To explain his annual $37.50 "friendship" check to Jerry, Rob tells his new accountant the story of how he and Laura found their new house.


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Sally Rogers (credit only)
Buddy Sorrell (credit only)
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Jack Parkly
Eddie Ryder ...
Bert Steele


Rob's new tax accountant, Bert Steele, goes through Rob's returns and, among the receipts, finds a check to Jerry for $37.50, which Mr. Steele assumes is a medical deduction. Rob says it's not and calls the yearly-paid $37.50 "friendship" money. Back when Laura was newly pregnant with Ritchie, she and Rob knew they needed a bigger house and went house-hunting with Jerry and Millie, their best friends and neighbors in Willet Town. Laura found the almost perfect house an hour's drive away in Westchester County - perfect except for one rather large, approximately two-meter round, irremovable rock outcropping in the basement. Although the house was by far the best they'd seen up to that point, Rob and Laura - with a little convincing from Jerry and Millie (mainly due to its far distance from Willet) - decided initially not to buy the house, but the pressure of needing new digs before the baby came made them reconsider. An ensuing heated discussion between the Petries and the Helpers, ... Written by Huggo / revised by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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17 March 1965 (USA)  »

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At the end, Rob says he bought the house with the rock in the basement, even though it prevents him from having a full size pool table; but, in "Hustling the Hustler" (season 2) Rob DOES have a full size pool table in his basement, and no boulder, and the layout of the basement is completely different. See more »


Rob Petrie: I don't want a rock in my basement.
Laura Petrie: Why? It's not doing anything.
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