972–73)[edit]

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1 1 "Maude's Problem"
"Maude and the Psychiatrist"
Robert H. Livingston Susan Silver September 12, 1972 (1972-09-12)
Maude (Beatrice Arthur) is suspicious when she notices changes to her daughter Carol's (Adrienne Barbeau) mood. Initially thinking Carol is having an affair, Maude is surprised to learn she is actually seeing a psychiatrist, and that he has a few questions for Maude.
2 2 "Doctor, Doctor" Bill Hobin Budd Grossman September 19, 1972 (1972-09-19)
Carol's eight-year-old son Phillip (Brian Morrison) is caught playing doctor with next-door neighbor Arthur's (Conrad Bain) visiting granddaughter, Angela. Arthur insists that Phillip be punished for the act, while Carol and Maude believe it to be just simple young expression. This sparks an argument between Arthur and Maude on "the moral decay in our society".
3 3 "Maude Meets Florida" Robert H. Livingston Rod Parker & Walter Stone September 26, 1972 (1972-09-26)
Forward-thinking Maude tries to prove her worth as a liberal by hiring a black maid, Florida Evans (Esther Rolle). In doing so, Maude overcompensates by going out of her way to treat her as an "equal," which Florida cannot stand. Maude's husband Walter is troubled to find Phillip swearing into a tape recorder and then playing it back.
4 4 "Like Mother, Like Daughter" Bill Hobin Susan Harris October 3, 1972 (1972-10-03)
Carol starts dating a man named Russell Asher (Cesare Danova) who once dumped her mother. While Maude does her best to warn Carol of his ways, Carol believes Maude is interfering too much in her life. However, a late night that went a bit too far, in which Russell calls Carol "Maude", proves that Maude was right.
5 5 "Maude and the Radical" Bud Yorkin Story by : Eugene Pratt
Teleplay by : Eugene Pratt and Budd Grossman
October 10, 1972 (1972-10-10)
Maude organizes a fund-raising party for a black militant politician and invites all her rich white friends under false pretenses. Maude also tries to get black people to attend the party, but the best she can do is make Florida go to the event, calling her Florida DuBonnet. Then, during the party, Maude mixes Arthur's prescribed tranquilizers with alcohol, which causes her to reveal the fundraising part of the party, and causing her guests to leave.
6 6 "The Ticket" Bill Hobin Erik Tarloff October 17, 1972 (1972-10-17)
Maude receives a speeding ticket that could result in the suspension of her driver's license. Despite having a connection to someone who can "fix" the ticket, she insists on protesting the citation even after the judge immediately dismisses her "fixed" ticket.
7 7 "Love and Marriage" Bill Hobin Story by : Ralph Goodman
Teleplay by : Budd Grossman
October 24, 1972 (1972-10-24)
Tired of being 27 years old and raising her son while living with her mother, Carol believes her ticket out of the house is to get married to a man (Frank Aletter) she does not truly love. Meanwhile, Walter gets tired of Maude neglecting him, which leads to a dish-breaking fight in the kitchen.
8 8 "Flashback" Bill Hobin Alan J. Levitt October 31, 1972 (1972-10-31)
While Maude and Walter wait to see who won the presidential election, they reminisce about the same night four years before. Carol is going through a divorce and moving in with Maude, and Walter and Maude must make a decision either to marry or just cohabit.
9 9 "Maude's Dilemma: Part 1" Bill Hobin Story by : Austin & Irma Kalish
Teleplay by : Susan Harris
November 14, 1972 (1972-11-14)
At 47-years-old, Maude discovers she is pregnant and must figure out how to tell the news to Walter as she plays cards with neighbors Arthur and Vivian Cavender (Rue McClanahan).
10 10 "Maude's Dilemma: Part 2" Bill Hobin Story by : Austin & Irma Kalish
Teleplay by : Susan Harris
November 21, 1972 (1972-11-21)
Carol suggests that Maude should terminate the pregnancy now that the practice is legal in the state of New York. Maude cannot gauge Walter's reaction as he is publicly indifferent to the idea. After soul-searching and taking advice from Carol, Walter, Arthur and Vivian, Maude decides to terminate the pregnancy.
11 11 "Maude's Reunion" Bill Hobin Story by : Leo Rifkin
Teleplay by : Leo Rifkin and Alan J. Levitt and Budd Grossman
November 28, 1972 (1972-11-28)
Maude reunites with an old high school friend, Phyllis "Bunny" Nash (Barbara Rush), who was not a beauty when Maude knew her. She is horrified to learn that Ms. Nash is now a very attractive, single career woman, and it makes Maude resentful of her own position in life, especially when she bonds with Carol.
12 12 "The Grass Story" Bill Hobin Arnold Kane & Gordon Farr December 5, 1972 (1972-12-05)
Maude stands up for her principles when she hears of a teenager arrested for possession of marijuana. Maude convinces her rich liberal girlfriends to picket with her at the police station, and to get arrested themselves as a symbolic move when the police sees that they are also in possession of the drug. It proves to be a challenge for Maude to "score" some, but when she does, she and Walter fight over it.
EpisodeNumber=13 EpisodeNumber2=13 Title=The Slumlord DirectedBy=Bill Hobin WrittenBy=Teleplay by : [[Heywood Kling}}|Woody Kling]]
Story by: Marvin Kaplan
14 14 "The Convention" Hal Cooper Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf January 2, 1973 (1973-01-02)
Maude accompanies Walter to an appliance convention in Massachusetts. They must share a room in a cheap motel after their reservations are mixed up at their first choice of hotel. At this inopportune time, Maude shares her feelings with Walter about the lack of meaning in her life and the difficulties she is facing in her quest for employment due to her gender. This leads to another fight between them.
15 15 "Walter's 50th Birthday" Hal Cooper Story by : Maurice Richlin
Teleplay by : Pamela Herbert Chais
January 23, 1973 (1973-01-23)
Maude prepares a surprise birthday party for Walter, who is depressed about turning 50. Always the optimist, however, Maude brings over an old friend to cheer Walter up, but it leads to even more ruin when the friend shows up to the party and dies. Maude and Walter argue, with them throwing their respective suitcases through the bedroom windows.
16 16 "Maude and the Medical Profession" Hal Cooper Story by : Lou Shaw
Teleplay by : Lou Shaw and Alan J. Levitt
January 30, 1973 (1973-01-30)
Maude and Walter are all ready to take their second honeymoon to Rome. A tetanus shot Maude received as a prerequisite for travel gives her a rash, and when she encounters a busy doctor (Tom Bosley) who gives her medication without telling her correct dosage, her equilibrium becomes completely off balance, forcing both of them to cancel their trip. Out $800 for their deposit, they are enraged enough to sue the doctor for malpractice.
17 17 "Arthur Moves In" Hal Cooper Story by : Norman & Harriet Belkin
Teleplay by : Pamela Herbert Chais
February 6, 1973 (1973-02-06)
Arthur quickly wears out his welcome with both Maude and Florida after he must move in due to fire damage at his house. After one demand too many, Maude insists that Walter tell Arthur to get out.
18 18 "Florida's Problem" Hal Cooper Story by : Alan J. Levitt
Teleplay by : Budd Grossman
February 13, 1973 (1973-02-13)
Florida's husband Henry (John Amos) insists that she does not need to work, and after he starts a second job, he gives her an ultimatum to quit. When Maude hears of the news, Maude stands up for Florida's rights while Walter sides with Henry.
19 19 "Walter's Secret" Hal Cooper Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf February 27, 1973 (1973-02-27)
Carol catches Walter having a cozy drink with a much younger woman who used to work for him at his appliance business, Gladys Horton. Carol tells Maude, and fearing the worst, demands that Walter take his things and move out.
20 20 "Maude's Good Deed" Hal Cooper Pamela Herbert Chais March 6, 1973 (1973-03-06)
Maude's old friend Jane comes to visit, but the visit turns sour when Maude tries to reconcile Jane with her daughter Linda (Lee Lawson), who took her mother to court for her inheritance and later snags away Arthur, who Jane dated! The next day, Maude's final plan for peace goes completely awry.
21 21 "The Perfect Marriage" Hal Cooper Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf March 13, 1973 (1973-03-13)
Maude's best friend Vivian Cavender unexpectedly announces that she is getting a divorce, which shakes Maude as she believed Vivian's marriage to be completely perfect. It leads Maude to her own neuroses and second thoughts about her own marriage and how perfect it is.
22 22 "Maude's Night Out" Hal Cooper Pamela Herbert Chais March 20, 1973 (1973-03-20)
While getting ready for Cliff Naylor's party, Maude makes Walter jealous with the revelation that Cliff always checks Maude out. Walter responds by dropping a bomb on Maude: Cliff is cheating on his wife. Maude feels foolish that Cliff went after another woman and perhaps she is not as sexually attractive as she thought she was.

