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"Maude's Problem"
Season 1, episode # 1
# 1 overall in series (141 episodes)
Maude ep. 1x1 - Maude sees Dr. Stern
When Maude goes to see a Dr. Stern, a psychiatrist that Carol's been seeing, she soon finds herself being analyzed in "Maude's Problem", the "Maude" TV series pilot.
"Maude" episode
Note: a.k.a. "Maude and the Psychiatrist"
Series: Maude
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date September 12, 1972
Production code 102 (1x1)
Teleplay by: Susan Silver
Directed by: Robert H. Livingston
Guest starring: Willam Redfield
Ed Begley, Jr.
Helen Page Camp
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Maude's Problem was the pilot episode of Maude, the first spinoff series of All in the Family. Written by Susan Silver, the episode, which was directed by Robert H. Livingston, originally aired on CBS-TV on September 12, 1972.

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Maude is distraught when she finds out that Carol is seeing a psychiatrist and decides to confront the man she's convinced is wrecking her home.


Carol's odd behavior leads Maude to believe she's having an affair. When Maude learns Carol is really seeing a psychiatrist, she is determined to get to the bottom of the situation and find out why her daughter needs therapy, as it implies to her that she has failed as Carol's mother. Maude promptly makes an impromptu visit to Carol's psychiatrist, Dr. Stern (William Redfield) but soon finds herself being analyzed. During said analysis, she vents about the sacrifices she made for Carol's sake, including staying unhappily married to Carol's father for longer than she would've liked. Dr. Stern enquires about Carol's father, and Maude reveals he was her second husband, and her current husband, Walter Findley, is her fourth. Also, that the main reason she got married so hastily and frequently, was to escape her turbulent relationship with her own mother.

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  • Dr. Stern: Oh, excuse me, I was expecting Mrs. Manley.
  • Maude: Yes, I know...She had to run!
  • Dr. Stern: She did?
  • Maude: Now, She did? Now, look, she might be back when she thinks about it, so hurry up, doctor. We may not have too much time. I, uh, suppose you're wondering who I am.
  • Dr. Stern: Well, patients usually do discuss some of the people they're closely involved with, so I do have a guess.
  • Maude: Oh? Well, take your best shot, doctor.
  • Dr. Stern: Mrs. Findlay. Carol's mother?
  • Maude: Bull's-eye!
  • Dr. Stern: Now, Mrs. Findlay, if the reason you came to see me is to discuss your daughter, I would have to have her permission first. I mean, that is part and parcel of our therapeutic relationship. You do understand that, don't you?
  • Maude: Oh, certainly, certainly. Now, here's what I wanna talk to you about.
  • Dr. Stern: No, no, no. Now, wait a minute, Mrs. Findlay. You don't understand. There is no way we can have this meeting without Carol's prior permission.
  • Maude: Look, doctor, why don't I just lay it on the line? All right. In order to get rid of me, you are either going to have to carry me out bodily, kicking, scratching and--
  • Dr. Stern: All right, all right. Enough. Enough. I get the idea. And believe me, I am a pragmatist.
  • Maude: I didn't know. All my daughter mentioned was that you weren't Jewish. I see you don't use a couch.
  • Dr. Stern: No. No, I don't believe in them.
  • Maude: Freud used a couch. But then, he dealt mostly in sex! And you deal mostly in home-wrecking.
  • Maude: I carried her inside me for nine months. I raised her, I loved her. I lived with her father, a whacko, you couldn't believe... two years longer than I should have, because of her! So you take back that word "defensive" because I am taking back the right to call my daughter, "My Carol" anytime I feel like it. (Pause)
  • Dr. Stern: Mrs. Findlay, what exactly did you hope to accomplish by coming here? (Long pause)
  • Maude: I don't want Carol leaving home. Not out of anger.
  • Dr. Stern: You mentioned her father. That was your first husband?
  • Maude: No, that was my second.
  • Dr. Stern: Oh, I see. Right now, you're married to your third?
  • Maude: No, Walter's my fourth. (Pause) Life is trial and error, Doctor. Actually, the only reason I got married in the first place, was to get out of the house, and away from my mother, you know... (Dr. Stern starts to write) You write that, and I'll call you Lefty! (Dr. Stern stops)


Errors in geography

Maude lived in Tuckahoe, Westchester County, New York. In the opening (used for the entire run of the series) the car heads up the West Side Highway, then across the George Washington Bridge into Bergen County, New Jersey.


  • And Then There's Maude (series theme song)

Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman, Music by Dave Grusin, Performed by Donny Hathaway

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Helen Page Camp as Mrs. Manley
  • Ed Begley, Jr. as Magazine Salesman
  • William Redfield as Dr. Bayard Stern

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