Rob overhears Laura talking to Millie about pulling some sort of deception on him which Millie will help keep secret. It sounds like Laura is planning on having an affair, but based on another conversation he overhears between the two, Rob learns that the secret is a surprise birthday party for him. When Rob gets it out of Laura that she is planning "something" for his birthday, Laura makes a change of plans. So Rob knows that Laura is planning a surprise party for him, but what Rob doesn't know is that Laura knows that he knows, or so Laura thinks. Rob is pretty certain she is trying the old double reverse on him. Is she really? Only a party (or none) on Saturday night will tell the real story of who managed to outfox whom. Written by
Did You Know?
Sally Rogers (Rose Marie
) teases Rob about his amateur sleuthing to learn whether he's going to have a surprise party by referring to him as "Sebastian", an almost incomprehensible reference to most viewers today. She is referring to the then-recent television series Checkmate
(1960) that ran from 1960-1962, in which 'Sebastian Cabot' played a British criminologist who assisted the partners of a San Francisco detective agency. See more
Laura says that Joe and Sadie can't come to Rob's birthday dinner party because they have a bar mitzvah that evening. Bar mitzvah ceremonies are held in the morning, not at night. See more
[Rob confesses he figured out Laura's plan for a surprise party
You only knew what I wanted you to know.
And how's that?
Well, I let you know I was planning a surprise birthday party, and my idea was to make it look like no one could come, and then we'd go to a restaurant and have dinner.
That's right, and everybody would come to the restaurant... to the dinner party and yell surprise. Honey, I hate to tell you but I knew that was your plan all along.