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Episode List


Season 5

15 Sep. 1965
Coast to Coast Big Mouth
Laura accidentally spills the beans on a nationally televised talk show that Alan Brady is bald.
22 Sep. 1965
A Farewell to Writing
A friend's success at being a novelist galvanizes Rob into writing his own book - if he can.
29 Sep. 1965
Uhny Uftz
While suffering from exhaustion at the office, Rob sees a flying saucer. Try as he might, nobody believes him.
6 Oct. 1965
The Ugliest Dog in the World
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 Oct. 1965
No Rice at My Wedding
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 Oct. 1965
Draw Me a Pear
Laura regrets hauling Rob into taking art lessons with her after the lady teacher appears to show an above-average interest in him.
27 Oct. 1965
The Great Petrie Fortune
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 Nov. 1965
Odd But True
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 Nov. 1965
Viva Petrie
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 Nov. 1965
Go Tell the Birds and the Bees
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 Nov. 1965
Body and Sol
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 Dec. 1965
See Rob Write, Write Rob Write
Rob and Laura clash over which of them is the better writer of a children's story.
15 Dec. 1965
You're Under Arrest
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 Dec. 1965
Fifty-Two, Forty-Five or Work
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 Jan. 1966
Who Stole My Watch
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 Jan. 1966
I Do Not Choose to Run
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 Jan. 1966
The Making of a Councilman
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 Feb. 1966
The Curse of the Petrie People
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 Feb. 1966
The Bottom of Mel Cooley's Heart
After Alan's devastating, public tongue-lashing, Rob talks Mel into standing up for himself, which succeeds in getting Mel fired.
16 Feb. 1966
Remember the Alimony
Back when Rob and Laura were newlyweds, they fled to Mexico where mistaken circumstances got them served divorce papers.
23 Feb. 1966
Dear Sally Rogers
For a laugh, Sally advertises for a husband on national television. Among the numerous humorous responses, one serious reply stands out.
2 Mar. 1966
Buddy Sorrell Man and Boy
A preoccupied Buddy Sorrell begins begging off early from work and making surreptitious phone calls from the office, making co-writers Sally and Rob wonder what's going on. When Buddy again says he needs off early to go to his mother's place in Brooklyn, Sally thereafter spots him in Manhattan. On the phone, Rob talks with Buddy's wife Pickles, who believes he's at his mom's, too. Rob and Sally speculate whether Buddy's seeing a psychiatrist about his sour marriage or pushing Pickles to the side for a sweetheart.
9 Mar. 1966
Bad Reception in Albany
Rob and Laura are in Albany to attend the wedding of Laura's cousin Edabeth. Laura is the matron of honor, while Rob is an usher. Rob sends Laura off to the church alone early as he, on order from Alan, has to stay in their hotel room to watch a fashion show on television to view the work of someone Alan is contemplating hiring as an on-air partner. Despite Laura's concerns, Rob figures he has plenty of time as it's now seven thirty, the show starts at eight o'clock ending at eight thirty, and the wedding ceremony starts at nine o'clock. The evening doesn't end up ...
23 Mar. 1966
Talk to the Snail
Rob, Sally, and Buddy lose the script and have to dig through the outside trash container. Rob finds a memo from Alan Brady that seems like he wants to fire one writer. Rob starts looking for another job so he is the one cut.
6 Apr. 1966
A Day in the Life of Alan Brady
The entire office, including the writers' room, is getting a face-lift in preparation for a film crew who are shooting a television documentary on Alan's life. Wanting to put himself in as good a light as possible, Alan wants to stage any of the events filmed, including one at Rob's house with him having an impromptu, casual coffee with his head writer and his family. The coffee is to show that he mingles with the "little people". After Rob agrees, he remembers that he already has a previous engagement at their house for that scheduled time, that engagement being ...
13 Apr. 1966
Obnoxious, Offensive, Egomaniac, Etc.
On weeks where they are feeling especially frustrated with Alan's dictatorial nature, Rob, Buddy and Sally type in disparaging remarks about Alan in their copy of the week's script, inking out those insults in the official copy that eventually goes to Alan. As they and Laura are in the office getting dressed to go to an opening night of a new play - tickets for which were provided by Alan - Sally comes to the realization that none of the three inked out the insults in this week's script that went to Alan. They feel they have no other choice but to try and break into ...
20 Apr. 1966
The Man from My Uncle
It's the beginning of a three day weekend for Rob,and he's in a giddy mood because of it. His mood is heightened when Mr. Phillips, a federal agent, stops by wanting to use their house as a stake-out post to watch the goings-on of their neighbor, Mr. Gerard. It isn't Mr. Gerard they are after, but his criminal nephew. Laura doesn't really like the idea of their house being used for a stake-out, but Rob thrives on the idea of a little excitement. Believing it being for the public good, they agree. The agent they send is Harry Bond. While Laura generally feels nervous ...
27 Apr. 1966
You Ought to Be in Pictures
Leslie Merkle, one of Rob's old army buddies who now makes novelty movies, calls Rob. Rob is afraid Les is going to want him to write a script for him. So Rob is surprised when Les wants him to star in one of his movies. It is an experimental movie about the life of real life pseudo-celebrity Rita Rivera, a European woman renowned for her many lovers. The movie is to be shot from Rita's perspective, meaning the camera will play Rita, with all the men's parts played by those who work in that actual profession to add a sense of realism. For example, Rob is to play a ...
4 May 1966
Love Thy Other Neighbor
Purely out of coincidence, Mary Jane Staggs née Gibbs, a friend of Laura's from their grammar school days, moves in next door to the Petries with her husband, Fred Staggs. When Millie first meets Mary Jane at the Petrie house, she feels like a third wheel as Laura and Mary Jane are so preoccupied about catching up after all these years. Millie feels slighted and jealous of Mary Jane's friendship with Laura. Millie tries to get Jerry to feel the same way about Rob and his resulting friendship with Fred, which he refuses to do until he finds out that Rob, who had four ...
11 May 1966
Long Night's Journey Into Day
The Petrie and Helper families are heading off on an overnight camping and fishing trip. The only person not going is Laura, who is nursing a cold. Laura doesn't want to admit that she is nervous about staying alone in the house. As such, she even welcomes the company of Herschel, the Helper's myna bird. Millie, who came to the conclusion that the camping trip would be no fun without Laura, comes back to spend the evening with her best friend, which doesn't help as their collective jitteriness in being alone increases as each feeds off of the nervousness of the other....
25 May 1966
The Gunslinger
To extract Rob's impacted wisdom tooth, Jerry needs to place him under a general anesthetic. Rob is concerned about the procedure if only because he needs to get back to work to write a western sketch for the show which is due that day. While under the effects of the anesthetic, Rob begins not only to dream subconsciously about the sketch, but also place himself, his family and friends in that western setting within his dream. Gunless Sheriff Rob wants to rid the west of all the bad guys, with Big Bad Brady, a former associate of his when Rob was a gunslinger, at the ...
1 Jun. 1966
The Last Chapter
Rob and Laura decide to put aside all else for one evening after Rob tells Laura that he has finished the manuscript for his book. Laura will read the manuscript while a nervous Rob watches her reading, he trying to gage her reaction. Their plans change when Laura refuses to let him watch. As Laura starts reading, she is excited to learn that the book is the story of their life, and she begins to reminisce about the situations written. Regardless of Laura's reaction, Rob is equally as anticipatory about the reaction of the publisher to whom he sent the manuscript.

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