The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 4, Episode 4

A Vigilante Ripped My Sports Coat (14 Oct. 1964)

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A two-week-old feud between the Petries and the Helpers suffers a twist when a dinner invitation arrives one week late.



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Rob and Jerry, and by association Laura and Millie, aren't speaking to each other over an argument concerning Jerry and Millie's vigilante mentality of wanting to spray weed killer on a neighbor's crabgrass-infested lawn without his consent, of which Rob and Laura want no part. In their argument, Jerry rips Rob's jacket; two weeks later, they're still not speaking. Rob thinks he's extended an olive branch by sending a written invitation to the Helpers to attend a dinner party at their house. In not hearing back from Jerry and Millie, Rob thinks he and Laura have been snubbed; however, the invitation failed to get mailed, which Mel finds almost a week after the scheduled dinner party and posts it for Rob. When the invitation arrives at the Helper's on a Saturday, with the invitation stating that the dinner party is being held this Saturday (but was actually the week prior), Jerry fumes thinking Rob purposefully sent the invitation to arrive the day of the dinner in order for them not ... Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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This is the only episode that features a camera angle from outside the front door of the Petrie house. This edit also features the controversial remark, "Why don't you guys put hoods on your heads!.." as Rob loudly condemns Jerry's unlawful neighbourhood mob. See more »


Rob Petrie: [explaining why he and Jerry aren't speaking to each other] Because we believe in diametrically opposed ideologies.
Sally Rogers: Oh, he believes in ripping up your jacket and you just don't like that.
Rob Petrie: No. No, I-I believe in constitutional government. That guy believes in... in mob rule.
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