The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 3, Episode 21

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Mouth (19 Feb. 1964)

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Buddy and Rob are left writing the script without Sally when she becomes a hit as a regular guest on late night talk show.


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Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Stevie Parsons
Herb Vigran ...
Bernie Quinn


After meeting her at a party, late night talk show host Stevie Parsons invites Sally to appear as a guest on his show. The day of her appearance was a nightmare for Rob and Buddy as they had to write some jokes for her and deal with her nerves, thus not being able to do their real work, but they're happy for her, especially as her appearance ends up being great, and happy for themselves as life can now get back to normal - or so they think. Because the response is overwhelming, Stevie invites Sally back for a second night. The second day for Rob and Buddy ends up being worse than the first, so when Stevie makes an on-air invitation to Sally to be a permanent guest, Rob is concerned about how Alan's show will suffer. He's right as Sally takes more and more unscheduled time off to deal with her new found fame. Rob and Buddy need Sally in the office not only as a third comic brain but as a buffer between the two male egos. Rob decides he needs to give Sally an ultimatum. but Sally beats ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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The title is based on the proverb: "The pen is mightier than the sword." See more »


Sally Rogers: Listen, you know that after the show, that switchboard was flooded!
Buddy Sorrell: What happened? The sink in the washroom overflow?
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