Sally convenes Mel and Buddy at the Petrie house with news of some exciting new talent she's discovered for the show. The person in question is eighteen year old singer Randy Twizzle, who invented a new dance called the Twizzle. Sally found him at a Greentown, Connecticut bowling alley, where the dance has to be done to get its full effect. They all go back to the bowling alley, despite Randy's protests that the dance and song themselves are nothing special. But Randy wows them, and Mel immediately signs him to the show. But Rob notices that Randy isn't too excited about the prospect of becoming famous with this opportunity. With only two days to the show and Randy disappearing and later reappearing at the Petrie house with his manager in tow, Rob and the rest learn why Randy was so apprehensive. His manager has a single extra demand which, if not met, means that Randy will back out of his agreement. Written by
Did You Know?
According to Vince Waldron's book about the Dick Van Dyke Show, the cast didn't much care for this episode. Jerry Lanning was cast for much the same reason as his character was: to give him his big break in show business. See more
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Now how do you set out to invent a new dance craze?
I didn't. I set out to buy a hamburger.
That sounds logical.
This Nearly Was Mine
Written by Richard Rodgers
and Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Jerry Lanning See more