The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 2, Episode 1

Never Name a Duck (26 Sep. 1962)

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Ritchie becomes very attached to two baby ducks that were left over from a show and adopts them. Rob faces the task of making Ritchie understand the consequence of trying to keep pets that may be happier living in the wild.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Larry Mathews ...
Jerry Hausner ...
Mr. Fletcher
Jane Dulo ...
Miss Singleton
Geraldine Wall ...
Miss Glasset
Frank Adamo ...
Veterinarian's Assistant


Mel has a box of props, primarily toys, that he is letting Rob distribute amongst himself, Sally and Buddy. None of the toys are really appropriate for Ritchie, but the one set of props that no one really knows what to do with is a pair of live baby ducks. Despite once having brought home some chicks for Ritchie that died the same day, which devastated both Laura and Ritchie, Rob decides to bring them home as he falls in love with them. Laura is against having the ducks if only because of what happened to the chicks, but once Ritchie sees them and names them - Oliver and Stanley - they know they can't refuse them to Ritchie. Three months later and after the death of Oliver, Stanley, now full grown, is a beloved member of the family to Ritchie, but he isn't looking too healthy, much like Oliver did before he died. After speaking to the veterinarian, Rob learns that what Stanley is suffering from is the need to live the outdoor life of a duck with other ducks, and as such, Rob releases ... Written by Huggo

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When Jerry Hausner is trying to get the kangaroo out of the vet's office and it doesn't want to cooperate, some of the footage is actually played backwards to give the effect the animal is backing up. See more »


Maurice (Buddy) Sorrell: [upon Mel entering] Hey, look who's here - Genie with the light brown scalp!
[observing Mel's box of props]
Maurice (Buddy) Sorrell: NOW I know what a producer does - delivers the garbage.
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