Season 2 (1973–74)[edit]

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23 1 "Walter's Problem: Part 1" Hal Cooper Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf September 11, 1973 (1973-09-11)
A night of partying ends with many questions for Maude. How did Maude and Arthur end up in bed together? Why is her living room decimated? Who made a crank call to Maude's mother? The answer to the last question is Walter, and Carol's comment that Walter may have a drinking problem upsets him. Walter, who insists that he can drink with Maude anytime he wants, gets so drunk that he ruins Phillip's birthday cake, and after an argument, Walter slaps Maude across the face.
24 2 "Walter's Problem: Part 2" Hal Cooper Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf September 18, 1973 (1973-09-18)
Maude receives a black eye from the force of Walter's slap. Arthur sends over a reverend who is a recovering alcoholic to talk to Walter. A drunk Walter rebuffs everyone's pleas for help and finds the last bottle of alcohol in the house; Maude was nearly successful in clearing out the house earlier. When Maude and Walter have an argument, Carol announces that she is leaving with Phillip. Phillip telling Walter that he loves him breaks Walter; he throws the bottle of liquor through the kitchen window and asks for the reverend's help.
25 3 "Walter's Holiday" Hal Cooper Budd Grossman September 25, 1973 (1973-09-25)
Walter makes up a holiday called "National I Love You Day," hoping to have a romantic day alone with Maude. However, Vivian Cavender, recently divorced, comes over crying and Maude has to tend to her friend. With Walter's plans ruined, he takes out his frustrations at the gym with Arthur. Guest starring Johnny Brown as a salesman.
26 4 "Maude's Facelift: Part 1" Hal Cooper Susan Harris October 2, 1973 (1973-10-02)
Recently divorced, Maude's friend Vivian decides to get a facelift. Carol and Walter love the "new Vivian" but Maude has nothing but contempt for Vivian's decision. Vivian rightly deems Maude jealous; Maude then makes an appointment to get the procedure done, keeping it secret from Walter.
27 5 "Maude's Facelift: Part 2" Hal Cooper Rod Parker October 9, 1973 (1973-10-09)
Maude returns from Boston after a three-week "holiday," where she got her face lifted. Maude loves her facelift, but she quickly becomes angry when Walter, who didn't know she was going for a procedure, doesn't notice anything different about her face.
28 6 "Florida's Affair" Hal Cooper Alan J. Levitt October 16, 1973 (1973-10-16)
Florida doesn't know how to turn down the furnace repairman (Ron Glass) who has his eye on her. It causes problems between Florida and her husband Henry (John Amos) after Henry spies the repairman dancing with Florida. Maude and Walter would rather he finish work on their furnace.
29 7 "Maude Takes a Job" Hal Cooper Pamela Herbert Chais October 23, 1973 (1973-10-23)
Maude finally lands a job as a real estate agent. Walter quickly becomes resentful of Maude's new position because he misses her being home in the evenings and it interrupts his routine. He orders her to quit her new job.
30 8 "The Double Standard" Hal Cooper Budd Grossman October 30, 1973 (1973-10-30)

Carol and her boyfriend Chris (Fred Grandy) return from a camping trip and Maude has a dilemma which flies in the face of her purported liberal leanings; should her daughter sleep in the same room as her boyfriend or should he sleep out in the guest room? To make matters more complicated, Carol and Chris announce their engagement.

