The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 2, Episode 7

What's in a Middle Name? (7 Nov. 1962)

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Ritchie finds his birth certificate and wants an explanation for his middle name being Rosebud.



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Episode cast overview:
Larry Mathews ...
Carl Benton Reid ...
Mr. Meehan
Geraldine Wall ...
Mrs. Meehan
Isabel Randolph ...
Cyril Delevanti ...
Grandpa Petrie


Ritchie asks his parents if he has a middle name like most of his friends have, which Rob and Laura seem somewhat reluctant to answer. When Ritchie pulls out his birth certificate (discovered in a safe box that was supposed to be locked) and asks if the other name listed on it - Rosebud - is his middle name, Rob and Laura have to confess that it is indeed his middle name... sort of. Rob and Laura say they will tell him the whole story about how he got his middle name after he comes home from school, which gives them time to recall the events. It all started the day that Laura told Rob she was pregnant. The news not only excited Rob but also all their friends and especially their respective parents and Rob's paternal grandfather. Everyone had a specific name they wanted to call the baby, with no one willing to budge from their stance. Rob came up with Rosebud as an agreeable compromise name because... Written by Huggo

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7 November 1962 (USA)  »

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The title is based on a quote from William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet." See more »


[the staff learns Laura and Rob will be having a baby]
Buddy Sorrell: Hey-hey-hey, what are you going to call the kid?
Mel Cooley: Well, since he'll be born while you're working on The Alan Brady Show, why don't you consider - Alan?
Buddy Sorrell: Why don't you consider playing in the traffic?
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References Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) See more »

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