The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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Love Thy Other Neighbor 

A new neighbor turns out to be Laura's old school chum whose friendship predates Millie's friendship and leaves Millie feeling left out.



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Episode cast overview:
Sally Rogers (credit only)
Buddy Sorrell (credit only)
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Suzanne Taylor ...
Mary Jane Staggs (as Sue Taylor)
Fred Staggs


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 with Laura and Mary Jane so preoccupied about catching up after all these years. Feeling slighted and jealous of Mary Jane's friendship with Laura, Millie tries to get Jerry to feel the same way about Rob's subsequent friendship with Fred. Jerry refuses to until he finds out that Rob, having four free tickets to a new Broadway show, gave the two extras to Fred and Mary Jane (which Rob only did as he knew Jerry would hate the show). Rob and Laura come to realize that Jerry and Millie are jealous of their friendship with the Staggs and, thus, try to figure out ways to make the Helpers not feel like they are becoming the lost neighbors (while also not pandering to what Rob considers their childish behavior). Through it all, Rob and ... Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

4 May 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is a parody of the biblical commandment to "Love Thy Neighbor". See more »


Laura Petrie: Mary Jane Gibbs...
Mary Jane Staggs: Laura Meehan...
Millie Helper: Millie Helper...
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References Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour (1948) See more »

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15 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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