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List of The Dick Van Dyke Show episodes

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The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom starring Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie, Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie, Morey Amsterdam as Buddy Sorrell, Rose Marie as Sally Rogers, and Richard Deacon as Mel Cooley.

The series ran for five seasons on CBS, lasting 158 half-hour episodes, all filmed in black-and-white. Creator/writer Carl Reiner had told the cast from the beginning that if the show made it through five seasons, that would be its maximum run.[citation needed]

Series overview

Cast of the series
Cast of the series

All five seasons have been released on DVD by Image Entertainment.[1]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRank[2]Rating[2]
First airedLast aired
PilotJuly 19, 1960 (1960-07-19)N/AN/A
130October 3, 1961 (1961-10-03)April 18, 1962 (1962-04-18)8016.1
232September 26, 1962 (1962-09-26)May 8, 1963 (1963-05-08)927.1
332September 25, 1963 (1963-09-25)May 13, 1964 (1964-05-13)333.3
432September 23, 1964 (1964-09-23)May 26, 1965 (1965-05-26)727.1
532September 15, 1965 (1965-09-15)June 1, 1966 (1966-06-01)1623.6


Pilot (1960)

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"Head of the Family"Don WeisCarl ReinerJuly 19, 1960 (1960-07-19)
In the pilot episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, it was called Head of the Family, Rob shows Richie how television writing is done.

Season 1 (1961–1962)

  • Season 1 of The Dick Van Dyke Show consisted of 30 black-and-white half-hour episodes airing on CBS.
  • The first season's opening credits consisted of photographs of the show's characters, with the text reading the names onscreen against a black background.
  • Recurring Character Debuts: Rob Petrie, Laura Petrie, Richie Petrie, Buddy Sorrell, Sally Rogers, Mel Cooley, Alan Brady, Millie Helper, Jerry Helper.
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"The Sick Boy and the Sitter"Sheldon LeonardCarl ReinerOctober 3, 1961 (1961-10-03)1
In the series premiere, television comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) talks his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) into leaving their sick son Richie (Larry Mathews) with a babysitter while they attend a party at the home of TV star Alan Brady (Carl Reiner). While at the party Rob, Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) and Sally Rogers (Rose Marie) are asked to entertain by Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon), Alan's brother-in-law. When Rob and Laura come home they find Dr. Miller (Stacy Keach Sr.) there. It turns out Janie the babysitter hit her head on the freezer door, but Ritchie is perfectly fine.
22"My Blonde-Haired Brunette"John RichCarl ReinerOctober 10, 1961 (1961-10-10)9

On neighbor Millie Helper (Ann Morgan Guilbert)'s advice, Laura dyes her hair blonde when she believes the romance in her marriage to Rob seems to be fading. Once Laura does the deed, she's sorry she did it for more than one reason and tries to hide her new bleached state before Rob comes home. Benny Rubin appears as the druggist.

Note: This episode was colorized and shown on CBS-TV on December 22, 2017.[3]
33"Sally and the Lab Technician"John RichCarl ReinerOctober 17, 1961 (1961-10-17)4
Laura gets the idea to try and play matchmaker for Sally. Rob is against it but Laura thinks Sally would be a good match with her cousin Thomas (Eddie Firestone), the lab technician. The two are polar opposites...Thomas is quiet, mild and meek and Sally is loud, brassy and full of jokes. Rob and Laura think the dinner was a disaster. The next day, Sally felt bad because she thinks she over did it. But, it turns out Thomas had a great time. Jamie Farr appears as the coffee deliveryman.
44"Washington vs. the Bunny"John RichCarl ReinerOctober 24, 1961 (1961-10-24)5
While on a flight, Rob tells a fellow passenger (Jesse White) about how he had to choose between going to Washington as a talent scout for The Alan Brady Show and staying home to see Ritchie in the school play as "the main bunny." Laura almost orders Rob not to go, but Rob felt he had an obligation to Alan and his job. The trip ends up being useless as the singer he was supposed to see came down with laryngitis and did not perform. Rob has to decide how he will deal with Laura when he gets home. Laura may have some say in the matter herself.
55"Oh How We Met on the Night That We Danced"Robert ButlerCarl ReinerOctober 31, 1961 (1961-10-31)6
Rob and Laura tell Ritchie about the day they met, when they find Rob's old Army coat and boots in their closet. Apparently Rob did not make a very good first impression on Laura. And to top it off, in a dance number that Rob had managed to get in with her, he winds up stepping on her foot and breaking her toes. Marty Ingels appears as Sol Pomeroy, Rob's Army buddy.
66"Harrison B. Harding of Camp Crowder, Mo."John RichCarl ReinerNovember 6, 1961 (1961-11-06)8
Harrison B. Harding (Allan Melvin) stops by the office and claims he's an old Army buddy of Rob from Camp Crowder. Rob pretends to recognize Harrison, but he really doesn't. Rob tries to get rid of Harrison, but winds up inviting Harrison and his wife (June Dayton) home for dinner. He then starts to suspect that Harrison is a con man and a jewel thief. Rob calls the police. Rob finally remembers Harrison but then the policeman (Peter Leeds) shows up and Rob has to come up with a story.
77"Jealousy!"Sheldon LeonardCarl ReinerNovember 7, 1961 (1961-11-07)3
Jerry Helper (Jerry Paris) plants seeds of mistrust in Laura's mind when he learns that Valerie Blake (Joan Staley), the beautiful movie star, will be guesting on The Alan Brady Show. Laura doesn't listen to him until Rob begins a string of late night work sessions. Soon Laura's jealousy begins to grow and Rob will have to work just as hard to convince Laura that nothing is going on between him and Valerie.
88"To Tell or Not to Tell"John RichFrank Tarloff[a]November 14, 1961 (1961-11-14)11
When Mel asks Rob if he thinks Laura wouldn't mind filling in for one of the dancers on the show for this week's show only, Rob has no qualms in asking her. Laura is more than excited to accept. Rob takes over much of the domestic duties for which he has no aptitude. So Rob has mixed feelings when Mel tells him that he wants to sign Laura for a full time contract. Rob has to decide whether to tell Laura the news. He hopes that she'll choose being wife and mother over being a career dancer.
99"The Unwelcome Houseguest"Robert ButlerCarl ReinerNovember 21, 1961 (1961-11-21)7
Buddy and his wife can't take their German Shepherd, Larry, with them on a three-day weekend. Buddy asks Rob to keep Larry for the weekend, but Rob refuses because he hasn't talked it over with Laura. The next time we see Rob, he's trying to sneak Larry into the house. Ritchie is afraid because he thinks that Larry is a wolf and Laura can't sleep because Larry is crying. In the end, things work out and Ritchie likes the dog.
1010"The Meershatz Pipe"Sheldon LeonardCarl ReinerNovember 28, 1961 (1961-11-28)2
Rob's not as impressed with Buddy's new Meershatz pipe as he is with the fact that it was a gift from Alan Brady. Not just impressed but envious as well. After all, he is the head writer of the show and begins to feel as if he isn't needed. Getting sick and having to miss work for several days doesn't help his insecurities. In the end, he finds out he really is needed.
1111"Forty-Four Tickets"John RichCarl ReinerDecember 5, 1961 (1961-12-05)10
Rob complains about Ritchie's forgetfulness, but suddenly realizes he forgot to reserve 44 tickets for the PTA to see The Alan Brady Show. Rob begs and borrows some tickets; Buddy and Sally try to steal some tickets for him. An unexpected twist occurs at the last moment. Eleanor Audley appears as Mrs. Billings of the PTA.
1212"Empress Carlotta's Necklace"James KomackCarl ReinerDecember 12, 1961 (1961-12-12)13
Rob purchases a huge, hideous necklace for Laura from Mel's cousin (Gavin MacLeod), but Laura can't bring herself to tell Rob how much she hates it. When Rob invites his parents (Will Wright and Carol Veazie) to see the necklace, his mother has a surprising reaction.
1313"Sally is a Girl"John RichFrank Tarloff[a]December 19, 1961 (1961-12-19)12
Rob and Buddy treat Sally as "one of the guys", even in the presence of Sally's date Ted Harris (Paul Tripp). Laura wants Rob to treat Sally more like a lady. Buddy sees what is happening, and he and Mel come to the conclusion that Rob and Sally are having an affair. When Buddy finally confronts Rob, he makes Rob believe that Sally is in love with him. Sally, however, knew what Rob was up to the whole time.
1414"Buddy, Can You Spare a Job?"James KomackWalter KempleyDecember 26, 1961 (1961-12-26)14
Rob is offered the head writer's job at "The Dan Howard Show", which he turns down because of Dan's tyrannical nature. Buddy has a chance for the job. Rob and Sally help Buddy get released from his contract by writing a memo about Buddy's shameful on the job performance. Buddy doesn't get the Dan Howard job since Dan heard about the memo. Rob and Sally ask Mel to re-hire Buddy, but Mel refuses. They figure a little heckling, comedy club style, from Jackie Brewster (Lennie Weinrib) may change Mel's mind.
1515"Where Did I Come From?"John RichCarl ReinerJanuary 3, 1962 (1962-01-03)19

Rob recalls the hilarious events leading up to Ritchie's birth when Ritchie asks the inevitable question, "Where did I come from?". Herbie Faye appears as Willie the coffee man. Tiny Brauer appears as a cabbie. Jerry Hausner appears as Charlie, the driver of the laundry truck who takes Laura and Rob to the hospital.

