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; creator/writer Carl Reiner had told the cast from the beginning that he would discontinue the show after five years, which he did.

Series overview[edit]

Cast of the series

At present, all five seasons have been released on DVD by Image Entertainment.[1]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 30 October 3, 1961 April 18, 1962
2 32 September 26, 1962 May 8, 1963
3 32 September 25, 1963 May 13, 1964
4 32 September 23, 1964 May 26, 1965
5 32 September 15, 1965 June 1, 1966


Pilot (1960)[edit]

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"Head of the Family" Don Weis Carl Reiner July 19, 1960 (1960-07-19)
In this pilot featuring an entirely different cast, Rob tries to show Richie how writing for a television show is done.

Season 1 (1961–62)[edit]

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1 1 "The Sick Boy and the Sitter" Sheldon Leonard Carl Reiner October 3, 1961 (1961-10-03)
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).
2 2 "My Blonde-Haired Brunette" John Rich Carl Reiner October 10, 1961 (1961-10-10)
Laura resorts to dying her hair blonde when the romance in her marriage to Rob seems to be fading. Rob and his staff, puzzle at why Laura is sulking and weeping. 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.
3 3 "Sally and the Lab Technician" John Rich Carl Reiner October 17, 1961 (1961-10-17)
Laura talks Rob into setting up his co-worker Sally Rogers with Laura's lab technician cousin Thomas Edson.
4 4 "Washington vs. the Bunny" John Rich Carl Reiner October 24, 1961 (1961-10-24)
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 Richie in the school play as "the main bunny."
5 5 "Oh How We Met on the Night That We Danced" Robert Butler Carl Reiner October 31, 1961 (1961-10-31)
Rob and Laura tell Richie about the day they met, when they find Rob's old Army boots in their closet.
6 6 "Harrison B. Harding of Camp Crowder, Mo." John Rich Carl Reiner November 6, 1961 (1961-11-06)
Rob is visited by a man named Harrison B. Harding (Allan Melvin), who claims to be an old army buddy.
7 7 "Jealousy!" Sheldon Leonard Carl Reiner November 7, 1961 (1961-11-07)
Laura lets her jealousy get the best of her when Rob has to work late with a beautiful movie star.
8 8 "To Tell or Not to Tell" John Rich David Adler1 November 14, 1961 (1961-11-14)
Rob is at a loss when Mel Cooley hires Laura as a dancer on The Alan Brady Show.
9 9 "The Unwelcome Houseguest" Robert Butler Carl Reiner November 21, 1961 (1961-11-21)
Buddy Sorrell talks Rob into taking care of Buddy's dog Larry for the weekend. The hyperactive creature whimpers loudly all night, disturbing their sleep.
10 10 "The Meershatz Pipe" Sheldon Leonard Carl Reiner November 28, 1961 (1961-11-28)
Rob is envious of Buddy receiving a meershatz pipe from Alan Brady.
11 11 "Forty-Four Tickets" John Rich Carl Reiner December 5, 1961 (1961-12-05)
Rob realizes he forgot to order forty-four tickets to The Alan Brady Show for the PTA, and is in a bind when the group all show up in the studio lobby.
12 12 "Empress Carlotta's Necklace" James Komack Carl Reiner December 12, 1961 (1961-12-12)
Rob purchases a huge, hideous necklace for Laura from Mel's cousin, but Laura can't bring herself to tell Rob how much she hates it.
13 13 "Sally is a Girl" John Rich David Adler1 December 19, 1961 (1961-12-19)
