The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 4, Episode 14

Stretch Petrie vs. Kid Schenk (30 Dec. 1964)

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Rob and Laura receive a mysterious gift of an attaché case and perfume. They soon learn that it is from Neil Schenk, perhaps Rob's oldest friend, who calls him "Stretch" (which Laura hates)... See full summary »

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Rob and Laura receive a mysterious gift of an attaché case and perfume. They soon learn that it is from Neil Schenk, perhaps Rob's oldest friend, who calls him "Stretch" (which Laura hates) and himself "The Kid". "Friend" is too strong a word as both Rob and Laura don't much like Neil, who likes to make himself out to be the big shot. He always seems to want something from Rob whenever he's in town - which is implied he is owed since he got Rob his first big job - and this trip seems no different as Neil plies them with the gifts and an expensive meal. Indeed, Neil is in line for a job in New York for an advertising agency that works on Alan's show, the job which is as primary liaison to Alan's show. He wants Rob to write him a glowing letter of recommendation, which is made all the more difficult as Rob knows Neil isn't right for the job. Rob has to figure out how to stand up to Neil this time and refuse to do what he wants. Written by Huggo

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Milked It For All It Was Worth
26 June 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the best episodes of the Dick Van Dyke Show involved guest star Jack Carter as Lyle Schenk, an old acquaintance from Rob's days in small town independent television in Danville, Illinois. It touched on a situation that is universal, something we've all had to face. Someone who did us a good turn back in the day and now milks for all it's worth.

Lyle Schenk made an introduction way back when and it landed Rob Petrie that job in Danville and from then Rob made good and eventually wound up doing network television as head writer on the Alan Brady Show. And Schenk never lets him forget way back when he made the connection through him and over the years gets Rob to constantly do favors for him, job-wise. Of course for one reason or other these jobs never work out and Carter's constantly over the years asking for one more favor.

This in a funny way is the parallel situation in Marjorie Morningstar where Martin Milner goes on to Broadway success leaving Gene Kelly behind directing camp shows. How Dick Van Dyke liberates himself from Jack Carter is the basis of one of the best Dick Van Dyke Shows.


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