3 October 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.
10 October 1961
A series of events occur that make Laura believe that Rob no longer sees her as the beautiful, young and lovable wife she hopes she still is. These events include Rob wanting to sleep in on his day off instead of waking up to eat breakfast with her, Rob being irked by her romantically playful attempts to wake him up, Rob not caring how he looks around her, Rob calling her his "old lady", and Rob pulling out a white hair from her head. Rob eventually sees that Laura is upset, but she won't tell him why if he doesn't know. Rob asks Buddy and Sally for advice, they collectively coming to the conclusion that Rob perhaps is not paying enough attention to her and not telling her often enough that he loves her. Laura turns to Millie, who thinks that Laura has to spice up their marriage every once in while by doing something different and daring, like dying her hair blonde. Once Laura does the deed, she's sorry she did it for more than one reason and tries to hide the fact of her new bleached state before Rob comes home and sees his new and perhaps not better wife.
17 October 1961
After Rob gets home late from work because he has to drive Sally home Laura gets the idea to try and play matchmaker. Rob is against it but Laura thinks Sally would be a good match with her cousin Thomas, the lab technician. The two are polar opposites...Thomas is quiet, mild and meek and Sally is loud, brassy and full of jokes. The dinner is a disaster but can opposites attract?
24 October 1961
Rob is torn between going to Washington, DC on business and attending Ritchie's school play.
31 October 1961
While clearing out the bedroom closet, Rob finds his old army boots, bringing back memories of how he and Laura first met.
6 November 1961
Harrison B. Harding stops by the office and claims he's an old Army buddy of Rob from Camp Crowder. Rob pretends to recognize Harrison, but he doesn't really recognize him (Harrison says he lost 57 pounds). Rob doesn't even remember anybody with that name. Rob tries to get rid of Harrison, but winds up inviting Harrison and his wife home for dinner. He then starts to suspect that Harrison is a con man with embarrassing results.
Season 1, Episode 7: Jealousy!7 November 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.
14 November 1961
Complications ensue when Mel tells Rob that he wants Laura to dance on "The Alan Brady Show".
21 November 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?
28 November 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.
5 December 1961
Rob complains about Ritchie's forgetfulness, but suddenly realizes he forgot to reserve 44 tickets for the PTA to see The Alan Brady Show. Rob begs and borrows some tickets; Buddy and Sally try to steal some tickets for him. An unexpected twist occurs at the last moment.
12 December 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.
19 December 1961
Rob and Buddy treat Sally as "one of the guys", even in the presence of Sally's date. Laura wants Rob to treat Sally like a lady. Mel and Buddy get the wrong idea.
26 December 1961
Buddy has a chance for a head writer job. Rob and Sally help Buddy get released from his contract to "The Alan Brady Show". The plan backfires, so Rob and Sally have to find an ingenious way to get Buddy re-hired.
3 January 1962
Rob recalls the hilarious events leading up to Ritchie's birth when Ritchie asks the inevitable question.
10 January 1962
Laura opens and reads Rob's mail, she giving him a Reader's Digest version of it, and even throwing away what she considers unimportant. Rob is not angry that Laura opened his mail, but he is angry that she read it before he did. Laura doesn't understand why Rob is so upset as he always lets her read his mail anyway. After apologies are made, the issue is resolved. Or is it? Out of general chit-chat, Rob tells Sally and Buddy about the event. Buddy thinks the situation is ripe for a comedy sketch for the show, to which Sally and Rob concur. Before the show airs, Laura, not knowing the topic of the sketch, tells Millie and Jerry that Rob told her that she was its inspiration. What's worse for Laura after watching the sketch is that Rob, Sally and Buddy kept the female character's name Laura, so that everyone watching the show believes that character truly is her. To add further insult to Laura, the sketch truly is funny - one of the best they've ever written - making her an even bigger laughing stock. Laura is furious with Rob, who has to make it up to her somehow. But when the next day seems to mirror what happened in the sketch, will Laura act exactly the way the maniacal wife in the sketch did?
17 January 1962
Neighbor and friend Jerry Helper teases too much! Rob gets increasingly upset as Jerry jokes around the whole neighborhood that "The Alan Brady Show" was "rotten" this past week. Rob accidentally hits him in a restaurant, and hilarity ensues!
24 January 1962
Rob remembers $25 he lent Buddy. Laura doesn't think he will collect. Rob is too embarrassed to remind Buddy and tries many ways to drop hints to Buddy. Buddy remembers something that Rob overlooked.
