While listening to the radio, Rob hears a novelty pop song called "Bupkis" that sounds familiar to him. It's because he wrote it with a colleague named Buzzy Potter when the two were in the army. Apparently, Buzzy failed to give Rob any writing credit for the song. That's because two months earlier, Buzzy, down on his luck, came by Rob's office wanting to revive his and Rob's song writing partnership. When Buzzy asked about peddling the old songs, Rob verbally gave Buzzy outright ownership of the songs. Buddy and Sally believe that Buzzy probably already had a deal at the time to get the song recorded, and as such that Rob should sue, or at least speak to a lawyer about the issue. When Rob's attempts to be gracious with Buzzy result in a contemptible reaction from Buzzy, Rob decides he needs to get some sort of emotional satisfaction out of the situation, perhaps in the form of beating up Buzzy. In the process, Rob learns a little more about the true history of "Bupkis". Written by
Did You Know?
Gornit is a 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 and after she saw the show (she was in the audience), she told him that the show couldn't be aired. "Oy vey", used later in the show translates as "woe is me". See more
When Rob Petrie, acted by 'Dick van Dyke (I)' went to call the telephone to call the radio station about the song "Bupkis," he dials the phone number first, and then realizes that he should have looked up the number in the phone directory that was present in the scene just for that purpose. So, with the phone to his ear *after* dialing the number, he flips through the phone book, finds a number, and says "Right!" as if he knew the number, but was just confirming it. Dick van Dyke (as Rob) smiles as he starts the phone conversation with the radio station, knowing that he blew the scene. Evidently, the director thought that no one would notice, so they used that take anyway. See more
It's a Funny War
Performed by Dick Van Dyke
& Robert Ball See more