The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 5, Episode 30

Long Nights Journey Into Day (11 May 1966)

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For the Petrie-Helper fishing trip, a cold sidelines Laura. Home alone, every little bump in the night raises fearful eyebrows. Millie's return to keep her company makes things worse.


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Episode cast overview:
Sally Rogers (credit only)
Buddy Sorrell (credit only)
Larry Mathews ...
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Ogden Talbot ...


The Petrie and Helper families head off on an overnight camping and fishing trip - all but Laura, who stays behind to nurse a cold. Not wanting to admit her nervousness about staying alone in the house, Laura welcomes the company of Herschel, the Helper's myna bird. Millie, who later concludes that the camping trip will be no fun for her without Laura, returns to spend the night with her best friend, but it doesn't help. Their personal jitters at being alone feed off each other, fraying Laura and Millie's nerves at every little bump in the night, in which they imagine the worst. And what could be worse than a power outage right before a man does indeed enter the house? Written by Huggo / revised by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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11 May 1966 (USA)  »

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The title comes from the movie Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962). See more »


The size of Laura's splotch changes size and tone when she passes through the kitchen door. See more »


Herschel: Don't be nervous, don't be nervous!
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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