Harold's mother figures maybe what Harold needs is a little female companionship. She signs him up with a computer dating service, but the girls are sort of put off when he sets himself afire on their date, and things like that. Maude, on the other hand, doesn't seem to mind. As played by Ruth Gordon , she is the same wise-cracking operator out of the side of the mouth that we met in "Rosemary's Baby." When a traffic cop stops her for being in possession of a stolen truck, a stolen car, and a stolen shovel, she apologizes and then drives away. When he catches up with her again, she steals his motorcycle. You see what an indomitable sort she is.
Mrs. Chasen repeatedly tries to impress upon Harold the necessity of getting on with his life:
MRS. CHASEN: Really, Harold, you are no longer a child. It’s time for you to settle down and stop flitting away your talents on these amateur theatrics [...]
(Higgins, p. 9)
MRS. CHASEN: There is no doubt that it is time for you to settle down and begin thinking about your future. [...] But it is time now to put away childish things and take on adult responsibilities.
(Higgins, p. 11)