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"Vivian's First Funeral"
Season 5, episode # 1
# 94 overall in series (141 episodes)
"Maude" episode
Series: Maude
Network/Country: CBS-TV / U.S.
Air date September 20, 1976
Production code 501 (5x1)
Written by: Sam Greenbaum
Directed by: Hal Cooper
Guest starring: Arny Freeman
Richard McMurray
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Vivian's First Funeral was the season opening episode of Season 5 of  Maude, and the 94th overall episode in the series. Directed by Hal Cooper, the episode, which was written by Sam Greenbaum, originally aired on CBS-TV on September 20, 1976.


"Vivian's First Funeral"
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Synopsis[]

Vivian's friend has died, but she does not want to go to the funeral. She has never been to a funeral before.

Storyline[]

Vivian's phobia of funerals makes her a nervous wreck when she must attend the funeral of a friend with Maude. To complicate matters, Vivian is also nervous when she discovers Maude lost the antique brooch that Arthur had given her, which she had lent to Maude who in turn lent it to someone else, someone Maude cannot remember. However, once at the funeral, Maude and Vivian soon discover just to whom Maude had lent the brooch.

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Trivia[]

  • This episode features Maude, Arthur and Vivian attending the viewing and funeral of a woman none of them could stand. The deceased was laid out at the McDonald Funeral Home and, at one point, Maude addresses the funeral director as "Ron." An actual Ronald McDonald Funeral Home has served Kane, Pennsylvania for decades.
  • One of the Ronalds in the dynasty appeared along with numerous others who share the name in a tongue-in-cheek Taco Bell commercial that launched the Mexican restaurant's breakfast menu. Mr. McDonald once told a snickering reporter who was taking obituary information from him for the first time, "Go ahead, get it all out. Just remember we've been around a lot longer than that clown."

Scene Excerpts[]

Quotes

  • Arthur: Where is Hattie being laid out?
  • Maude: MacDonald's.
  • Arthur: MacDonald's?
  • Maude: Arthur, it's a funeral home on Main Street. Next to the Burger King.
  • Arthur: I'll meet you all there later. I think it's nice that Hattie is at MacDonald's. She deserves a break today.

  • Arthur: [Vivian gives a deceased woman back a brooch Arthur took from her] How could Vivian do such a thing?
  • Maude: Don't worry, Arthur. Hattie will give it back to Agnes. She's bound to run into her down there.

  • Vivian: I've never actually seen a body that wasn't alive before.
  • Maude: Vivian, what are you talking about? You've been married to Arthur for three years.

  • Maude: [At a funeral] I am not having a good time here.

Cast (in Credits Order)[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Stars/Recurring Cast[]

  • Arny Freeman as Mr. Ronald McDonald
  • Richard McMurray as Malcolm Flanagan

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