Rob and Laura learn from their accountant that they'll have to cut some corners and penny-pinch for the next little while until their financial situation improves. Despite Rob making a half-decent living, he is dismayed, feeling he should be able to provide a more comfortable standard of living for Laura and Ritchie. Rob's dismay changes to paranoia, persecution, insecurity, fear and envy when he runs into Jim Darling, the show's new wealthy and good-looking sponsor, who also happens to be Laura's old beau. Rob fears that if Laura sees Jim again she may decide she made the wrong choice in who she married; so, Rob does whatever he can to hide the fact of Jim reentering his life, especially when Jim wants to host a cocktail party for the show's staff and their spouses while he's in town and especially wants to see Laura. Laura eventually finds out but may regret the party after seeing Rob and Jim together. Written by
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According to Van Dyke, guest star Robert Vaughan was taken aback and slightly frustrated at the cast's loose and playful attitude toward rehearsals and last minute script changes. See more
In order for Jim Darling to recognize Laura's name, Rob had to refer to her by her maiden name but he can't think of it right away. Rob pauses, looks up and thinks for a moment before coming up with the name, saying, "Her last name was, uh, Laura Meehan". No husband has to think for even a moment to remember the name his wife had when he first met her. See more
It's kind of interesting and very flattering to see a man destroy himself for the love of a beautiful woman.