The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 5, Episode 20

Remember the Alimony (16 Feb. 1966)

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When Ritchie brings out a secret document of Rob and Laura's while Buddy and Sally are over for dinner, Rob and Laura, who were initially not going to divulge the nature of the document, ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Larry Mathews ...
Sol Pomerantz
Don Diamond ...
Shelah Hackett ...
José Nieto ...
Mariachio #1 (as Jose Nieto)
Guillermo de Anda ...
Mariachio #2


When Ritchie brings out a secret document of Rob and Laura's while Buddy and Sally are over for dinner, Rob and Laura, who were initially not going to divulge the nature of the document, decide to reveal that it is their divorce papers issued by Mexico. The story... They had been married for about three months, Rob was still in the army and they were stationed in a small Texas border town called Anchor. To get away from the problems that living in Anchor was causing on their marriage, they decided to take a romantic getaway across the border into El Diablo, Mexico. What they didn't know was that El Diablo was the place were people went to get a quick and cheap divorce. For several reasons, the vacation ended up not being a romantic getaway. The problems Rob and Laura faced there were heightened by a flamenco dancer named Maxine and previous problems from Anchor following them to El Diablo. During an argument at the hotel, Rob and Laura told their story to Juan, who provided a ... Written by Huggo

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The title is based on the cry of the Texans after the massacre at the Battle of the Alamo, "Remember the Alamo!" See more »


References The Desert Rats (1953) See more »

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18 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've always liked DVD flashbacks and this episode is a particularly good one. Rob & Laura tell how they almost got divorced in the first months of their marriage--it shows that Rob & Laura had their share of rocky times. The flashback begins in Anchor, Texas--great name. They escape to a hotel in Mexico--to find an air-conditioned lobby and a charming desk clerk who says he's so close to the border, that he's not always sure which language he's speaking--(as he talks, he asks Rob & Laura 'what's this?' and Rob says 'English'.) There's a great mariachi trio with a sultry seductress, Rob's army buddies, a Mexican lawyer played by Bernie (Siegfried) Kopell of 'Get Smart'fame. Whenever the Dick Van Show did a flashback, the sets were never too elaborate, but the good writing made good sets unnecessary.

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