The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 2, Episode 20

It May Look Like a Walnut (6 Feb. 1963)

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Rob enjoys a scary televised sci-fi movie while Laura cowers in fear from it, but the next day details of that movie, where Earthlings are being taken over, appear to be coming true.



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A terrifying science-fiction TV program grips Rob while Laura cowers under her bed covers, trying in vain to ignore the show and its blood-chilling music. When the show ends, Rob further tortures Laura by acting out the tale of Kolak, a visitor from the planet Twilo who resembles Danny Thomas and deploys walnuts to destroy Earth's technological capacity by excising all Earthlings' thumbs and imaginations. Rob awakes in the morning to a living room strewn with walnuts and an eerily calm Laura preparing scrambled walnuts for Rob's breakfast. Is Rob dreaming, is Laura having her revenge, or is the valiant comedy writer the only one who can save the planet from descending into the pit of man's fears? Written by David Stevens

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Dick Van Dyke personally mentioned his top five favorites, of the series. They are The Dick Van Dyke Show: Where Did I Come From? (1962), The Dick Van Dyke Show: It May Look Like a Walnut (1963), _"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961) {The Attempted Marriage (#2.3)_, The Dick Van Dyke Show: I'd Rather Be Bald Than Have No Head at All (1964) and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961) {Never Bathe on Saturday (#4.27)}_. See more »


After the famous closet scene (done in one take), Rob gets the feeling that he is dreaming and asks Laura to hit him to wake him up, but he says, "I gotta get my thumb backs!", not "...thumbs back", most likely due to not wanting to have to re-shoot a cumbersome scene. See more »


Robert 'Rob' Petrie: Oh, what a nightmare! What a night... I dreamed that I was a Twylo-ite. And I lost my sense of humor and my thumbs!
Robert 'Rob' Petrie: [looking at his thumbs] Oh!
[kisses them fervently]
Laura Petrie: I dreamt that Danny Thomas was chasing me and throwing walnuts at me, and every place he'd hit me I'd lose a thumb and grow an eye!
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Spoofs Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Brilliant is too mild a word
2 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If only there was a word to describe this historically and hysterically funny episode. A once in a lifetime laugh fest that belongs up there right next to classic Seinfeld episodes like The Contest and The Soup Nazi.

It is hard to imagine that as reported in the trivia section Sheldon Leonard hated this story since he really was a brilliant producer. It would have been tragic had anyone listened to him.

So funny that it is hard to believe the cast kept a straight face during this. The one take at a time closet moment is TV history to say the least.

A must see for young people who wonder what we old folks are always complaining about when we say that TV comedy is dreadful today compared to fifty years ago

If the current appalling edition of Saturday Night Live did a parody today like this, it would make headlines around the world and convince people like myself that we were transported back to a glorious comedy past in some sort of time machine.

a 9.4 rating? Get serious..this one is off the charts.

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