The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 3, Episode 6

Too Many Stars (30 Oct. 1963)

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As director of the annual area variety show, Rob finds himself trapped between casting Laura as this year's leading woman (again) or a dazzlingly talented newcomer to the neighborhood.


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Episode cast overview:
Larry Mathews ...
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Eddie Ryder ...
Howard Lebost
Jerry Hausner ...
Delivery Man


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 Huggo

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Comedy | Family






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30 October 1963 (USA)  »

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Sally and Buddy's show, 'The Gold Rush Girl', is set in the Gold Rush days. Jerry dressed as an Indian chief and Mel as a Buffalo Bill type back this up, but the number that Rob, Laura and Anita perform dressed in penguin-formal black outfits and bowler hats - though cute - is entirely Broadway cabaret and Bob Fosse-esque and nothing to do with any aspect of the old west. See more »


Laura Petrie: Rob, why don't you just come out and admit it? She was very very good.
Rob Petrie: All right, she was fantastic. All right, you know, for what she does there.
Laura Petrie: Well, what does THAT mean?
Rob Petrie: Well, Honey, it just means that the whole thing is... is just a trick, that's all.
Laura Petrie: A trick?
Rob Petrie: Well, yeah. She fooled everybody, Honey. You come out and sing great and dance great, people are GONNA think you're talented. She didn't fool me, though. Not for one minute. I saw through her. You take away all that fabulous dancing,...
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A Sentimental Love Song
aka "My Heart Got a Smash in the Face" (uncredited)
Performed by Ann Morgan Guilbert
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