Origins: This is a milder variant of the "Surprise Party" legends, in which a married woman's sexual overeagerness leads to an embarrassing rebuke. The presence of a minister (rather than a neighborhood friend, for example) in the shower indicates that religion is the basis of the woman's moral censure. Later versions of the legend replace the minister with secular figures, removing the legend's moral overtones and casting the story more as a humorous anecdote or a joke.
A 1964 book of reminiscences by Hollywood publicist Art Moger recounts the same tale about an actress and her husband's tennis partner:
"Ding dong, daddy!" she chirped. "Supper's ready!"
There was a gasp of not complete dismay. Giggling happily she started downstairs and met her husband coming up!
Last updated: 9 July 2007
Brunvand, Jan Harold. The Vanishing Hitchhiker. New York: W. W. Norton, 1981. ISBN 0-393-95169-3 (p. 147). Moger, Art. Some of My Best Friends Are People. Boston: Challenge Press, 1964 (p. 92).