The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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Turtles, Ties, and Toreadors 

Rob hires a maid through the classifieds and ends up with a woman fresh from Barcelona who speaks no English, has a broken arm, and expects to work as a live-in.

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Sally Rogers (credit only)
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Buddy Sorrell (credit only)
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Ritchie Petrie
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Maria
Alan Dexter ...
Immigration Officer
Tiny Brauer ...
Taxi Driver
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Rob believes he is doing Laura a favor by hiring a maid for her through an employment agency. Laura, in turn, is frustrated that Rob knows nothing about who he hired or the details of her employment, let alone that Laura has not had a chance to clean up the house before the maid's imminent arrival. Laura's concerns are well founded as their young maid (Maria) - despite being a sweet woman - is fresh off the boat from Barcelona, speaks no English, doesn't seem to know how to do domestic work very well, has a broken arm, and was expecting to be a live-in maid, conversely having no friends or family to stay with in New York. Rob and Laura agree that she can't stay, but neither wants to be the one to terminate her employment, later learning that she will be deported if they do, so they agree to keep her until the agency can find her another job. Ultimately they may only be able to keep Maria for so long before the situation becomes unsustainable. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family

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4 December 1963 (USA)  »

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Other than obvious laugh lines, all Spanish-to-English and English-to-Spanish translations in the episode are correct. See more »

Quotes

Rob Petrie: [phoning Immigration Department] Hey, do you have a pick-up service?
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Referenced in The Dick Van Dyke Show: Viva Petrie (1965) See more »

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