The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 4, Episode 7

(4 Nov. 1964)

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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.


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Rob, Buddy and Sally have been asked to do a benefit show at Granville State Prison by its entertainment director, convict Lyle Delp. Rob and Laura and Lyle are old friends who first met when Laura was pregnant with Ritchie. At that time, Rob took Laura to the doctor's office when she started experiencing what may have been pre-labor pains. Rob and Laura were alone in the elevator at the medical building with Lyle, who promptly held them up. The stick up went from bad to worse (for all of them) when the elevator got stuck. Their collective goal then became how to get out of the elevator safely and quickly, especially with a pregnant Laura becoming more pregnant with every second. This process gave them much time really to get to know each other, sort of. Written by Huggo

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4 November 1964 (USA)  »

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The title is a takeoff on the Federico Fellini film, (1963), perhaps referring to the show's fourth season. See more »


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15 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Contrary to the note in the trivia section, the title of this episode has absolutely nothing to with it being halfway through the fourth season. It is a reference to the fact that the elevator gets stuck between the fourth and fifth floor. When Rob asks Lyle if this is the fifth floor, Lyle says, "No, four and a half." Or words to that effect. It also introduces Don Rickles to television audiences. Not a bad episode. Even with Buddy's bad joke about a duck "quacking up." Yet it is still not as good as most of the episodes surrounding it. BTW, I am currently in the middle of reading Dick Van Dyke's autobiography, "My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business." I highly recommend it. It has some great anecdotes and even includes lyrics to the theme song written by Morey Amsterdam!

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