Note: This episode was colorized and shown on CBS-TV on December 14, 2018.[4]
1616"The Curious Thing About Women"John RichFrank Tarloff[a]January 10, 1962 (1962-01-10)17
Rob uses Laura's habit of opening his mail as the basis for a sketch on The Alan Brady Show. Before the show airs, Laura, not knowing the topic of the sketch, tells Millie and Jerry that she was its inspiration. What's worse for Laura after watching the sketch is that Rob kept the female character's name Laura, so that everyone watching the show believes that character truly is her. Laura is furious with Rob. Rob gets the last laugh when the self-inflating raft he ordered arrives and Laura, unable to control her curiosity, opens it.
1717"Punch Thy Neighbor"John RichCarl ReinerJanuary 17, 1962 (1962-01-17)18
Neighbor Jerry Helper teases too much. Rob gets increasingly upset as Jerry jokes around the whole neighborhood that The Alan Brady Show was "rotten" this past week. Rob accidentally hits him in a restaurant, and when Rob tries to show Laura what happened, he accidentally hits her. Some more misunderstandings occur, but things get straightened out in the end. Peter Leeds appears as Officer Jack Bain. Jerry Hausner appears as Vinnie the milkman.
1818"Who Owes Who What?"John RichCarl ReinerJanuary 24, 1962 (1962-01-24)15
Rob remembers $25 he lent Buddy that Buddy hasn't paid back. Laura doesn't think Rob will collect. Rob is too embarrassed to remind Buddy and tries many ways to drop hints to Buddy including using a comedy sketch to remind him. Buddy remembers something that Rob overlooked.
1919"The Talented Neighborhood"John RichCarl ReinerJanuary 31, 1962 (1962-01-31)22
The Alan Brady Show announces its annual search for the most gifted youngster, and parents are asked to send a picture of their child. All of the stage mothers in Rob's neighborhood want him to get their children private auditions. And all of Sally's neighbors. And all of Buddy's neighbors. The final straw is parents who have just moved into the neighborhood and Rob is uncharacteristically mean. Turns out the new neighbor's son actually has talent. Doris Singleton, Barry Livingston and Ken Lynch make appearances.
2020"A Word a Day"John RichJack RaymondFebruary 7, 1962 (1962-02-07)21
Ritchie is starting to learn some new words. He says a bad word to Laura in the car. She thinks ignoring it is the best course, but Rob wants to have a "man-to-man" talk with Ritchie. Rob also wants to confront the family that he assumes is responsible for Ritchie learning the bad words, but that could prove embarrassing when he finds out that the father is Rev. Kirk (William Schallert).
2121"The Boarder Incident"John RichNorm Liebmann and Ed HaasFebruary 14, 1962 (1962-02-14)20
Buddy's wife Pickles is away for 3 weeks to take care of her mother. Buddy can't stay at home because he's too lonely. Rob discovers that Buddy has been sleeping overnight at work and insists he move into his guest room. Sally warns against it. Buddy and his dog Larry are keeping Rob and Laura awake at night, which is starting to cause problems. Laura insists that Rob ask Buddy to leave, but does that actually happen?
2222"Father of the Week"John RichArnold and Lois PeyserFebruary 21, 1962 (1962-02-21)23
Rob is Father of the Week at Ritchie's school. Ritchie tells Laura that he doesn't want Rob there as he is supposed to tell about his work and he won't have anything interesting to show the class, which will embarrass Ritchie. How can Rob show a class of first graders what a comedy writer does? Rob does go and he winds up entertaining the children and is a big hit. Isabel Randolph appears as Mrs. Given, Ritchie's teacher.
2323"The Twizzle"John RichCarl ReinerFebruary 28, 1962 (1962-02-28)24
Sally brings the gang down to the bowling alley to see some exciting new talent she's discovered for the show. The talent is singer Randy Twizzle, who invented a new dance called the Twizzle. Though Randy says the dance and song are nothing special, Mel immediately signs him to the show. Randy shows up at the Petrie's with his manager (Jack Albertson) and they learn why Randy is so apprehensive. Seems the singer has other musical ambitions. Freddie Blassie appears as himself.
2424"One Angry Man"John RichLeo Solomon and Ben GershmanMarch 7, 1962 (1962-03-07)25
Rob gets called for jury duty. The defendant is Marla Hendrix (Sue Ane Langdon), a beautiful but not-so-bright former exotic dancer accused of diamond smuggling. Rob finds her attractive, which is obvious to everyone in the courtroom including Laura, who unbeknownst to him, is attending the trial. The other jurors disagree with his vote of innocence. Will he be able to convince the others of her innocence and that he's not in love with her? Howard Wendell appears as Judge George M. Tyler. Dabbs Greer appears as Mr. Berger, Marla's attorney. Lee Bergere appears as Mr. Mason the prosecutor. Herb Vigran, Patsy Kelly and Herbie Faye appear as jurors. Doodles Weaver appears as the Bailiff.
2525"Where You Been, Fassbinder?"John RichJohn WhedonMarch 14, 1962 (1962-03-14)26
Sally doesn't have a date for her birthday, then old friend Leo Fassbinder (George N. Neise) from high school calls. Sally invites Leo to her apartment for a quiet evening. When he thinks she is expecting someone else and that he is intruding, he tells her he called to sell her some more insurance. Disappointed, she asks him to leave. Rob, Laura, Buddy and Mel think Leo is just a made up friend and bring a loud party to Sally's apartment. Sally, not wanting them to think she was stood up, says Leo is still coming by. After they all leave, Leo does actually come back, and Sally and Leo work out the misunderstandings.
2626"I Am My Brother's Keeper"John RichCarl ReinerMarch 21, 1962 (1962-03-21)28
Rob's brother Stacey (Van Dyke's real-life brother, Jerry Van Dyke) has a two week furlough and sends Rob a telegram that he's coming for a visit. Rob (whom Stacey calls "Burford") isn't thrilled. He explains to Laura that his shy brother has a problem. He is a sleepwalker who's the life of the party---when he's sound asleep. Stacey tells them he has thoughts about becoming a banjo playing comedian after his discharge. They have to figure out how to make Stacey funny while he's awake. (Part 1 of 2)
2727"The Sleeping Brother"John RichCarl ReinerMarch 28, 1962 (1962-03-28)29
Stacey has an audition for The Alan Brady Show, but is afraid to do it. How can Rob get Stacey to perform a great audition while Stacey is awake? Rob thinks maybe a party at his house might be less stressful for Stacey. Stacey does a great performance, but Rob thinks he's doing it asleep. Turns out Stacey was actually awake. (Part 2 of 2)
2828"The Bad Old Days"John RichNorm Liebmann and Ed HaasApril 4, 1962 (1962-04-04)27
Buddy laments the decline of the American male and yearns for the "good old days". Rob starts to feel he does too much housework. Rob is beginning to feel like the henpecked husband and Laura the boss of the relationship. That night Rob has a dream about the olden days, where he is a leisure filled aristocrat with a son who is driven to work and a haggard and scared wife tired from the constant housework directed by him. Will the dream make Rob feel any differently?
2929"Sol and the Sponsor"John RichWalter KempleyApril 11, 1962 (1962-04-11)16
Rob and Laura will be hosting a small but important dinner party for one of the show's sponsors, Henry Bermont (Roy Roberts), and his wife Martha Bermont (Isabel Randolph). Unfortunately for Rob and Laura, one of Rob's best friends from the army, Sol Pomeroy (Marty Ingels), unexpectedly stops by. They invite Sol to stay for the weekend, but Rob really does not want Sol around at the dinner party since Sol and the Bermonts are like oil and water. Gregarious, hyper and obnoxious, Sol insults the sponsor's taste---but solves a serious problem for the man, too.
3030"The Return of Happy Spangler"John RichCarl ReinerApril 18, 1962 (1962-04-18)30
Rob runs into Happy Spangler (Jay C. Flippen), the guy who gave him his first break into show business. Rob decides to repay the debt by agreeing to take him on temporarily as a writer for The Alan Brady Show. Rob soon comes to regret this, as Spangler is much more interested in telling stories about his years as a radio writer. This distracts his writing staff, preventing them from getting their work done. How does Rob fix things without hurting Happy's feelings?
  1. ^ a b c Frank Tarloff was credited as "David Adler" due to being blacklisted.

Season 2 (1962–1963)

