The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 4, Episode 12

The Death of the Party (9 Dec. 1964)

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Rob struggles to hide the severe symptoms of a flu virus at a family party for Laura's relatives rather than admit she was right against him golfing earlier that morning in damp conditions.


(as Al Rafkin)
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Episode cast overview:
Larry Mathews ...
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Willard Waterman ...
Uncle Harold
Jane Dulo ...
Cousin Margaret
Patty Regan ...
Cousin Grace
Pitt Herbert ...


Over Laura's strong objections, Rob insists on keeping an early morning golfing date despite damp, wet conditions -- on the same day as a dinner party Laura is having for her relatives. Then as he begins to feel sicker and sicker, Rob must put on a positive face for the party rather than admit she was right that he should have skipped the golf game. Written by aldanoli

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Comedy | Family





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9 December 1964 (USA)  »

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The title is a parody of the common expression: The life of the party. See more »


[Laura kisses Rob's forehead]
Rob Petrie: Is that affection or were you taking my temperature?
Laura Petrie: Both. Temperature's still 103 but... let's see, the affection's about 97.4.
Rob Petrie: Isn't that a little low for affection?
Laura Petrie: Well, with a fever of 103, you couldn't take much more.
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References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

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