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.
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Did You Know?
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
Boy, this is really a very funny script and a great guest star, Paula Marshall.
Hey, we're in great shape this week.
She's in great shape every week.