The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

Oh, How We Met on the Night That We Danced 

While clearing out the bedroom closet, Rob finds his old army boots, bringing back memories of how he and Laura first met.



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Episode credited cast:
Sally Rogers (credit only)
Buddy Sorrell (credit only)
Glen Turnbull ...
Mark Mullen (as Glenn Turnbull)
Jennifer Gillespie ...
Ellen Helper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nancy 'Chickee' James Kulp ...
Marcia Rochelle (as Chickie James)


After Laura finds some of Rob's old army clothes while she is cleaning up - most specifically Rob's combat boots which she secretly kept - Rob and Laura reminisce about the time that they met when he was an army sergeant and she, then named Laura Meeker, was a dancer in the USO, and how he broke her toes quickly after that meeting. For Rob, it was love at first sight, he even stating to his friend Sol that he was going to marry her. But for Laura, it was dislike at first sight, beyond the fact that she was not allowed to date any serviceman. Using his position as the show's emcee, Rob was able to become chummy with Laura's dance partner, Mark Mullen, the two who ultimately provided Laura with a surprise on stage in more ways than one. The rest, as they say, is history. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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31 October 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rob Petrie's being stationed at Camp Crowder originated from writer/producer Carl Reiner's stationed in the same location while serving in the Army. See more »


When Laura states her name, she says Laura Meehan. They (Rob and her own dance partner) refer to her several times after that as Laura Meeker. See more »


Laura Petrie: [after they tell Ritchie about their meeting] So you see, Ritch, if Daddy didn't step on your mommy's foot, you might never have been born.
Ritchie Petrie: You should've stepped on both feet, Daddy.
Rob Petrie: Why, Ritch?
Ritchie Petrie: Then I would've had a twin brother.
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You Wonderful You
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Jack Brooks and Saul Chaplin
Performed by Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore
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