(A filmed episode was produced during the first season featuring a different actor portraying Carol's boyfriend. The episode was shelved for unknown reasons and slightly retooled and filmed for season two.)
31 9 "Vivian's Problem" Hal Cooper Pamela Herbert Chais November 6, 1973 (1973-11-06)
Maude is not hitting the right notes with Vivian when she fails in her matchmaking attempts for the divorcée. Vivian decides to date a 70-year-old retired general, and Maude is so convinced that she can do better that she fixes Vivian up with Arthur, whom Maude doesn't even like.
32 10 "Maude's Musical" Hal Cooper Woody Kling November 13, 1973 (1973-11-13)
Maude is in charge of choreographing a charity musical to raise funds for a library. Arthur voices his objections to the skits as he feels Maude's burlesque theme is too daring. Maude has to decide whether she will do the musical Arthur's way or not at all.
33 11 "The Will" Hal Cooper Story by : Jim Simmons & Leonard B. Kaufman
Teleplay by : Albert E. Lewin
November 27, 1973 (1973-11-27)
Maude and Walter are about to accept a "husband and wife of the year" award until a drag-out fight occurs between the two, regarding Walter naming Arthur trustee in his will. Walter is forced to reconcile with obstinate Maude as she announces her intent not to go to the awards banquet.
34 12 "Carol's Problem" Hal Cooper Budd Grossman December 4, 1973 (1973-12-04)
As Chris and Carol's wedding day approaches, Maude gives them their gift early; Maude has paid a down payment on a house. Everyone has a bone to pick with Maude when it is revealed that the house is a bit too close to home... just across the street!
35 13 "Music Hath Charms" Hal Cooper Story by : Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell
Teleplay by : Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell and Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf
December 11, 1973 (1973-12-11)
Maude's gift-giving backfires again when she presents Walter with an electric organ as a present for their fifth wedding anniversary. Walter loves the gift, but he plays long and loud, annoying everyone. An argument leads Walter to drive off and crash his car into a tree; when he is unhurt, the house finds peace... temporarily. Later on, an argument over a past done steak, leads Maude and Walter to have a public fight in a restaurant.
36 14 "The Office Party" Hal Cooper Woody Kling December 18, 1973 (1973-12-18)
Walter hosts his workers at his house for a holiday party. They give him some startling news; they plan on forming a union. Walter is furious and plans on firing everyone in on the plan, but he has someone else to answer to: Maude.
37 15 "The Love Birds" Hal Cooper Dick Wesson January 1, 1974 (1974-01-01)
Vivian and Walter are fed up with Arthur and Maude constantly mentioning their late spouses. Arguments erupt between the two couples, but are eventually quelled. Vivian and Arthur announce to Maude and Walter that they are going to be married.
38 16 "Maude's Guest" Hal Cooper Alan J. Levitt January 8, 1974 (1974-01-08)
Maude houses a black teenage girl from the ghetto, Francie Potter (Tamu Blackwell). The teen shows her true colors, absolutely hating Maude's "liberal guilt complex" towards black people, and she makes life difficult for everyone in the house.
39 17 "The Wallet" Hal Cooper Story by : Max Hodge
Teleplay by : Max Hodge and Alan J. Levitt and Budd Grossman
January 15, 1974 (1974-01-15)
Maude finds a wallet belonging to a man who is known for his marital indiscretions. Walter and Maude get into an argument after Walter lets it known that he believes a wallet to be private, which leads to Maude snooping around behind everyone's backs. A case of misunderstandings lead Maude to a woman she is convinced Walter is seeing on the side.
40 18 "Maude's Revolt" Hal Cooper Story by : Ken Hecht & Lloyd Garver
Teleplay by : Lila Garrett
January 22, 1974 (1974-01-22)
Walter organizes a surprise birthday party for Maude, who is not handling aging well. Maude wants her birthday to go according to her plans, so she tells Walter to stay by her side and not to "go off with the men" to the other side of the room. When he strays from his promise, Maude leaves the party and locks herself in their bedroom. While Maude is sulking, Arthur yells, "FIRE!" which earns him a drenching from her.
41 19 "The Commuter Station" Hal Cooper Woody Kling January 29, 1974 (1974-01-29)
Maude convinces Arthur and Vivian to have a winter wedding in Vermont. As Maude, Walter and the soon-to-be marrieds take a train up from Tuckahoe, a blizzard strands them in a train station. Arthur is having cold feet about committing to Vivian, and Maude lets him know exactly how she feels. John Hillerman guest stars as a drunk.
42 20 "Florida's Goodbye" Hal Cooper John Rappaport February 5, 1974 (1974-02-05)
Florida's husband Henry receives a job promotion and Florida has decided to stay at home to be a housewife. Maude takes the news very hard, turning down every possible applicant for the position, and eventually has to come to terms with Florida's departure. Last appearance by Esther Rolle in the role of Florida Evans, as she was spun off into her own show, Good Times, that same week.
43 21 "The Tax Audit" Hal Cooper Bernie Kahn February 12, 1974 (1974-02-12)
Maude is in for a rude awakening as the man (Larry Haines) who conducts Walter's tax audit is the same man who attempted to rape her three decades before. Walter doesn't want to address the subject, forcing Maude to take matters into her own hands, giving the auditor a history lesson he won't forget. With this episode, Rue McClanahan becomes a regular and is listed in opening credits.
44 22 "The Investment" Hal Cooper Elliot Shoenman February 19, 1974 (1974-02-19)
Bad feelings abound when Arthur gives Walter a bad stock tip, causing him to lose $3,700. An inquiry into why Arthur didn't invest money in the stock himself causes bad blood not only between the two men but also between Maude and Vivian.
45 23 "Phillip's Problem" Hal Cooper Budd Grossman February 26, 1974 (1974-02-26)
Phillip is going through behavioral problems, and Walter suggests the boy get a spanking. Maude is completely against the idea until Carol and Chris leave for a weekend vacation and she's stuck dealing with Phillip and his insolence.
46 24 "The Runaway" Hal Cooper Alan J. Levitt and Budd Grossman March 5, 1974 (1974-03-05)
Francie Potter (Tamu Blackwell), the teenage girl who stayed with Maude months before, returns with a fabrication about her father mistreating and abusing her, in the hopes that Maude will give her money to "escape him." In reality, she and her boyfriend simply want to run away together.

