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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The thousands of walnuts used for the scene of Laura descending from the closet were supplied to the show by walnut wholesalers. Dick Van Dyke recalled that the actors and crew were allowed to eat as many walnuts as they wanted -- eventually causing many of them intestinal problems from over-consumption of the low-fiber nut meat. After the show, the producers returned any unbroken walnuts to the wholesalers -- most of which ended up on store shelves. See more »


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


Robert 'Rob' Petrie: Danny Thomas put nuts in my hat!
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Featured in 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) See more »

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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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