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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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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Rob Petrie: I don't want any more of those sketches about Alan wakin' up in the morning and finding a Saint Bernard in his bed.
Buddy Sorrell: That's the truth. It happened to me.
Rob Petrie: Buddy, you never had a Saint Bernard in your bed.
Buddy Sorrell: No? Did you ever see my wife in the morning? I keep yellin' at her, "Take off that ridiculous cask of brandy!"
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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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