31 January 1962
"The Alan Brady Show" announces its annual search for the most gifted youngster, and parents are asked to send a picture of their child. All of the stage mothers in Rob's neighborhood want him to get their children private auditions. And all of Sally's neighbors. And all of Buddy's neighbors. The final straw is parents who have just moved into the neighborhood and Rob is uncharacteristically mean.
7 February 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.
14 February 1962
Buddy's wife Pickles is away for 3 weeks to take care of her mother. Buddy can't stay at home because he's too lonely. Rob discovers that Buddy has been sleeping overnight at work and insists he move into his guest room. Sally warns against it. Either Buddy and his dog Larry are keeping Rob and Laura awake, or Rob and Laura aren't letting Buddy stay up late.
21 February 1962
Rob is Father of the Week at Ritchie's school. Ritchie is afraid that Rob will embarrass him. How can Rob show a class of first graders what a comedy writer does? (What's he gonna do - type?)
28 February 1962
Sally drags the entire gang to a bowling alley when she discovers a new dance sensation that's sure to sweep the nation.
7 March 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?
14 March 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.
21 March 1962
Rob's brother Stacey has a two week furlough and sends Rob a telegram that he's coming for a visit. Rob (whom Stacey calls "Burford") isn't thrilled. He explains to Laura that his shy brother has a problem.
28 March 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?
4 April 1962
Buddy laments the decline of the American male and yearns for the "good old days". Rob starts to feel he does too much housework. He has a nightmare about the bad circumstances of the "old days".
11 April 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.
18 April 1962
Rob runs into Happy Spangler, the fellow who gave him his first break to get into show business. Learning that writing jobs have been a little lean of late for Spangler, Rob decides to repay the debt to his old mentor by agreeing to take him on temporarily as a writer for the Alan Brady Show. Rob soon comes to regret his act of kindness, however, as he realizes that Spangler is much more interested in telling stories that distract his writing staff, preventing them from getting their work done.
26 September 1962
Ritchie becomes very attached to two baby ducks that were left over from a show and adopts them. Rob faces the task of making Ritchie understand the consequence of trying to keep pets that may be happier living in the wild.
3 October 1962
Can a husband disguise his voice and fool his wife over the phone? Rob thinks he has, which could mean he's caught Laura flirting with a complete stranger - him.
10 October 1962
Rob recalls his and Laura's attempts to get married when Ritchie brings up the subject.
17 October 1962
Rob discovers Laura's secret bank account. Its mystery preoccupies his thoughts till he finally has to confront her and ask what it's for.
24 October 1962
Rob doesn't know what he's in for when he invites Buddy's charming, pool hustling brother Blackie over for dinner and a friendly game of billiards.
31 October 1962
A hypnotist visits a Petrie dinner party where Rob accidentally picks up a post-hypnotic suggestion.
7 November 1962
Ritchie finds his birth certificate and wants an explanation for his middle name being Rosebud.
14 November 1962
When handsome Ric Vallone is the guest star on the Alan Brady Show, Rob grows increasingly concerned that Sally is falling madly for the star, who is unaware of this complication.
21 November 1962
Having each had a rough day, Laura and Rob argue, but only their goldfish can report the truth as Laura and Rob later tell colorful, self-aggrandizing versions to others of what happened.
28 November 1962
Rob suspects that Buddy and Sally may be moonlighting for another comedy show (or worse - having an affair).
5 December 1962
Ritchie claims he keeps being attacked by a giant woodpecker.
12 December 1962
The Petries start quarreling after neighbor Jerry suggests Rob's recent sneezing fits are psychosomatic expressions of repressed rage at Laura. Worse yet, could Rob have become allergic to Laura?
19 December 1962
Rob suffers pangs of guilt after a dental emergency arises while Jerry's out of town, forcing Rob to accept treatment from another dentist whom Rob finds superior.
26 December 1962
While directing the annual variety show sponsored by his talented neighbors, Rob becomes frustrated by spousal jealousies as he tries to pair the perfect "Cleopatra" to "Mark Antony" for the lead roles.
2 January 1963
A successive string of neighborhood cat burglaries makes the Petries and the Helpers jumpy, all of whom get victimized despite their hyper-vigilance over every little sound.
9 January 1963
Rob sneaks in and plants a big kiss on Laura only to find it isn't Laura at all but an old flame of his from high school who's in New York for an audition.