  • Season 2 of The Dick Van Dyke Show consisted of 32 black-and-white half-hour episodes.
  • Beginning with this season, The Dick Van Dyke Show introduced a new opening sequence, which consisted of two versions, which were filmed after filming "The Two Faces Of Rob." The opening credits featuring photographs of the show's characters, and the text reading their names onscreen were discontinued. The opening credits took place in the Petrie's living room: one has Rob tripping over the ottoman, and the other has him sidestepping the ottoman. Both versions remained in use, interchangeably between episodes, until the show's run ended on June 1, 1966.
  • Beginning with the episode "It May Look Like a Walnut", the episode title began appearing onscreen.
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
311"Never Name a Duck"John RichCarl ReinerSeptember 26, 1962 (1962-09-26)31
Ritchie becomes very attached to two baby ducks that were left over from a show and adopts them. He names them Oliver and Stanley. Three months later and after the death of Oliver, Stanley, is a member of the family to Ritchie. But, he isn't looking too healthy, much like Oliver before he died. Rob faces the task of making Ritchie understand the consequence of trying to keep pets that may be happier living in the wild. Jerry Hausner and Jane Dulo appear as pet owners in the Vet's office.
322"The Two Faces of Rob"John RichSheldon Keller and Howard MerrillOctober 3, 1962 (1962-10-03)32
To prove a theory that a wife can't always recognize her husband on the phone, Rob calls Laura and disguises his voice and pretends to be suave Dr. Benno Benelli. But when Laura makes a phone date with the charming imaginary physician, he becomes obsessed with whether she's playing along with the joke or not.
333"The Attempted Marriage"John RichCarl ReinerOctober 10, 1962 (1962-10-10)34
Rob and Laura recount to Ritchie the disaster that was their attempted first wedding ceremony and the less than perfect wedding ceremony that eventually did happen. Rob admits having cold feet the day of the ceremony and driving off just before to think about what he should do. A broken down jeep and a sprained ankle contributed to Rob missing the first ceremony. A respiratory tract infection almost ruined their second attempt. Sandy Kenyon appears as a Doctor. Dabbs Greer appears as Chaplain Berger.
344"Bank Book 6565696"John RichR.S. Allen[a] and Harvey BullockOctober 17, 1962 (1962-10-17)33
Rob discovers Laura's secret bank account book. He wonders why she is keeping it a secret from him. He concludes that she is saving money to buy him a birthday present, as he wanted a new movie projector. But he receives a shirt instead of the projector. The mystery preoccupies his thoughts till he finally has to confront her and ask what it is for. Rob feels bad when he finds out the reason.
355"Hustling the Hustler"John RichCarl ReinerOctober 24, 1962 (1962-10-24)35
Buddy's brother Blackie (Phil Leeds) shows up at the Alan Brady Show's offices one day and Buddy wants nothing to do with him. Later meeting Buddy's brother alone while Buddy is out, Rob invites him to his house for dinner, not knowing of his past as a pool hustler. After dinner, knowing Rob has a pool table in the basement, Blackie suggests that the two of them try playing a game or two. Blackie goes on to prove to Rob and Buddy that he has gone legit.
366"My Husband is Not a Drunk"Alan RafkinCarl ReinerOctober 31, 1962 (1962-10-31)37
Rob and Laura invite hypnotist pal Glen Jameson (Charles Aidman) to a dinner party with Buddy, Sally, Jerry and Millie. Glen tries to hypnotize Buddy into acting drunk whenever he hears a bell ring. Buddy pretends to be under, but it is Rob, who is watching from the kitchen, that really gets hypnotized. Not knowing that Rob was under, Glen leaves without removing the spell. Roy Roberts appears as Mr. Boland, a sponsor.
377"What's in a Middle Name?"John RichCarl ReinerNovember 7, 1962 (1962-11-07)36
Ritchie finds his birth certificate and asks if the other name listed on it - Rosebud - is his middle name. Rob and Laura seem somewhat reluctant to answer, but say they will tell him the whole story later. It all started the day that Laura told Rob she was pregnant. Friends and relatives were excited and everyone had a specific name they wanted to call the baby, with no one willing to budge from their stance. Rob came up with Rosebud as an agreeable compromise name because it used letters from all the names the parents suggested. Carl Benton Reid and Geraldine Wall appear as Mr. and Mrs. Meehan, Laura's parents. J. Pat O'Malley and Isabel Randolph appear as Mr. and Mrs. Petrie, Rob's parents. Cyril Delevanti appears as Grandpa Petrie.
388"Like a Sister"Hal CooperCarl ReinerNovember 14, 1962 (1962-11-14)38
Handsome crooner Ric Vallone (Vic Damone) is the guest star on the Alan Brady Show. Rob is growing increasingly concerned that Sally is falling for the star, despite him being a confirmed bachelor. Rob confronts Ric, and the two come up with a way to get Sally to forget him. However, their plan doesn't quite work the way they wanted it to.
399"The Night the Roof Fell In"Hal CooperJohn WhedonNovember 21, 1962 (1962-11-21)39
Rob and Laura have a terrible verbal fight, after each has experienced a difficult day. Each remember the fight very differently and then there's the way it actually happened.
4010"The Secret Life of Buddy and Sally"Coby RuskinLee ErwinNovember 28, 1962 (1962-11-28)40
Rob is beginning to feel that Buddy and Sally are avoiding him. He starts to suspect that Buddy and Sally may be moonlighting for another comedy show, or worse - having an affair. Eavesdropping, Rob overhears Buddy and Sally talk about Herbie's Hiawatha Lodge - a getaway outside of New York City. To save their friendship and Buddy's marriage, Rob makes any excuse to go there with Laura and catch them in the act, but it ends up not being quite the act Rob anticipated.
4111"A Bird in the Head Hurts"John RichCarl ReinerDecember 5, 1962 (1962-12-05)41
Rob and Laura assume Ritchie's claims of being pecked by a giant woodpecker are just a way of getting attention. Rob believes that playing along with Ritchie and saying that he killed the woodpecker may finally calm Ritchie down for good. Millie says she's seen the woodpecker herself. Rob figures out that the bird wanted Ritchie's hair to build a nest. Cliff Norton appears as a Game Warden.
4212"Gesundheit, Darling"John RichCarl ReinerDecember 12, 1962 (1962-12-12)42
The Petries start quarreling after neighbor Jerry suggests Rob's recent sneezing fits are psychosomatic expressions of repressed rage at Laura. After getting allergy tests done and speaking to his doctor (Sandy Kenyon), Rob gets it into his head that he really is allergic to Laura. Could Ritchie and Freddie Helper's new club hold the answer?
4313"A Man's Teeth Are Not His Own"John RichCarl ReinerDecember 19, 1962 (1962-12-19)43
With Jerry away at a dentists' convention, Rob is forced to see another dentist after breaking his tooth on a chicken bone. Rob suffers pangs of guilt for letting another dentist work on his teeth. And he must do all that he can to avoid letting Jerry find out.
4414"Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra"John RichMartin RagawayDecember 26, 1962 (1962-12-26)44
Dreading the thought of being forced to direct a fund-raising show by Mrs. Billings (Eleanor Audley) of the PTA, Rob remembers the previous year's show when he tried to cast the role of Cleopatra. But as Mrs. Billings stops by, she may surprise Rob in her reason for the visit. Bob Crane guest stars as Harry Rogers, who played Mark Antony. Shirley Mitchell appears as Shirley Rogers, Harry's wife.
4515"The Cat Burglar"John RichCarl ReinerJanuary 2, 1963 (1963-01-02)45
A successive string of neighborhood cat burglaries makes the Petries and the Helpers jumpy. Despite the extra precaution and vigilance, both the Petries and the Helpers end up being robbed that night. The police lieutenant (Barney Phillips) asks Rob if the theft might be a publicity stunt. Rob thinks he's figured out who the burglars are and tries to catch them. Johnny Silver appears as the newspaper photographer.
4616"The Foul Weather Girl"John RichCarl ReinerJanuary 9, 1963 (1963-01-09)46
Rob's old high school friend Jane Leighton (Joan O'Brien) comes to New York to try and make it big in show business. Rob says he will help her in any way he can, however, Laura is not so comfortable with him doing that. She does not trust the beautiful and flirtatious Jane. Rob decides to work with Jane during the evenings for a week to help her prepare for her auditions. It is part of Rob's grand plan because he knows once she gets a spot on The Alan Brady Show she will stop hanging on him.
4717"Will You Two Be My Wife?"John RichCarl ReinerJanuary 16, 1963 (1963-01-16)47
Buddy and Sally find Rob's memoirs and read about the time Rob had to break off his engagement with an old girlfriend (Barbara Bain) before marrying Laura. At Camp Crowder Rob asks his captain if he could have two three-day passes, one for the honeymoon and one to go back home to tell his old girlfriend. As his captain would only issue one three-day pass, Rob decides he will go home and face the girlfriend. Sally and Buddy love what they read but the story, as typed, is incomplete, and they are left wondering how it ends. Rob comes back and fills them in on what is a not quite true story. Allan Melvin appears as Sam, Rob's Army friend.
4818"Ray Murdock's X-Ray"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerJanuary 23, 1963 (1963-01-23)48
Rob Petrie is lured onto "The Ray Murdock X-Rays," a provocative TV talk show. Murdock (Gene Lyons) assures Rob he just wants to offer his viewers a glimpse into the inner workings of a comic genius. But Rob is grilled by Murdock and he inadvertently describes Laura as a nut. Now if Rob can just keep Laura from seeing the show, he might just save his marriage. Jerry Hausner appears as the stage manager.
4919"I Was a Teenage Head Writer"Jerry ParisSheldon Keller and Howard MerrillJanuary 30, 1963 (1963-01-30)49
Thinking his own friends betrayed him in an argument with Mel over a sketch, Rob remembers his first day as the head writer of The Alan Brady Show. Although Buddy and Sally had already been on staff, Rob was hired as the "head writer," causing him some friction with his established co-workers. When Alan rejected the script Buddy and Sally turned in, Rob realized what he must do to salvage all three of their reputations. Back in real time, Mel comes to Rob's house to apologize and tells him that Buddy and Sally also quit after Rob left.
5020"It May Look Like a Walnut"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerFebruary 6, 1963 (1963-02-06)51

Rob enjoys a scary sci-fi movie on TV while Laura cowers under the bed covers so as to not hear it. When the show ends, Rob further tortures Laura by telling the tale of Kolak, a visitor from the planet Twilo who resembles Danny Thomas and deploys walnuts to steal Earthlings' thumbs and imaginations. Rob awakes in the morning to a living room strewn with walnuts and Laura preparing scrambled walnuts for Rob's breakfast. Everyone at the office is acting as if Kolak really existed. Is Rob dreaming or is Laura having her revenge?

Note: In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #15 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[5] In 2009, it moved to #13.[6]
5121"My Husband is a Check-Grabber"Alan RafkinCarl ReinerFebruary 13, 1963 (1963-02-13)50
Laura's silence forces Rob to recount their evening out to determine what he did that made her infuriated over jeopardizing Ritchie's college future. He finally figures out her chilly demeanor stems from his picking up the check for the entire dinner. Rob refuses to change his behavior and claims he will continue to pay for dinner checks when they're out with friends - until he sees a reflection of his behavior in the actions of his son, Ritchie.
5222"Don't Trip Over That Mountain"Coby RuskinCarl ReinerFebruary 20, 1963 (1963-02-20)52
Rob, who has never skied before, promises Laura he won't get injured on his skiing trip with Jerry. Her fears worsen when Rob and Jerry are late returning from their trip. As Laura and Millie wait together, Rob and Jerry are in a hospital getting medical attention for injuries sustained in a four person/one goat on-slope collision. Rob sustains a full-body sprain, and now he does all he can to keep it from Laura rather than admit her woman's intuition was correct. Jean Allison appears as a nurse.
5323"Give Me Your Walls!"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerFebruary 27, 1963 (1963-02-27)53
When Rob accidentally mars the wall in the Petries' living room, he and Laura hire Vito Giotto (Vito Scotti), a flamboyant Italian painter, to repaint the room. Giotto turns their lives upside down as he manages to paint most of the rest of the house and become increasingly involved in their daily lives without ever completing the job he was hired to do. Rob decides that they have to get rid of Vito. But, Vito comes through in the end.
5424"The Sam Pomerantz Scandals"Claudio GuzmánCarl ReinerMarch 6, 1963 (1963-03-06)54
Rob, Laura, Buddy and Sally must perform in a show for Rob's friend Sam Pomerantz (Henry Calvin) at his resort after Rob accidentally injures comedian Danny Brewster (Len Weinrib, who appeared earlier as "Jackie Brewster").
5525"The Square Triangle"Jerry ParisBill IdelsonMarch 20, 1963 (1963-03-20)56
Rob and Laura are both surprised that the latest guest star on The Alan Brady Show is someone from their past — French star Jacques Savon (Jacques Bergerac). Rob feels responsible for breaking up Jacques' marriage. Oddly enough, Laura feels responsible, too. Neither Rob nor Laura knows what the other thinks. Rob and Laura met Jacques and his then wife Yvette when they visited Europe years ago. When Jacques finds out that both Rob and Laura are scared to see him and the reason why, he has to figure out a way to make them both feel OK without letting each other know their secret.
5626"I'm No Henry Walden!"Jerry ParisStory by : Ray Brenner & Jack Guss
Teleplay by : Carl Reiner
March 27, 1963 (1963-03-27)55
Rob and Laura are invited to a dinner party for all the top writers in various fields, thrown by wealthy Mrs. Huntington (Doris Packer). Rob and Laura really only want to meet famed poet Henry Walden (Everett Sloane). The party later reveals itself to be a fund-raiser with guests donating either some or all of their earnings from published books. So as to fit in, Rob pulls out a blank check, which Mrs. Huntington, mistaking the gesture for selfless generosity, snags before he can fill in an amount. With Rob's meager bank account and reputation in peril, salvation comes from an unexpected source, also revealing the true reason behind his invitation to the party. Howard Wendell, Roxane Berard and Betty Lou Gerson appear as guests at the party.
5727"Racy Tracy Rattigan"Sheldon LeonardRonald Alexander and Carl ReinerApril 3, 1963 (1963-04-03)57
British actor 'Racy' Tracey Rattigan (Richard Dawson) is filling in as substitute host for The Alan Brady Show — and he seems to have an interest in Laura. Rob finally has to spray him with champagne to stop his flirtatious advances at Laura. The next day, Tracy comes to the office and tells everyone that last night was all a gag. Will they ever know if that is the truth?
5828"Divorce"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerApril 10, 1963 (1963-04-10)58
Rob gets a late evening call from Buddy. He's left Pickles (Joan Shawlee). Rob meets Buddy at a bar to find out what happened. Leaving Buddy at a hotel after an already long evening, Rob gets a call from Pickles, in hysterics over Buddy not coming home. She insists Rob come over, which he reluctantly does. He hears her side of the story. Just at the very moment when Rob tries to comfort her, who should return home? Charlie Cantor appears as the bartender.
5929"It's a Shame She Married Me"James NiverSheldon Keller and Howard MerrillApril 17, 1963 (1963-04-17)59
Rob and Laura learn from their accountant that they'll have to cut some corners for a little while until their financial situation improves. Rob gets envious when he learns that Jim Darling (Robert Vaughn), the show's new wealthy and good-looking sponsor, also happens to be Laura's old beau. Jim wants to host a cocktail party for the show's staff and their spouses while he's in town and especially wants to see Laura. The party winds up being at Rob's house. Laura may regret the party after seeing the way Rob acts around Jim.
6030"A Surprise Surprise is a Surprise"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerApril 24, 1963 (1963-04-24)60
Rob overhears Laura talking to Millie about some secret. At first it sounds like Laura is planning on having an affair, but then Rob learns that the secret is a surprise birthday party for him. When Laura suspects Rob knows, she makes a change of plans. Rob is pretty certain she is trying the old double reverse on him. Is she really? Only a party (or none) on Saturday night will tell the real story of who managed to outfox whom.
6131"Jilting the Jilter"Jerry ParisRonald AlexanderMay 1, 1963 (1963-05-01)61
Rob and Buddy are reminiscing about Freddy White (Guy Marks), a deadbeat comedian who they have both provided material to but who never paid them. Rob, Laura and Sally go out to dinner and they run into Freddie. Rob and Buddy are surprised to learn that Sally likes Freddy, who she hopes someday to marry. Rob knows that Freddy is only romancing Sally to get her to write him some new material for free, which Freddy admits to him in private. Rob believes that if they write Freddy a great act, he'll forget about Sally. That plan doesn't pan out, but Freddy does reveal something to Sally that makes her say goodbye.
6232"When a Bowling Pin Talks, Listen"Jerry ParisMartin RagawayMay 8, 1963 (1963-05-08)62
Rob submits a sketch about a talking bowling pin to The Alan Brady Show, but it might get them sued for ripping it off The Uncle Spunky Show. Rob, Buddy and Sally have to find a way to get Alan to unlove the sketch. Alan, however, believes the best defense is a strong offense. Herbie Faye appears as Willie the Deli Man.
  1. ^ Credited as Ray Allen Saffian

