The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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How to Spank a Star 

A manipulative and sultry guest star has Mel replaced by Rob as producer during her appearance on the Alan Brady Show, much to Rob's discomfort.

Director:

Jerry Paris

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Cast

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
Lola Albright ... Paula Marshall
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
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Storyline

This week's guest on Alan's show is talented but temperamental entertainer Paula Marshall. Her problematic reputation precedes her as she gives Mel no end of grief. When push comes to shove, she has Mel relieved from his duties for the week with Rob assigned as his designated replacement. She then uses her feminine wiles to get Rob to comply to whatever unreasonable requests she wants - including him calling her Paula-Poo - which makes Rob feel like a doormat and a slightly jealous Laura feel like her husband is being manipulated by a temptress. Paula's ego-centric requests force Rob to understand that she is making him do things against what he would normally consider the good of the show, but Laura's handling of a disobedient Ritchie shows Rob how he needs to deal with Paula. Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Calvada Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Paula complains about the color of the sets, exclaiming "I react violently to pink". This is an in-joke that only cast, crew, and studio audience members would get, as the Dick Van Dyke Show's sets were pink, a common technique in the black-and-white TV show days. See more »

Quotes

Melvin (Mel) Cooley: I'm about at my wit's end!
Maurice (Buddy) Sorrell: Well, that's a short trip.
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