The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 5, Episode 29

Love Thy Other Neighbor (4 May 1966)

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Purely out of coincidence, Mary Jane Staggs née Gibbs, a friend of Laura's from their grammar school days, moves in next door to the Petries with her husband, Fred Staggs. When Millie first... See full summary »

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Purely out of coincidence, Mary Jane Staggs née Gibbs, a friend of Laura's from their grammar school days, moves in next door to the Petries with her husband, Fred Staggs. When Millie first meets Mary Jane at the Petrie house, she feels like a third wheel as Laura and Mary Jane are so preoccupied about catching up after all these years. Millie feels slighted and jealous of Mary Jane's friendship with Laura. Millie tries to get Jerry to feel the same way about Rob and his resulting friendship with Fred, which he refuses to do until he finds out that Rob, who had four free tickets to a new Broadway show, gave the two extras to Fred and Mary Jane. Rob only did so because he knew Jerry would hate the show. Rob and Laura come to the realization that Jerry and Millie are jealous of their friendship with the Staggs. Rob and Laura try to figure out a way to make Millie and Jerry not feel like they are becoming the lost neighbors while not pandering to what Rob considers their childish ... Written by Huggo

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This was the last 'regular' episode, before the "Gunslinger" finale. I felt like this was an attempt by the writers to depict the suburban world of the 60s as realistically as possible. It was their last shot, so why not? The subject matter is Surburban Angst. The dialog is very 'with it'. The new neighbor Fred Stagg comes over and is asked by Laura if she can mix him a drink. Very sophisticated for 1966. Fred and Jerry are Hi-Fi bugs, and they start "talking sound". They all go to see a play by 'Thornton Alsbury'--a fictionalized combo of Thornton Wilder & Edward Albie. On their night out, The Staggs end up abandoning the Helpers, and get a little drunk-which later they're 'absolutely sick about'. The whole episode could've been written by John Cheever. But you can tell the writers (McCraven & Kleinschmitt) don't want to get TOO highbrow so the whole episode ends with everyone giving the play they saw a Bronx Cheer. It makes me wonder how an extra season (probably in color) would have been.


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