Season 3 (1963–1964)

  • Season 3 of The Dick Van Dyke Show consisted of 32 black-and-white half-hour episodes.
  • Recurring Character Debuts: Stevie Parsons (Richard Schaal).
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631"That's My Boy??"John RichBill Persky and Sam DenoffSeptember 25, 1963 (1963-09-25)64

Rob tells Mel about the time he thought he brought home the wrong baby from the hospital. The hospital staff kept mistaking Laura's room (208) with that of a Mrs. Peters (203) who also had a baby boy that same day. Rob begins to believe that the Peters' baby and theirs were mixed up. Not wanting to concern Laura, Rob tried to find evidence of the mix-up and talks to the Peters on the phone. Only after meeting the Peters does Rob become certain whether the baby they have in their possession belongs to them or to the Peters. Amzie Strickland appears as the nurse. Greg Morris appears as Mr. Peters.

Note: This episode was colorized and shown on CBS-TV on December 11, 2016.[7]
642"The Masterpiece"John RichSam Denoff and Bill PerskyOctober 2, 1963 (1963-10-02)65
While at an estate sale to learn about auctions for a sketch on The Alan Brady Show, Rob, Buddy and Sally accidentally bid on a painting of a clown signed by "Artanis." Rob and Laura discover there is another painting underneath the clown -- one that bears a similarity to Grant Woods' "American Gothic." It turns out that the painting of the clown was by Frank Sinatra. Alan Reed appears as the auctioneer.
653"Laura's Little Lie"John RichCarl Reiner and Howard MerrillOctober 9, 1963 (1963-10-09)66
Rob would like to know why Laura disappears every time his insurance agent Ed Rubin (Charles Aidman) comes over or calls. Laura is forced to confess to Rob that she lied about her age on their marriage certificate. Rob has to now find out if Laura and he are still legally married. (Part 1 of 2)
664"Very Old Shoes, Very Old Rice"John RichCarl ReinerOctober 16, 1963 (1963-10-16)67
Rob and Laura must go out of town to make their marriage legal without their friends finding out. But a marital squabble before Judge Krata (Russell Collins) may prevent it. Madge Blake and Burt Mustin appear as Mr. & Mrs. Donald Parker, the wedding witnesses. (Part 2 of 2)
675"All About Eavesdropping"Stanley CherrySheldon Keller and Howard MerrillOctober 23, 1963 (1963-10-23)63
Through Ritchie's toy intercom, Rob and Laura eavesdrop on a private conversation between Jerry and Millie. They discover that it is probably better not to know what Millie and Jerry say about them when they are not around. Rob and Laura become infuriated just prior to attending the Helper's dinner party, making for a seriously disquieting evening. After the party, Rob and Laura decide they need to let Millie and Jerry know what happened and apologize.
686"Too Many Stars"Jerry ParisSheldon Keller and Howard MerrillOctober 30, 1963 (1963-10-30)69
Rob is forced to once again direct the annual PTA variety show. Instead of Laura getting the lead role, as usual, Rob must choose between Laura and Anita Lebost (Sylvia Lewis), a talented newcomer to the neighborhood. Rob comes up with a compromise. Eleanor Audley appears as Mrs. Billings. Jerry Hausner appears as the delivery man. Eddie Ryder appears as Howard Lebost.
697"Who and Where Was Antonio Stradivarius?"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerNovember 6, 1963 (1963-11-06)70
While doing a run-through of a sketch for The Alan Brady Show, Rob smashes what he thinks is a breakaway violin over his head. Instead, it is a real violin, and the blow from the instrument brings on a bout of temporary amnesia. Rob winds up at a party in Red Hook, New Jersey, with no memory of his real identity. How will he be able to explain it to Laura? Harold Peary and Amzie Strickland appear as Laura's Uncle and Aunt.
708"Uncle George"Jerry ParisBill IdelsonNovember 13, 1963 (1963-11-13)68
Rob's gregarious Uncle George (Denver Pyle) visits, and asks Rob to help him find a wife. Sally comes up with the idea of her boyfriend Herman Glimscher's (Bill Idelson) mother (Elvia Allman). Rob and Laura host a small dinner party where the elderly pair can meet. A problem arises when Uncle George only has eyes for Sally. Rob has to figure out a way to tell Uncle George that he needs to look for someone a little older than Sally.
719"Big Max Calvada"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffNovember 20, 1963 (1963-11-20)71
An infamous mobster (series producer Sheldon Leonard) asks Rob, Buddy and Sally to write material for his nephew Kenny (Larrs Jackson as Jack Larson), who aspires to be a comic. They are afraid to refuse because of Calvada's reputation. They are also alarmed to learn that, despite preparing top-notch material for him, Kenny is hopelessly untalented as a performer. Apparently, Max had another reason for hiring them. Arthur Batanides appears as Bernard, Max's associate. Sue Casey appears as Clarisse Calvada.
7210"The Ballad of the Betty Lou"Howard MorrisMartin RagawayNovember 27, 1963 (1963-11-27)72
Inspired by an outing on Alan Brady's yacht and against the warning of their wives, Rob and Jerry purchase a boat together. They go on a sailing trip that ends disastrously.
7311"Turtles, Ties and Toreadors"Jerry ParisJohn WhedonDecember 4, 1963 (1963-12-04)73
Rob hires a maid to give Laura a rest from housework. He ends up with Maria (Míriam Colón), a woman fresh from Barcelona who speaks no English, has a broken arm, and expects to work as a live-in. Rob and Laura agree that she can't stay, but neither wants to be the one to fire her. They then learn that she will be deported if they do, so they agree to keep her until the agency can find her another job. Ultimately, Rob discovers she has a talent for something else and gets her a job doing that.
7412"The Sound of the Trumpets of Conscience Falls Deafly on a Brain That Holds Its Ears..."Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffDecember 11, 1963 (1963-12-11)74
Rob struggles between his civic duty and fear for his family's safety when he believes he can identify the two robbers in a jewelry store holdup. Bernie Hamilton appears as Patrolman Nelson. Ken Lynch appears as Lt. Yarnell.
7513"The Alan Brady Show Presents"Jerry ParisSam Denoff and Bill PerskyDecember 18, 1963 (1963-12-18)76
Alan's annual Christmas show is airing. He has had many critics state that what his Christmas shows lack is heart. Alan rejects the funny script Rob, Buddy and Sally submit in favor of an idea he believes has heart. He'll have his staff, who entertain at many of his social functions, be the headliners of the show.
7614"The Third One From the Left"Jerry ParisJohn WhedonJanuary 1, 1964 (1964-01-01)75
Rob becomes the victim of undying gratitude and amorous attentions when he elevates a talented young chorus girl named Joan Delroy (Cheryl Holdridge) to a featured role on the show. Laura gives Rob some advice on how to get rid of Joan, but that backfires. When Joan finds out how her boyfriend Ernie really feels, she forgets about Rob.
7715"My Husband is the Best One"Jerry ParisMartin RagawayJanuary 8, 1964 (1964-01-08)77
Laura interferes in an interview between Rob and magazine reporter Diane Moseby regarding The Alan Brady Show. This results in Rob getting most of the credit for the comic success of the show. Rob blames both Laura and himself for the article's tone, and he must figure out a way to make it up to Alan, Buddy and Sally. But Rob's plan to set things straight backfires.
7816"The Lady and the Tiger and the Lawyer"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonJanuary 15, 1964 (1964-01-15)79
Rob and Laura become competitive matchmakers for bachelor Arthur Stanwyck (Anthony Eisley), who just moved into the neighborhood. Rob sets him up with Sally, and Laura arranges a date with her clumsy but sophisticated cousin Donna Palmer. After hosting two dinner parties, Rob and Laura are totally confused at who makes the better match between the two extremely different women. Only Arthur may shed some light on whom he favors, what he intends on doing, and why.
7917"The Life and Love of Joe Coogan"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerJanuary 22, 1964 (1964-01-22)80
While golfing, Rob meets a man named Joe Coogan (Michael Forest) ...who turns out to be another old boyfriend of Laura's. Laura admits that she's secretly kept some mementos of her relationship with Joe, namely love sonnets he wrote to her. Rob is obviously hurt and jealous. Laura and Millie go to visit the club to find Joe, and discover he is a priest. Laura phones Rob to let him know she's invited Joe to dinner. Not knowing Joe is a priest, Rob invites Sally to join them and snatch Joe away from Laura once and for all.
8018"A Nice, Friendly Game of Cards"Howard MorrisErnest ChambersJanuary 29, 1964 (1964-01-29)81
When Sally arrives at the Petrie house, they explain to her how a game of cards with their new neighbors, a former District Attorney named Lou Gregory (Edward Platt) and his wife Beth (Shirley Mitchell), ended badly. Laura accidentally damages one of the cards. She gets a replacement deck, not realizing she's chosen a marked deck that Rob was using earlier to show Ritchie some card tricks. Right before winning the last hand, Rob realizes that the cards are marked and tries to figure out how to get out of the situation gracefully.
8119"Happy Birthday and Too Many More"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffFebruary 5, 1964 (1964-02-05)78
Kids' birthday parties have recently become extravagant affairs, so Laura expects to hold Ritchie's birthday party at Dizzyland amusement park. Rob considers it awhile before firmly deciding to hold the event at home, despite having 63 kids. The children proceed to make a mess of things. Laura reminds Rob of his own belief that parents should give of themselves to their kids. Rob comes up with some entertainment.
8220"The Brave and the Backache"Jerry ParisSheldon Keller and Howard MerrillFebruary 12, 1964 (1964-02-12)82
Jerry would like to offer Millie's sister's cottage at Lake Sissy Manoonoo to Rob and Laura for the weekend. But, he believes Rob has some psychological block in going there since he has always come down with some ailment every other time the cottage has been offered to them. Rob suspects Jerry might be right when he suddenly throws his back out. He decides to consult Jerry's psychiatrist friend, Dr. Phil Nevins (Ross Elliott). Ken Berry appears as Tony Daniels, a dance choreographer.
8321"The Pen is Mightier Than the Mouth"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffFebruary 19, 1964 (1964-02-19)83
Buddy and Rob are left writing the show without Sally when she becomes a hit as a regular guest on The Stevie Parsons Show. Rob is concerned about how Alan's show will suffer. Rob and Buddy need Sally in the office not only as a third comic brain but as a buffer between the two male egos. Rob decides he needs to give Sally an ultimatum. But, Sally beats him to the punch with her own news about her long-term future. (Part 1 of 2)
8422"My Part-Time Wife"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffFebruary 26, 1964 (1964-02-26)84
During Sally's appearance on The Stevie Parsons Show, Rob has a hard time finding even remotely adequate help. After Rob relents, Laura poses herself as the typist on The Alan Brady Show, and drives Rob crazy with her excellent work. She can do the secretarial job very well and still maintain the house. Rob, festering, makes the office environment with Laura an antagonistic one. Rob tells Laura that he's afraid she'll want to keep working because it was so easy. She tells him it was the hardest week of her life. Which works out as Sally says she's coming back. Jackie Joseph appears as Alan Brady's niece. (Part 2 of 2)
8523"Honeymoons Are for the Lucky"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerMarch 4, 1964 (1964-03-04)85
Rob tells Buddy and Sally about the time he and Laura tried to go on their honeymoon. Captain Lebost (Peter Hobbs) revoked all free-passes due to a theft in the army unit. Rob had to sneak off the base. Once at the lodge, he found Laura dealing with a shabby resort and its boisterous owner, Mrs. Campbell (Kathleen Freeman). Sam (Allan Melvin), Rob's Army buddy, comes to get him because of a surprise bed check. Back at the base, Rob learns that he will get his pass after all. Johnny Silver appears as Mr. Campbell.
8624"How to Spank a Star"Jerry ParisNathaniel Curtis and Bill IdelsonMarch 11, 1964 (1964-03-11)86
The latest guest star on The Alan Brady Show, Paula Marshall (Lola Albright), makes Rob the producer of the show and the subject of her whims. Paula's ego-centric requests force Rob to understand that she is making him do things against what he would normally consider good for the show. Laura's handling of a disobedient Ritchie shows Rob how he needs to deal with Paula and do the show as intended by the writers.
8725"The Plots Thicken"Jerry ParisCarl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam DenoffMarch 18, 1964 (1964-03-18)87
Rob and Laura are caught in the middle of a feud between their parents over competing cemetery plots. The cemetery plots clearly become a manifestation of their parents' competition for their love. It is something that Ritchie says that puts everything into perspective. Carl Benton Reid and Geraldine Wall appear as Mr. and Mrs. Meehan, Laura's parents.
8826"Scratch My Car and Die"Howard MorrisJohn WhedonMarch 25, 1964 (1964-03-25)88
Rob has just bought a new car, which he loves. Because their station wagon is in the shop, Laura needs to drive the new car as it is her day to carpool the children to school. While it wasn't Laura's fault, a large scratch on the passenger side materializes. Laura has to decide whether to tell Rob and receive his certain wrath, or hide the fact of the scratch until she can get it repaired. Maybe Rob will understand that an accident can happen to anyone, even a distracted comedy writer.
8927"The Return of Edwin Carp"Howard MorrisCarl ReinerApril 1, 1964 (1964-04-01)89
While Allan is on vacation, Rob wants to write a show around old-time radio characters. Buddy, Sally and even Laura don't think anyone watching television would be interested in these radio stars that no one probably even remembers. They are successful in convincing radio personalities Bert Gordon "The Mad Russian", Arlene Harris "The Chatterbox", and Edwin Carp (Richard Haydn), who did fish imitations and was named "the Fish Man", to perform. Everything seems fine until Edwin confesses a personal problem on the eve of the broadcast that might derail the production. Amzie Strickland appears as Edwin's Mother.
9028"October Eve"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffApril 8, 1964 (1964-04-08)90