16 January 1963
Rob recounts the wrath and fury he encountered when he broke his engagement with his hometown sweetheart, Dorothy, after he and Laura became engaged.
23 January 1963
Rob thinks he can be a guest on an infamously incendiary talk show without getting burned. Boy, was HE ever wrong. Now if he can just keep Laura from seeing the show, he might just save his marriage.
30 January 1963
Facing off with Mel over a rejected script, Rob leaves the show, fuming when Buddy and Sally don't join him.
6 February 1963
Rob enjoys a scary televised sci-fi movie while Laura cowers in fear from it, but the next day details of that movie, where Earthlings are being taken over, appear to be coming true.
13 February 1963
Laura's silence forces Rob to recount their evening out to determine what he did that made her infuriated over jeopardizing Ritchie's college future.
20 February 1963
Rob promises Laura he won't get injured on his skiing trip with Jerry, but when he sustains a full-body bang-up, he does all he can to keep it from her rather than admit her woman's intuition was correct.
27 February 1963
The Petries hire a painter for their living room who ends up doing a lot, other than what they hired him to do.
6 March 1963
The gang vacations at Rob's army buddy's new resort, but when Rob incapacitates its headlining comic, he gets the gang to help put on a show to make up for it.
20 March 1963
Rob plans to make himself scarce when he hears French heartthrob Jacques Savon is Alan's guest star, a man whose marriage Rob feels responsible for breaking up. Oddly enough, Laura feels responsible, too.
27 March 1963
In answer to an invitation, the Petries attend a swank dinner party thrown by wealthy Mrs. Huntington, which later reveals itself to be a fund-raiser where Rob's compliant gesture turns into a donation far beyond his means.
3 April 1963
Tracy Rattigan, the show's guest host while Alan Brady's on vacation, is a charming but incorrigible flirt, the extent of which Laura and Rob discover to their discomfort.
Season 2, Episode 28: Divorce10 April 1963
Suspected infidelity puts Buddy's marriage to Pickles in jeopardy, and Rob, friends to both, finds himself situated between an enraged husband and an hysterical wife.
17 April 1963
Laura's old beau re-enters the Petries' lives as Alan Brady's newest sponsor. His appearance coincides with Rob's agitation over personal finances, triggering insecurities.
24 April 1963
Rob drives himself beyond distraction trying to figure out whether Laura is going to throw him a surprise party for his birthday and, if she IS going to throw a surprise party, when and where it's going to happen.
1 May 1963
Marriage looms on Sally's horizon when she meets Freddy White, a rat fink comedian who's willing to become her husband in exchange for endless free comedy material.
8 May 1963
Rob submits a sketch about a talking bowling pin which Alan Brady loves, but trouble arises when it is revealed that a rival comedian has already used that same material.
25 September 1963
During a flashback about his early days as a parent, Rob recounts why he believed Laura and he brought home a baby belonging to someone else.
2 October 1963
Rob's unguarded gestures at an auction have him unwittingly bidding on and winning an ugly clown painting that covers another work beneath, perhaps a masterpiece.
9 October 1963
Laura disappears every time Rob's insurance agent, Ed Rubin, comes over or calls and Rob would like to know why.
16 October 1963
Rob and Laura must remarry to maintain legal marital status, but having a marital squabble before the judge may prevent it.
23 October 1963
Having unintentionally eavesdropped on the Helpers, Rob and Laura become infuriated just prior to attending their dinner party, making for a seriously disquieting evening.
30 October 1963
As director of the annual area variety show, Rob finds himself trapped between casting Laura as this year's leading woman (again) or a dazzlingly talented newcomer to the neighborhood.
6 November 1963
Following a concussion at the office, Rob winds up at a swinging party in New Jersey with no idea how he got there.
13 November 1963
Rob's energetic Uncle George comes for a visit to eagerly pressure Rob into finding him a wife.
20 November 1963
A man with suspected underworld connections asks Rob, Sally and Buddy to write a comedy routine for his no-talent nephew - a favor they fear for their lives to either decline or accept.
27 November 1963
Rob and Jerry's friendship is sorely tested when they buy a boat together.
4 December 1963
Rob hires a maid through the classifieds and ends up with a woman fresh from Barcelona who speaks no English, has a broken arm, and expects to work as a live-in.
11 December 1963
Rob struggles between his civic duty and fear for his family's safety when he believes he can identify the two robbers in a jewelry store holdup.
18 December 1963
It's the first Christmas presentation of The Alan Brady Show where he turns the spotlight upon his talented staff to entertain the TV public.
