I LOVE LUCY
DICK VAN DYKE
MARY TYLER MOORE
ALL IN THE FAMILY
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The Dick Van Dyke Show
Season Four: 1964-65
1964-65: THE FOURTH SEASON
Year-End Rating: 27.1 (7th place)
Carl Reiner continues as producer of the series's fourth season of
popular and critical acclaim. Story consultants Bill Persky and Sam
Denoff write a majority of the season's scripts, with notable contributions
from Reiner, Garry Marshall, Jerry Belson, and Joseph C. Cavella, among
Laura flattens an obnoxious drunk after he slugs Rob, but mainly succeeds
in wounding her husband's delicate pride.
Rob and Laura share an unsettling night with Buddy and Sally in a haunted
The Petries' teenage baby-sitter develops an adolescent crush on Laura.
Rob and Jerry lock horns when Rob refuses to join the vigilante group
Jerry formed to police the neighborhood lawns.
Carl Reiner, himself a former resident of the sleepy suburb of New
Rochelle, concocts a sly satire of suburban life in his dark tale of
how one man's unruly crabgrass very nearly incites the neighborhood
to mob action.
Rob is tempted by an offer to join the editorial staff of a glossy
men's magazine, though Laura has other ideas.
Sally discovers an unlikely admirer when the local deli man delivers
a single red rose along with her chicken salad.
Rob recalls the story of Lyle Delp--a hapless stickup man who had the
misfortune to rob the Petries in a stalled elevator.
The holdup man is played by Don Rickles, who had known Bill Persky
and Sam Denoff since the days when they wrote material for his nightclub
The gang's all set to perform a show inside prison gates when Rob is
mistaken for one of the inmates.
Millie and Laura wage an ill-fated write-in campaign to bolster Rob's
standing in Alan Brady's eyes.
Rob recalls Laura's first disastrous encounter with his parents, after
she'd taken a few too many of Millie's little pink pills to relax her
Director Alan Rafkin went on to become one of TV's most prolific comedy
directors; his later credits include early episodes of The Andy Griffith
Show, One Day at a Time, and MTM's The Bob Newhart Show,
among many others.
Rob enters the labyrinth of corporate finance when he tries to squeeze
a raise for Buddy and Sally from Alan Brady's tightfisted accountant.
Guest Stars: Willard Waterman, Jane Dulo, Patty Regan, Pitt Herbert
Despite chills and a raging fever, Rob is determined to get through
Laura's family reunion without anyone guessing that he's deathly ill.
The attentions of a visiting reporter transform Alan Brady's writing
staff into a trio of bickering grandstanders.
Rob finds it impossible to stand up to Neil Schenk, an opportunistic
old friend who comes fishing for a job in return for an ancient favor.
A lost Alan Brady Show script is recovered by a vagrant, who
demands that Rob pay $2,500 in exchange for its safe return.
Wary of being taken in by a practical joke, Buddy refuses to heed a
visit from an agent of the Internal Revenue Service.
Rob talks Sally into coaching his withdrawn brother, Stacey, through
a practice date at her apartment.
Rob and Laura help Stacey recover from a cold rejection by the woman
of his dreams.
Millie and Laura become overnight stage mothers when Ritchie and Freddie
are chosen to play small parts on The Alan Brady Show.
The Petrie home becomes a potential mob scene when Rob and Laura offer
secret asylum to the Redcoats, a pair of teen idols from England.
The Redcoats were played by the British folk-rock duo Chad and Jeremy,
who would repeat their performance in similar roles on ABC's Patty
Duke Show a few weeks later.
Rob fancies himself a crusading lawyer when he takes an unscrupulous
pillow salesman to small claims court.
Rob and Buddy sign on as silent partners in a discount shoe store,
but before long, they're pushing pumps on the sales floor.
Ritchie runs into girl trouble when he comes home with bruises inflicted
by a bully named Priscilla.
Rob is surprised when a novelty song he penned with an old Army buddy
pops up on the radio, but is dismayed to find out that his partner took
all the credit.
Writers Persky and Denoff wrote "Bupkiss," which was recorded for
the show by pop singers Dick and Dee Dee.
Rob recalls the day he and Laura decided to buy their dream house,
even after they discovered a massive rock in its basement.
Rob and Buddy make the startling discovery that Sally's mysterious
new boyfriend is a mortician--and a married one, at that.
Laura finds herself in an embarrassing fix when she gets her toe stuck
in the water spout of a fancy hotel bathtub--with the door locked from
Rob and Laura are forced to wear gloves to a prestigious awards banquet
after they accidentally dye their hands an indelible shade of black.
After agreeing to doctor the script for Alan Brady's Broadway debut,
Rob has second thoughts about performing the thankless task without
Rob recalls the time he broadcast a radio show for 100 hours straight
before he stumbled in to meet Alan Brady for the first time.
Rob's early career as a disc jockey was another facet of his character
borrowed from real life. Dick Van Dyke hosted popular radio talk shows
in Atlanta and New Orleans before he moved into television in the mid-1950s.
Rob takes his new motorcycle out for a spin and unwittingly falls in
with a gang of teenage bikers.
Rob decides to save a few bucks on Laura's new fur coat by letting
Buddy order it wholesale--a decision he lives to regret.