The Dick Van Dyke Show Season 1
S01 E01Oct 3, 1961
The Sick Boy and the Sitter Oct 3, 1961 Rob talks Laura into going to a party at Alan Brady's penthouse even though she'd rather stay home and look after their ailing five-year old. Recap:Laura gets a phone call from the next door neighbor, Dottie, informing her that Ellen, Dottie's daughter, has a slight temperature and that she should watch Richie since the two children were playing together. Laura hangs up the phone with Dottie and Richie informs her that Ellen has a disease and that he hopes he gets it. Laura asks him why to which he replies that he doesn't want to go to school because they are teaching him stupid things like the alphabet. Laura tells him if he wants to be a television writer, like his daddy he is going to have to know his alphabet. Richie tells Laura that he already knows his alphabet and rattles off the letters until "W". Laura asks him what happened to the rest of the letters and he informs her that he just got tired of saying the letters. She asks him if a chocolate cupcake may help him regain his energy, but he says that he doesn't want one. Laura asks him if he had anything to eat at Dottie's house, but he says that all he had to eat was water. Laura feels his forehead and tells him that she is going to call Dr. Miller. Richie begins to panic and tells his mom that he will eat the cupcake if she doesn't call the doctor. He then locks himself in one of the lower cabinets. He doesn't come out until Laura reminds him that he likes Dr. Miller and he tells her that he forgot.Meanwhile, at the Alan Brady Show, Rob, Sally, and Buddy are trying to come up with a way to close the show for the week. Sally and Buddy want to close it with a joke, but Rob thinks they should end it with quote. Rob reads his quote and Buddy is able to turn it into a joke. Mel walks into the office and Sally, pretending not to see him, says that what don't they get Mel's opinion on what they should do for the ending. After all he is the producer, to which Buddy replies that is only because he is the star's brother-in-law. Mel invites the three of them to Alan's party later that night where a number of top studio executives will be there. The three say that they will be glad to come.Back at home, Rob tells Laura about the party at Alan's apartment that night. Laura tells Rob that they can't go to the party because Richie is sick. Rob asks what symptoms Richie has that are making Laura believe that he is sick. She tells him that Richie didn't want his cupcake. Rob sarcastically acts shocked and tells Laura that she is just worrying too much. He thinks the reason Richie didn't want to eat his cupcake was because Laura offered him a chocolate one instead of a vanilla one. He takes a vanilla cupcake and head to Richie's room, followed by Laura. He offers Richie the cupcake, but he tells Rob that he likes chocolate better, but when Rob offers him a chocolate one he refuses. Laura asks Rob if he is satisfied, but he refuses to believe that Richie is sick because he has no sign of a fever. Laura and Rob head back to the kitchen to finish their discussion out of the earshot of Richie. Rob tells Laura the reason he wants to go is because there will be executives there and plus Alan invited them. Laura tells Rob that the only reason Alan invites the writers to come to his dinners is so that they can entertain the guests. Laura tells Rob to go without her, but he still insists that she comes and allow Richie to stay home with Janie, the babysitter. Rob finally talks Laura into going when he promises her to go to two decorator shows and five PTA meetings. Janie arrives and Laura gives her a load of information on what to do if Richie gets sick. She keeps telling Janie all sorts of things from phone numbers to what there is to eat in the refrigerator that Rob ends up carrying her to the car.Rob and Laura are getting ready to leave the party when Buddy stops them. Mel soon walks up to the trio and asks Rob and Buddy if they, plus Sally, can entertain while Alan is finishing up his phone call. Laura gives Rob one of those I told you looks, but Rob decides to entertain anyway. The three sing a song and each take a turn at doing something of their own. Sally sings another song, Buddy tells jokes and Rob does an impression of Laura's Uncle Henry after he has had a few too many. Each of the acts is a huge hit!Rob and Laura soon arrive home to a quiet house, when they notice a doctor's bag on the kitchen table. Laura begins to get worried and when she sees Dottie and Sam, Janie's parents. She asks if Richie is alright and they tell her that he just fell asleep. Rob finds out that the doctor wasn't there to see Richie, but rather Janie who accidently hit her head on the freezer door. The neighbors leave with the doctor and Laura comes back from checking on Richie. Rob apologizes for not listening to Laura when she said that she knew something was going to happen. He asks her how she knew to which she replies that she knew because she is a woman. She then takes off her pearls and leaves the room leaving Rob with a big grin on his face.
