List of the Dick Van Dyke Show Episodes
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List of the Dick Van Dyke Show Episodes

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. 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.[]

Series overview

Cast of the series

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

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast aired
PilotJuly 19, 1960 (1960-07-19)N/AN/A
130October 3, 1961 (1961-10-03)April 18, 1962 (1962-04-18)N/AN/A
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 this pilot featuring an entirely different cast, Rob tries to show Ritchie how writing for a television show 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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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 and Sally are asked to entertain. 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'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.

Memorable line: Buddy: Do you help with the housework? Do you take out the garbage?.... Rob: Every week.... Sally: Do you take HER out?.... Rob: As often as the garbage.

Notes: This episode marks the first appearance of Millie Helper (Ann Morgan Guilbert). This episode marks the first time that the Petrie living room, and Rob and Laura's bedroom are used in the show. Parts of the Petrie kitchen, and the writing office were also updated. This episode was colorized and shown on CBS-TV on December 22, 2017.[2]
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 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 he and Valerie.

Note: First appearance of Jerry Helper (Jerry Paris).
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.

Note: Future M*A*S*H cast member Jamie Farr appears as a pushcart delicatessen salesman.
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.

Note: First appearance of Buddy's wife Pickles (Barbara Perry).
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 originally began with Dick Van Dyke announcing the show's move from Tuesdays at 8:00 to Wednesdays at 9:30. This episode was colorized and shown on CBS-TV on December 14, 2018.[3]
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.

Note: This episode includes the popular life raft scene. The Alan Brady sketch is described as very similar to the 1952 "Joan's Curiosity" episode of the sitcom I Married Joan in which the title character was trapped in a closet with an inflating liferaft that had been delivered, addressed to her husband. That episode was also written by Frank Tarloff.
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.

Note: This episode marks the first appearance of Freddie Helper (Peter Oliphant).
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.

Note: This is a remake of the failed series pilot Head of the Family.
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. The opening credits featuring photographs of the show's characters, and the text reading their names onscreen were discontinued. The opening credits took place at the Petries television studio house, one has Rob tripping over the ottoman, and the other one has him sidestepping the ottoman. Both versions remained in use until the show's run on June 1, 1966.
  • Beginning with the episode "It May Look Like a Walnut", the episode title began appearing onscreen.
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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.

Note: In 1993, footage from this episode was featured in a Bud Light TV commercial, to mark the launch of Bud Light's "Rob and Laura" campaign, which ran from 1993 to 1998.
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's 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's Rob, who's 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.

Note: Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore) performs a Latin dance number "True Man True" in this episode.
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'll help her in any way he can, however, Laura isn't so comfortable with him doing that. She doesn't 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's part of Rob's grand plan because he knows once she gets a spot on The Allan 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.[4] In 2009, it moved to #13.[5]
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.

Note: First of three appearances by Joan Shawlee as Pickles Sorrell, replacing Barbara Perry in the role. Also features Bill Idelson as Herman Glimscher, and Frank Adamo as a waiter.
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").

Note: Features the first rendition of the song "I Am a Fine Musician"; second of three appearances by Joan Shawlee as Pickles Sorrell.
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.

Note: Carl Reiner steps out of his role as Alan Brady to play a party guest.
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.

Note: This is the final time Buddy's wife Pickles is seen on the show.
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
Laura tries to give Rob a surprise birthday party without him spoiling the surprise.
6131"Jilting the Jilter"Jerry ParisRonald AlexanderMay 1, 1963 (1963-05-01)61
Sally dates a comedian (Guy Marks) who never paid Rob and Buddy for writing his material.
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.
  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. Greg Morris makes a brief guest appearance.

Note: This episode was colorized and shown on CBS-TV on December 11, 2016.[6]
642"The Masterpiece"John RichSam Denoff and Bill PerskyOctober 2, 1963 (1963-10-02)65

Rob and Laura inadvertently purchase a painting at an auction -- then discover another painting underneath it.