Laura once commissioned artist Sergei Carpetna for a fully clothed portrait of herself. Sergei, taking artistic license, rendered her nude. Laura threw paint on it, thinking she ruined it. But now the painting is standing in an art gallery for all to see. She tells Rob about it and he reassures Laura that he's not upset, but he really is. Laura remembers that she paid for the painting. Rob comes up with a way for Sergei to sell the painting and make Rob and Laura happy.

Note: The title and plot of this episode are an allusion to the controversial 1911 oil painting September Morn.[8]

Note: This episode was colorized and shown on CBS-TV on December 22, 2017.[3] and again on July 3, 2020 to mark the passing of Carl Reiner as it was one of his favorite episodes of the series.
9129"Dear Mrs. Petrie, Your Husband Is in Jail"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallApril 15, 1964 (1964-04-15)91
With Laura out of town for a few days, Rob tries to figure out what to do in his spare time. Eventually, he looks in on Benny Joey (Herkie Styles), an old Army buddy, who is a stand-up comic at a nightclub. Rob, Benny and some of the other performers, including Maureen Core (Barbara Stuart) whose military themed act uses a small cannon, partake in a sometimes not so friendly craps game. Unfortunately, it results in confusion that ultimately lands Rob behind bars. Arthur Batanides, Jackie Joseph and Johnny Silver guest star.
9230"My Neighbor's Husband's Other Life"Jerry ParisCarl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam DenoffApril 22, 1964 (1964-04-22)92
Rob and Laura spot their neighbor Jerry at a fancy restaurant with a pretty blonde. They suspect him of having an affair, and his lack of candor seems to confirm their fears. Laura's beliefs are strengthened by implications directly from Millie, and by a similar sighting of Jerry with an unknown woman by Sally. Rob's conversation with Jerry about the issue brings the full story to light.
9331"I'd Rather Be Bald Than Have No Head at All"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffApril 29, 1964 (1964-04-29)93
Worried that he's going bald, Rob sees Buddy's barber Irwin (Ned Glass) who provides an unusual method of preventing baldness. But Irwin's concoction includes ingredients that seem more suited to a salad bowl than to a barbershop. Laura has a dream that Rob is at first bald and then has a head covered in lettuce.
9432"Teacher's Petrie"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallMay 13, 1964 (1964-05-13)94
Laura takes a creative writing course, and the teacher extols Laura's writing abilities. Rob infers from this unwarranted attention that Mr. Caldwell (Bernard Fox) is using Laura to meet him. In fact, Mr. Caldwell's interest is only in Laura. Cheerio Meredith appears as Miss Prinder, another student.

Season 4 (1964–1965)

  • Season 4 of The Dick Van Dyke Show consisted of 32 black-and-white half-hour episodes.
  • The 100th episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show (Romance, Roses and Rye Bread) airs.
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951"My Mother Can Beat Up My Father"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffSeptember 23, 1964 (1964-09-23)96
Rob tells a nurse how he wound up in the hospital: it is Laura's fault for being superior in the art of self-defense. Three days earlier, when a drunk (Paul Gilbert) accosts Laura and Rob in a downtown bar, Laura surprises Rob by using a judo throw that flattens the man. Rob begins to feel inadequate as the "protector" of his household and gets a lot of ribbing about it. He learns that the show's chorus lead, Tony Daniels (Ken Berry), knows judo. To regain his confidence, Rob takes a few lessons to show Laura a few moves. It is one of those moves that lands Rob in the hospital.
962"The Ghost of A. Chantz"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffSeptember 30, 1964 (1964-09-30)97
Alan has invited Mel, Rob, Laura, Buddy and Sally to a fishing lodge for a working weekend. After a mix up by Mel for reservations at a lodge, Rob, Laura, Buddy and Sally spend the night in a seemingly haunted cabin. The last occupant of that cabin, the wealthy Amos Chantz, disappeared without a trace. Strange things start happening all around them once they are inside. Though scared, they decide to stay. But "the ghost" may have other things on his mind as, one by one, the cabin inhabitants start disappearing, leaving the last of the four to deal with the ghost of Amos Chantz on his own. Milton Parsons appears as the caretaker.
973"The Lady and the Babysitter"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffOctober 7, 1964 (1964-10-07)98
Roger (Eddie Hodges), a babysitter in high school whom the Petries adore, develops a huge crush on Laura. Laura detects that he's in unrequited love with a girl. He admits he is, but that the object of his affection doesn't know. Rob, not realizing who is involved, encourages him to express his love to the object of his desire. Rob and Laura have to figure out what to do after she receives his love letter.
984"A Vigilante Ripped My Sports Coat"Peter BaldwinCarl ReinerOctober 14, 1964 (1964-10-14)99
A disagreement over a neighbor's crabgrass threatens to end the friendship between the Petries and the Helpers, especially when Jerry rips Rob's sports coat. Rob wants to extend an olive branch by sending an invitation to the Helpers to attend a dinner party at their house. When they don't show up, Rob thinks he and Laura have been snubbed. But, the invitation was never mailed. Mel finds it almost a week after the scheduled dinner party and mails it for Rob. The feud may escalate over this misunderstanding, however, the misunderstanding itself may actually solve their problem.
995"The Man from Emperor"Jerry ParisCarl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam DenoffOctober 21, 1964 (1964-10-21)100
Drew Patton, an old friend of Rob's, shows up to offer him a job with his hugely successful but racy gentlemen's magazine, Emperor. Rob says he won't do it, but Laura is not so sure. Rob is very tempted by the wining, dining, and the beautiful girls. Laura admits to Rob why she is so scared of him working for Drew. Rob tells Laura he didn't take the job. Gloria Neil appears as Laura #2.
1006"Romance, Roses and Rye Bread"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonOctober 28, 1964 (1964-10-28)101
A red rose found in Sally's desk bespeaks of a secret admirer. When she learns it is Bert (Sid Melton), the jocular deli man, she does not take it seriously. Bert is really in love with her. When told of this fact, Sally does not know what to do, as Bert is not her type, but she does not want to hurt him. Sally ultimately has to be up front with her feelings.
1017"4 1/2"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonNovember 4, 1964 (1964-11-04)102
Rob, Buddy and Sally have been asked to do a benefit show at Granville State Prison by its entertainment director, convict Lyle Delp. Rob tells his coworkers about the day he and Laura met prisoner Lyle Delp (Don Rickles). Lyle had robbed the Petries years ago in an elevator, but then the three were trapped together when the elevator got stuck. Their goal was to get out of the elevator safely and quickly, but they wind up just waiting for help. This gave them time to get to know each other. (Part 1 of 2)
1028"The Alan Brady Show Goes to Jail"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffNovember 11, 1964 (1964-11-11)103

The Alan Brady Show crew come to prison to put on a show for Lyle Delp (Don Rickles) and his fellow inmates. Rob and Laura unwisely choose to wear prison uniforms for the show. Rob gets mistaken for a real prisoner and is thrown in the slammer. Rob has to figure a way to convince the disbelieving guard (Allan Melvin) that he is who he says he is. Ken Lynch appears as Warden Walter Jackson. Robert Strauss and Arthur Batanides appear as two trouble making inmates. (Part 2 of 2)

Note: Alan is misspelled "Allan" in the onscreen title.
1039"Three Letters from One Wife"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffNovember 18, 1964 (1964-11-18)104

Rob gets Alan Brady to host a television documentary about comedy that Rob wrote, even though Alan is against it. Laura believes that if Alan gets enough positive fan mail, he'll consider it a success. Millie writes fourteen letters to Alan praising the program, but everything goes awry when the program is pre-empted and is not shown. Laura and Millie have to figure out what to do, hopefully to keep Rob from standing in the unemployment line after Alan reads the letters. Turns out Mel saves the day.