Season 3 (1974–75)[edit]

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47 1 "Maude Meets the Duke" Hal Cooper Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf and Robert Hilliard September 9, 1974 (1974-09-09)
John Wayne is making a new movie, and he is visiting Arthur in Tuckahoe as part of publicity; Arthur believes he is John Wayne's number one fan. The day looks like it's going to be ruined when Arthur and Vivian's roof caves in, but Arthur talks Maude into hosting the event, on the condition that Maude say a few choice words to the Duke about his views on feminism. When he does turn up, Maude is so starstruck that she forgets everything she wanted to say.
48 2 "The Kiss" Hal Cooper Elliot Shoenman September 16, 1974 (1974-09-16)
Maude believes Walter is going through a midlife crisis after Walter takes up smoking a pipe and wearing platform shoes. Vivian runs to Maude's crying over an argument she had with Arthur about her dog. What causes the most drama, however, is a kiss Walter shares with Vivian, angering Maude and Arthur.
49 3 "Walter's Heart Attack" Hal Cooper Budd Grossman September 23, 1974 (1974-09-23)
Walter misses a special dinner with Maude because he is trying to stop his bookkeeper (Jill Clayburgh) from killing herself due to her husband leaving her. Maude believes he is having an affair and bites her tongue while Walter recovers.
50 4 "The New Housekeeper" Hal Cooper Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf September 30, 1974 (1974-09-30)

Maude hires a new housekeeper from England, Nell Naugatuck. Maude and Mrs. Naugatuck get along well initially but clash when Mrs. Naugatuck insists on catering to Walter's every need since he is "master of the house," to Maude's disdain. First appearance by Hermione Baddeley as Mrs. Naugatuck.

