The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 4, Episode 21

The Case of the Pillow (17 Feb. 1965)

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Rob cries fowl when he takes a shady salesman to court for selling Laura smelly feather pillows.


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Episode cast overview:
Larry Mathews ...
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Alvy Moore ...
Amzie Strickland ...
May Wiley
Joel Fluellen ...
Man #1


Rob and Laura (plaintiffs) take Mr. Wiley (defendant) to small claims court over a matter of smelly pillows. Despite the small amount of money involved, Rob willingly takes the day off work solely as a matter of principle in bringing Mr. Wiley's business practices to justice. The case: Laura bought four so-called eiderdown feather pillows from Wiley, which felt like eiderdown but later smelled like funky chicken. Wiley denied smelling anything unusual and suggested Laura and Rob air them out for a few days. Later, as Mr. Wiley became impossible to reach, Rob believed they were deliberately delayed while Laura's check for the pillows cleared. Millie, Jerry, Buddy and Sally all corroborated the chicken smell, so Rob took Wiley to court; but, on the whole, the Petries' case boils down to their word against his. Worse, Rob (acting as his own attorney) has seen too many legal shows on television, and his prolongation of court proceedings with legalese gibberish isn't winning the judge to ... Written by Huggo / revised by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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17 February 1965 (USA)  »

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When greeting Mrs. Wiley, Rob says, "How do you do, Mrs. Wiley?" This is the same catch phrase Used by Ernest T. Bass in the Andy Griffith Show. Interestingly enough this episode Was directed by Howard Morris, who played Bass on the Griffith Show. As further evidence that this Was intentional, Morris's wife had the last name of Wiley. See more »


If you watch carefully, there are wisps of feathers in the court room and especially around the judge even before Rob opens the package of feathers (probably from an earlier take). See more »


Judge: Then will you present your case to the court, please, and keeping in mind that we have a very busy calendar.
Rob Petrie: [trying to impress with a lawyer-like manner] Thank you, Honor. I'm fully aware of your busy calendar, and I will attempt at ALL times to be as brief and concise and succinct as I possibly can. And now I would like to give my opening statement, if it so please the court.
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References Perry Mason (1957) See more »

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