Ritchie claims he keeps being attacked by a giant woodpecker.



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Ritchie Petrie
Millie Helper
Cliff Norton ...
Game Warden


Ritchie comes running into the house scared and in tears. He claims that he was being eaten by a giant woodpecker. Laura knows he is obviously crying wolf - or in this case crying woodpecker - but she does whatever she can to calm him down. When a concerned Laura, not knowing what to do, tells Rob, they try to figure out the cause for Ritchie needing this attention. Regardless, Rob believes that playing along with Ritchie and saying that he killed the woodpecker may finally calm Ritchie down for good, but when what they believe the cause for needing that attention no longer exists (a fight with neighbor Freddie Helper) and Ritchie again comes crying into the house saying that he was being eaten by that giant woodpecker, Rob and Laura come to a different conclusion based on information from Millie. Rob and Laura's problem then becomes how not to sound like they too are crying wolf - or crying woodpecker - without sounding crazy. Rob ultimately feels he has no choice but to take matters... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family






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5 December 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The woodpecker that attacked Richie's head appears to be a male Williamson's Sapsucker, which is indeed a woodpecker. The female is must more nondescript. It is native to the western United States. (One would never be found near New Rochelle, NY, but filming was done on the west coast, and this particular bird fit the story.) See more »


Buddy Sorrell: You know why your kid makes up these weird stories about being attacked by big birds?
Rob Petrie: Why?
Buddy Sorrell: 'Cause you live in the suburbs.
Sally Rogers: What're you talking about?
Buddy Sorrell: Well, if he lived in the city like any normal kid, he'd be attacked by a nice street gang.
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