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"Maude Meets Florida"
Season 1, episode # 3
# 3 overall in series (141 episodes)
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Obsessed with hiring a black housekeeper so she can "liberate" her, Maude meets her match in Florida Evans (Esther Rolle) in the episode "Maude Meets Florida" in Season 1 (#3).
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Series: Maude
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date Septempber 26, 1972
Production code 101 (1x3)
Written by: Rod Parker & Walter Stone
Directed by: Robert H. Livingston
Guest starring: Brian Morrison
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Maude Meets Florida was the third episode of Season 1 of Maude, also third in the series. Written by Rod Parker and Walter Stone, the episode, which was directed by Robert H. Livingston, originally aired on CBS-TV on September 26, 1972.

"Maude Meets Florida"
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Obsessed with hiring a black housekeeper so she can "liberate" her, Maude meets her match in Florida Evans, later of "Good Times" spinoff series fame.


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, which makes her contemplate quitting. Meanwhile, Maude's husband Walter is troubled to find Phillip swearing into a tape recorder and then playing it back to see that he's been swearing into it.

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Carol's hair is natural throughout except for when she hangs up a coat in the closet. When she's in the closet her hair is in a ponytail.

Factual errors

Florida decides to quit on Friday and before she leaves for the day, she gives Carol a message from the school principal saying that he will meet with her tomorrow. The next day is Saturday, so school would not be in session.

Scene excerpts[]


  • Maude: The thing that we have to get straight right off the bat is that in this household we are all on a first name basis. I mean, even my daughter calls me Maude. Now what's your first name?
  • Florida Evans: Florida.
  • Maude: Florida. Oh, you were named after the state.
  • Florida: No, I was named after my aunt.
  • Maude: Oh, and she was named after the state?
  • Florida: No, she was named after her mother.
  • Maude: Oh, her mother...
  • Florida: Was named after an orange.


  • Florida: You see, they was picking them down there and she went into labor right in the orange grove; had the baby ten minutes later. They was either gonna call her Florida or Sunkist. Now you know the whole story.
  • Maude: Fascinating. Fascinating. I mean, the things that come out of your culture are so, so rich, so juicy.
  • Florida: Mmm, mmm. I got one about an apple I'll tell you sometime.

  • Florida: [During Florida's interview for the maid job] Now, the first week'll be on a trial basis.
  • Maude: Oh, Florida, don't be ridiculous, you're not on trial.
  • Florida: I know - you are.

  • Maude: I want you to consider this your home.
  • Florida: I got a home.
  • Maude: You can say that again.


  • 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[]

  • Brian Morrison as Phillip Traynor, Carol's son

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