| Season Two, episode # 12|
|Series:||All In The Family|
|Air date||December 11, 1971|
|Written by|| Teleplay by: |
Philip Miskhin, Michael Ross and Bernie West
|Directed by:||John Rich|
|IMDB||Cousin Maude's Visit|
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Cousin Maude's Visit was the 12th episode aired during the second season and the 25th overall episode All In The Family. The Season 2 episode first aired on CBS-TV on December 11, 1971. Directed by John Rich, the story was written by Philip Mishkin, with Michael Ross and Bernie West, the original teleplay was also written by Mishkin.
Archie; Mike and Gloria are all sick with the flu, and Edith is running herself ragged in trying to take care of all of them. To Archie's dismay, Edith's cousin, Maude comes over to help out. Maude and Archie purely dislike one another, due to their opposing political beliefs (Archie's an arch-conservative; Maude an arch-liberal).
While she dislikes Archie, she gets on well with Mike and Gloria, due to their beliefs being more in line with hers. She cooks a huge breakfast for Edith; makes some custard for Mike and Gloria, while feeding Archie Cream of Wheat with Cheese. He rushes to the bathroom, and then Maude sits in his chair.
Archie and Maude get into a huge argument about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whom Maude admired, and Archie gets his chair back, while Maude gets ready to leave. However, it is Edith who is now sick with the flu. Archie demands who is going to take care of them. Maude taps him on the shoulder and says, "Maudie's here!"
At the end, it was revealed that during the time, Maude also gets the flu, and she is shown coming down the stairs as she was recovering from the flu.
Bea Arthur makes her first-ever appearance as Maude Findlay, ultra-conservative Archie's ultra-liberal cousin. Described by Archie as "the original creeping socialist," Maude has steered clear of the Bunker household for years. But when the entire family comes down with the flu, "Maudie" arrives to take care of the household -- and, of course, to cross ideological swords with Archie!