1 January 1964
Rob becomes the victim of undying gratitude and amorous attentions when he elevates a talented young chorus girl to a featured role on the show.
8 January 1964
Rob's job is threatened, and his work relationships throttled, by a news article praising him more than Alan for the success of The Alan Brady Show, all thanks to Laura.
15 January 1964
A suave bachelor moves in next door, and Rob and Laura compete as matchmakers. Rob sets him up with Sally, and Laura arranges a date with her clumsy but sophisticated cousin.
22 January 1964
By pure chance, the tall, handsome, stud bachelor Rob meets at the golf course used to write love sonnets to Laura, which she kept.
29 January 1964
A social game of poker turns sour when it's discovered Rob has been playing with a marked deck.
5 February 1964
Rob makes a lot of trouble for himself when he decides to hold Ritchie's birthday party at home rather than at an amusement park - for sixty-three screaming kids.
12 February 1964
Rob suspects his illness is psychosomatic when he develops sudden and severe back pains after he and Laura make plans to spend a weekend at Lake Sissy Manoonoo for the fourth time.
19 February 1964
Buddy and Rob are left writing the script without Sally when she becomes a hit as a regular guest on late night talk show.
26 February 1964
With Sally away, Laura wants to help Rob at the office. He resists, but his inability to find even remotely adequate help forces him to relent, and sparks fly when her success outshines his security.
4 March 1964
Rob recalls the hurdles he had having his honeymoon with Laura.
11 March 1964
A manipulative and sultry guest star has Mel replaced by Rob as producer during her appearance on the Alan Brady Show, much to Rob's discomfort.
18 March 1964
The purchase of multiple burial plots triggers a battle over primary affection between Rob's and Laura's two sets of parents.
25 March 1964
Laura dreads telling Rob about the big passenger-side scratch she found on their brand new car (which Rob adores) when she went shopping in it.
1 April 1964
Rob proposes doing what's never been done before on television - radio.
8 April 1964
Laura once commissioned an artist for a fully clothed portrait of herself, which he, taking artist license, rendered nude and now has standing in an art gallery for all to see.
15 April 1964
With Laura out of town for a few days, Rob tries to figure out what to do in his spare time. Eventually, he looks in on an old Army buddy, who is at a nightclub. Unfortunately, it results in confusion that ultimately lands Rob behind bars.
22 April 1964
Rob and Laura spot their neighbor Jerry at a fancy restaurant with a pretty blonde. They suspect him of having an affair, and his lack of candor seems to confirm their fears. They try to squirm out a confession and save his marriage.
29 April 1964
Fearing he may be going bald, Rob tries a dubious homemade remedy formulated by Buddy's barber.
13 May 1964
Laura takes a creative writing course, and the teacher extols Laura's writing abilities. Rob infers from this unwarranted attention that Mr. Caldwell is using Laura to meet him. In fact, Mr. Caldwell's interest is only in Laura.
23 September 1964
When a drunk accosts Laura and Rob in a downtown bar, Laura surprises Rob by using a judo throw that flattens the man. Rob begins to feel inadequate as the "protector" of his household and sets out to prove a point with Laura.
30 September 1964
After a mix up by Mel for reservations at a lodge, Rob, Laura, Sally and Buddy are forced to spend a frightening night in a cabin that has not been used in years and is rumored to be haunted.
7 October 1964
Roger, a babysitter in high school whom the Petries adore, develops a huge crush on Laura, and Rob, not realizing who is involved, encourages him to express his love to the object of his desire.
14 October 1964
A two-week-old feud between the Petries and the Helpers suffers a twist when a dinner invitation arrives one week late.
21 October 1964
An old friend of Rob's shows up to offer him a job with his hugely successful but racy gentlemen's magazine. Rob says he won't do it, but Laura is not so sure. Rob is sorely tempted by the wining, dining, and the beautiful girls.
28 October 1964
A red rose found in Sally's desk bespeaks of a secret admirer, but when she learns it's Bert the jocular deli man, she doesn't take it seriously (but should).
Season 4, Episode 7: 4½4 November 1964
Rob relates the story of how he and Laura became friends with Lyle Delp, a convict in prison. Lyle had robbed the Petries years ago in an elevator, but then the three were trapped together when the elevator stuck.
11 November 1964
The gang from the show agrees to put on a show for Lyle and his fellow inmates in prison. They unwisely choose to wear prisoner uniforms for their show, and Rob gets mistaken for a real prisoner.
