Dick Van Dyke Season 2 DVDs
Studio: Image Entertainment Release Date: 05/01/2007 Run time: 744
minutes Rating: Nr
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
Season 2: 1962–1963
# 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
Rob is puzzled and chagrined when he finds that Laura has a secret nest egg of
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
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,
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
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
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,
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
50 My Husband Is a Check-Grabber Carl Reiner Al Rafkin Wednesday, February 13,
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,
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,
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,
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
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
60 A Surprise Surprise Is a Surprise Carl Reiner Jerry Paris Wednesday, April
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
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.