The Munsters: Season 1, Episode 4

Rock-a-Bye Munster (15 Oct. 1964)

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Herman believes that Lily's expecting a child.


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Episode cast overview:
Diamond Jim
Marilyn Lovell ...
Mrs. Dudley (as Marilynn Lovell)
Peter Robbins ...


While Herman and Grandpa are watching television, a curious system allows them to see Lily and Marilyn talking in the kitchen. They hear something about a new child, coming to visit the house for a few days. Herman believes that Lily's expecting a child and he gets excited for all the matter. The truth is that Marilyn will care for a boy named Elmer, the family's doctor son, for a few days. Herman is a little bit worry because Lily hasn't told him yet about the new son. He'll try to make Lily to tell him all about Eddie's new "playmate" in a discreet fashion. But Lily gives Herman the doctor's card, and Grandpa advice him not to worry about Lily, that women are specialized in hiding these secrets. Grandpa comes up with the idea of making a visit to the doctor that night. But Dr. Edward Dudley doesn't see anything without his glasses, and he won't see that Herman's one of his patients. Herman asks Dr. Dudley whether Lily's expecting a boy, and believing that Herman is talking about ... Written by Alejandro Frias

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15 October 1964 (USA)  »

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The title is based on the childhood lullaby "Rock A Bye Baby." See more »


Grandpa: [Herman is talking to Dr. Dudley who has misplaced his glaces and is unaware of Grandpa's presence] Eh, doctor, could you answer a question?
Dr. Edward Dudley: Well how do you like that, when I don't have my glasses on I hear double.
Herman Munster: Eh, no, no, this is Grandpa.
Dr. Edward Dudley: [slowly turns his head and tries to size up grandpa with his poor eyesight] Oh. Looks rather like a tall penguin, doesn't he?
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The Debut Of "Dr. Dudley" and The Munster Hearse-Car
27 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Who remembers Paul Lynde as "Dr. Dudley?" Lynde was excellent in this role and always made me laugh out loud. His IMDb biography says he was only in three episodes. I would have guessed more. In this episode, the doctor's son is going to be visiting for a week in the Munster home. However, Grandpa and Herman think the "the arrival of a playmate for Eddie" means Lily is having a baby. (They overheard this in a conversation between Lily and Marilyn and misinterpreted.)

Lily won't say anything so Herman and Grandpa visit Dr. Dudley at four in the morning. Dudley is like Mr. Magoo without his glasses. The conversation he has with his guests at that hour is laugh-out-loud funny. Anyway, this "screwball" charade is played out for almost the entire show. The look on Herman's face when he sees the toy Frankenstein monster, who he thinks is his son, is priceless! It's a classic moment in this series.

Also fun to see and hear in this episode was how the Munsters acquired their famous car. Sid Melton has been a familiar face from the '50s until the late '90s, and is sill alive. He played "Diamond Jim," the used car salesman.

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