The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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Happy Birthday and Too Many More 

Rob makes a lot of trouble for himself when he decides to hold Ritchie's birthday party at home rather than at an amusement park - for sixty-three screaming kids.

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The conundrum over which specific date to hold Ritchie's eighth birthday party - the only two available being either three weeks before or three weeks after the actual day - is the least of Rob and Laura's worries. Since extravagant parties are now mandatory to "keep up with the Joneses," Laura wants to hold the event at an amusement park called Dizzyland with a guest list of sixty-three at $2 a child. Rob goes along with the idea despite thinking of the whole concept as outlandish and unnecessary, especially for an eight-year-old's party. After talking to Buddy and Sally about it, Rob puts his foot down and will only hold a party at the house, organized and hosted by them, but as the day approaches, one problem after another arises, leading to a disaster by party time. Although Laura feels that the disaster is not Rob's fault but that of society in general, she suggests that Rob keep to his word about the spirit of the birthday party for their son to get them out of the mess that has... Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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5 February 1964 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In the middle of rehearsals for this show, the cast and crew got the news that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated, in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, November 22nd, 1963. The cast then decided to go ahead and film the show, but without a studio audience present. The feeling was that no one would be in the mood to laugh at such a sombre and saddened time period. See more »

Goofs

In wide shots, Ritchie is seen at his party standing before the dining room table playing with a toy gun, but when Rob chews out the kids, there's a momentary group shot of the children with Ritchie standing stock still in the front row, six feet away from where he is otherwise seen. See more »

Quotes

Sally Rogers: Rob, do you know that my cousin spent fifty bucks for a clown for a kid's birthday?
Buddy Sorrell: You're kiddin'? We didn't even have a clown at my wedding.
Sally Rogers: But sure you did. YOU were there.
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Connections

References What's My Line? (1950) See more »

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Old MacDonald Had a Farm
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Rose Marie & Morey Amsterdam
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