S01 E01Jul 19, 1960
Head of the Family (Unaired Pilot) Jul 19, 1960 Pilot episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show", orginally titled "Head of the Family"
S01 E01Oct 3, 1961
The Sick Boy and the Sitter Oct 3, 1961 Alan Brady is throwing a party at his penthouse for a few of the network executives and he wants the writing staff to attend. Unfortunately for Rob though Laura thinks Richie is on the verge of being sick and wants to stay home. Rob is certain he'll be okay and wants to get a babysitter but he's having a hard time convincing Laura.
S01 E02Oct 10, 1961
My Blonde-Haired Brunette Oct 10, 1961 Rob has only one day off from work and Laura is upset that Rob won't eat with her or do anything but sleep until 11am. Laura tells him he got about 7 seconds worth of sleep! (She set the clock ahead two hours!) Laura worries she is getting old (because of gray hair Rob found). In the office Rob tells Buddy and Sally the problem, but Rob has no idea what he and Laura fought over (She was crying to hard)Rob thinks over what may have made Laura cry. Rob calls her to say ""I Love You."" Laura tells Rob not to come home for an hour. (Millie ran out the hair color she use it all last week.)
S01 E03Oct 17, 1961
Sally and the Lab Technician Oct 17, 1961 Laura tries to get Thomas (her cousin) and Sally together, but when Sally arrives Thomas doesn't get to say much, Thomas likes Sally anyway!
S01 E04Oct 24, 1961
Washington vs. the Bunny Oct 24, 1961 Rob and Laura Recall how they met.
S01 E05Oct 31, 1961
Oh, How We Met on the Night That We Danced Oct 31, 1961 While clearing out the bedroom closet, Rob finds his old army boots, bringing back memories of how he and Laura first met.
S01 E06Nov 6, 1961
Harrison B. Harding of Camp Crowder, Mo. Nov 6, 1961 Rob runs into Harrison B. Harding but Rob doesn't recall who he is. Harrison knows everything about Rob which bothers Rob greatly. So the Harrisons come to dinner, Rob thinks Harrison may be a con man. Ritchie tells Harrison where Rob's wrist watch is. Rob calls the police to report a possible robbery (it has not happened yet) So in order to find out more Rob listens with the glass up against the wall (the wrong end of it which cause Rob to get Tomato Juice in his ear.) When the police come Harrison explains he needed the watch to correct the spelling of Petrie (Harrison forgot to add the letter e.)
S01 E07Nov 7, 1961
Jealousy! Nov 7, 1961 Jerry plants seeds of mistrust in Laura's mind when he learns that Valerie Blake, 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 Blake.
S01 E08Nov 14, 1961
To Tell or Not to Tell Nov 14, 1961 Rob wonders if Laura will go back into show business after someone is ill.
S01 E09Nov 21, 1961
The Unwelcome Houseguest Nov 21, 1961 Buddy and his wife can't take their German Shepherd, Larry, with them on a three-day weekend. Buddy wants 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. What is Rob to do?
S01 E10Nov 28, 1961
The Meershatz Pipe Nov 28, 1961 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.
