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"Maude and the Radical"
Season 1, episode # 5
# 5 overall in series (141 episodes)
Maude ep. 1x5 - Maude and the Radical
Maude winds up having to entertain the black militant activist who was supposed to the be guest of honor at a party Maude was throwing, after all of her white liberal friends left after finding out that it was a fund raiser to fund the militant's cause in "Maude and the Radical" in Season 1 (ep, #5).
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Series: Maude
Network/Country: CBS-TV / USA
Air date October 10, 1972
Production code 105 (1x5)
Teleplay by: Eugene Pratt & Budd Grossman
Story by: Eugene Pratt
Directed by: Bud Yorkin
Guest starring: Paul Barselou
Toni Ann Driscoll
Ivor Francis
Patsy Garrett
Mary Alan Hokanson
Herbert Nelson
Kathryn Janssen
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Maude and the Radical was the fifth episode of Season 1 of Maude, also fifth in the series. Written by Eugene Pratt and Budd Grossman, the episode, which was directed by Bud Yorkin, originally aired on CBS-TV on October 10, 1972.

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Maude throws a party and invites black militants and rich white liberals. She does not tell anyone it is a fund raiser party.


Maude organizes a fund-raising party for a one Jim Chambers, a black militant politician and invites all her rich white liberal friends under false pretenses, not inform them that it's a fund raier to support the militant leader's cause. Maude also tries to get black people to attend the party, but the best she can do is make Florida Evans 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 which also causes all her guests to leave. In the end, when Walter, who also retired early when the guests began to leave, asks how the fundrasier went, she tells hi it went well; she also tells him that it was beneficial to her, and Mr. Chambers, who showed up after all the guests had left, as she had to entertain him herself, as she donated $1,000 to his cause!

Did You Know?[]



During the episode they discuss Russell going into NYC to tape an episode of "Johnny Carson." The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson did tape in New York, but moved to California in May 1972. This episode didn't air until October of 1972, well after Carson moved to California.

Scene Excerpts[]

  • Maude: [drunk] You really want to know? "Who is Mrs. Dubonay?" You ask? Well I have a better question, Arthur Harmon, who is you? Who is any of us?

[breaking into song]

  • Maude: "Whooooooooooo is Syyyyylvia..."

  • Maude: Ladies and gentlemen, Mrs. Dubonay is a visitor from a far-off land. She is a proud native of a newly emerging black nation.
  • Florida Evans: Yeah, Harlem.

  • Walter: Maude's as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rockers.
  • Carol: That doesn't sound like you, Walter.
  • Walter: I heard that on Hee Haw.

  • Maude: I'm as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rockers. Don't look at me, I heard it on The Dean Martin Show.

  • Carol: She's as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rockers. What? I just thought it was my turn.
  • Arthur: That's a good joke. I heard it on Sonny and Cher.

  • Maude: How can I have a party for a black guest of honor and not have one single black guest?
  • Carol: Maybe you should've invited two black couples, Maude.
  • Walter: That's right, Maude, you should always have a back-up black.
  • Maude: [Skyward] Please, if you really do exist, get him soon.


  • The Dean Martin Show (TV Series) - Maude repeats a joke she says she heard on this show.
  • Hee Haw (TV Series) - Walter repeats a joke he says he heard on this show.
  • The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (TV Series) - Arthur repeats a joke he says he heard on this show.


  • "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[]

  • Paul Barselou as Man looking for Bathroom
  • Toni Ann Driscoll as Mrs. Ferguson (as Ann Driscoll)
  • Ivor Francis as Mr. Ferguson
  • Patsy Garrett as Whisper Lady
  • Mary Alan Hokanson as Mrs. Jenkins
  • Herbert Nelson as Mr. Kenny
  • Kathryn Janssen as Party Guest (uncredited)

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