The day after a party, Walter wakes up with a drunken headache. Since it seems Walter drinks a lot at parties and most evenings, he and Maude decide to stop drinking altogether. Walter finds it difficult to stop.
Walter wakes up in a great mood and declares it I Love You Day. He plans to take the day off from work so he can spend a romantic day with Maude. However, Vivian comes to visit and is depressed now that she is divorced.
Vivian returns from a five-week trip to forget her problems after a divorce. She calls to say she is coming by and has a surprise. It is a surprise - she had a face lift and looks years younger. Now Maude is upset because she looks older.
Carol is engaged Chris and everyone is looking forward to the wedding. Since Maude is in real estate, she decides to put a down payment on a house for them as a gift. The house is across the street from Maude and Walter.
It's Christmas and Walter decides to throw his employees a party at the house. Walter is so happy at how tight knit he and his people are, not unlike another business that's shut down because of a union strike. But during the party Maude learns that his people have decided to join a union and Maude thinks it's great. When Walter learns of this, he feels betrayed. He decides to fire them.
Maude & Walter invite Vivian and Arthur over for dinner, but Maude is not looking forward to the lovebirds cooing over each other. They arrive, but arguing. Arthur constantly talks about his dead wife.
Maude is excited about boarding a young girl from the Ghetto over the summer. She hopes to show the teenager all the wonderful things that are available. However, the teenager is sullen because she does not want to be there.
Maude finds a wallet and it turns out to be their neighbor who always has extramarital affairs. Maude returns it to the man's wife. Walter thinks it is wrong to give it to the wife instead of the man because a wallet is personal property.
Maude is depressed on her birthday, and is surprised by the party Walter throws for her. All Maude wants is for Walter to stay with her instead of going to talk with the men. Walter forgets his promise and Maude leaves her own party.
Maude notices Florida has been acting strange lately. She finds out Florida has been trying to find a way to tell Maude she is quitting. Since Florida's husband got a promotion, Florida decided she was going to be a stay-at-home housewife.
Walter is being audited by the tax department. When the auditor appears, Walter is worried and nervous, but Maude realizes the man looks familiar. She finally realizes he is the man that had raped her over thirty years before.
Arthur gives Walter a stock tip which turns out to be a bad tip, causing Walter to lose a lot of money. When he finds out that Arthur did not invest any of his own money, Walter and Arthur argue as well as Maude and Vivian.
Carol and Chris plan a trip without Phillip. Carol is hesitant because Phillip has been causing problems at home recently. They go on vacation and Phillip gets worse. Maude realizes something has to be done.