The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 1, Episode 26

I Am My Brother's Keeper (21 Mar. 1962)

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Rob's brother Stacey has a two week furlough and sends Rob a telegram that he's coming for a visit. Rob (whom Stacey calls "Burford") isn't thrilled. He explains to Laura that his shy brother has a problem.



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Ritchie Petrie (credit only)


Rob's enlisted younger brother Stacey Petrie writes in a telegram that he has a two week furlough and is coming for a visit, and for Rob to make arrangements for him to stay in a hotel. Laura will have nothing of the one of Rob's relatives whom she would like to get to know better staying at a hotel. Beyond the argument of where Stacey will stay during his visit, Rob doesn't seem overly excited about the visit, period. When Stacey arrives, he is the exact opposite of the shy and reserved person that Rob described. That's because Stacey is a somnambulist who takes on this outgoing persona when he sleepwalks. Although he hasn't had a bout of somnambulism in years, it has just resurfaced a week ago. Doctors surmise it's because he's worried about his impending discharge from the army and worried about life after the military. Stacey tells them he has thoughts about becoming a banjo playing comedian after his discharge. What Rob and Laura witness is a not so funny Stacey, but a hilarious ... Written by Huggo

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