This is yet another showcase for Mary Tyler Moore, but also a rare showcase for Ann Morgan Guilbert (Millie). Both actresses are wonderful as the freaked out housewives home alone. Every noise they hear only fuels their paranoia. Of course this was the time of those scary movies like "Pycho" and the Boston Strangler was still fresh in everyones mind!
They use every trick in the book, food cans stacked in front of doors, screaming alarm pens, and Jerry's Myna bird who unfortunately can only say, "Don't be nervous, don't be nervous!" !
In an attempt to drown out the noises, they turn on every light in the house, along with the radio and the TV. It gets so bad they can’t even hear each other and have to yell to be heard! This whole scene is hilarious.
Of course when they blow the fuses and cause a blackout, the ladies are beside themselves with panic and attempt to escape through the garage.
Trapped, they hear Rob who’s come home early, and sends them into a frenzy. Rob gets closer and closer to the garage only to be hit on the head by Millie with a large metal plate.
This episode is one of the best of many great episodes.