Note: Conrad Bain & Rue McClanahan do not appear in this episode.
51 5 "Speed Trap" Hal Cooper Elliot Shoenman October 7, 1974 (1974-10-07)
Arthur and Walter go on a camping trip. Maude is upset with Walter's decision but quickly drowns her sorrows in food with Vivian. The men get in trouble as they are arrested for speeding in a well-known "speed trap" zone and they need the women to get them out of jail. Guest starring Héctor Elizondo as a cop.
52 6 "Lovers in Common" Hal Cooper Pamela Herbert Chais October 14, 1974 (1974-10-14)
While Arthur and Walter are out of town golfing, Maude and Vivian go out to a restaurant for drinks. They both have a secret to share: old flames sent them postcards announcing their imminent arrival in town. Upon seeing each other's postcards, they realize their "old flames" are in fact the same man, and they quickly get drunk while arguing over which woman he "really wants."
EpisodeNumber=53 EpisodeNumber2=7 Title=Walter's Dream DirectedBy=Hal Cooper WrittenBy=Story by : [[Ben Starr (American producer)|t= Dick Clair & Jenna McMahon}}|Ben Starr]]
54 8 "A Night to Remember" Hal Cooper Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf November 4, 1974 (1974-11-04)
Walter has business troubles on the mind late at night, and Maude makes it no easier with her own dilemma. Despite the stress Walter is feeling, Maude tells Walter that the doctor believes it be best for her to have a hysterectomy.
55 9 "Last Tango in Tuckahoe" Hal Cooper Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf November 11, 1974 (1974-11-11)
Mrs. Naugatuck is caught sneaking men into the house when Walter and Maude discover a man in her closet. Mrs. Naugatuck is highly offended and demands her right to privacy as part of her wages include room and board.
56 10 "Vivian's Party" Hal Cooper Story by : Barbara Avedon & Barbara Corday
Teleplay by : Elliot Shoenman
November 18, 1974 (1974-11-18)
Arthur tells Vivian on short notice that she has to prepare a dinner party for twelve guests. Vivian's maid quits on the spot, forcing Maude and Mrs. Naugatuck to help Vivian with her dinner. Hell hath no fury like Maude scorned when she finds out that she and Walter are not invited to Vivian's party!
57 11 "Maude the Boss" Hal Cooper Story by : Ken Hecht & Lloyd Garver
Teleplay by : Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf and Rod Parker
November 25, 1974 (1974-11-25)
Maude is promoted at her real estate agency. She is now working as office manager with three men who report to her. Two of the men don't have a problem with a female boss, but one does and tries to sabotage Maude at every turn. Guest starring Herb Edelman, over a decade before he'd regularly appear with Arthur and McClanahan on The Golden Girls as Arthur's ex-husband.
58 12 "Maude's New Friend" Hal Cooper Rod Parker December 2, 1974 (1974-12-02)
Maude makes friends with a well-known writer (Robert Mandan), who happens to be gay. Walter does not approve of Maude's friendship, and not because he's a man or because he's gay, but because Walter feels Maude's friend is very condescending to him. At the same time, Maude has to deal with the fact that she isn't as liberal as she thought when it comes to her preconceived notions of gay people.
59 13 "Walter's Ex" Hal Cooper Story by : Barbara Gallagher & Sybil Adelman
Teleplay by : Elliot Shoenman
December 9, 1974 (1974-12-09)
Maude and Walter may finally be able to take their dream trip to Japan, as Walter's ex-wife Marta (Carole Cook) has informed him that she will be remarrying, allowing Walter to stop with alimony payments. Maude's rich Uncle Henry has also announced that he will be remarrying. Walter and Maude realize Marta is going to be marrying Henry and, knowing Marta's history via Walter, immediately become concerned that she is only marrying him because she's a gold-digger.
60 14 "Nostalgia Party" Hal Cooper Story by : Michael Morris
Teleplay by : Michael Morris and Budd Grossman and Elliot Shoenman
December 30, 1974 (1974-12-30)
Maude thinks up a great idea for a New Year's party when she suggests that the guests dress up as "the best year of their lives." The party leads to an argument between the guests as to why their year is the best.
61 15 "All Psyched Out" Hal Cooper Barbara Gallagher & Sybil Adelman January 6, 1975 (1975-01-06)
A psychic tells Maude her fortune. Among other things, she tells Maude that she will remarry for the fifth time. When the other events in her fortune start coming true, she convinces herself the only way to stay married to Walter is to marry him again. Walter is not so thrilled with the idea. Guest starring Paul Benedict as a minister.
62 16 "The Telethon" Hal Cooper Norm Liebmann January 20, 1975 (1975-01-20)
Maude organizes a telethon which is raising money for no cause at all, as the charity Maude endorsed backed out at the last minute. It is up to Maude to think up a cause or charity while on the air, or else the station pulls the plug.
63 17 "And Then There Were None" Hal Cooper Charlie Hauck January 27, 1975 (1975-01-27)
Carol announces her engagement to a man (Don Chastain) who will be divorcing his wife (Audra Lindley) "soon." Maude makes sure everyone knows she disapproves, which cause both Mrs. Naugatuck and Carol to protest Maude's overbearing ways, and they both move out.
64 18 "The Emergence of Vivian" Hal Cooper Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant February 3, 1975 (1975-02-03)
Maude has gotten Vivian involved in the Congress of Women, and it is causing her to neglect dinner and the laundry, which Arthur hates. Arthur and Vivian get into a fight about her new hobby, and it's up to Vivian to balance her duties as wife and feminist and up to Arthur to stop expecting outdated notions of what a wife should be.
65 19 "Mrs. Naugatuck in Love" Hal Cooper Charlie Hauck February 10, 1975 (1975-02-10)
Mrs. Naugatuck's behavior has changed, which makes everyone suspicious. They find out that she is in love, and they throw Mrs. Naugatuck a bridal shower when her special man asks her to marry him. At the shower, Mrs. Naugatuck receives news that the wedding is off, which humiliates and depresses her.
66 20 "Walter's Pride" Hal Cooper Elliot Shoenman February 24, 1975 (1975-02-24)
Walter needs $12,000 to bail the business out of the red; if he does not get the money within a week, he will have to file for bankruptcy. Despite Walter's insistence not to, Maude mortgages the house behind his back and then gives him the money to pay off his debt, which Walter does not want to do.
67 21 "Walter Gets Religion" Hal Cooper Charlie Hauck March 3, 1975 (1975-03-03)
Walter has found a new interest in church and makes Maude attend services with him. Maude is terribly bored at the prospect and falls asleep during the sermon. She finds out that Walter may really only be going to church because the people there want to buy appliances from him. Guest starring Graham Jarvis as Reverend Williamson.
68 22 "The Cabin" Hal Cooper Budd Grossman March 10, 1975 (1975-03-10)
Arthur and Vivian decide to go on a romantic retreat to a mountain cabin. Maude senses the chance to put some fire back into her own marriage and organizes her own vacation to the mountains with Walter. The weekend is less than what Maude hoped for, discouraging her.
69 23 "Maude's Mother" Hal Cooper Story by : Michael Morris
Teleplay by : Budd Grossman and Elliot Shoenman
March 31, 1975 (1975-03-31)
Maude's mother (Audrey Christie) comes to visit for the first time since Maude married Walter. However, this is inconveniently timed as Walter's television ads for Findlay's Friendly Appliances start running, with Walter only wearing underclothes and a barrel, calling himself "Wow-ee Wally," which humors Maude's mother and mortifies Maude.

Season 4 (1975–76)[edit]