Note: This episode is the first episode in the series where Alan Brady starts appearing without his face being obscured.
10410"Pink Pills and Purple Parents"Alan RafkinJerry Belson and Garry MarshallNovember 25, 1964 (1964-11-25)106
After Buddy offers Sally one of his pain pills, Rob warns them not to, introducing in flashback the cautionary tale of the time years earlier when Laura was extremely nervous about the first time Rob's parents were invited to the newlyweds' home for dinner. At a particularly clumsy moment, a joking Rob accidentally socks Laura hard on the jaw knocking her out cold and causing her extreme dental pain when she comes to. Millie offers Laura her own prescribed pain medication to get her through the evening -- causing Laura to go through bizarre side effects. With a glass of wine in her system as well, Laura ends up not being in control of her faculties that evening, her bizarre behavior not making the impression she had intended. Tom Tully and Isabel Randolph appear as Rob's parents.
10511"It Wouldn't Hurt Them to Give Us a Raise"Peter BaldwinJay Burton and Ernest ChambersDecember 2, 1964 (1964-12-02)105
On learning they're not the highest paid writers for their highest rated show, Sally and Buddy go on strike. Rob, speaking on their behalf for raises, gets a bewildering introduction to Alan's convoluted corporate structure. Because of this befuddling structure, Rob winds up getting a raise and Buddy and Sally still get nothing. Rob has to figure how to tell the others. But, in the end, they all get raises in another convoluted way. Roger C. Carmel plays Alan Brady's accountant, Doug Wesley.
10612"The Death of the Party"Alan RafkinBill Persky and Sam DenoffDecember 9, 1964 (1964-12-09)107
Rob catches a cold from golfing in damp weather just before a dinner party with Laura's relatives. Rob must put on a positive face for the party rather than admit she was right that he should have skipped the golf game. Willard Waterman appears as Uncle Harold. Jane Dulo appears as Cousin Margaret.
10713"My Two Show-Offs and Me"Jerry ParisSheldon Keller and Howard MerrillDecember 16, 1964 (1964-12-16)95
Rob, Buddy and Sally let their egos get the best of them when Mel tells them a reporter (Doris Singleton) from a magazine will be sitting in on a writing session for The Alan Brady Show. But a last-minute realization may save them from public embarrassment.
10814"Stretch Petrie vs. Kid Schenk"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonDecember 30, 1964 (1964-12-30)108
Neil Schenk (Jack Carter), an old but manipulative pal of Rob's, re-enters Rob's life to, once again, milk him for repayment of a good turn he once provided Rob. He aims to get a job at the advertising agency that does commercials for The Alan Brady Show. He wants Rob to write him a glowing letter of recommendation, which is made all the more difficult as Rob knows Neil isn't right for the job. Rob has to figure out how to stand up to Neil this time and refuse to do what he wants. Peter Hobbs appears as Bill Sampson, head of the advertising agency.
10915"Brother, Can You Spare $2500?"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonJanuary 6, 1965 (1965-01-06)110
Rob carelessly loses the important script needed for that weeks The Alan Brady Show at Grand Central Station. An unsuccessful visit with the lost and found attendant Harry Keene (Herbie Faye) forces Rob to tell his colleagues. It was found at the train station by a homeless bum (Gene Baylos) who is holding it for ransom. Rob attends the drop point only to get drawn into a series of misadventures involving two other vagrants (Tiny Brauer), a policeman (Larry J. Blake), and a spoiled kid and mother on an outing. Hauled away to the police station for assaulting the wrong bum, Rob has failed to obtain the script. With hope lost and the show in jeopardy, the bum surprisingly shows up at their office building with script in hand, having witnessed Rob's arrest.
11016"The Impractical Joke"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffJanuary 13, 1965 (1965-01-13)109
At a party at Sally's house , Buddy plays a series of telephone pranks on unsuspecting people. He convinces his comic friend Phil Franklin (Lennie Weinrib) to call Rob to pull a prank about a broken telephone. Buddy expects a reprisal, but the longer Rob takes to pay him back, the more paranoid Buddy becomes, suspecting everything and everybody. A William Handlebuck (Alvy Moore) from the IRS comes to the office to talk to Buddy. Buddy gives him a hard time thinking it's a gag. Rob convinces Buddy that Handlebuck is really from the IRS and Buddy is terrified that he's in trouble. Could it be that someone other than Rob is pulling a prank?
11117"Stacey Petrie - Part I"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerJanuary 20, 1965 (1965-01-20)111
Fresh out of the Army, Stacey Petrie (Jerry Van Dyke) arrives to open his nightclub and marry a girl he's never met. Rob and Laura find out her name is Julie, she lives in New York City, is a friend of an army buddy, and hasn't been asked to marry him yet. A practice date with Sally seems in order to help combat his shyness. Sally learns why he's nervous to meet Julie. The rest of the evening unfolds in a violent way neither Sally nor Stacey had envisioned but which benefits the two in different ways. Howard Wendell appears as Dr. Lemler.
11218"Stacey Petrie - Part II"Jerry ParisCarl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam DenoffJanuary 27, 1965 (1965-01-27)112
Stacey waits till the day before his club opening to fess up to Julie about the author of her love letters from "Jim". Meanwhile, Rob and Laura do much of the work at the club. Her reaction to the truth may entirely affect the success or failure of Stacey's business venture. Herbie Faye appears as Lou Temple, club employee. Carl Reiner appears as Willie Cooke, a drunken actor.
11319"Boy #1, Boy #2"Jerry ParisMartin RagawayFebruary 3, 1965 (1965-02-03)114
Millie and Laura become two terrible stage-mothers when Rob agrees to hire sons Ritchie and Freddie for a commercial directed by Mel Cooley. Rob endeavors to make the script equal for both kids. But, Laura and Millie take it upon themselves to make it unequal, each trying to increase the exposure of her own son. In the end, Rob has to hire some professional children as the boys just keep getting worse.
11420"The Redcoats Are Coming"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffFebruary 10, 1965 (1965-02-10)113
The Petries are recruited to shelter popular British rock duo The Redcoats (Chad & Jeremy) from their hordes of fans. Although knowing the worst would happen, Rob and Laura are both dying to tell someone - anyone - that the Redcoats are staying at their house. The boys manage to get away safely the next morning, but some girls find out that they had stayed there. Will the Petrie house survive? William Beckley appears as Richard Karp, The Redcoats' manager.
11521"The Case of the Pillow"Howard MorrisBill Persky and Sam DenoffFebruary 17, 1965 (1965-02-17)115
Rob takes on Mr. Wiley (Alvy Moore), a crooked pillow salesman, in court. Apparently, he sold Laura smelly feather pillows. But, before the case went to court, the pillows stopped smelling. Rob, however, had an independent lab analyze the pillows. Amzie Strickland appears as May Wiley. Joel Fluellen appears as the Bailiff. Ed Begley appears as the Judge.
11622"Young Man with a Shoehorn"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallFebruary 24, 1965 (1965-02-24)116
Rob invests his bonus paycheck in Buddy's Uncle Lou's (Lou Jacobi) discount shoe store. Laura may regret Rob's decision after receiving horrible service from the store's salesman, Sid (Milton Frome), who doesn't know she is Rob's wife. Feeling the need to protect his investment, Rob talks to Sid about the situation, but Sid, not taking any guff from a new investor, promptly quits. As Lou isn't around at the time, Rob and Buddy mind the store till his return. How much trouble can Rob and Buddy get into serving customers in a shoe store? Irving Bacon, Jane Dulo and Amzie Strickland appear as customers.
11723"Girls Will Be Boys"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallMarch 3, 1965 (1965-03-03)117
Laura is concerned about Ritchie since he has been coming home from school with bruises. He tells Laura that a girl named Pricilla Darwell has been beating him up. After meeting Mr. Darwell (Bernard Fox) and sweet-as-sugar Pricilla who says she loves Ritchie and would never beat up on him, Rob can't believe that Pricilla is the bully. But an eyewitness confirms Ritchie's story. Rob and Laura have to decide what to do to stop Pricilla from beating up Ritchie while teaching Ritchie to do the right thing. Doris Singleton appears as Mrs. Darwell.
11824"Bupkis"Lee PhilipsBill Persky and Sam DenoffMarch 10, 1965 (1965-03-10)118

Rob discovers he received no credit for a song, called Bupkis, that he co-wrote years ago. He wrote the lyrics to the song written by a colleague named Buzzy Potter back when the two were in the army. Buzzy came by a couple months ago and asked about peddling their old songs. Rob verbally gave him outright ownership of them. When Rob goes to confront Buzzy, he runs into another old army pal named 'Sticks' Mandalay (Greg Morris). Turns out that Sticks actually wrote the music to the song, with Buzzy contributing nothing. Tim Herbert appears as another Songwriter.

Note: Carl Reiner's voice is heard as a radio announcer in this episode.
11925"Your Home Sweet Home Is My Home"Lee PhilipsHoward Ostroff and Joan DarlingMarch 17, 1965 (1965-03-17)119
To explain why he writes an annual $37.50 "friendship" check to Jerry, Rob tells Bert Steele (Eddie Ryder), his new accountant, the story of how he and Laura found their new house. After looking at countless homes, Rob and Laura find a home they really like, but it has a giant rock in the basement. Millie and Jerry practically talk them out of the house, only to buy it themselves later. When the house next door becomes available, it's decided that the Helpers would take that and Rob gets the house with the rock. The checks are to pay for water damage that the rock caused to Jerry's house. Stanley Adams appears as a Real Estate Agent.
12026"Anthony Stone"Jerry ParisJoseph C. CavellaMarch 24, 1965 (1965-03-24)120
Sally falls head over heels over handsome, suave Anthony Stone, whom she met while on vacation in Jamaica. Laura finds out from Sally that Tony is a mortician. Rob and Buddy discover another secret about him that'll break Sally's heart. Before they can tell her, she decides she has had enough of him because of his temper. Rob and Buddy are free to tell her their secret.
12127"Never Bathe on Saturday"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerMarch 31, 1965 (1965-03-31)121

Rob and Laura explain to Millie why they cut their romantic getaway so short. Laura got her toe stuck in a hotel bathtub faucet and Rob couldn't get through the locked bathroom door to free her. Rob has to contend with a wisecracking hotel staff, including a surly maid (Kathleen Freeman), a detective (Bernard Fox), a waiter (Johnny Silver) and a bellboy (Bill Idelson, outside of his usual role as Herman Glimscher.) It finally takes a gunshot to the bathroom door lock and an Engineer (Arthur Malet) to extricate Laura from her predicament.

Note: This episode was colorized and shown on CBS-TV on December 14, 2018.[4]
12228"Show of Hands"Theodore J. FlickerJoseph C. CavellaApril 14, 1965 (1965-04-14)123
While dying a costume for Ritchie's school play, Rob and Laura accidentally dye their hands dark. And it's just before they're about to attend a race-relations banquet and accept an award for Alan Brady. Rob and Laura have no choice but to wear gloves. After accepting the award, Rob feels it's better to be honest and he explains what happened to their hands. Joel Fluellen appears as Roger Johnson, who presents Rob the award.
12329"Baby Fat"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonApril 21, 1965 (1965-04-21)124

Alan Brady asks Rob to doctor the play of noted playwright Harper Worthington Yates (Strother Martin) that Alan is supposed to perform on Broadway. Alan doesn't want Yates or anyone else to know. Rob is tired of writing in the shadows and wants credit for his help. Rob and Alan discuss it with Harper, who winds up hiring another writer to help. Sandy Kenyon appears as Lionel Dann, the director of the play. Richard Erdman appears as Buck Brown, clothing designer of the play.

