The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

Empress Carlotta's Necklace 

Rob buys Laura a hideous necklace but Laura can't bring herself to tell Rob how she really feels about it. When Rob invites his parents to see the necklace, his mother has a surprising reaction.


James Komack


Carl Reiner, Carl Reiner (created by)


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Episode cast overview:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
Jerry Paris ... Jerry Helper
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Gavin MacLeod ... Maxwell Cooley
Will Wright ... Sam Petrie
Carol Veazie ... Clara Petrie


Mel's cousin Maxwell Cooley, a wholesale jeweler, stops by the studio to drop a purchase off for Mel. Mel thinks Rob, Buddy and/or Sally might also be interested in buying something from Maxwell. An ostentatious necklace, a copy of one belonging to Empress Carlotta, catches Rob's eye solely for its historical interest. The original, in a Madrid museum, is valued at $250,000. Maxwell convinces him to buy it for Laura. Rob isn't sure if she'll like it, or whether he likes it himself for that matter, but is still excited to give it to her. When he sees it on Laura, he totally falls in love with it. Laura hates the necklace but can't tell Rob her true feelings for fear of hurting his. She vows to tell him, but the longer she waits, and the more people that Rob wants her to show it to, the harder it is for her to tell him. But someone may come to Laura's rescue. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family



Did You Know?


While there was no Empress Carlotta (spelled with two "T's"), there was an actual Empress Carlota. Charlotte of Belgium (1840-1927) was a Belgian princess who became Empress of Mexico when her husband accepted the Imperial Throne of Mexico and reigned as Maxmillan of Mexico. As Empress, she took the name of Carlota, which is Spanish for Charlotte. As mentioned in the episode, Carlota was a very paranoid person most of her life, once accusing Napoleon and his wife of trying to kill her with a drink, she eventually did go mad due to her paranoia. See more »


Buddy Sorrell: [Mel walks in] How do you like that? We're looking for a finish - here he is.
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12 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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