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70 1 "The Split" Hal Cooper Pamela Herbert Chais September 8, 1975 (1975-09-08)
Maude has to choose whether or not to run for a seat in the New York state senate. Walter becomes jealous when he feels Maude isn't supporting him, and finally puts his foot down; he demands Maude either choose him or her new political career.
71 2 "Consenting Adults" Hal Cooper Karyl Geld Miller and Pamela Herbert Chais September 15, 1975 (1975-09-15)
Maude feels bad about her argument with Walter, and she goes to his new apartment, where he took refuge after refusing to return to the house. Seeing his very mod bachelor pad insults Maude, as she hoped for a reconciliation. Maude and Walter ultimately decide to divorce.
72 3 "Rumpus in the Rumpus Room" Hal Cooper Marilyn Suzanne Miller September 22, 1975 (1975-09-22)
At Vivian and Arthur's 2nd anniversary party, Maude and Walter show up with separate dates; Maude arrives with a Senator (James Olson) while Walter arrives with a young woman (Bernadette Peters), which infuriates Maude. A vicious argument causes Walter to turn to the bottle once more. When Maude checks to see if Walter has arrived home safely, she finds him in bed with someone else.
73 4 "Maude's Big Decision" Hal Cooper Charlie Hauck September 29, 1975 (1975-09-29)
Maude is more than relieved to find out that Walter was in bed with Arthur; they both passed out together after their night of partying. Maude finally decides to step down from the election if it means Walter will become sober again, but it is Walter who has the true change of heart and reconciles with Maude, giving her his full blessing about her role in politics.
74 5 "The Election" Hal Cooper Charlie Hauck October 6, 1975 (1975-10-06)
Maude comes to the realization that she may lose the election for state senate, especially after a television interview in which she voices her liberal views about premarital sex is poorly received. She feels better knowing her marriage with Walter is intact again.
75 6 "Viv's Dog" Hal Cooper Story by : Jay Moriarty & Mike Milligan
Teleplay by : Charlie Hauck
October 20, 1975 (1975-10-20)
Vivian and Arthur go on holiday and leave Vivian's dog in the care of Maude. The dog passes away leaving Maude feeling guilty and unsure how to break the news to a distraught Vivian. Guest starring Teri Garr as Mrs. Carlson.
76 7 "For the Love of Bert" Hal Cooper George Tibbles October 27, 1975 (1975-10-27)
Mrs. Naugutuck has been making up various stories to persuade Maude and Bert to give her extra money.
77 8 "The Fling" Hal Cooper Phil Sharp November 3, 1975 (1975-11-03)
Vivian's ex-husband Chuck (William Redfield) comes back to town, wealthier and more charming than ever. Vivian falls under his spell, and Maude decides she must take action to prevent an affair between the two.
78 9 "Maude Bares Her Soul" Hal Cooper Jay Folb November 10, 1975 (1975-11-10)
A revealing psychoanalysis session helps Maude gather the missing pieces of her past so she can begin to understand the present. This episode is largely a solo piece for Beatrice Arthur.
79 10 "Arthur's Medical Convention" Hal Cooper Phil Sharp November 17, 1975 (1975-11-17)
Walter joins in on the practical joking fun at Arthur's medical convention, but it backfires on him when he's left tending to a heart attack victim.
80 11 "Arthur Gets a Partner" Hal Cooper Phil Sharp November 24, 1975 (1975-11-24)
Arthur desperately needs money to protect an investment, but, out of pride, he refuses to take an offer from Vivian.
81 12 "Walter's Ethics" Hal Cooper Arthur Marx & Bob Fisher December 1, 1975 (1975-12-01)
Walter has a chance to sell his store for a huge profit. Maude is pleased until she finds out that Walter has arranged a date between one of his employees and the married buyer (Robert Mandan).
82 13 "Poor Albert" Hal Cooper Fred S. Fox & Seaman Jacobs December 8, 1975 (1975-12-08)
Maude receives the ashes of her long-suffering ex-husband, "Poor Albert," just as Walter's blowout Founder's Day sale approaches. As a result, she must debate whether to stay in Tuckahoe to support Walter during his sale, or drive to the mountains to fulfill Poor Albert's final request.
83 14 "The Christmas Party" Hal Cooper Woody Kling December 22, 1975 (1975-12-22)
With Christmas on the way, Walter has his annual office Christmas party at the house, however, he's worried that Maude's feminist friend, Stephanie, who goes out of her way to preach to everyone on women's rights, will put a damper on the festivities.
84 15 "The Case of the Broken Punch Bowl" Hal Cooper Elliot Shoenman January 5, 1976 (1976-01-05)
Maude's priceless crystal punch bowl is shattered at a party given by the Harmons, at which Carol and Mrs. Naugatuck were both present — but separating the truth from Arthur's, Vivian's, and Mrs. Naugatuck's perception of the truth proves a challenge. Until Carol arrives and reveals what really happened. Guest starring Lyle Waggoner as a party guest who (in various versions) Carol and Vivian flirt with.
85 16 "Walter's Stigma" Hal Cooper Jay Folb January 12, 1976 (1976-01-12)
When Walter is falsely arrested for indecent exposure, Maude seeks to protect his reputation from a petty gossip columnist (Alice Ghostley).
86 17 "Maude's Mood: Part 1" Hal Cooper Jay Folb January 26, 1976 (1976-01-26)
Maude initiates a campaign to elect Henry Fonda the President of the United States, without even knowing whether Fonda is interested in the office. Walter speaks to a psychiatrist about the matter and learns Maude may be manic-depressive.
87 18 "Maude's Mood: Part 2" Hal Cooper Charlie Hauck and Jay Folb February 2, 1976 (1976-02-02)
Even though Henry Fonda categorically refuses to run for President, Maude persists in campaigning for his election, draining the family's energy and bank account in the process.
88 19 "Tuckahoe Bicentennial" Hal Cooper Seaman Jacobs and Milton Pascal February 9, 1976 (1976-02-09)
Maude stages a tribute to American women for the Tuckahoe Bicentennial celebration and all the men are convinced it is a money losing proposition. After seeing some of the practice performances, the man who owns the studio pulls out. However, it seems that all the men were wrong, soon the show is sold out.
89 20 "Mrs. Naugatuck's Citizenship" Hal Cooper Jay Folb February 16, 1976 (1976-02-16)
Mrs. Naugatuck has been studying to take her final exam to become a United States citizen. However, the day before the examination, she falls ill after suffering a minor stroke and is hospitalized, putting her chances of becoming a citizen in jeopardy.
90 21 "Maude's Nephew" Hal Cooper Story by : Budd Grossman and Charlie Hauck
Teleplay by : Charlie Hauck
February 23, 1976 (1976-02-23)
Walter has become fed up with Maude's nephew, Steve (Jerry Houser), who has been staying with the Findlays. Steve's laid back lifestyle quickly begins to appear as a cover for his lack of responsibility, when his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend shows up at the front door with an announcement... she's pregnant.
91 22 "Maude's Rejection" Hal Cooper Jay Folb March 1, 1976 (1976-03-01)
Maude tries to ingratiate herself with an acerbic English writer (Clive Revill), but she fails to appreciate his honesty when he tells her he can't stand her.
92 23 "Carol's Promotion" Hal Cooper Phil Sharp March 8, 1976 (1976-03-08)
Carol is passed over for a promotion which she feels she could have gotten if she'd responded to her boss's advances. Maude goes to pieces when Carol sets up a date between the boss and herself.
93 24 "Maude's Ex-Convict" Anthony Chickey Charlie Hauck March 15, 1976 (1976-03-15)
Maude hires an ex-convict (Bob Balaban) to fill in for a vacationing Mrs. Naugutuck, confident she can integrate him back into society. However, her idealism fails her when she finds out he was convicted for murdering his old bosses.

