In avoiding head councilwoman Mrs. Billings, Rob thinks he's finally gotten away from directing this year's New Rochelle Parents Council's annual variety show that he's done for the past several years. He doesn't mind directing or performing in the show but hates the audition process as Laura is the only really talented woman in the community and Rob doesn't like telling the other women that his wife, once again, has the lead in the show, but Mrs. Billings does eventually catch up with him, thanks to Laura, who likes that inside edge of having a husband who makes the casting decisions. It ends up being even more important this year as Buddy and Sally are providing material for the show - a musical comedy originally written for Alan Brady (who'll never do it since the lead role is for a female). Presuming she'll get the lead role as usual, Laura doesn't count on the fact that people with talent can sometimes move into new neighborhoods. Such is the case, leaving Rob, as director, to ... Written by
Did You Know?
In the special features section of this episode on the DVD series collection, there is a rare colour photograph of the set and characters during Mel's (Richard Deacon) ventriloquist audition. Mel and his dummy are wearing bright red jackets, Rob is wearing a dark blue jacket and light blue pants, Jerry is wearing green, Anita's dress is blue and Sally's dress is gold. See more
Anita starts her audition singing while playing guitar but suddenly bursts out into dance backed by a studio jazz band, which is nowhere to be found in Rob and Laura's living room. See more
I don't want any more of those sketches about Alan wakin' up in the morning and finding a Saint Bernard in his bed.
That's the truth. It happened to me.
Buddy, you never had a Saint Bernard in your bed.
No? Did you ever see my wife in the morning? I keep yellin' at her, "Take off that ridiculous cask of brandy!"
A Doodlin' Song
Written by Cy Coleman
& Carolyn Leigh
Performed by Sylvia Lewis
, Mary Tyler Moore
& Dick Van Dyke See more