Alan needs Rob's help improving a script for his Broadway debut, but without anyone's knowledge.


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Episode cast overview:
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Buck Brown
Lionel Dann
Harper Worthington Yates


The new play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Harper Worthington Yates (his first comedy, called "Baby Fat") will debut on Broadway with Alan in the lead. It will mark Alan's much desired Broadway debut, but Alan thinks the play, as a comedy, stinks and wants Rob to doctor the script by adding more big laughs. The problem: Yates is to know nothing of Alan's dissatisfaction or Rob's doctoring. Alan plans to memorize Rob's rewritten lines and pass them off as ad libs during rehearsals. As such, Rob, taking the job out of fear of being fired, can't tell anyone besides Laura what he's doing, which Laura doesn't think will amount to anything positive for Rob. The "ghost" part of Rob's ghost writing job becomes jeopardized when Harper introduces rewrites that panic Alan into calling Rob to the rehearsal. Introduced as Alan's tailor, Rob may not be able to contain his feelings about his unofficial changes to what is increasingly becoming a better script. Written by Huggo / revised by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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21 April 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Carl Reiner, Rob's job of ghost writing in secret for Harper Worthington Yates on behalf of Alan Brady, was based on writer Garry Marshall's experiences writing undercover for comedian Joey Bishop on Broadway. See more »


In a corner in Alan's office, there is a large hinge visible holding two sections of the set's walls together. See more »


Alan Brady: You know, Rob, you've got my guts in your hands.
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