S01 E11Dec 5, 1961
Forty-Four Tickets Dec 5, 1961 Rob trips over a toy that Ritchie to pick up he even forget the Bridge night! Rob has also asked the PTA to come to a taping of The Alan Brady Show Mrs. Billings (Eleanor Audley) president of the PTA comes by to get the 44 tickets, Rob forgot to get the tickets! Now Rob has a few tickets. Mel gives Rob 6 tickets leaving 4 the U.N. (Mel's U.N.) Rob calls home thinking his wife is on the phone and asks (Ritchie) if could speak to mom. Rob goes to say 43 can go in and 33 can't go in. Rob buy a ticket (last weeks) for 50 cents. Rob has 31 tickets and starts telling the PTA he didn't get all the tickets. Mel tells Rob there are no tickets, the PTA will be in the show!
S01 E12Dec 12, 1961
Empress Carlotta's Necklace Dec 12, 1961 Rob buys Laura a hideous necklace but Laura can't bring herself to tell Rob how she really feels about it. When Rob invites his parents to see the necklace, his mother has a surprising reaction.
S01 E13Dec 19, 1961
Sally Is a Girl Dec 19, 1961 Rob takes Laura's advice when Laura shows Rob how to treat Sally like a lady after seeing her treated like a guy. Laura doesn't realize what trouble she causes! Rob hopes Laura's plan to get Sally a man works. Buddy & Mel talk about Sally & Rob going out to lunch leaving Buddy and Mel to believe Rob could be dating Sally behind Laura's back!
S01 E14Dec 26, 1961
Buddy, Can You Spare a Job? Dec 26, 1961 Ritchie asks the age old question Where Do I Come From? Rob and Laura tell the story.
S01 E15Jan 3, 1962
Where Did I Come From? Jan 3, 1962 Rob recalls the hilarious events leading up to Ritchie's birth when Ritchie asks the inevitable question.
S01 E16Jan 10, 1962
The Curious Thing About Women Jan 10, 1962 Laura Millie and Jerry are watching the latest episode of The Alan Brady Show, Jerry tells everybody including the police officer who comes by to ask for tickets that show was bad. Rob takes Millie's advice (after Rob asks if everybody wants more coffee & Millie tries to Jerry to stop joking) pours hot coffee on Jerry's pants! Ritchie comes home and says Jerry got punched in the nose by Rob. Rob later tells Laura that he didn't punch Jerry in the nose. He later hears a waitress say she liked the show. Jerry tells everybody at the restaurant the show was bad (forcing Rob to hit Laura in the nose (with a fingernail!)
S01 E17Jan 17, 1962
Punch Thy Neighbor Jan 17, 1962 Laura Millie and Jerry are watching the latest episode of The Alan Brady Show, Jerry tells everybody including the police officer who comes by to ask for tickets that show was bad. Rob takes Millie's advice (after Rob asks if everybody wants more coffee & Millie tries to Jerry to stop joking) pours hot coffee on Jerry's pants! Ritchie comes home and says Jerry got punched in the nose by Rob. Rob later tells Laura that he didn't punch Jerry in the nose. He later hears a waitress say she liked the show. Jerry tells everybody at the restaurant the show was bad (forcing Rob to hit Laura in the nose (with a fingernail!)
S01 E18Jan 24, 1962
Who Owes Who What? Jan 24, 1962 Laura wants to get ahead on paying taxes and tries to ask Rob about a $25 check while he is watching a boxing match and is mad because he missed the punch. Rob tries to figure out how to ask Buddy to pay him $25. Rob lies to Laura by saying Buddy paid the money back. While Jerry & Rob play chess Jerry says Rob should do a show on it to give Buddy the hint (to pay Rob back) Buddy think Rob owes him. Keep in mind the debut should have been paid 6 months ago!
S01 E19Jan 31, 1962
The Talented Neighborhood Jan 31, 1962 Rob and Laura find Ritchie eating breakfast and reading the paper! Rob is happy his son can read, which gives Rob an idea to test Ritchie's IQ (how smart he is) Laura calls Rob to say she heard Ritchie say a bad word. Rob wants to talk to his son about saying bad word. Ritchie has trouble understanding the difference so he goes and brings his little blackboard out with the word in question, Rob then asks Ritchie not to say the word. Sally and Buddy are working on a joke but all Rob can think of is the dirty word Ritchie said.Rob calls the Kirks to complain about the words Tommy (their son) uses. When the Kirks come over Rob and Laura learn that Mr. Kirk is a Minster!
