The series has a running motif, a semi-regular 'variety' episode in which the cast members serve as talent for Tuckahoe's annual televised telethon, where things inevitably go awry behind the scenes. Curiously, on these episodes, Adrienne Barbeau is usually found performing a provocative dance routine in an attempt to arouse Bill Macy -- a questionable choice in that Macy portrayed Barbeau's stepfather on the series.
You know your red tie makes you look like Dan Rather... Of course, your paisley tie makes you look like Morley Safer. I think it's safer to look like Rather - unless you'd rather look like Safer.
At the end of the series, the Governor of New York State appoints Maude to the House of Representatives, filling a vacancy caused by the death of her local Congresswoman. In fact, vacancies in the House of Representatives caused by the death, resignation, or expulsion of a member can be filled only by a special or general election. The rules for filling vacancies in the U.S. Senate, however, vary from state to state.