On Laura's advice, Rob stops treating Sally like one of the boys.
14 14 "Buddy, Can You Spare a Job?" James Komack Walter Kempley December 26, 1961 (1961-12-26)
Rob and Sally conspire to get Buddy back on The Alan Brady Show when his new job on another show falls through.
15 15 "Where Did I Come From?" John Rich Carl Reiner January 3, 1962 (1962-01-03)
Rob and Laura tell Richie about the day he was born, when he asks the inevitable question.
16 16 "The Curious Thing About Women" John Rich David Adler1 January 10, 1962 (1962-01-10)
Rob uses Laura's habit of opening his mail as the basis for a sketch on The Alan Brady Show. Includes the show's popular life raft scene.
17 17 "Punch Thy Neighbor" John Rich Carl Reiner January 17, 1962 (1962-01-17)
Rob gets fighting mad when Jerry Helper keeps kidding about The Alan Brady Show being rotten.
18 18 "Who Owes Who What?" John Rich Carl Reiner January 24, 1962 (1962-01-24)
Rob uses a comedy sketch to remind Buddy of an unpaid debt.
19 19 "The Talented Neighborhood" John Rich Carl Reiner January 31, 1962 (1962-01-31)
Rob has to put up with stage mothers and child prodigies when The Alan Brady Show announces its annual search for the most gifted youngster.
20 20 "A Word a Day" John Rich Jack Raymond February 7, 1962 (1962-02-07)
Richie expands his vocabulary - to the point of saying a bad word.
21 21 "The Boarder Incident" John Rich Norm Liebmann and Ed Haas February 14, 1962 (1962-02-14)
Buddy stays with the Petries while his wife Pickles is out of town.
22 22 "Father of the Week" John Rich Arnold and Lois Peyser February 21, 1962 (1962-02-21)
Rob is named "Father of the Week" at Richie's school, which, to Rob's consternation, has Richie very upset. A remake of the failed series pilot Head of the Family.
23 23 "The Twizzle" John Rich Carl Reiner February 28, 1962 (1962-02-28)
Sally brings the gang down to the bowling alley to experience the latest dance craze.
24 24 "One Angry Man" John Rich Leo Solomon and Ben Gershman March 7, 1962 (1962-03-07)
Rob gets called for jury duty and finds himself doubting the attractive defendant's guilt.
25 25 "Where You Been, Fassbinder?" John Rich John Whedon March 14, 1962 (1962-03-14)
An old high school friend visits Sally on her birthday.
26 26 "I Am My Brother's Keeper" John Rich Carl Reiner March 21, 1962 (1962-03-21)
Rob's shy brother Stacey (Van Dyke's real-life brother, Jerry Van Dyke) comes for a visit, but he has a problem: he is a sleepwalker. (Part 1 of 2)
27 27 "The Sleeping Brother" John Rich Carl Reiner March 28, 1962 (1962-03-28)
Since Stacey is such a great performer while he's sleeping, Rob tries to get him an audition for The Alan Brady Show. (Part 2 of 2)
28 28 "The Bad Old Days" John Rich Norm Liebmann and Ed Haas April 4, 1962 (1962-04-04)
Rob starts to feel like he does too much housework when Buddy warns him about the decline of the American male.
29 29 "Sol and the Sponsor" John Rich Walter Kempley April 11, 1962 (1962-04-11)
Rob's old Army buddy Sol (Marty Ingels) shows up just as the Petries are preparing to host an important sponsor for dinner. Gregarious, hyper and obnoxious, Sol insults the sponsor's taste.
30 30 "The Return of Happy Spangler" John Rich Carl Reiner April 18, 1962 (1962-04-18)
Rob hires his old mentor Happy Spangler to the writing staff of The Alan Brady Show, but Happy seems more interested in telling about his life.

