From the moment Archie opens the door, the audience gasps at the appearance of that stern-faced woman standing there.
What an interesting concept to think if the show Maude had never come about. This would be all we would see of cousin Maude, perhaps she would have another guest appearance or two, but the character was so phenomenally defined in this one appearance alone.
Arthur and O'Conner played it off as tho they had a bad history for real and couldn't stand one another.
Mike and Gloria were peculiarly, but predictably, shuffled off to the sidelines. There was no need for Mike to say peep to Archie tho, as Maude was doing it all brilliantly.
The final line is truly a memorable one, a brilliant introduction.
Right on, Maude.