The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 5, Episode 25

A Day in the Life of Alan Brady (6 Apr. 1966)

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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.



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Episode cast overview:
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Lou Wills Jr. ...
Hi (as Lou Wills)
Kim Ford ...
Dancing Girl
John C. Chulay ...
Cameraman (as John Chulay)


The entire office, including the writers' room, gets a face-lift in preparation for a film crew shooting a falsified television documentary on Alan's life. To guarantee himself shown in as good a light as possible, Alan stages all events filmed, including one planned for Rob's house with him having an impromptu, casual coffee with his head writer and his family to show that he mingles with the "little people." After agreeing, Rob belatedly remembers he already has a previous engagement scheduled at home during that time - Jerry and Millie's wedding anniversary party. It raises a totally different problem for Rob as Alan now wants the film crew at the party (where he'll dictate what happens). Conversely, Millie, who really doesn't like Alan, wants the film crew to come anyway to give her and Jerry and all their loving friends (including her flirtatious cousin Blanche and Blanche's jealous lush of a husband Hi) national television exposure, but on her own terms. Caught in the middle, ... Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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6 April 1966 (USA)  »

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In the party scene, Frank Adamo and Eddie Paskey can be seen talking together. Both would later achieve cult status as frequently seen but often uncredited background players connected with a series, Frank as numerous characters in "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and Eddie in the main as Lt. Leslie in "Star Trek." See more »


[Rob okays Alan filming at his home, then calls Laura about it]
Sally Rogers: Listen, how can you say yes without checking?
Rob Petrie: I always do that.
Sally Rogers: And she doesn't mind?
Rob Petrie: Oh, yeah, but it makes the marriage exciting and dangerous.
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