Note: This episode was colorized and aired on CBS on May 21, 2021.
12430"One Hundred Terrible Hours"Theodore J. FlickerBill Persky and Sam DenoffMay 5, 1965 (1965-05-05)122
Rob and Laura tell a magazine reporter (Dabbs Greer) about how Rob came to be the head writer of The Alan Brady Show. It was after he had stayed up for 100 straight hours for a disc jockey radio stunt. They broadcast from a department store window for the whole world to see Rob in action. Just as the new record is almost done, a disoriented Rob learned that Alan wanted to see him for an interview that evening. Nine hours later, Rob, who needed Laura's help in getting to the interview in Chicago, was even more disoriented as he met with Alan and Mel. Fred Clark appears as William Van Buren, station manager. Howard Wendell appears as Mr. Chambers, department store manager.
12531"Br-rooom, Br-rooom"Jerry ParisDale McRaven and Carl KleinschmittMay 12, 1965 (1965-05-12)125
Rob gets a motorcycle, resulting in an argument with Laura. She thinks motorcycles are unsafe since she knew a boy in high school who got into a serious accident with one. She also knows that Rob is a klutz. As such, Rob reluctantly agrees to give it up. Rob feels entitled to one ride of freedom before selling it. Rob stops at a burger stand and runs into some other young bikers (Bob Random, Carl Reindel, Linda Marshall). Because of something the bikers did, Rob almost gets arrested. Sandy Kenyon appears as a Policeman. Johnny Silver appears as the Counter Man at the stand.
12632"There's No Sale Like Wholesale"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonMay 26, 1965 (1965-05-26)126
Buddy always says "I could've gotten it for you wholesale" but always after the fact, so Sally dares him to prove it. Rob gets more than he bargained for when he tries to buy Laura the $500 fur coat at wholesale price. Rob must go through a somewhat shady process with the wholesaler, Nunzio Vallani. The process includes fake names, fake orders, a pick-up location way out on Long Island and a non-return policy. But, Rob can't argue with the $250 price tag. Laura must pretend to be Nunzio's wife while picking it up, and upon returning home finds the coat is too big for her. Rob has to decide whether to tell Buddy what a rotten deal it ended up being. Jane Dulo appears as Opal Levinger, a saleswoman.

Season 5 (1965–1966)

  • Season 5 of The Dick Van Dyke Show consisted of 32 black-and-white half-hour episodes.
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1271"Coast to Coast Big Mouth"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffSeptember 15, 1965 (1965-09-15)128

Laura and Millie attend the filming of the nationally broadcast "Pay as You Go!" game show, whose host, Johnny Patrick, is renowned for getting his guests flustered. Laura accidentally reveals that Alan Brady is bald---on live television. When Rob finds out, he and Laura just hope that by a miracle Alan doesn't find out. Later, sure that Alan knows what she said, Laura goes to apologize and hopes to protect Rob's job.

Note: In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #8 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[5] This episode was colorized and shown on CBS-TV on December 11, 2016[7] and again on July 3, 2020 to mark the passing of Carl Reiner.
1282"A Farewell to Writing"Jerry ParisFred Freeman and Lawrence J. CohenSeptember 22, 1965 (1965-09-22)127
Harvey Bellman, a guy Rob once encouraged to write, finally finishes his book and sends Rob and Laura a copy. Rob is now upset over never finishing his own book. Rob tries to continue writing his book, but finds himself distracted by anything and everything. He goes to a cabin lent to him by Harvey. Will the change of scenery help Rob to write? Guy Raymond appears as Horace, the man that lets Rob into the cabin.
1293"Uhny Uftz"Jerry ParisCarl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRavenSeptember 29, 1965 (1965-09-29)129
During a late-night writing session for The Alan Brady Show, Rob thinks he sees a UFO, which utters the mysterious phrase, "Uhny Uftz." After an embarrassing attempt to report the saucer to the authorities, Rob speaks to his psychiatrist friend Dr. Phil Ridley (Ross Elliott). He convinces Rob it was just an illusion caused by fatigue. The puzzling phrase reappears during another late night writing session and this time Buddy hears it as well. They search the building and find a man named Karl (John Mylong). The flying saucer was a toy that he invented. Madge Blake appears as a lady who overhears Rob talking to Phil.
1304"The Ugliest Dog in the World"Lee PhilipsBill Persky and Sam DenoffOctober 6, 1965 (1965-10-06)130
Rob tries to find a home for Horrible, a hideous dog that was supposed to appear on The Alan Brady Show before a slight change of plans. Nobody wants him, and Rob's allergies prevent him from keeping him. Laura suggests taking Horrible to a canine grooming salon where wonders might be worked. After some hesitation, the haughty Rex Fitzpaulding (Billy De Wolfe) of Poodle Palace accepts the challenge. George Tyne appears as Mr. Berkowitz of the pound. Michael Conrad appears as Mr. Mack, a customer at the pound. Florence Halop appears as Mrs. Fitzpaulding.
1315"No Rice at My Wedding"Lee PhilipsJerry Belson and Garry MarshallOctober 13, 1965 (1965-10-13)131
When Laura reads about Clark Rice (Van Williams) in the paper, she and Rob remember when Rob almost lost Laura to him. Laura was crowned "Bivouac Baby" at Camp Crowder, and is to be raffled off for a date. The winner of the raffle was Clark. Clark ended up being attracted to Laura, and Laura in turn admitted that she had a good time with Clark on their date. Laura decides to see Clark again. Rob tells Laura to make a choice. Allan Melvin appears as Sam Pomerantz. Johnny Silver appears as Humphrey Dundee, a friend of Clark's.
1326"Draw Me a Pear"Jerry ParisArt Baer and Ben JoelsonOctober 20, 1965 (1965-10-20)132
Rob is not thrilled about taking an evening art class with Laura. But, he ends up having a great time and is the star pupil of the class, which is taught by Valerie Ware (Ina Balin). Laura starts to believe that Valerie is interested in Rob as more than a student. Valerie wants to give Rob private lessons. Rob discovers that Laura was right about Valerie. Jackie Joseph, Dorothea Neumann and Jody Gilbert appear as art class students.
1337"The Great Petrie Fortune"Jerry ParisErnest Chambers and Jay BurtonOctober 27, 1965 (1965-10-27)133

Rob and Laura attend the reading of the will left by Rob's elderly Uncle Hezekiah. Rob and Laura are shown a short film of Hezekiah informing Rob that he's left him his old roll-top desk. Hezekiah then sings him a chorus of "Me and My Shadow," which is supposed to be a clue to a "treasure" Hezekiah claims is hidden in the desk. Rob finds some old coins in the desk. He has Mr. Harlow (Forrest Lewis), a coin expert, look at them, but there's no treasure there. After a little more searching, Rob finds what his Uncle wanted him to have. Dan Tobin appears as Leland Ferguson, the lawyer. Elvia Allman, Herb Vigran, Amzie Strickland, Howard Wendell, and Tiny Brauer appear as people who attended the reading of the will.

Note: The short film shown to Rob and Laura features Dick Van Dyke as Uncle Hezekiah.
1348"Odd But True"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonNovember 3, 1965 (1965-11-03)134
When Freddie Helper connects the freckles on Rob's back with his marker they appear to form the Liberty Bell. Millie suggests that he submit it to "Odd but True", a column that discusses strange things. Rob goes to see Mr. Tetlow (James Millhollin) at the "Odd but True" office. He determines that some of the freckles were actually healed over scars. Hope Summers appears as a Lady with Dog. Rhoda Williams appears as the Receptionist.
1359"Viva Petrie"Jerry ParisJohn WhedonNovember 10, 1965 (1965-11-10)135
Rob and Laura's former maid, Maria, telephones asking for a favor. Maria would like Rob to find a job for Manuel Rodriguez (Joby Baker), her matador boyfriend. When Manuel arrives at Rob house, he has the misconception - much like Maria did before him - that his job is as their live-in housekeeper. He tells them that he left Spain and bullfighting in disgrace as a coward and needs to regain his dignity before he can marry Maria. His personality doesn't seem that of the bullfighter he claims to be. After an accident at the house, Manuel reveals his true profession.
13610"Go Tell the Birds and the Bees"Jerry ParisRick MittlemanNovember 17, 1965 (1965-11-17)136
Ritchie has been giving his classmates lectures on the facts of life in school. They are fanciful stories that prompt Miss Reshovsky (Alberta Nelson), his teacher, to summon Rob and Laura to discuss the matter. After having a talk with Ritchie, the Petries feel they've handled the problem and that no more tales will be told. But soon they hear that the lectures are continuing. Finally, Rob and Laura sit Ritchie down to find out what's up with him. Peter Hobbs appears as Dr. Gormsley.
13711"Body and Sol"Jerry ParisCarl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRavenNovember 24, 1965 (1965-11-24)137
Rob recalls for Buddy and Sally his days as "Pitter Patter Petrie," the Special Services' middleweight champion of Camp Crowder during his Army days. He had just finished his last required fight and promised Laura he wouldn't fight again. Rob's friend Sol (Allan Melvin) and Bernie Stern (Michael Conrad) of the Motor Pool set up a fight against the Motor Pool's middleweight champ Boom Boom Bailey. Because he promised Laura, he turns the fight down. Captain Worwick (Ed Peck) pretty much forces Rob to fight, because the camp thinks Rob's a coward. Rob eventually knocks Boom Boom out, but loses the fight because he hit him in his appendix, which is below the belt. Garry Marshall appears as the Referee.
13812"See Rob Write, Write Rob Write"Jerry ParisLawrence J. Cohen and Fred FreemanDecember 8, 1965 (1965-12-08)138
Laura has brought home a series of fantasy illustrations done by a friend. She wants Rob to approach his friend, Ollie Wheelright (John McGiver), a children's book publisher, to see if he would be interested in publishing the drawings. Laura also thinks that the drawings might be sold more easily if there was a story accompanying them. Laura writes the story. Rob likes her story, but feels that it needs a few edits and offers to make those changes. In the editing process, Rob changes Laura's story entirely, and she is not happy. Buddy and Sally believe that Ollie would be a good judge and that they should submit both stories for his consideration. Ollie passes on both stories, but likes the drawings.
13913"You're Under Arrest"Jerry ParisJoseph C. CavellaDecember 15, 1965 (1965-12-15)139
Rob returns home late after a fight with Laura. Before coming in the house, Rob gets a black eye falling on Jerry and Millie's lawn jockey. The police call searching for someone who drove a car matching Rob's car's license plate number. That person allegedly assaulted an elderly woman at a bar. Having nothing to hide, Rob tries to cooperate with the police, but the more he does, the guiltier he looks and sounds. To make matters worse, Mrs. Fieldhouse, the victim, positively identifies him as one of her attackers. Buddy, Sally and the bartender are able to prove Rob's innocence. Sandy Kenyon appears as Detective Cox. Phillip Pine appears as Detective Norton.
14014"Fifty-Two, Forty-Five or Work"Jerry ParisRick MittlemanDecember 29, 1965 (1965-12-29)140
When the writers of The Alan Brady Show get the summer off, Rob remembers when the same thing happened years ago and he was in financial woe. Back then Laura figured Rob could collect unemployment insurance. Dawn McCracken (Reta Shaw) from the unemployment office was able to get him a writing job for a TV tube company. Just as Rob starts the job, a Joe Galardi (James Frawley) tells him they are all going on strike. A phone call from Mel solves Rob's problems. Jerry Hausner appears as Herbie Finkel. Dabbs Greer appears as Mr. Brumley from the TV tube company.
14115"Who Stole My Watch?"Jerry ParisJoseph BonaduceJanuary 5, 1966 (1966-01-05)141
Laura gives Rob an expensive watch at a birthday party attended by several family friends. When the watch goes missing shortly after the party, Rob reluctantly concludes that one of his close friends may be a thief. After Rob reports the loss to his insurance company, they send Mr. Evans (Milton Frome) to investigate. He questions Rob's friends and his accusatory nature quickly makes everyone hate Rob and Laura. In the end, with Jerry, Millie, Buddy, Sally and Mel under suspicion, the culprit turns out to be the last one anybody suspected.
14216"I Do Not Choose to Run"Jerry ParisDale McRaven and Carl KleinschmittJanuary 19, 1966 (1966-01-19)143

When he speaks out against the development of a new shopping center, Rob is asked to run for city councilman by his friend Doug (George Tyne) and businessman Mr. Howard (Philip Ober). Flattered, Rob considers it but soon finds his life under their complete management. Both he and Laura also discover that everyone in New Rochelle wants something from their local politicians, whether it be big, small or crazy. Rob has reasons he wants to run and also reasons not to. Arte Johnson appears as Bill Schermerhorn, campaign manager. Howard Wendell appears as John Gerber. Peter Brocco appears as Lionel, a citizen.