Note: Alan Reed, the original voice of Fred Flintstone, plays the auctioneer. Howard Morris plays an art expert. He was Ernest T. Bass on The Andy Griffith Show, guest starred as a voice actor on The Flintstones, and directed several episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show.
653"Laura's Little Lie"John RichCarl Reiner and Howard MerrillOctober 9, 1963 (1963-10-09)66
Laura is forced to confess to Rob that she lied about her age on their marriage certificate. (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. (Part 2 of 2)

Note: This is the last episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show to be directed by John Rich before he departed. Rich would return to co-direct the finale (with Jerry Paris).
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.
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 and must choose between Laura and another talented dancer for the lead role.
697"Who and Where Was Antonio Stradivarius?"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerNovember 6, 1963 (1963-11-06)70
Rob gets temporary amnesia from breaking a violin over his head and winds up at a party in New Jersey with complete strangers.
708"Uncle George"Jerry ParisBill IdelsonNovember 13, 1963 (1963-11-13)68

Rob's gregarious Uncle George (Denver Pyle) visits, and asks him to help find a wife. He is attracted to Sally.

Note: Denver Pyle would later go on to star as Jesse Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard, which ran on CBS from 1979 to 1985.
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 (Jack Larson), who aspires to be a comic. In this episode, Big Max Calvada, is an inside joke based on the name of Calvada Productions, the partnership that produced "The Dick Van Dyke Show". It's an acronym incorporating some of the initials of the partners - "CA" for Carl Reiner, "L" for Sheldon Leonard, "VA" for Dick Van Dyke, and "DA" for Danny Thomas.
7210"The Ballad of the Betty Lou"Howard MorrisMartin RagawayNovember 27, 1963 (1963-11-27)72
Against the warning of their wives, Rob and Jerry purchase a boat and 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, but this maid doesn't speak a word of English.
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 thinks he's just seen the suspects of a recent jewelry store holdup and wrestles with his conscience about informing the police.
7513"The Alan Brady Show Presents"Jerry ParisSam Denoff and Bill PerskyDecember 18, 1963 (1963-12-18)76

The Alan Brady Show has turned into a Christmas show.

Note: Features the second rendition of "I Am a Fine Musician", this time with the characters dressed as "toy soldiers". Also appearing is Carl Reiner's then-teenage son Rob Reiner, who sits in front of Santa Claus-suited Alan Brady.
7614"The Third One From the Left"Jerry ParisJohn WhedonJanuary 1, 1964 (1964-01-01)75
A young chorus girl on The Alan Brady Show (Cheryl Holdridge) develops a crush on 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 a magazine reporter regarding The Alan Brady Show, resulting in Rob getting most of the credit.

Note: In 1993, Bud Light aired another commercial using footage from this episode, which is also a part of Bud Light's "Rob and Laura" campaign, which ran from 1993 to 1998.
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 a bachelor (Anthony Eisley) who just moved into the neighborhood.
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 and also holds a surprising "secret".
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 (Edward Platt) and his wife, ended badly.
8119"Happy Birthday and Too Many More"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffFebruary 5, 1964 (1964-02-05)78
Rob and Laura have a birthday party for Ritchie in their house instead of at an amusement park, and the children proceed to make a mess of things.
8220"The Brave and the Backache"Jerry ParisSheldon Keller and Howard MerrillFebruary 12, 1964 (1964-02-12)82
Rob goes to see a psychiatrist to find out if his back pains are psychosomatic. Ken Berry guest stars.
8321"The Pen is Mightier Than the Mouth"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffFebruary 19, 1964 (1964-02-19)83

Rob and Buddy find it difficult to work without Sally while she's on The Stevie Parsons Show. (Part 1 of 2)