Season 2 (1962–63)[edit]

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31 1 "Never Name a Duck" John Rich Carl Reiner September 26, 1962 (1962-09-26)
Richie acts as if a member of the Petrie family just died when one of his two pet ducks dies.
32 2 "The Two Faces of Rob" John Rich Sheldon Keller and Howard Merrill October 3, 1962 (1962-10-03)
To prove a theory that a wife can't always recognize her husband on the phone, Rob call Laura and disguises his voice, but he becomes obsessed with whether she's playing along with the joke.
33 3 "The Attempted Marriage" John Rich Carl Reiner October 10, 1962 (1962-10-10)
Rob and Laura tell Richie about their attempts to get married. Note that in 1994, footage from this episode was featured in a Bud Light TV commercial.
34 4 "Bank Book 6565696" John Rich Ray Allen Saffian and Harvey Bullock October 17, 1962 (1962-10-17)
Rob is surprised to find a bank book in one of Laura's gloves.
35 5 "Hustling the Hustler" John Rich Carl Reiner October 24, 1962 (1962-10-24)
Rob engages in a game of pool with Buddy's hustler brother Blackie.
36 6 "My Husband is Not a Drunk" Al Rafkin Carl Reiner October 31, 1962 (1962-10-31)
Rob falls under a hypnosis spell meant for Buddy - he keeps acting drunk every time a bell rings.
37 7 "What's in a Middle Name?" John Rich Carl Reiner November 7, 1962 (1962-11-07)
Rob and Laura must explain to Richie why his middle name is Rosebud.
38 8 "Like a Sister" Hal Cooper Carl Reiner November 14, 1962 (1962-11-14)
Rob thinks Sally is falling for the latest guest star on The Alan Brady Show: crooner Ric Vallone.
39 9 "The Night the Roof Fell In" Hal Cooper John Whedon November 21, 1962 (1962-11-21)
Rob and Laura have a terrible fight, after each has experienced a difficult day - and each remember the fight very differently.
40 10 "The Secret Life of Buddy and Sally" Coby Ruskin Lee Erwin November 28, 1962 (1962-11-28)
Rob suspects Buddy and Sally of having an affair.
41 11 "A Bird in the Head Hurts" John Rich Carl Reiner December 5, 1962 (1962-12-05)
Rob and Laura assume Richie's claims of being pecked by a giant woodpecker are just a way of getting attention - until Millie says she's seen the woodpecker herself.
42 12 "Gesundheit, Darling" John Rich Carl Reiner December 12, 1962 (1962-12-12)
Rob comes to believe he's allergic to his family when he can't stop sneezing.
43 13 "A Man's Teeth Are Not His Own" John Rich Carl Reiner December 19, 1962 (1962-12-19)
With Jerry at a dentist's convention, Rob is forced to see another dentist after breaking his tooth on a chicken bone.
44 14 "Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra" John Rich Martin A. Ragaway December 26, 1962 (1962-12-26)
Dreading the thought of being forced to direct a fund-raising show by Mrs. Billings of the PTA, Rob remembers the previous year's show when he tried to cast the role of Cleopatra. Bob Crane guest stars.
45 15 "The Cat Burglar" John Rich Carl Reiner January 2, 1963 (1963-01-02)
The Petries are robbed by a cat burglar.
46 16 "The Foul Weather Girl" John Rich Carl Reiner January 9, 1963 (1963-01-09)
An old high school flame of Rob's drops by looking to make it in show business.
47 17 "Will You Two Be My Wife?" John Rich Carl Reiner January 16, 1963 (1963-01-16)
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.
48 18 "Ray Murdock's X-Ray" Jerry Paris Carl Reiner January 23, 1963 (1963-01-23)
Rob goes on Ray Murdock's X-Ray where he inadvertently describes Laura as a nut.
49 19 "I Was a Teenage Head Writer" Jerry Paris Sheldon Keller and Howard Merrill January 30, 1963 (1963-01-30)
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.
50 20 "It May Look Like a Walnut" Jerry Paris Carl Reiner February 6, 1963 (1963-02-06)
After Rob watches a science-fiction movie, it seems as if Kolak from the planet Twilo, who looks like Danny Thomas, is really plotting to use walnuts to steal his sense of humor and his thumbs.
51 21 "My Husband is a Check-Grabber" Al Rafkin Carl Reiner February 13, 1963 (1963-02-13)
Laura is angry with Rob always picking up the check whenever they go out with friends.
52 22 "Don't Trip Over That Mountain" Coby Ruskin Carl Reiner February 20, 1963 (1963-02-20)
Rob hurts himself on his first skiing trip with Jerry - just as Laura predicted.
53 23 "Give Me Your Walls!" Jerry Paris Carl Reiner February 27, 1963 (1963-02-27)
The Petries hire an Italian painter to paint their walls.
54 24 "The Sam Pomerantz Scandals" Claudio Guzman Carl Reiner March 6, 1963 (1963-03-06)
Rob, Laura, Buddy and Sally must perform in a show for Rob's friend Sam Pomerantz after Rob accidentally injures comedian Danny Brewster. Features the first rendition of the song "I Am a Fine Musician".
55 25 "The Square Triangle" Jerry Paris Bill Idelson March 20, 1963 (1963-03-20)
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.
56 26 "I'm No Henry Walden!" Jerry Paris Teleplay: Carl Reiner
Story: Ray Brenner & Jack Guss
March 27, 1963 (1963-03-27)
Rob and Laura are invited to a dinner party for all the top writers in various fields, but Rob is the only writer in comedy, and is lost in the others' intellectual conversations.
57 27 "Racy Tracy Rattigan" Sheldon Leonard Ronald Alexander and Carl Reiner April 3, 1963 (1963-04-03)
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 water to stop his flirtatious advances at Laura.
58 28 "Divorce" Jerry Paris Carl Reiner April 10, 1963 (1963-04-10)
Rob gets caught in the middle when Buddy declares his intention to divorce Pickles for supposedly cheating on him.
59 29 "It's a Shame She Married Me" James Niver Sheldon Keller and Howard Merrill April 17, 1963 (1963-04-17)
Rob gets envious when he learns that sponsor Jim Darling (Robert Vaughn) is an old beau of Laura's.
60 30 "A Surprise Surprise is a Surprise" Jerry Paris Carl Reiner April 24, 1963 (1963-04-24)
Laura tries to give Rob a surprise birthday party without him spoiling the surprise.
61 31 "Jilting the Jilter" Jerry Paris Ronald Alexander May 1, 1963 (1963-05-01)
Sally dates a comedian who never paid Rob and Buddy for writing his material.
62 32 "When a Bowling Pin Talks, Listen" Jerry Paris Martin A. Ragaway May 8, 1963 (1963-05-08)
Thanks to Richie, 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.

