A series of events occur that make Laura believe that Rob no longer sees her as the beautiful, young and lovable wife she hopes she still is. These events include Rob wanting to sleep in on his day off instead of waking up to eat breakfast with her, Rob being irked by her romantically playful attempts to wake him up, Rob not caring how he looks around her, Rob calling her his "old lady", and Rob pulling out a white hair from her head. Rob eventually sees that Laura is upset, but she won't tell him why if he doesn't know. Rob asks Buddy and Sally for advice, they collectively coming to the conclusion that Rob perhaps is not paying enough attention to her and not telling her often enough that he loves her. Laura turns to Millie, who thinks that Laura has to spice up their marriage every once in while by doing something different and daring, like dying her hair blonde. Once Laura does the deed, she's sorry she did it for more than one reason and tries to hide the fact of her new bleached... Written by
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Although "My Blonde-Haired Brunette" (when Laura dyes her hair blonde) was the ninth episode filmed during the first season, it was the second episode to be aired. Carl Reiner
was so impressed with Mary Tyler Moore
's rapid development that he wanted to showcase her in an episode as soon as possible. See more
Sally asks Rob if he has a single brother, and Rob says that his brother is married. However, Stacey, Rob's brother (whom we meet later in the season) is not married and indeed does develop an on-again/off-again relationship with Sally. See more
[Laura tries to awaken Rob with a kiss but he brushes her aside
Robert 'Rob' Petrie
[mostly still asleep
Don't do that!
"Don't do that?" He used to love me to do that. Hm! My Prince Charming! - promised to slay dragons for me - won't even get up to have breakfast with me on his day off. Well, I guess it's natural for a husband to behave this way after so many years of marriage, but I still feel like eating breakfast with HIM.