Season 5 (1976–77)[edit]

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94 1 "Vivian's First Funeral" Hal Cooper Sam Greenbaum September 20, 1976 (1976-09-20)
Vivian's phobia of funerals makes her a nervous wreck when she must attend the funeral of a friend with Maude. To complicate matters, Vivian is also nervous when she discovers Maude lost the antique brooch that Arthur had given her, which she lent to Maude who in turn lent it to someone else, whom Maude cannot remember. Maude and Vivian soon discover just whom it was Maude had lent the brooch to.
95 2 "Maude and Chester" Hal Cooper Story by : Sol Weinstein & Howard Albrecht
Teleplay by : Pamela Herbert Chais
September 27, 1976 (1976-09-27)
Maude meets her ex-husband Chester (Martin Balsam) to clear up some legal issues, but they end up locked in the lawyer's office.
96 3 "Bert Moves In" Hal Cooper Arthur Julian October 4, 1976 (1976-10-04)
Bert proposes to Mrs. Naugatuck, then withdraws his proposal when he loses his job and must move in with her to save money.
97 4 "Walter's Crisis: Part 1" Hal Cooper Charlie Hauck October 11, 1976 (1976-10-11)
Maude and Walter are set to go on vacation, but their plans are put on hold when Walter doesn't get a loan.
98 5 "Walter's Crisis: Part 2" Hal Cooper Story by : Donald King
Teleplay by : Arthur Julian
October 18, 1976 (1976-10-18)
Walter goes into a deep depression when he finds himself out of a job.
99 6 "Walter's Crisis: Part 3" Hal Cooper Story by : Donald King
Teleplay by : William Davenport
October 25, 1976 (1976-10-25)
Walter takes a sleeping pill to help with his depression, but he ends up swallowing more than he should.
100 7 "The Election" Hal Cooper Thad Mumford November 1, 1976 (1976-11-01)
With election day just around the corner, Carol goes to the percent to help out and Maude gets the chance to meet her daughter's new boyfriend (Michael O'Keefe) - a man who's ten years younger than Carol.
101 8 "The Game Show" Hal Cooper Jay Folb November 8, 1976 (1976-11-08)
The Findlays and the Harmons go to New York, where Maude and Vivian are chosen to be contestants on a game show. Guest starring Conrad Janis and Johnny Olson as the host and announcer of "Beat The Devil".
102 9 "Arthur's Worry" Hal Cooper Story by : Michael Smollins & Kathy Gori
Teleplay by : Arthur Julian
November 15, 1976 (1976-11-15)
Walter fears an upcoming camping trip with Arthur because he's dreamt that he kissed him.
103 10 "Mrs. Naugatuck's Wedding" Hal Cooper Arthur Julian and William Davenport November 22, 1976 (1976-11-22)
Mrs. Naugatuck refuses to change her last name at her wedding, leading the men and women to take sides on the matter.
104 11 "Maude's New Friends" Hal Cooper Pamela Herbert Chais November 29, 1976 (1976-11-29)
The Harmons introduce the Findlays to a couple (James Coco and Helen Page Camp) who are interested in wife-swapping.
105 12 "The Rip-Off" Hal Cooper Charles Tannen & Tom Adair December 13, 1976 (1976-12-13)
Walter goes to extremes to find security when he and the Harmons come home from the movies to find Maude tied up and the place burglarized.
106 13 "Walter's Christmas Gift" Hal Cooper Thad Mumford December 20, 1976 (1976-12-20)
Since the Findlays' finances are so low, they decide to give homemade gifts for Christmas, while Arthur offers Walter a partnership in a new business.
107 14 "Captain Hero" Hal Cooper Harry Cauley January 3, 1977 (1977-01-03)
Maude's visiting cousin (John Byner) insults one of potential contributors to her mental health clinic.
108 15 "Maude's Adult Relationship" Hal Cooper Charlie Hauck January 17, 1977 (1977-01-17)
At Arthur's insistence, Walter starts to worry that Maude is having lunch with her handsome work associate.
109 16 "Arthur's Crisis" Hal Cooper Charlie Hauck February 7, 1977 (1977-02-07)
Walter's fun-loving prankster friend (Eugene Roche) dies during an operation, leading Arthur to question his abilities as a doctor. Guest starring Michael Keaton, Charles Lane and Mary Jo Catlett.
110 17 "Maude's Desperate Hours" Hal Cooper Arthur Julian February 14, 1977 (1977-02-14)
With Walter out of town, Maude keeps getting threatening phone calls - and the caller may be a painter recently hired to work on the house.
111 18 "Maude's Reunion" Hal Cooper Story by : Sandy Veith & Bruce Kane
Teleplay by : Charlie Hauck
February 21, 1977 (1977-02-21)
Maude attends her 30th high school reunion and discovers that one of her oldest friends (Nanette Fabray) just had a stroke.
112 19 "Feminine Fulfillment" Hal Cooper Story by : Joanne Greenberg & Jennie Blackton
Teleplay by : Thad Mumford and Charlie Hauck
February 28, 1977 (1977-02-28)
Maude is shocked that Vivian joined a woman's group that encourages women to be subject to their husband's whims.
113 20 "Maude's Aunt" Hal Cooper William Davenport March 7, 1977 (1977-03-07)
Maude's aunt (Eve Arden) visits and proves to be just as caustic as she is.
114 21 "Arthur's New Best Friend" Hal Cooper Elliot Shoenman March 14, 1977 (1977-03-14)
Walter and Arthur each have new best friends.
115 22 "Vivian's Surprise" Hal Cooper Arthur Julian and William Davenport March 21, 1977 (1977-03-21)
Vivian is surprised that Arthur's had a change of heart when he returns from a trip.
116 23 "The Household Feud" Hal Cooper Arthur Julian and William Davenport March 28, 1977 (1977-03-28)
Maude and Mrs. Naugatuck get into a feud that starts with the Findlays not being invited to the party and Maude accidentally breaking Mrs. Naugatuck's urn.
117 24 "The New Maid" Hal Cooper Charlie Hauck April 4, 1977 (1977-04-04)
Maude's new maid is a young West Indian woman whom she initially suspects of stealing her wallet.