Season 3 (1963–64)[edit]

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63 1 "That's My Boy??" John Rich Bill Persky and Sam Denoff September 25, 1963 (1963-09-25)
During a night of coffee, Rob tells Mel about the time he thought he brought home the wrong baby from the hospital. Greg Morris makes a brief guest appearance.
64 2 "The Masterpiece" John Rich Sam Denoff and Bill Persky October 2, 1963 (1963-10-02)
Rob and Laura inadvertently purchase a painting at an auction – then discover another painting underneath it.
65 3 "Laura's Little Lie" John Rich Carl Reiner and Howard Merrill October 9, 1963 (1963-10-09)
Laura is forced to confess to Rob that she lied about her age on their marriage certificate. (Part 1 of 2)
66 4 "Very Old Shoes, Very Old Rice" John Rich Carl Reiner October 16, 1963 (1963-10-16)
Rob and Laura must go out of town to make their marriage legal without their friends finding out. (Part 2 of 2)
67 5 "All About Eavesdropping" Stanley Cherry Sheldon Keller and Howard Merrill October 23, 1963 (1963-10-23)
Through Richie's toy intercom, Rob and Laura eavesdrop on a private conversation between Jerry and Millie.
68 6 "Too Many Stars" Jerry Paris Sheldon Keller and Howard Merrill October 30, 1963 (1963-10-30)
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.
69 7 "Who and Where Was Antonio Stradivarius?" Jerry Paris Carl Reiner November 6, 1963 (1963-11-06)
Rob gets temporary amnesia from breaking a violin over his head and winds up at a party with complete strangers.
70 8 "Uncle George" Jerry Paris Bill Idelson November 13, 1963 (1963-11-13)
Rob's gregarious uncle George visits, and asks him to help find a wife. He is attracted to Sally.
71 9 "Big Max Calvada" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff November 20, 1963 (1963-11-20)
An infamous mobster (series producer Sheldon Leonard) asks Rob, Buddy and Sally to write material for his nephew, who aspires to be a comic.
72 10 "The Ballad of the Betty Lou" Howard Morris Martin A. Ragaway November 27, 1963 (1963-11-27)
Against the warning of their wives, Rob and Jerry purchase a boat and go on a sailing trip that ends disastrously.
73 11 "Turtles, Ties and Toreadors" Jerry Paris John Whedon December 4, 1963 (1963-12-04)
Rob hires a maid to give Laura a rest from housework, but this maid doesn't speak a word of English.
74 12 "The Sound of the Trumpets of Conscience Falls Deafly on a Brain That Holds Its Ears..." Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff December 11, 1963 (1963-12-11)
Rob thinks he's just seen the suspects of a recent jewelry store holdup and wrestles with his conscience about informing the police.
75 13 "The Alan Brady Show Presents" Jerry Paris Sam Denoff and Bill Persky December 18, 1963 (1963-12-18)
The staff of The Alan Brady Show become the main players of the annual Christmas show. Features the second rendition of "I Am a Fine Musician", this time with the cast costumed as "toy soldiers".
76 14 "The Third One From the Left" Jerry Paris John Whedon January 1, 1964 (1964-01-01)
A young chorus girl on The Alan Brady Show develops a crush on Rob.
77 15 "My Husband is the Best One" Jerry Paris Martin A. Ragaway January 8, 1964 (1964-01-08)