Note: The role of Stevie Parsons was played by Valerie Harper's husband Richard Schaal, who hosts a talk show called The Stevie Parsons Show. This is the first appearance of Stevie Parsons.
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, Laura poses herself as the typist on The Alan Brady Show, and drives Rob crazy with her excellent work. 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 when all free-passes were revoked due to a theft in his army unit. Kathleen Freeman appears.
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, but Rob figures out a way to make Miss Marshall 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. Features the second appearance of J. Pat O'Malley and Isabel Randolph as Sam and Clara Petrie.
8826"Scratch My Car and Die"Howard MorrisJohn WhedonMarch 25, 1964 (1964-03-25)88
Laura panics when she gets a big scratch on Rob's new car.
8927"The Return of Edwin Carp"Howard MorrisCarl ReinerApril 1, 1964 (1964-04-01)89
Rob decides to do a program honoring great radio comedians, but it proves to be a challenge to get Edwin Carp (Richard Haydn).
9028"October Eve"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffApril 8, 1964 (1964-04-08)90

Laura admits to Rob that there's a painting of her without any clothes on, when it goes on display in a nearby gallery. Carl Reiner steps out of his role as Alan Brady to play the artist. The title and plot of this episode are an allusion to the controversial 1911 oil painting September Morn.[7]

Note: This episode was colorized and shown on CBS-TV on December 22, 2017.[2] 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
Rob explains to Laura how he wound up in jail for disorderly conduct. Carl Reiner's voice is heard as a car dealer in a commercial while Rob is watching TV.
9230"My Neighbor's Husband's Other Life"Jerry ParisCarl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam DenoffApril 22, 1964 (1964-04-22)92
At a fancy restaurant, Rob and Laura see Jerry dining with another woman.
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 a barber who provides an unusual method of preventing baldness.
9432"Teacher's Petrie"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallMay 13, 1964 (1964-05-13)94
Laura takes a creative writing class, but her teacher (Bernard Fox) seems to be interested in more than just her creativity.

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's Laura's fault for being superior in the art of self-defense.
962"The Ghost of A. Chantz"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffSeptember 30, 1964 (1964-09-30)97
Rob, Laura, Buddy and Sally spend the night in a seemingly haunted cabin.
973"The Lady and the Babysitter"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffOctober 7, 1964 (1964-10-07)98
Ritchie's teenage babysitter (Eddie Hodges) is in love with Laura.
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.
995"The Man from Emperor"Jerry ParisCarl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam DenoffOctober 21, 1964 (1964-10-21)100
Rob is offered a job at a gentleman's magazine, run by a Hugh Hefner analog played by Lee Philips, later an occasional Dick Van Dyke Show director.
1006"Romance, Roses and Rye Bread"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonOctober 28, 1964 (1964-10-28)101
Sally's secret admirer is a deli owner (Sid Melton). Note: This is the 100th episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show.
1017"4 1/2"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonNovember 4, 1964 (1964-11-04)102
Rob tells his coworkers about the day he and Laura met prisoner Lyle Delp (Don Rickles). (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, but Rob gets mistaken for a real prisoner and is thrown in the slammer. (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, and Millie writes fourteen letters to Alan praising the program, but everything goes awry when the program is pre-empted and is never shown.