18 November 1964
To help Rob, Millie sends raving pseudo fan letters praising Alan Brady for hosting a "brainy" documentary show on comedy that Rob wrote - only the show doesn't air, and the letters meant to help Rob could help him right out of his job.
25 November 1964
Rob recalls when Laura took a tranquilizer prescribed for Millie before meeting Rob's parents for the first time, with disastrous results.
2 December 1964
On learning they're not the highest paid writers for their highest rated show, Sally and Buddy go on strike. Rob, speaking on their behalf for raises, gets a bewildering introduction to Alan's convoluted corporate structure.
9 December 1964
Rob struggles to hide the severe symptoms of a flu virus at a family party for Laura's relatives rather than admit she was right against him golfing earlier that morning in damp conditions.
16 December 1964
Mel wants a magazine reporter to watch the writers at work, but Rob thinks they'll all end up performing for the reporter instead of getting anything done. Turns out, that's not the half of it.
30 December 1964
Neil Schenk, an old but manipulative pal of Rob's, re-enters Rob's life to, once again, milk him for repayment of a good turn he once provided Rob.
6 January 1965
A genial hobo finds the show's script that Rob lost en route home, but Rob's extended description of its irreplaceable value gives the man the idea to hold it for ransom.
13 January 1965
After Buddy targets Rob for a crank phone call, he expects a reprisal, but the longer Rob takes to pay him back, the more paranoid Buddy becomes, suspecting everything and everybody.
20 January 1965
Fresh out of the Army, Stacey Petrie arrives to open his nightclub and marry his fiancée - whom he's never met. A practice date with Sally seems in order to help combat his shyness.
27 January 1965
Stacey waits till the day before his club opening to fess up to Julie about the author of her love letters from "Jim," with the success of his new nightclub resting precariously on their meeting's outcome.
3 February 1965
Millie and Laura become two terrible stage-mothers when Rob agrees to hire sons Ritchie and Freddie for a commercial directed by Mel Cooley.
10 February 1965
Rob agrees to have a popular British singing duo spend the night at his home when they appear on Alan's show. There's one catch: he's sworn to secrecy and cannot tell anyone about it for fear of touching off a Beatlemania-like fan frenzy.
17 February 1965
Rob cries fowl when he takes a shady salesman to court for selling Laura smelly feather pillows.
24 February 1965
Buddy and Rob run a shoe store they've invested in after chasing off its only full-time salesman.
3 March 1965
Rob and Laura are in a quandary over how Ritchie can protect himself from a girl who's been persistently beating him up at school.
Season 4, Episode 24: Bupkis10 March 1965
Rob recognizes a new song playing on the radio as one he co-wrote back in his army days, and the fact that he recently may have given away all rights to it festers.
17 March 1965
To explain his annual $37.50 "friendship" check to Jerry, Rob tells his new accountant the story of how he and Laura found their new house.
24 March 1965
Sally falls head over heels over handsome, suave Anthony Stone, whom she met while on vacation in Jamaica. All is not what it seems as Rob and Buddy uncover a shocking secret about Sally's new boyfriend that will only cause heartache.
31 March 1965
While on their second honeymoon, Laura gets her toe stuck in a hotel bathtub faucet and Rob can't get through the locked bathroom door to free her.
14 April 1965
Rob and Laura have no choice but to wear gloves to an important community banquet due to an unusual accident while dying a costume for Ritchie's school play.
Season 4, Episode 29: Baby Fat21 April 1965
Alan needs Rob's help improving a script for his Broadway debut, but without anyone's knowledge.
5 May 1965
During an interview, Rob recalls his barely-remembered first meeting with Alan Brady at the tail end of a stay-awake marathon for his disc-jockey job.
12 May 1965
Laura fumes when Rob buys himself a motorcycle.
26 May 1965
Buddy always says "I could've gotten it for you wholesale" but always after the fact, so Sally dares him to prove it when Rob wants to buy Laura a fur coat.
15 September 1965
Laura accidentally spills the beans on a nationally televised talk show that Alan Brady is bald.
22 September 1965
A friend's success at being a novelist galvanizes Rob into writing his own book - if he can.
Season 5, Episode 3: Uhny Uftz29 September 1965
While suffering from exhaustion at the office, Rob sees a flying saucer. Try as he might, nobody believes him.
6 October 1965
Rob brings the ugliest dog anyone's ever seen to the studio for a dog sketch. No one stops to consider what becomes of the poor pooch once he's no longer needed.
