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Studio: Image Entertainment Release Date: 05/01/2007 Run time: 744 minutes Rating: Nr

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It's time to acknowledge those unsung heroes, The Beverly Hillbillies, for helping to rescue The Dick Van Dyke Show, which, incredibly, was nearly canceled after its first season. Executive producer Sheldon Leonard championed the series, and CBS moved the Petries to follow the top-rated Clampetts. The rest is television history. Unlike the high-concept Hillbillies, the more sophisticated Dick Van Dyke Show's appeal was in its more grounded situations and three-dimensional characters, each of whom are given ample opportunities to shine in this second season. Son Ritchie (played by Larry Matthews) gets too attached to baby ducklings (the touching season opener "Never Name a Duck"). Sally Rogers (Rose Marie) gets engaged to an opportunistic comedian ("Jilting the Jilter"). Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) is reunited with his black sheep brother ("Hustling the Hustler"). Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) is revealed to be the alien Lolac from Twilo (the classic "It May Look Like a Walnut," which contains the sublimely surreal line, "Danny Thomas put walnuts in my hat"). And Rob (Van Dyke) becomes a psychosomatic drunk ("My Husband Is Not a Drunk"). On the flashback front, we see how Rob proposed to Laura ("The Attempted Marriage"), dumped an old flame ("Will You Two Be My Wife?"), and was installed as head writer of The Alan Brady Show ("I Was a Teenage Head Writer"). Rob's deft and daft juggling of his glamorous career and harried home life inspires some of the best episodes, including "Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra," featuring the late Bob Crane as the neighborhood lothario, "Father of the Week," and "Ray Murdock's X-Ray," in which Rob unwittingly portrays Laura as his nutty muse. But at the heart of this series' timeless appeal is the palpable chemistry between Rob and Laura, as witness their sudden embrace at the moving conclusion of "The Square Triangle." --Donald Liebenson
Episodes Guide

