The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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Coast to Coast Big Mouth 

Laura accidentally spills the beans on a nationally televised talk show that Alan Brady is bald.


Jerry Paris


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Episode cast overview:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Dick Curtis ... Johnny Patrick
Carl Reiner ... Alan Brady


Rob manages to get tickets for Laura and Millie to attend the filming of the nationally broadcast "Pay as You Go!" game show, whose host, Johnny Patrick, is renowned for getting his guests flustered. Through a series of incidents, Laura gets chosen as one of the contestants, news of which gets back to Rob at the office. Rob, Buddy, Sally and even Alan and Mel all decide to watch the live broadcast to see what Johnny will get Laura to do or say. They only manage to watch Laura's introduction, where she says only the right and nice things about Alan and the show. What they don't see is the end of the broadcast where Johnny manages to make Laura drop a bombshell of secret news specifically about Alan. When Rob finds out, he and Laura just hope that by a miracle Alan doesn't find out; but, later sure that Alan knows what Laura said on national television, both Rob and Laura take different approaches to make amends and/or protect Rob's job. Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family



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In 1997, the TV Guide ranked this episode number 8 on its "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" list. See more »


Johnny Patrick: Petrie, Petrie... Is your husband in television?
Laura Petrie: Yes, he is.
Johnny Patrick: I thought that name was familiar. Ladies and gentlemen, this little lady happens to be married to one of the most talented men in our business.
Laura Petrie: Thank you. I think he is.
Johnny Patrick: The producer of that fantastic show "The World in Trouble" - Dave Petrie.
Laura Petrie: Oh, no.
Johnny Patrick: Oh, I'm sorry. He's not producing that show anymore.
Laura Petrie: No, he's not my husband.
Johnny Patrick: Oh, well, I didn't mean to let the cat out of the bag.
Laura Petrie: No, no, he never was.
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Alternate Versions

This episode and October Eve were shown on CBS-TV July 3, 2020 as part of a tribute to Carl Reiner, who died four days before at age 98. The 2020 show opened with an introduction and tribute from Dick van Dyke, at the time 94 years old himself. See more »


Featured in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) See more »

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Coast to Coast Big Mouth
2 September 2020 | by studioATSee all my reviews

An episode where actually Rob (Dick Van Dyke) isn't the funniest character, with Carl Reiner's Alan and Mary Tyler Moore's Laura stealing it from under him,

All these years later this remains a charming and funny show.

They don't make them like this any more, more's the pity.

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Release Date:

15 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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