Season 6 (1977–78)[edit]

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118 1 "Maude's Guilt Trip" Hal Cooper Charlie Hauck September 12, 1977 (1977-09-12)
Maude weighs her options — to vacation in Rome, or not to vacation in Rome — when a plane purportedly carrying her mother's friend, Aunt Tinkie, crashes en route to Tuckahoe days after Tinkie makes Maude a beneficiary on her life insurance policy.
119 2 "Phillip and Sam" Hal Cooper Pamela Herbert Chais September 19, 1977 (1977-09-19)
Maude's new-fashioned ideas are put to the test when Phillip invites a female friend to spend the night.
120 3 "The Flying Saucer" Hal Cooper Story by : S.J. Levine
Teleplay by : Arthur Julian
September 26, 1977 (1977-09-26)
Maude believes she saw a flying saucer.
121 4 "Victoria's Boyfriend" Hal Cooper Thad Mumford October 3, 1977 (1977-10-03)
Victoria's Jamaican father (Roscoe Lee Browne) is not happy she's dating an American.
122 5 "Walter's Temptation" Hal Cooper Arthur Julian and Willian Davenport October 17, 1977 (1977-10-17)
Walter is tempted by his assistant (Marcia Rodd) when she's grateful to him for giving her a raise — on Maude's advice.
123 6 "Phillip's Birthday Party" Hal Cooper Story by : Lynn Grossman & Bob Balaban
Teleplay by : William Davenport
October 31, 1977 (1977-10-31)
A group of a teenagers crash Phillip's birthday party.
124 7 "The Doctor's Strike" Hal Cooper William Davenport November 7, 1977 (1977-11-07)
Arthur organizes a doctor's strike just as Walter gets sick.
125 8 "The Ecologist" Hal Cooper Arthur Julian November 14, 1977 (1977-11-14)
Maude has sexual fantasies about an ecologist (Edward Winter) with whom she's working to clean up the Hudson River.
126 9 "The Gay Bar" Hal Cooper Story by : Michael Endler & Thad Mumford
Teleplay by : Michael Endler & Thad Mumford and Arthur Julian & William Davenport
December 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)
Arthur is not happy about a gay bar in town.
127 10 "Businessperson of the Year" Hal Cooper Arthur Julian December 12, 1977 (1977-12-12)
Maude and Walter compete to be Businessperson of the Year.
128 11 "Maude's Christmas Surprise" Hal Cooper Arthur Julian and William Davenport December 19, 1977 (1977-12-19)
Maude finds a baby on her doorstep at Christmastime.
129 12 "Maude's New Client" Hal Cooper William Davenport January 2, 1978 (1978-01-02)
Maude's new real estate client has a connection to the mob.
130 13 "The Obscene Phone Call" Anthoney Chickey Elliot Bernstein January 16, 1978 (1978-01-16)
Maude changes her phone number to put a stop to the obscene phone calls she's been receiving, but when the calls continue, Maude suspects that the culprit is someone she knows.
131 14 "Musical '78" Hal Cooper Arthur Julian and William Davenport January 28, 1978 (1978-01-28)
Maude holds a TV musical fund raiser to raise money for a disabled former child tap dancer, but learns before the telethon goes on the air that the child is faking her condition.
132 15 "My Husband, the Hero" Hal Cooper Sy Rosen February 4, 1978 (1978-02-04)
Maude is not happy when Walter is declared a hero for saving another person while a restaurant where they were dining goes on fire.
133 16 "Maude's Foster Child" Hal Cooper Johnny Bonaduce February 11, 1978 (1978-02-11)
Maude's Ethiopian foster child comes to visit for the first time, thanks to the sponsorship of a local African-American congregation — but when he arrives, Maude discovers he's not quite what any of them expected.
134 17 "Vivian's Decision" Hal Cooper Richard Herlan February 18, 1978 (1978-02-18)
Vivian considers leaving Arthur when she attends a college reunion and discovers that many of her former classmates and current students are really making a difference in the world. This episode is largely a "two-hander" for Beatrice Arthur and Rue McClanahan.
135 18 "Carol's Dilemma" Hal Cooper Story by : Bob Baublitz & Kevin Hopps and Michael Walker & Melodie Hollander
Teleplay by : Michael Walker & Melodie Hollander
February 25, 1978 (1978-02-25)
Carol learns that her ex-husband (Charles Siebert) is about to re-marry and wants custody of Phillip.
136 19 "Arthur's Grandson" Hal Cooper Richard Herlan March 4, 1978 (1978-03-04)
Arthur's grandson (Sparky Marcus) is coming to visit, so Arthur is hoping to patch things up with his son.
137 20 "Mr. Butterfield's Return" Hal Cooper Arthur Julian and William Davenport March 11, 1978 (1978-03-11)
Mr. Butterfield (Roscoe Lee Browne) returns with the intention of taking Victoria back to the West Indies.
138 21 "Phillip's Mature Romance" Hal Cooper Arthur Julian and William Davenport March 25, 1978 (1978-03-25)
Maude discovers that Phillip's girlfriend is four years older than him.
139 22 "Maude's Big Move: Part 1" Hal Cooper Dick Herlan April 8, 1978 (1978-04-08)
At a Chinese dinner party given for her Congresswoman friend, Maude discovers that Carol and Phillip are moving to Colorado; Vivian and Arthur are moving to Idaho; and her friend (Mary Louise Wilson) collapses dead on the floor. Final series appearance of Adrienne Barbeau.
140 23 "Maude's Big Move: Part 2" Hal Cooper Charlie Hauck April 15, 1978 (1978-04-15)
Faced with the departure of nearly everyone she loves from her life, Maude sinks into depression only to be lifted by some excellent news — she's been named to succeed her friend as Congresswoman. Final series appearance of Conrad Bain and Rue McClanahan.
141 24 "Maude's Big Move: Part 3" Hal Cooper Charlie Hauck & Rod Parker and Arthur Julian & William Davenport April 22, 1978 (1978-04-22)
Maude and Walter leave New York for Washington, D.C. to begin a new chapter in their lives.