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
Rob tells Buddy and Sally about the time Laura took pills prescribed for Millie before meeting Rob's parents -- and went through bizarre side effects.
10511"It Wouldn't Hurt Them to Give Us a Raise"Peter BaldwinJay Burton and Ernest ChambersDecember 2, 1964 (1964-12-02)105
Rob tries to get a raise for himself and his fellow writers, but has a lot to learn about negotiating. 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.
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.
10814"Stretch Petrie vs. Kid Schenk"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonDecember 30, 1964 (1964-12-30)108
A so-called big shot from Rob's and Laura's past is aiming to get a job at the advertising agency that does commercials for The Alan Brady Show.
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 night's The Alan Brady Show, but it's found at the train station by a homeless bum who's holding it for ransom.
11016"The Impractical Joke"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffJanuary 13, 1965 (1965-01-13)109
Buddy grows paranoid expecting Rob to get even with him for pulling a practical joke.
11117"Stacey Petrie - Part I"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerJanuary 20, 1965 (1965-01-20)111
Rob's brother Stacey (Jerry Van Dyke) returns with big news: he's getting married.
11218"Stacey Petrie - Part II"Jerry ParisCarl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam DenoffJanuary 27, 1965 (1965-01-27)112
Stacey tries to make a good first impression on his fiancée while Rob and Laura help keep his nightclub in business. Carl Reiner appears as a drunken actor.
11319"Boy #1, Boy #2"Jerry ParisMartin RagawayFebruary 3, 1965 (1965-02-03)114
Laura and Millie pose themselves as stage mothers when Ritchie and Freddie are both cast in a TV commercial.
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 and Jeremy) from their hordes of fans.
11521"The Case of the Pillow"Howard MorrisBill Persky and Sam DenoffFebruary 17, 1965 (1965-02-17)115
Rob takes on a crooked pillow salesman (Alvy Moore) in court. Ed Begley also 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's discount shoe store.
11723"Girls Will Be Boys"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallMarch 3, 1965 (1965-03-03)117
Ritchie says a girl's been beating him up in school. Doris Singleton and Bernard Fox guest star as the Darwells.
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. Greg Morris makes another guest appearance. 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
Rob explains a check for "friendship" money to his new tax preparer -- it has to do with a new house Rob and Laura needed when Ritchie was on the way. Stanley Adams guest stars.
12026"Anthony Stone"Jerry ParisJoseph C. CavellaMarch 24, 1965 (1965-03-24)120
Rob and Buddy discover a secret about Sally's boyfriend Anthony Stone that'll break her heart.
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 stuck in the bathtub. Guest stars Bernard Fox, Kathleen Freeman, Arthur Malet, and Bill Idelson, outside of his usual role as Herman Glimscher.
Note: This is Carl Reiner's final solo writing credit on the show, and his final writing credit of any sort until the series finale. This episode was colorized and shown on CBS-TV on December 14, 2018.[3]
12228"Show of Hands"Theodore J. FlickerJoseph C. CavellaApril 14, 1965 (1965-04-14)123
Rob and Laura accidentally dye their hands dark, just before they're about to attend a race-relations banquet.
12329"Baby Fat"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonApril 21, 1965 (1965-04-21)124
Alan Brady asks Rob to doctor the play of a noted playwright (Strother Martin). Briefly features Richard Erdman.
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 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 radio stunt.
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 over his clumsiness.
12632"There's No Sale Like Wholesale"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonMay 26, 1965 (1965-05-26)126
Rob gets more than he bargained for when he tries to buy Laura a $500 fur coat at wholesale price. Laura must pretend to be a member of the merchant's close-knit ethnic family, and upon returning home finds the coat is too big for her.

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

Game-show contestant Laura accidentally reveals that Alan Brady is bald---on live television.

Note: In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #8 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[4] This episode was colorized and shown on CBS-TV on December 11, 2016[6] 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
Rob tries to write a book in a cabin lent to him by a friend who just finished writing his own book.
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.
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 a hideous dog that was supposed to appear on The Alan Brady Show before a slight change of plans.
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.
1326"Draw Me a Pear"Jerry ParisArt Baer and Ben JoelsonOctober 20, 1965 (1965-10-20)132
Rob attends evening art class with Laura, but the teacher seems to be interested in more than just Rob's talent.
1337"The Great Petrie Fortune"Jerry ParisErnest Chambers and Jay BurtonOctober 27, 1965 (1965-10-27)133
Rob's late Uncle Hezekiah leaves him a desk that may contain a treasure. A 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

The freckles on Rob's back appear to form the Liberty Bell, so Millie suggests that he submit it for a column that discusses strange things.

Note: This episode marks the last appearance of Freddie Helper (Peter Oliphant). He first appeared in the Season 1 episode "Punch Thy Neighbor".
1359"Viva Petrie"Jerry ParisJohn WhedonNovember 10, 1965 (1965-11-10)135
The Petries' former maid asks them to find a job for her matador boyfriend.
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.
13711"Body and Sol"Jerry ParisCarl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRavenNovember 24, 1965 (1965-11-24)137
Rob remembers when he was a boxer in the Army.
13812"See Rob Write, Write Rob Write"Jerry ParisLawrence J. Cohen and Fred FreemanDecember 8, 1965 (1965-12-08)138
Rob and Laura each write a children's book based on the same illustrations.
13913"You're Under Arrest"Jerry ParisJoseph C. CavellaDecember 15, 1965 (1965-12-15)139
Rob is arrested for hitting a woman in a bar.
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.