Season 2: 19621963
# Title Writer(s) Director Original airdate
31 Never Name a Duck Carl Reiner John Rich Wednesday, September 26, 1962.
When one of Richie's two pet ducks dies, it seems as if the Petrie family has lost one of its human members. The ducks were named Stanley and Oliver after Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy.
32 The Two Faces of Rob Sheldon Keller, Howard Merrill John Rich Wednesday, October 3, 1962.
To prove that a wife cannot always recognize her husband on the telephone, Rob disguises his voice and asks Laura for a date.
33 Bank Book 6565696 Allan Saffian, Harvey Bullock John Rich Wednesday, October 17, 1962.
Rob is puzzled and chagrined when he finds that Laura has a secret nest egg of her own.
34 The Attempted Marriage Carl Reiner John Rich Wednesday, October 10, 1962.
A crippled jeep and a sprained ankle make Rob two hours late for his own wedding.
35 Hustling the Hustler Carl Reiner John Rich Wednesday, October 24, 1962.
Rob has an evening of high adventure with a veteran pool shark (Phil Leeds) who pretends he can't play the game.
36 What's in a Middle Name? Carl Reiner John Rich Wednesday, November 7, 1962.
Rob has some explaining to do when son Richie learns that his middle name is Rosebud (an acronym for Robert Oscar Sam Edward Benjamin Ulysses David).
37 My Husband Is Not a Drunk Carl Reiner Al Rafkin Wednesday, October 31, 1962.
Rob Petrie suffers from a post-hypnotic suggestion meant for someone else, and it causes mayhem at work
38 Like a Sister Carl Reiner Hal Cooper Wednesday, November 14, 1962.
A handsome balladeer (Vic Damone) brings romance into Sally's life.
39 The Night the Roof Fell In John Whedon Hal Cooper Wednesday, November 21, 1962.
Rob walks out of the house following a spat with Laura after a tiring day for the both of them.
40 The Secret Life of Buddy and Sally Lee Erwin Coby Ruskin Wednesday, November 28, 1962.
Rob suspects cowriters Buddy and Sally of carrying on a clandestine romance.
41 A Bird in the Head Hurts Carl Reiner John Rich Wednesday, December 5, 1962.
Richie runs into the house screaming that he has been pecked on the head by a giant woodpecker.
42 Gesundheit, Darling Carl Reiner John Rich Wednesday, December 12, 1962.
Rob begins to fear he is allergic to his own family when proximity to Laura and Richie starts him sneezing.
43 A Man's Teeth Are Not His Own Carl Reiner John Rich Wednesday, December 19, 1962.
Rob feels that he has betrayed his dentist friend, Jerry Helper, when he lets another dentist work on his teeth.
44 Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra Martin A. Ragaway John Rich Wednesday, December 26, 1962.
Rob directs an amateur theatrical in which rehearsals are dogged by controversy over the casting of a key part--Cleopatra. Guest-star: Bob Crane.
45 The Cat Burglar Carl Reiner John Rich Wednesday, January 2, 1963.
A phantom burglar pillages the Petrie home, but the police are baffled as to how he did it.
46 The Foul-Weather Girl Carl Reiner John Rich Wednesday, January 9, 1963.
Laura sees a singing weather girl as a threat to her marriage.
47 Will You Two Be My Wife? Carl Reiner John Rich Wednesday, January 16, 1963.
Rob is slapped, kicked, and screamed at--among other things--by the girl he left behind when he entered the Army. Guest star: Barbara Bain.
48 Ray Murdock's X-Ray Carl Reiner Jerry Paris Wednesday, January 23, 1963.
Rob finds himself in hot water after giving a television interview in which he unwittingly portrays his wife Laura as a nut.
49 I Was a Teenage Head Writer Sheldon Keller, Howard Merrill Jerry Paris Wednesday, January 30, 1963.
An office crisis sets Rob to reminiscing about his hectic early days as a comedy writer.
50 My Husband Is a Check-Grabber Carl Reiner Al Rafkin Wednesday, February 13, 1963.
Laura tries to break Rob of his expensive habit of picking up the check.
51 It May Look Like a Walnut Carl Reiner Jerry Paris Wednesday, February 6, 1963.
Under the influence of science fiction, Rob fears that a walnut will steal his imagination and his thumbs. Danny Thomas guest-stars.
52 Don't Trip Over That Mountain Carl Reiner Coby Ruskin Wednesday, February 20, 1963.
To his great regret, Rob ignores Laura's warning to stay off the big slopes on his first skiing excursion.
53 Give Me Your Walls! Carl Reiner Jerry Paris Wednesday, February 27, 1963.
When Rob's living room needs a paint job, he hires a colorful master painter of Rome, Florence, and Brooklyn. Painter: Vito Scotti
54 The Sam Pomerantz Scandals Carl Reiner Claudio Guzman Wednesday, March 6, 1963.
Rob, Laura and the office gang put together a variety show to help out an old friend. Lennie Weinrib guest-stars. Rob impersonates Stan Laurel.
55 I'm No Henry Walden! Carl Reiner/ Story by Ray Brenner and Jack Guss Jerry Paris Wednesday, March 27, 1963.
Rob finds himself very out of place at a dinner party for celebrated literati. Carl Reiner guest-stars.
56 The Square Triangle Bill Idelson Jerry Paris Wednesday, March 20, 1963.
French singing idol Jacques Savon (Jacques Bergerac), who has played a curious part in both Rob's and Laura's past, suddenly reappears.
57 Racy Tracy Rattigan Ronald Alexander, Carl Reiner Sheldon Leonard Wednesday, April 3, 1963.
A romantic British film star arouses Rob's ire by his attention to Laura. Richard Dawson guest-stars.
58 Divorce Carl Reiner Jerry Paris Wednesday, April 10, 1963.
Rob finds himself caught in the middle after Buddy announces he is going to divorce Pickles.
59 It's a Shame She Married Me Sheldon Keller, Howard Merrill James Niver Wednesday, April 17, 1963.
Rob suffers pangs of jealousy when Laura meets a successful old flame. Robert Vaughn guest-stars.
60 A Surprise Surprise Is a Surprise Carl Reiner Jerry Paris Wednesday, April 24, 1963.
Laura despairs when husband Rob learns of her elaborate plans to throw a surprise party for him.
61 Jilting the Jilter Ronald Alexander Jerry Paris Wednesday, May 1, 1963.
Sally gets a marriage proposal from an opportunistic comedian who wants her to write his material.
62 When a Bowling Pin Talks, Listen Martin A. Ragaway Jerry Paris Wednesday, May 8, 1963.
Rob finds himself in hot water after inadvertently lifting a comedy idea from another show. Carl Reiner guest-stars.
63 All About Eavesdropping Sheldon Keller, Howard Merrill Stanley Cherry Wednesday, October 23, 1963.
Through Richie's toy intercom, Rob and Laura tune in on a conversation at the Helpers' and almost lose two friends. This show was broadcast as the first episode of Season 3.

 

 

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