The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 5, Episode 21

Dear Sally Rogers (23 Feb. 1966)

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For a laugh, Sally advertises for a husband on national television. Among the numerous humorous responses, one serious reply stands out.



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Episode cast overview:
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Richard Schaal ...
Stevie Parsons (as Dick Schaal)
Bill Idelson ...


Sally is appearing on The Stevie Parsons Show for the umpteenth time, but unlike the other times, she's nervous over running out of funny stories to tell. Her concern passes when she comes up with a fresh idea based on a suggestion from Buddy and the latest laughably bad incident in her long, struggling relationship with Herman Glimscher and his mother: she's going to do a mock television commercial advertising herself as a potential girlfriend/wife. The gag may end up being funny, but Rob worries it will result in every crackpot in America responding. As usual, Sally's appearance is a hit (except with Herman and his mother) for which she indeed gets hundreds of letters responding in jest (as her self-promotion was meant to be); but, when Stevie Parsons asks Rob to pick one of those letters without Sally's knowledge (whose author Stevie plans to contact and introduce to Sally live on the air), Rob must decide, first, if he will go along with the stunt and, second, if he will choose ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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23 February 1966 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Last appearance of Sally's boyfriend Herman Glimscher in the series. See more »


You can't speak the names of private citizens on television -- especially in a derogatory way -- without risking a lawsuit. Television producers would never permit Sally to say Herman Glimscher's name on the air. See more »


Sally Rogers: I'll advertise for a husband on television. Funny?
Rob Petrie: Well, I... I... That's not what Buddy... That's not...
Rob Petrie: [to Buddy] You didn't mean THAT, did you?
Buddy Sorrell: If it's funny, I meant it.
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Music & lyrics by Stephen Foster
Performed by Bill Idelson
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