The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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It's a Shame She Married Me 

Laura's old beau re-enters the Petries' lives as Alan Brady's newest sponsor. His appearance coincides with Rob's agitation over personal finances, triggering insecurities.


James Niver


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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
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
Jerry Paris ... Jerry Helper
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Robert Vaughn ... Jim Darling


Rob and Laura learn from their accountant that they'll have to cut some corners and penny-pinch for the next little while until their financial situation improves. Despite Rob making a half-decent living, he is dismayed, feeling he should be able to provide a more comfortable standard of living for Laura and Ritchie. Rob's dismay changes to paranoia, persecution, insecurity, fear and envy when he runs into Jim Darling, the show's new wealthy and good-looking sponsor, who also happens to be Laura's old beau. Rob fears that if Laura sees Jim again she may decide she made the wrong choice in who she married; so, Rob does whatever he can to hide the fact of Jim reentering his life, especially when Jim wants to host a cocktail party for the show's staff and their spouses while he's in town and especially wants to see Laura. Laura eventually finds out but may regret the party after seeing Rob and Jim together. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family



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Feeling very inferior to Jim Darling, Rob tells his guests that he's going to take Laura on a long trip beginning in White Plains, New York and ending at Grossinger's. Rob is probably referring to Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel in Liberty, NY. The resort founded by Asher Selig Grossinger at the turn of the last century and was still going strong in 1961; the year of this episode. Grossinger made worldwide history for being the first resort to use artificial snow for his ski slopes back in 1952. By 1986 descendant's of Grossinger sold off everything but the golf course which is still in active use at the time of this 2018 writing. See more »


During the conversation at the office about the dinner party, Sally has knitting in her lap. She holds two knitting needles in her right hand and uses them to gesture. If she was really knitting, one of the needles would be in the knitting in her lap. See more »


Sally Rogers: I wonder if the janitor of a building is like the captain of a ship.
Rob Petrie: What?
Sally Rogers: I mean, can he marry us? I'd like a simple basement wedding, just the immediate help.
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Yes Darling
18 December 2019 | by dlynch843See all my reviews

I always thought Robert Vaughn was strange-looking----but he looked good in a suit, so it was a good strange. It's one of the reasons The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was an enormous hit. So here he is, just before that. Rob's comments during the party were great.

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17 April 1963 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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