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 that in 1994, Bud Light aired another commercial using footage from this episode.
78 16 "The Lady and the Tiger and the Lawyer" Jerry Paris Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson January 15, 1964 (1964-01-15)
Rob and Laura become competitive matchmakers for a bachelor who just moved into the neighborhood.
79 17 "The Life and Love of Joe Coogan" Jerry Paris Carl Reiner January 22, 1964 (1964-01-22)
While golfing, Rob meets a man (Michael Forest) named Joe Coogan – who turns out to be another old boyfriend of Laura's, and who now holds a surprising "secret".
80 18 "A Nice, Friendly Game of Cards" Howard Morris Ernest Chambers January 29, 1964 (1964-01-29)
When Sally arrives at the Petrie house, they explain to her how a game of cards with their new neighbors, a former FBI agent (Edward Platt) and his wife, ended badly.
81 19 "Happy Birthday and Too Many More" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff February 5, 1964 (1964-02-05)
Rob and Laura have a birthday party for Richie in their house instead of an amusement park, and the children proceed to make a mess of things.
82 20 "The Brave and the Backache" Jerry Paris Sheldon Keller and Howard Merrill February 12, 1964 (1964-02-12)
Rob goes to see a psychiatrist to find out if his back pains are psychosomatic. Ken Berry guest stars.
83 21 "The Pen is Mightier Than the Mouth" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff February 19, 1964 (1964-02-19)
Rob and Buddy find it difficult to work without Sally while she's on The Stevie Parsons Show. (Part 1 of 2)
84 22 "My Part-Time Wife" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff February 26, 1964 (1964-02-26)
During Sally's absence, Laura poses herself as the typist on The Alan Brady Show - and drives Rob crazy with her excellent work. (Part 2 of 2)
85 23 "Honeymoons Are for the Lucky" Jerry Paris Carl Reiner March 4, 1964 (1964-03-04)
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 the army.
86 24 "How to Spank a Star" Jerry Paris Nathaniel Curtis and Bill Idelson March 11, 1964 (1964-03-11)
The latest guest star on The Alan Brady Show, Paula Marshall, 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.
87 25 "The Plots Thicken" Jerry Paris Carl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam Denoff March 18, 1964 (1964-03-18)
Rob and Laura are caught in the middle of a feud between their parents over cemetery plots.
88 26 "Scratch My Car and Die" Howard Morris John Whedon March 25, 1964 (1964-03-25)
Laura panics when she gets a big scratch on Rob's new car.
89 27 "The Return of Edwin Carp" Howard Morris Carl Reiner April 1, 1964 (1964-04-01)
Rob decides to do a program honoring great radio comedians, but it proves to be a challenge to get Edwin Carp.
90 28 "October Eve" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff April 8, 1964 (1964-04-08)
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.
91 29 "Dear Mrs. Petrie, Your Husband's in Jail" Jerry Paris Jerry Belson and Garry Marshall April 15, 1964 (1964-04-15)
Rob explains to Laura how he wound up in jail.
92 30 "My Neighbor's Husband's Other Life" Jerry Paris Carl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam Denoff April 22, 1964 (1964-04-22)
At a fancy restaurant, Rob and Laura see Jerry with another woman.
93 31 "I'd Rather Be Bald Than Have No Head at All" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff April 29, 1964 (1964-04-29)
Worried that he's going bald, Rob sees a barber who provides an unusual method of preventing baldness.
94 32 "Teacher's Petrie" Jerry Paris Jerry Belson and Garry Marshall May 13, 1964 (1964-05-13)
Laura takes a creative writing class, but her teacher (Bernard Fox) seems to be interested in more than just her creativity.

