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



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Carl Benton Reid ...
Mr. Meehan
Geraldine Wall ...
Mrs. Meehan
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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Comedy | Family





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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 »


Rob Petrie: I remember that day as clearly as I remember anything - and you know my memory.
Laura Petrie: Yes, and it's only fair.
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References Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) See more »

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