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"Vivian's Decision"
Season 6, episode # 17
# 134 overall in series (141 episodes)
"Maude" episode
Series: Maude
Network/Country: CBS-TV / U.S.
Air date February 18, 1978
Production code 619 (6x17)
Written by: Richard Herlan
Directed by: Hal Cooper
Guest starring: Deborah White
Louis Welch
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Vivian's Decision was the 17th episode of Season 6 of Maude, and the 134th overall episode in the series. Directed by Hal Cooper, the episode, which was written by Richard Herlan, originally aired on CBS-TV on February 18, 1978.

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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.


Maude and Vivian go out of town for their thirty-year college reunion and Vivian really takes advantage of the free champagne. When Maude and Vivian get back to their room Vivian becomes depressed about her life and everything that she could have accomplished, this leads her to make a decision, she calls Arthur and says that she is leaving him.

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In the episode "Maude's Dilemma Part 1", It was established that Vivian was married once before the marriage to Chuck. Then in this episode, her first marriage was immediately after college to Chuck.

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Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Deborah White as Sally Houser
  • Louis Welch as Teddy

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