Season 4 (1964–65)[edit]

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95 1 "My Mother Can Beat Up My Father" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff September 23, 1964 (1964-09-23)
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.
96 2 "The Ghost of A. Chantz" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff September 30, 1964 (1964-09-30)
Rob, Laura, Buddy and Sally spend the night in a seemingly haunted cabin.
97 3 "The Lady and the Babysitter" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff October 7, 1964 (1964-10-07)
Richie's teenage babysitter (Eddie Hodges) is in love with Laura.
98 4 "A Vigilante Ripped My Sports Coat" Peter Baldwin Carl Reiner October 14, 1964 (1964-10-14)
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.
99 5 "The Man from Emperor" Jerry Paris Carl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam Denoff October 21, 1964 (1964-10-21)
Rob is offered a job at a gentlemen's magazine.
100 6 "Romance, Roses and Rye Bread" Jerry Paris Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson October 28, 1964 (1964-10-28)
Sally's secret admirer is a deli owner (Sid Melton).
101 7 "4 1/2" Jerry Paris Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson November 4, 1964 (1964-11-04)
Rob tells his co-workers about the day he and Laura met prisoner Lyle Delp (Don Rickles). (Part 1 of 2)
102 8 "The Alan Brady Show Goes to Jail" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff November 11, 1964 (1964-11-11)
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)
103 9 "Three Letters from One Wife" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff November 18, 1964 (1964-11-18)
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.
104 10 "Pink Pills and Purple Parents" Al Rafkin Jerry Belson and Garry Marshall November 25, 1964 (1964-11-25)
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.
105 11 "It Wouldn't Hurt Them to Give Us a Raise" Peter Baldwin Jay Burton and Ernest Chambers December 2, 1964 (1964-12-02)
Rob tries to get a raise for himself and his fellow writers, but has a lot to learn about negotiating.
106 12 "The Death of the Party" Al Rafkin Bill Persky and Sam Denoff December 9, 1964 (1964-12-09)
Rob catches a cold from golfing in damp weather just before a dinner party with Laura's relatives.
107 13 "My Two Show-Offs and Me" Jerry Paris Sheldon Keller and Howard Merrill December 16, 1964 (1964-12-16)
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.
108 14 "Stretch Petrie vs. Kid Schenk" Jerry Paris Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson December 30, 1964 (1964-12-30)
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.
109 15 "Brother, Can You Spare $2500?" Jerry Paris Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson January 6, 1965 (1965-01-06)
Rob loses the script needed for that night's The Alan Brady Show, but it's found by a bum who's holding it for ransom.
110 16 "The Impractical Joke" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff January 13, 1965 (1965-01-13)
Buddy grows paranoid expecting Rob to get even with him for pulling a practical joke.
111 17 "Stacey Petrie - Part I" Jerry Paris Carl Reiner January 20, 1965 (1965-01-20)
Rob's brother Stacey (Jerry Van Dyke) returns with big news: he's getting married.
112 18 "Stacey Petrie - Part II" Jerry Paris Carl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam Denoff January 27, 1965 (1965-01-27)
Stacey tries to make a good first impression on his fiancée while Rob and Laura help keep his nightclub in business.
113 19 "Boy #1, Boy #2" Jerry Paris Martin A. Ragaway February 3, 1965 (1965-02-03)
Laura and Millie become stage mothers when Richie and Freddie are both cast in a TV commercial.
114 20 "The Redcoats Are Coming" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff February 10, 1965 (1965-02-10)
The Petries must shelter the Redcoats, the popular British rock duo (played by Chad and Jeremy), from their rabid fans.
115 21 "The Case of the Pillow" Howard Morris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff February 17, 1965 (1965-02-17)
Rob takes on a crooked pillow salesman (Alvy Moore) in court.
116 22 "Young Man with a Shoehorn" Jerry Paris Jerry Belson and Garry Marshall February 24, 1965 (1965-02-24)
Rob invests his bonus paycheck in Buddy's uncle's discount shoe store.
117 23 "Girls Will Be Boys" Jerry Paris Jerry Belson and Garry Marshall March 3, 1965 (1965-03-03)
Richie says a girl's been beating him up in school.
118 24 "Bupkis" Lee Philips Bill Persky and Sam Denoff March 10, 1965 (1965-03-10)
Rob discovers he received no credit for a song he co-wrote years ago. Greg Morris makes another guest appearance.
119 25 "Your Home Sweet Home Is My Home" Lee Philips Howard Ostroff and Joan Darling March 17, 1965 (1965-03-17)
Rob explains a check for "friendship" money to his new tax collector -- it has to do with a new house Rob and Laura needed when Richie was on the way. Stanley Adams guest stars.
120 26 "Anthony Stone" Jerry Paris Joseph C. Cavella March 24, 1965 (1965-03-24)
Rob and Buddy discover a secret about Sally's boyfriend Anthony Stone that'll break her heart.
121 27 "Never Bathe on Saturday" Jerry Paris Carl Reiner March 31, 1965 (1965-03-31)
Rob and Laura explain to Millie why they cut their romantic getaway so short: Laura got stuck in the bathtub.
122 28 "A Show of Hands" Theodore J. Flicker Joseph C. Cavella April 14, 1965 (1965-04-14)
Rob and Laura accidentally dye their hands just before they're about to attend a race-relations banquet.
123 29 "Baby Fat" Jerry Paris Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson April 21, 1965 (1965-04-21)
Alan Brady asks Rob to doctor the play of a noted playwright.
124 30 "One Hundred Terrible Hours" Theodore J. Flicker Bill Persky and Sam Denoff May 5, 1965 (1965-05-05)
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.
125 31 "Br-rooom, Br-rooom" Jerry Paris Dale McRaven and Carl Kleinschmitt May 12, 1965 (1965-05-12)
Rob gets a motorcycle, resulting in an argument with Laura over his clumsiness.
126 32 "There's No Sale Like Wholesale" Jerry Paris Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson May 26, 1965 (1965-05-26)
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.