S01 E20Feb 7, 1962
A Word a Day Feb 7, 1962 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.
S01 E21Feb 14, 1962
The Boarder Incident Feb 14, 1962 Rob is Father of The Week Ritchie doesn't want his dad there, because Rob won't be able to show anything on how to write comedy. Rob think he will get an award, but he has to speak to kids for 30 minutes. Rob finds that explaining comedy to little kids is going to be hard! Mrs. Given doesn't makes things easier when she keeps talking about a parent (who was a jet airline pilot) Rob tries to answer why people are made to laugh, He does movements to have the kids figure out what he doing.
S01 E22Feb 21, 1962
Father of the Week Feb 21, 1962 Rob & Laura find Sally at the door to introduce them to Randy Twizzle (Sally found him at the bowling alley.) They learn how to Twizzle at the bowling alley along with the staff of the show! Mel tells Randy he can do the dance on the show! Laura sets the table but can't stop doing the Twizzle. Sally and Buddy have dinner with Rob and learn that Randy may not do the show because an agent talked to him but Randy's dad wants Randy to do something like a song along with the Twizzle.Randy was worried he worried that he worried that he would be known for the Twizzle.
S01 E23Feb 28, 1962
The Twizzle Feb 28, 1962 Sally drags the entire gang to a bowling alley when she discovers a new dance sensation that's sure to sweep the nation.
S01 E24Mar 7, 1962
One Angry Man Mar 7, 1962 Rob gets called for jury duty. Unbeknownst to Rob, Laura attends the trial. The defendant is an exotic dancer. Is she really innocent as only Rob believes? Is Rob going to be in a lot of trouble when he gets home?
S01 E25Mar 14, 1962
Where You Been, Fassbinder? Mar 14, 1962 Sally doesn't have a date for her birthday, then an old friend from high school (Leo Fassbinder) calls. Sally invites Leo to her apartment for a quiet evening, but Rob, Laura, Buddy and Mel think Leo is just a made up friend and plan to bring a loud party to Sally's apartment.
S01 E26Mar 21, 1962
I Am My Brother's Keeper Mar 21, 1962 Rob tells Jerry that Stacey sleep walks, there is one problem Stacey needs to be awake to audition for Alan Brady. Rob plans a party for Stacey to see if he will make it on the show. Will Alan be there? Mel is asked to go to Rob's house but Alan will need to give up his poker game.
S01 E27Mar 28, 1962
The Sleeping Brother Mar 28, 1962 Rob's shy brother Stacey has a problem. He's a somnambulist! And Stacey's a great performer when he's asleep. How can Rob get Stacey to perform a great audition for Alan Brady while Stacey is awake?
S01 E28Apr 4, 1962
The Bad Old Days Apr 4, 1962 Rob is having dinner with Mr. Bermont there is a problem Sol Pomeroy shows up unannounced Rob tries to tell Sol that the dinner for four people (Sol invites more people to even up the dinner party instead of leaving) Rob finds his boss rather odd because he doesn't eat before a meal or drink.Sol calls Rob's boss a sucker, Laura and has to figure out how to feed six people, Mr. Bermont comes in hurt after hitting his head on the car.
S01 E29Apr 11, 1962
Sol and the Sponsor Apr 11, 1962 Rob faces a dilemma when a rambunctious old army pal must be told he cannot attend a special dinner party that the Petries are throwing to make an impression with an Alan Brady Show sponsor.
S01 E30Apr 18, 1962
The Return of Happy Spangler Apr 18, 1962 Laura meets Happy Spangler who guesses who she is married to. Rob got his first job from Happy. Rob offers Happy a job to help Buddy and Sally write the show but doesn't feel he can do it. The gang quickly gets tired of Happy. Rob has to let him go because Happy can't come up with a joke.