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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6 February 1963 (USA)  »

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Dick Van Dyke personally mentioned his top five favorites, of the six season series. They are The Dick Van Dyke Show: Where Did I Come From? (1962). He said "Where Did I Come From?" is his all-time favorite, of the series. The four others, typed in order, from earliest to latest are: The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Attempted Marriage (1962), The Dick Van Dyke Show: It May Look Like a Walnut (1963), The Dick Van Dyke Show: I'd Rather Be Bald Than Have No Head at All (1964) & "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961) {Never Bathe on Saturday (#4.27)}_. See more »


During the famous closet scene, Rob's thumbs are clearly visible. See more »


Robert 'Rob' Petrie: Laura was getting even with me this morning because I scared her last night.
Buddy Sorrell: You scared her? What'd you do? Show up?
Robert 'Rob' Petrie: [Chuckling] Nah, I was pretending that I was this guy, Kolak, who breathes water.
Sally Rogers: Oh, yeah. The four-eyed monster they threw out of the U.N. He came from the planet Twilo.
Robert 'Rob' Petrie: Did you see that picture?
Sally Rogers: No. Did they make a picture outta that?
Robert 'Rob' Petrie: Last night, on television.
Sally Rogers: Noooo. I was at the U.N. the day it happened. Listen, if this guy didn't have those four eyes, I'd have married him.
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I couldn't believe what I was seeing
29 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I never saw this episode until maybe... the 80s?... long after I thought I had seen every Dick Van Dyke Show episode there ever was. Imagine my surprise as the story unfolded.

It is the most gob-smackingly strange and compelling half hour of sitcom TV I've ever seen. It was so odd I couldn't even stay in my chair as I watched it. I could not reconcile what I was seeing with the world of Rob and Laura Petrie I thought I knew and yet there wasn't one false note about it, it is so perfectly executed.

Up until the very end I was wondering how they were ever going to pull this out of the fire.

Whoever wrote this deserves a place in TV Valhalla.

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