13 October 1965
A news article prompts Rob and Laura to recall the extremely handsome Cpl. Clark Rice, who won Laura in an Army raffle and almost derailed Rob and Laura's relationship.
20 October 1965
Laura regrets hauling Rob into taking art lessons with her after the lady teacher appears to show an above-average interest in him.
27 October 1965
Rob inherits an old roll-top desk from his late great-uncle Hezekiah that contains "wealth" of some sort hinted at in a song.
3 November 1965
When Freddie Helper connects the freckles on Rob's back with his marker, an interesting picture appears, one that others feel Rob should make publicly known.
10 November 1965
The Petries wonder if they're being duped when former maid Maria sends her matador boyfriend to work for them. His personality doesn't seem that of the bullfighter he claims to be.
17 November 1965
Ritchie's been giving lectures to the other children at school about human reproduction - fanciful stories that prompt his teacher to summon Rob and Laura to discuss the matter.
24 November 1965
Rob recalls for Buddy and Sally his Army boxing days when peer pressure at the base put him in the ring with current-day middleweight champ Boom Boom Bailey.
8 December 1965
Rob and Laura clash over which of them is the better writer of a children's story.
15 December 1965
Police question Rob regarding a fracas in a barroom where a woman was injured. Rob finds himself in a jam when his accounting of his whereabouts during the fight doesn't hold water.
29 December 1965
A strong sense of déjà vu strikes Rob, bringing to mind nine summers earlier when, as Alan Brady's new head writer, he, with a mountain of debt and Laura pregnant, unexpectedly faced no income for two months.
5 January 1966
Laura gives Rob an expensive watch at a birthday party attended by several family friends, but when the watch goes missing shortly after the party, Rob reluctantly concludes that one of his close friends may be a thief.
19 January 1966
New Rochelle politicians approach Rob to be their next city councilman. Flattered, Rob considers it but soon finds his life under their complete management.
26 January 1966
As election day approaches, Rob finds his political rival extremely knowledgeable, well-prepared and well-suited for the job of councilman. Rob's strengths: a winning smile and physical height.
2 February 1966
Laura accidentally drops a recently bestowed Petrie family heirloom (as ugly as it is priceless) down the garbage disposal and tries to cover up the mishap before anyone notices.
9 February 1966
After Alan's devastating, public tongue-lashing, Rob talks Mel into standing up for himself, which succeeds in getting Mel fired.
16 February 1966
Back when Rob and Laura were newlyweds, they fled to Mexico where mistaken circumstances got them served divorce papers.
23 February 1966
For a laugh, Sally advertises for a husband on national television. Among the numerous humorous responses, one serious reply stands out.
2 March 1966
Buddy's nervous behavior, testiness and evasive lying lead Rob and Sal to think he's seeing a psychiatrist - or worse, cheating on Pickles.
9 March 1966
While in an out-of-town wedding party with Laura, troubles plague Rob in trying to watch a TV show for Alan Brady, making his ability at even attending the wedding reception dubious.
23 March 1966
When Rob, Sally and Buddy have to dig through building trash containers for a lost script, Rob finds a network memo to Alan Brady saying he must fire one writer. Rather than be split up, they seek a new gig together.
6 April 1966
A film crew takes over the Petrie house during Mille and Jerry's wedding anniversary party for an Alan Brady documentary that aims to show the megalomaniac's "human" side.
13 April 1966
Horror strikes when the writing staff realizes they've sent Alan their latest script without first inking out their derisive insults against him.
20 April 1966
Having G-men use their house to stakeout a neighbor brings out the little boy in Rob, who eagerly wants to insinuate himself in the spy game.
27 April 1966
Rob gets an opportunity to do a featured part in a movie, kissing a stunningly attractive woman - while Laura watches.
4 May 1966
A new neighbor turns out to be Laura's old school chum whose friendship predates Millie's friendship and leaves Millie feeling left out.
11 May 1966
For the Petrie-Helper fishing trip, a cold sidelines Laura. Home alone, every little bump in the night raises fearful eyebrows. Millie's return to keep her company makes things worse.
25 May 1966
While anesthetized in Jerry's dentist's chair for a tooth extraction, Rob dreams he's a sheriff in the Old West and has a showdown with Big Bad Brady.
1 June 1966
After five years of struggle, Rob finally finishes his first book. As Laura reads it, she discovers its about their life from marriage proposal to a point shortly after Ritchie's birth.
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