The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 4, Episode 24

Bupkis (10 Mar. 1965)

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Rob recognizes a new song playing on the radio as one he co-wrote back in his army days, and the fact that he recently may have given away all rights to it festers.


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Episode cast overview:
Frank 'Sticks' Mandalay
Robert Ball ...
Buzzy Potter
Patty Regan ...
Tim Herbert ...
Charlie Dugdale ...
Mr. Doldan
Dick St. John ...
The Dum-Dums (voice) (as Dick)
Deedee Sperling ...
The Dum-Dums (voice) (as Dee Dee)


While listening to the radio, Rob hears a novelty pop song called "Bupkis" that sounds terribly familiar - he co-wrote it with a colleague named Buzzy Potter back when the two were in the army. Buzzy has failed to give Rob any writing credit for the song because, two months earlier, he swung by Rob's office ostensibly wanting to revive their songwriting partnership. When Buzzy asked about peddling their old songs, Rob verbally gave him outright ownership of them. Buddy and Sally believe Buzzy probably had a recording deal already lined up at the time and, as such, should be sued. At least Rob should consult a lawyer about it, but when Rob's personal attempt to be gracious with Buzzy results in a contemptible response, Rob decides he needs to get some sort of emotional satisfaction out of the situation instead, perhaps in the form of beating up Buzzy. In the process, Rob learns a little more about the true history of "Bupkis." Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family






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10 March 1965 (USA)  »

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"Gornit" is the Yiddish word meaning "nothing." "Bupkis" is an idiom meaning worthless, translating as "beans" or "animal droppings;" therefore, something worth "bupkis" is as worthless as beans or animal droppings. Sam Denoff heard this word from his mother, but after she saw the show (from amidst the studio audience), she told him that they couldn't air it. "Oy vey," used later in the show, translates as "woe is me." See more »


When Rob calls the radio station about the song "Bupkis," he dials the phone number then realizes he should have first looked up the number in the phone directory (present in the scene for that purpose); so, with the phone to his ear *after* dialing the number, he flips through the phone book, finds a number, then says "Right!" as if he knew the number but was just confirming it. 'Dick van Dyke (I)' (as Rob) smiles as he starts his conversation with the radio station, knowing that he blew the scene. They used the take anyway. See more »


Laura Petrie: Rob, would you just think what we could get with one million pennies?
Rob Petrie: Copper poisoning?
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