A red rose found in Sally's desk bespeaks of a secret admirer, but when she learns it's Bert the jocular deli man, she doesn't take it seriously (but should).



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Episode cast overview:
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Jeri Lou James ...
Frank Adamo ...
Bert Monker


Sally receives a red rose at the office from a secret admirer. The sender - a hint to whose identity is the rose's smell of pastrami - reveals himself as Bert Monker, the deli guy. Bert, who always kids around with Sally, mentions that the rose is an anniversary gift for the day she first stepped into his deli. Sally thinks this is just a put-on, but through an unexpected encounter, Rob and Laura learn it is not and that Bert is really in love with her. When told of this fact, Sally doesn't know what to do, as Bert isn't her type, but she doesn't want to hurt his feelings. She decides avoidance is the best interim tactic, but Bert is a persistent and caring suitor, and Sally ultimately has to be up front with her feelings, as does Bert. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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28 October 1964 (USA)  »

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A poignant episode spotlighting Sally
10 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In his wonderful _The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book_ (if you're a fan of the show, buy this book!), Vince Waldron offers a brief plot summary -- "Sally discovers that she's got an unlikely admirer when the deli man starts dropping off flowers along with her pastrami sandwich."

I can't think of another episode of TDVDS that ends on such a bittersweet note. It could could bring a tear to the eye of the hardest-boiled cynic. In a major switch for her character, Rose Marie allows us a glimpse of the loneliness behind wisecracking Sally's brash facade.

Her kindness toward deli guy Bert Monker (played by Sid Melton, the 60's era go-to guy for a shortish, lippy little Brooklynite) is a model for a gentle let-down of a sweet but completely unsuitable suitor.

Fans of Rose Marie should not miss this uncharacteristically tender performance.

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