Note: Part 1 of 2
14317"The Making of a Councilman"Jerry ParisCarl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRavenJanuary 26, 1966 (1966-01-26)144

While running for New Rochelle city councilman, Rob realizes his opponent Lincoln Goodheart (Wally Cox) is much more knowledgeable about local issues than he is. Rob's strengths: a winning smile and physical height. Does the public want a well-informed leader or a charming figurehead? Lorna Thayer appears as Samantha Meriweather, a reporter.

Note: Part 2 of 2
14418"The Curse of the Petrie People"Jerry ParisDale McRaven and Carl KleinschmittFebruary 2, 1966 (1966-02-02)145
Rob's parents (Tom Tully and Isabel Randolph) give Laura a Petrie family heirloom. It's a huge, garish gold brooch in the shape of the United States, with a jewel for each city where a male member of the family was born. Rob and Laura are told of the family curse. If a jewel in the brooch falls out, that family member dies. Laura later accidentally drops it in the garbage disposal. She tries to have it repaired before anyone notices. But, did Laura need to go to the trouble? Leon Belasco appears as Mr. Mark, the jeweler.
14519"The Bottom of Mel Cooley's Heart"Jerry ParisJohn WhedonFebruary 9, 1966 (1966-02-09)146

Rob encourages Mel Cooley to stand up to Alan Brady after the TV star yells at the producer for a tiny mistake, but Mel is promptly fired. Rob, Sally and Buddy try to figure out how else they can support Mel in this battle without jeopardizing their own jobs. They convince Alan that Mel's annoying traits are actually his positives.

Note: This episode was colorized and aired on CBS on May 21, 2021.
14620"Remember the Alimony"Jerry ParisDale McRaven and Carl KleinschmittFebruary 16, 1966 (1966-02-16)147
During a visit from Buddy and Sally, Rob and Laura explain how they made up divorce papers while on a frustrating trip to Mexico just three months into their marriage. Rob was stationed in a small Texas border town. Rob and Laura decide to take a romantic getaway across the border into El Diablo, Mexico. What they didn't know was that El Diablo was the place were people went to get a quick and cheap divorce. The problems Rob and Laura faced there were heightened by a flamenco dancer named Maxine, who Rob dances with an entire evening. During an argument at the hotel, Rob and Laura told their story to Juan (Bernie Kopell), the lawyer who provides divorces. Don Diamond appears as Gonzales, the Hotel Manager. José Nieto appears as a Mariachio.
14721"Dear Sally Rogers"Richard ErdmanRonald AxeFebruary 23, 1966 (1966-02-23)148
Sally goes on The Stevie Parsons Show to make a gag request for a husband that results in hundreds in letters. Stevie (Richard Schaal) asks Rob to pick one of those letters without Sally's knowledge. Stevie plans to contact the man and introduce him to Sally live on the air. Rob must decide if he will go along with the stunt. And if he does, will he pick the one letter that seemed the most sincere? Rob does and everyone is quite surprised to find out who the man is.
14822"Buddy Sorrell: Man and Boy"Richard ErdmanBen Joelson and Art BaerMarch 2, 1966 (1966-03-02)149
Buddy begins begging off early from work and making unusual phone calls from the office. Rob and Sally wonder if Buddy is seeing a psychiatrist or having an affair. But he's really just keeping appointments to prepare for his bar mitzvah. Ed Peck appears as Leon, the Rabbi. Pippa Scott appears as Dorothy, Leon's wife.
14923"Bad Reception in Albany"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonMarch 9, 1966 (1966-03-09)142
At an Albany hotel filled with lodge-member revelers where Laura's cousin is getting married, Rob finds it hard to find a TV set to watch a fashion show for Alan Brady. Rob hears the room across from his has the TV on to the show. Mrs. Henderson let's him watch the show. Wendell Henderson (Robert Nichols) comes back, and thinking the worst, ruins Rob's tux. Rob then has to wear a suit from Wendell with fur lapels to the wedding. Tom D'Andrea appears as Forrest Gilly, the TV repairman. Tiny Brauer and Johnny Haymer appear as hotel guests. Bert Remsen appears as a Bartender.
15024"Talk to the Snail"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallMarch 16, 1966 (1966-03-16)151
When Rob, Sally and Buddy have to dig through building trash containers for a lost script, Rob finds a network memo to Alan Brady saying he must fire one writer. Rather than be split up, they decide seek a new job together. The only job open is working for ventriloquist Claude Wilbur's (Paul Winchell) show featuring puppets, the star puppet being Jellybean the Snail. Rob isn't sure they should accept it. Everything changes once Alan gets wind of their action. Turns out that Alan never intended to fire anyone. He gets one of those memos every month. Henry Gibson appears as Doug Bedlork, Sally's date.
15125"A Day in the Life of Alan Brady"Jerry ParisJoseph BonaduceApril 6, 1966 (1966-04-06)152
The entire office, including the writers' room, gets a face-lift in preparation for a film crew shooting a falsified television documentary on Alan's life. Alan Brady wants to stage an event with Rob to make himself look good, so he hosts an anniversary party for the Helpers at the Petrie house. Millie, who really doesn't like Alan, wants the film crew to come anyway to give her and Jerry and all their loving friends (including her flirtatious cousin Blanche (Joyce Jameson) and Blanche's jealous lush of a husband Hi) national television exposure, but on her own terms. Caught in the middle, Rob and Laura wonder how to salvage what has the potential of being a disastrous evening for all concerned. Eddie Paskey appears as a Party Guest.
15226"Obnoxious, Offensive, Egomaniac, Etc."Jerry ParisCarl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRavenApril 13, 1966 (1966-04-13)153
Just as Laura and the staff are about to leave the office for a play (thanks to tickets given them by Alan Brady), Sally realizes they've forgotten to ink out the nasty comments about Alan in the current week's finished script. They feel they have no other choice but to try and break into Alan's office and retrieve the script, or else get fired after Alan reads it. They discover that Mel sent the script to Alan's home. Now the gang, including Mel, head for Alan's house. Once they get into Alan's house, they discover him there and he has already read the script. However, Mel has a way to prevent them all getting fired. Forrest Lewis appears as Mac the night watchman.
15327"The Man from My Uncle"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonApril 20, 1966 (1966-04-20)154
Mr. Phillips (Biff Elliot), a federal agent, stops by wanting to use the Petrie house as a stakeout post to watch one of their neighbors, Mr. Gerard (Steven Geray). It isn't Mr. Gerard they are actually after, but his criminal nephew. Laura doesn't like the idea, but Rob thrives on the idea of a little excitement. They agree to let them use the house, and Agent Harry Bond (Godfrey Cambridge) is sent. Rob can't help but get in Harry's way as he tries to act like a spy. When it seems something might be happening at Gerard's house, Rob may have to get involved in the surveillance, as Harry is suffering not only from over-exposure to Rob, but a massive toothache.
15428"You Ought to Be in Pictures"Jerry ParisJack WinterApril 27, 1966 (1966-04-27)155
Leslie Merkle (Michael Constantine), an old army buddy of Rob's, casts him in the lead of his latest movie. Rob meets Lucianna Mazetta, a stunningly attractive woman, that he is to do a love scene with. During the filming, Rob is having a hard time playing his part because Laura is there watching him. But, even with Laura gone, Rob's acting is horrible.
15529"Love Thy Other Neighbor"Jerry ParisDale McRaven and Carl KleinschmittMay 4, 1966 (1966-05-04)156
A new neighbor turns out to be Laura's old school chum Mary Jane Staggs. Feeling slighted and jealous of Mary Jane's friendship with Laura, Millie tries to get Jerry to feel the same way about Rob's new friendship with Fred Staggs (Joby Baker). Jerry refuses to until he finds out that Rob, having four free tickets to a new Broadway show, gave the two extras to Fred and Mary Jane. Rob and Laura find a way for the Helpers to become friends with the Staggs. But, now Rob and Laura feel left out. The Petries and the Helpers have to decide what constitutes true friendship.
15630"Long Night's Journey into Day"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallMay 11, 1966 (1966-05-11)150
Because she has a cold and can't go, Laura tries to spend the night alone while her family and the Helpers are on a fishing trip. She is spooked by odd noises and doors that seem to open by themselves. Millie's return to keep her company makes things worse. Rob starts to feel sick and he decides to come home. The power goes out and when Rob enters the house, Laura and Millie panic even more.
15731"The Gunslinger"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffMay 25, 1966 (1966-05-25)158

While Rob is under anesthesia, he dreams of being in a western setting with his family and friends, going up against "Big Bad Brady". Rob hears from Killer Cooley that Big Bad is coming to town and wants to see a show. He vows to kill anyone associated with it if he doesn't like it, but if the show doesn't go on, he'll just kill Rob instead. Rob can't convince the cowboys of the town to perform, so he must decide whether to face Big Bad Brady or go on the run. As Sheriff Rob resolves to make a stand, wife Laura thinks she has the answer to save him. But, when that doesn't work, Rob has to shoot it out with Brady. Allan Melvin appears as a gun salesman.

Note: Dick Van Dyke's children Barry and Stacy, along with Garry Marshall and other writers from the show and their families, appear as background characters in this episode. This episode was the last episode of the series to be filmed.[9]
15832"The Last Chapter"Jerry Paris and John RichCarl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam DenoffJune 1, 1966 (1966-06-01)157

In the series finale, Rob, after five years of struggle, finally finishes his first book called "Untitled: A Series of Terribly Important Events in the Fairly Unimportant Life of Robert S. Petrie" As Laura starts reading, she is excited to learn that the book is the story of their life from marriage proposal to a point shortly after Ritchie's birth. She begins to reminisce about the situations written. Regardless of Laura's reaction, Rob wonders about the reaction of the publisher to whom he sent the manuscript. The publisher hated it but, Alan decides to buy the rights to the manuscript and turn it into a TV series with him as the star.

Note: Much of the show is flashbacks.


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