As Tom and Mary go out for the evening, they put their cat out.
When their taxicab arrives and the couple exit the house, the cat sneaks back in.
As Tom returns inside the house to chase the cat back out, Mary is concerned about the taxi driver knowing that the house will be empty. So she explains to the driver, “My husband just went back inside to say goodbye to his mother-in-law.”
After several minutes, an exhausted Tom climbs into the back of the taxi saying, “I am sorry I took so long, but the stupid idiot was hiding under the bed. I had to poke her with a coat hanger several times before I could get her to come out!”