Note: Last episode to feature Mary Tyler Moore's bouffant hairstyle, which she had worn since Season 1.
14115"Who Stole My Watch?"Jerry ParisJoseph BonaduceJanuary 5, 1966 (1966-01-05)141

Rob accuses his friends of stealing his new watch.

Note: Mary Tyler Moore sported a new hairstyle in this episode.
14216"I Do Not Choose to Run"Jerry ParisDale McRaven and Carl KleinschmittJanuary 19, 1966 (1966-01-19)143
Rob is asked to run for city councilman when he speaks out against the development of a new shopping center. (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 (Wally Cox) is much more knowledgeable about local issues than he is. (Part 2 of 2). (This same plot was used in episode 197 of The Andy Griffith Show and episode 72 of The Partridge Family).
14418"The Curse of the Petrie People"Jerry ParisDale McRaven and Carl KleinschmittFebruary 2, 1966 (1966-02-02)145
Rob's parents give Laura a Petrie family heirloom, a hideous brooch that she accidentally drops in the garbage disposal.
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.
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.
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.
14822"Buddy Sorrell, Man and Boy"Richard ErdmanBen Joelson and Art BaerMarch 2, 1966 (1966-03-02)149
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.
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. He also has to wear a suit with fur lapels to the wedding, after his other one is damaged.
15024"Talk to the Snail"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallMarch 16, 1966 (1966-03-16)151
The Alan Brady Show writers quit when they think Alan is going to let one of them go, and Rob finds a new job with a ventriloquist (Paul Winchell) whose star puppet is a talking snail.
15125"A Day in the Life of Alan Brady"Jerry ParisJoseph BonaduceApril 6, 1966 (1966-04-06)152
For a documentary, 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.
15226"Obnoxious, Offensive, Egomaniac, Etc."Jerry ParisCarl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRavenApril 13, 1966 (1966-04-13)153
The writers of The Alan Brady Show try to retrieve a script from Alan Brady because they forgot to ink out all the insults they made about his demanding behavior.
15327"The Man from My Uncle"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonApril 20, 1966 (1966-04-20)154
An FBI agent (Godfrey Cambridge) uses Rob's house as a stakeout to keep an eye on one of the Petries' neighbors.
15428"You Ought to Be in Pictures"Jerry ParisJack WinterApril 27, 1966 (1966-04-27)155
An old army buddy (Michael Constantine) of Rob's casts him in the lead of his latest movie.
15529"Love Thy Other Neighbor"Jerry ParisDale McRaven and Carl KleinschmittMay 4, 1966 (1966-05-04)156
The Helpers are jealous of the Petries' new neighbors.
15630"Long Night's Journey into Day"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallMay 11, 1966 (1966-05-11)150
Laura tries to spend the night alone while her family is on a fishing trip. She is spooked by odd noises and doors that seem to open by themselves.
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". 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.[8]
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 has bought the manuscript for his book called "Untitled: A Series of Terribly Important Events in the Fairly Unimportant Life of Robert S. Petrie" that Laura read, so Rob watches Laura read, as they show flashbacks.

Note: The final episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show features clips from previous episodes, such as Season 2's "The Attempted Marriage", Season 1's "Where Did I Come From?", and Season 3's "That's My Boy?!".


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  4. ^ a b "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28-July 4). 1997.
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  6. ^ a b Genzlinger, Neil (December 9, 2016). "'The Dick Van Dyke Show' in Color? See It on Sunday". New York Times. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ DVD commentary on the "October Eve" episode by Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke Show: Complete Remastered Series DVD Set, Image Entertainment, 2015.
  8. ^ DVD Commentary for the episode by Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner.

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