The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 3, Episode 32

Teacher's Petrie (13 May 1964)

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Laura takes a creative writing course, and the teacher extols Laura's writing abilities. Rob infers from this unwarranted attention that Mr. Caldwell is using Laura to meet him. In fact, Mr. Caldwell's interest is only in Laura.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Larry Mathews ...
Mr. Caldwell
Cheerio Meredith ...
Miss Prinder


Laura couldn't sign herself and Rob up for the Spanish class they wanted (as it was already full), so she signed herself and Millie up for a creative writing class, which Rob obviously doesn't need. Based on Laura's description of her initial meeting with Mr. Caldwell the teacher, Rob believes that Mr. Caldwell's praise of Laura is purely so that he can eventually ask professional writer Rob a favor, such as reading a manuscript he wrote or wanting to collaborate on a project. Laura is somewhat incredulous at Rob's suggestion, but Rob is even more certain after Laura gets an A+ on her first assignment, which Mr. Caldwell said was the best in class, but which Rob, Buddy and Sally can see is not very good. With Rob and Laura locked in argument over the matter, Buddy suggests Rob give in to what Mr. Caldwell wants. As Rob carries out the plan, he finds that his sense of an ulterior motive is only half accurate. Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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13 May 1964 (USA)  »

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Rob says "Let's just skip over it for now. Will you forgive me." The camera cuts between sentences. Rob's arms are at his side at first, but in the next shot his hands are suddenly holding Laura's arms. See more »


Ritchie Petrie: [told to go to bed] Should I shut the door so I don't hear the fight?
Rob Petrie: There's no fight, Rich. Go to bed.
Laura Petrie: And shut the door.
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The Blue Danube Waltz
original title: An der Schönen Blauen Donau op. 314 (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)
composed by Johann Strauss II
sung by Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke)
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