The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 1, Episode 4

Washington vs. the Bunny (24 Oct. 1961)

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Rob is torn between going to Washington, DC on business and attending Ritchie's school play.



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Rob, on a commuter flight from Washington DC to New York, is looking despondent. He ends up pouring his heart out to his seat mate, a traveling salesman in ladies underwear, about why he is feeling that way. It all started the day before when Alan, via Mel, ordered Rob to go to Washington to scout an up and coming singer. Every major television show was sending a scout. Her performance, however, coincided with Ritchie's school play, where he was to play the lead bunny. Rob wanted to attend Ritchie's play but felt he had an obligation to Alan and his job. But when Laura almost ordered Rob not to go to Washington in favor of Ritchie's play and be up front about the reason to Alan, Rob's new dilemma became whether he would allow Laura to dictate to him what he should or should not do. Regardless of the fact that the trip itself ended up being useless (as the singer came down with laryngitis and thus did not perform), Rob has to decide how he will deal with Laura when he gets home. Laura ... Written by Huggo

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First episode where Rob calls his wife Laura instead of Laurie. See more »


Melvin (Mel) Cooley: Rob, I hope I'm not disturbing you.
Rob Petrie: No, not at all, Mel.
Maurice (Buddy) Sorrell: Speak for yourself, Rob. I can't even drink coffee with Goldilocks around; curdles the cream.
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References Holiday Inn (1942) See more »


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Music by Cole Porter
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