The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

It Wouldn't Hurt Them to Give Us a Raise 

On learning they're not the highest paid writers for their highest rated show, Sally and Buddy go on strike. Rob, speaking on their behalf for raises, gets a bewildering introduction to Alan's convoluted corporate structure.


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Episode cast overview:
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Doug Wesley


Buddy and Sally learn through a trade publication article that the writers for the Cliff Barnett Show - one that is not nearly as funny or as popular as Alan's show - are the highest paid writers in the business. In addition to the fact that Alan actually owns the Cliff Barnett Show, Buddy and Sally feel under-appreciated and want a 10% raise, each - not so much for the money but for the principle - or else they'll quit the show. Rob agrees to act as their intermediary, and Alan sends Rob to his business manager, Doug Wesley, to talk over the issue. Despite Alan's companies doing very well and Alan himself being a very wealthy man, Doug bamboozles Rob with corporate gobbledygook about certain business subsidiaries doing better than others, each being the official employer of different areas of the show. The one that pays Buddy and Sally is currently doing very poorly, hence a raise for the two of them is impossible, but because the subsidiary that pays Rob is doing so well, Doug gives... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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2 December 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Deacon (regular cast member Mel Cooley), and Roger C Carmel (accountant Doug Wesley) both played Roger Buell on The Mothers-In-Law. See more »


After Rob says, "I'm stupid," and Doug agrees, it's apparent that filming stopped and resumed later. Besides a slight difference in Rob's attitude, Rob's hands, which were hanging at his sides, are now clasped together behind him as if waiting to get back into the scene. See more »


Doug Wesley: Alan Bray works for Alan Brady Productions.
Rob Petrie: Yeah, but he owns it.
Doug Wesley: Ah, but Alan Brady Productions is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries.
Rob Petrie: [clears throat] What, uh... what's a Reliance Industries?
Doug Wesley: Reliance Industries owns The Cliff Barnett Show and they run a fleet of shrimp boats in the Gulf of Mexico.
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