Season 5 (1965–66)[edit]

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127 1 "Coast to Coast Big Mouth" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff September 15, 1965 (1965-09-15)
Laura accidentally reveals on television that Alan Brady is bald.
128 2 "A Farewell to Writing" Jerry Paris Fred Freeman and Lawrence J. Cohen September 22, 1965 (1965-09-22)
Rob tries to write a book in a cabin lent to him by a friend who just finished writing his own book.
129 3 "Uhny Uftz" Jerry Paris Carl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRaven September 29, 1965 (1965-09-29)
During a late-night writing session for The Alan Brady Show, Rob thinks he sees a UFO.
130 4 "The Ugliest Dog in the World" Lee Philips Bill Persky and Sam Denoff October 6, 1965 (1965-10-06)
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.
131 5 "No Rice at My Wedding" Lee Philips Jerry Belson and Garry Marshall October 13, 1965 (1965-10-13)
When Laura reads about Clark Rice (Van Williams) in the paper, she and Rob remember when Rob almost lost Laura to him.
132 6 "Draw Me a Pear" Jerry Paris Art Baer and Ben Joelson October 20, 1965 (1965-10-20)
Rob attends evening art class with Laura, but the teacher seems to be interested in more that just Rob's talent.
133 7 "The Great Petrie Fortune" Jerry Paris Ernest Chambers and Jay Burton October 27, 1965 (1965-10-27)
Rob's late uncle (Dick Van Dyke in age-disguise) leaves him a desk that may contain a treasure.
134 8 "Odd But True" Jerry Paris Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson November 3, 1965 (1965-11-03)
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.
135 9 "Viva Petrie" Jerry Paris John Whedon November 10, 1965 (1965-11-10)
The Petries' former maid asks them to find a job for her matador boyfriend.
136 10 "Go Tell the Birds and the Bees" Jerry Paris Rick Mittleman November 17, 1965 (1965-11-17)
Richie has been giving his classmates lectures on the facts of life in school.
137 11 "Body and Sol" Jerry Paris Carl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRaven November 24, 1965 (1965-11-24)
Rob remembers when he was a boxer in the Army.
138 12 "See Rob Write - Write, Rob, Write" Jerry Paris Lawrence J. Cohen and Fred Freeman December 8, 1965 (1965-12-08)
Rob and Laura each write a children's book based on the same illustrations.
139 13 "You're Under Arrest" Jerry Paris Joseph C. Cavella December 15, 1965 (1965-12-15)
Rob is arrested for hitting a woman in a bar.
140 14 "Fifty-Two, Forty-Five or Work" Jerry Paris Rick Mittleman December 29, 1965 (1965-12-29)

When the writers of The Alan Brady Show get the summer off, Rob remembers when the same thing happened years ago and was in financial woe.

