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"Maude's Desperate Hours"
Season 5, episode # 17
# 110 overall in series (141 episodes)
"Maude" episode
Series: Maude
Network/Country: CBS-TV / U.S.
Air date February 14, 1977
Production code 517 (5x17)
Written by: Arthur Julian
Directed by: Hal Cooper
Guest starring: Robert DoQui
Philip Sterling
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Maude's Desperate Hours was the 17th episode of Season 5 of  Maude, and the 110th overall episode in the series. Directed by Hal Cooper, the episode, which was written by Arthur Julian, originally aired on CBS-TV on February 14, 1977.

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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.


Maude fears for her life when the oversexed painter she had hired to repaint the den and the bedroom threatens her with bodily harm after she rejected his sexual advances. With Walter away on a business trip in New York City, Maude feels the end is near leaving her and Vivian all alone to combat their fears.


  • Beatrice Arthur chose this episode to submit for the 1977 Emmy Awards, following her nomination. She won.


  • Psycho (1960 movie) - The film "Psycho" is referenced when Maude and Vivian are alone in the Findlay house.

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Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Robert DoQui as Detective Kennedy
  • Philip Sterling as Detective Bronson

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