The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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Girls Will Be Boys 

Rob and Laura are in a quandary over how Ritchie can protect himself from a girl who's been persistently beating him up at school.


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
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Bernard Fox ... Ogden Darwell
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Doris Singleton ... Doris Darwell
Tracy Stratford ... Pricilla Darwell


Laura is concerned about Ritchie since he has been coming home from school with bruises. She thinks he's been fighting. He finally admits as much, and ends up in tears when he tells Laura who has been beating up on him: Pricilla Darwell, a girl. He obviously hasn't been fighting back. Ritchie states that her attacks are unprovoked, but Rob and Laura think that there's more to the story that he isn't divulging. So they decide that Pricilla's parents may be able to shed more light on why their daughter is doing what she's doing. After meeting Mr. Darwell and sweet-as-sugar Pricilla who says she loves Ritchie and would never beat up on him, Rob can't believe that Pricilla is the bully. But an eyewitness confirms Ritchie's story. Since another visit to the Darwell's doesn't seem to yield any resolution to the conflict, Rob and Laura have to decide what to do to stop Pricilla from beating up Ritchie while teaching Ritchie to do the right thing. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

3 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Margie Willett" whom Rob mentioned slapped him in high school was the name of Dick Van Dyke's wife. They went to High School together. See more »


Laura Petrie: I mean, being beaten up by a girl makes him a sissy, and who ever heard of a boy saying he was a sissy on purpose?
Robert 'Rob' Petrie: A lot of guys in the army tried it.
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Bernard Fox & Doris Singleton
21 July 2016 | by poetcomic1See all my reviews

There are three Dick Van Dyke's made delicious by the hilarious Welshman Bernard Fox. In this episode he is the pompous ass of a 'British' Sahib married to an abusive wife, Doris Singleton. Boy, Doris (one of Lucy's best friends on and off the set in I Love Lucy) could do this nasty little undertone like no woman before or since. Bernard Fox was the idiotic house detective in Never Bathe On Saturday as well as Laura's night school writing teacher who makes a pass at her in Teacher's Petrie. It is the secondary roles that added that little extra something to the great episodes. A whole roster of beloved character actors doing their 'shtick' - Carl Reiner was a connoisseur and many of these were friends of his.

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