Note: Last episode to feature Mary Tyler Moore's bouffant hairstyle, which she had worn since Season 1.
141 15 "Who Stole My Watch?" Jerry Paris Joseph Bonaduce January 5, 1966 (1966-01-05)
Rob accuses his friends of stealing his new watch.
142 16 "I Do Not Choose to Run" Jerry Paris Dale McRaven and Carl Kleinschmitt January 19, 1966 (1966-01-19)
Rob is asked to run for city councilman when he speaks out against the development of a new shopping center. (Part 1 of 2)
143 17 "The Making of a Councilman" Jerry Paris Carl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRaven January 26, 1966 (1966-01-26)
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).
144 18 "The Curse of the Petrie People" Jerry Paris Dale McRaven and Carl Kleinschmitt February 2, 1966 (1966-02-02)
Rob's parents give Laura a Petrie family heirloom, a hideous brooch that she accidentally drops in the garbage disposal.
145 19 "The Bottom of Mel Cooley's Heart" Jerry Paris John Whedon February 9, 1966 (1966-02-09)
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.
146 20 "Remember the Alimony" Jerry Paris Dale McRaven and Carl Kleinschmitt February 16, 1966 (1966-02-16)
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.
147 21 "Dear Sally Rogers" Richard Erdman Ronald Axe February 23, 1966 (1966-02-23)
Sally goes on The Stevie Parsons Show to make a gag request for a husband that results in hundreds in letters.
148 22 "Buddy Sorrell, Man and Boy" Richard Erdman Ben Joelson and Art Baer March 2, 1966 (1966-03-02)
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.
149 23 "Bad Reception in Albany" Jerry Paris Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson March 9, 1966 (1966-03-09)
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, after his other one is damaged.
150 24 "Talk to the Snail" Jerry Paris Jerry Belson and Garry Marshall March 16, 1966 (1966-03-16)
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.
151 25 "A Day in the Life of Alan Brady" Jerry Paris Joseph Bonaduce April 6, 1966 (1966-04-06)
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.
152 26 "Obnoxious, Offensive, Egomaniac, Etc." Jerry Paris Carl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRaven April 13, 1966 (1966-04-13)
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.
153 27 "The Man from My Uncle" Jerry Paris Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson April 20, 1966 (1966-04-20)
An FBI agent (Godfrey Cambridge) uses Rob's house as a stakeout to keep an eye on one of the Petries' neighbors.
154 28 "You Ought to Be in Pictures" Jerry Paris Jack Winter April 27, 1966 (1966-04-27)
An old army buddy (Michael Constantine) of Rob's casts him in the lead of his latest movie.
155 29 "Love Thy Other Neighbor" Jerry Paris Dale McRaven and Carl Kleinschmitt May 4, 1966 (1966-05-04)
The Helpers are jealous of the Petries' new neighbors.
156 30 "Long Night's Journey into Day" Jerry Paris Jerry Belson and Garry Marshall May 11, 1966 (1966-05-11)
Laura tries to spend the night alone while her family is on a fishing trip.
157 31 "The Gunslinger" Jerry Paris Bill Persky and Sam Denoff May 25, 1966 (1966-05-25)
While Rob is under anesthesia, he dreams of being in a western setting with his family and friends, going up against "Big Bad Brady".
158 32 "The Last Chapter" Jerry Paris and John Rich Carl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam Denoff June 1, 1966 (1966-06-01)
Rob finally finishes the manuscript for his book, triggering flashbacks to memorable events in the Petries' lives in clips of earlier flashbacks. The final scene features all nine of the cast regulars together for the series farewell.


  1. ^ 'David Adler' was a pseudonym for Frank Tarloff, a victim of the Hollywood blacklist.


  1. ^ DVD release info at