The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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Never Bathe on Saturday 

While on their second honeymoon, Laura gets her toe stuck in a hotel bathtub faucet and Rob can't get through the locked bathroom door to free her.


Jerry Paris


Carl Reiner, Carl Reiner (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers (credit only)
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell (credit only)
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Bernard Fox ... The Detective
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Bill Idelson ... Bellboy
Kathleen Freeman ... Maid
Arthur Malet ... Engineer
Johnny Silver ... Waiter


In a flashback, Rob and Laura recount to Millie why a romantic overnight getaway that evening was abruptly cut short. The couple's second honeymoon starts off well enough in their hotel suite until Laura takes a bath and Rob playfully paints a "David Niven-ish" mustache on his lip. Rob is assisted by a wisecracking hotel staff, including a surly maid, a detective and a bellboy. It finally takes a gunshot to the bathroom door lock and a locksmith to extricate Laura from her predicament. Written by BH3591

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Comedy | Family



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The shooting of this is famous for 1) being the only time Carl Reiner ever lost his temper on set, and 2) the first and only time one of the show's stars walked off the set and left the studio. Mary Tyler Moore had been trying to quit smoking, so she was more dealing with withdrawal than anything else, and she was also upset that her character would be offscreen most of the time. See more »


Maid: Dearie, would you try jiggling the door knob?
Laura Petrie: I can't reach the door knob.
Maid: Why not?
Robert 'Rob' Petrie: She's stuck. May I please?
Maid: Look, why can't your wife open the door from the other side?
Robert 'Rob' Petrie: Because she's stuck in the tub.
Maid: She calls ME stupid.
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A Tub and a Hard Place
11 October 2018 | by hellraiser7See all my reviews

This is my sixth favorite episode, it's such a simple concept, but the execution that makes it work. Yeah I know an episode of "iCarly" took inspiration from this show, for the record not a fan of that show that was a show my niece watched; but this episode is still the best and is the one that does it right.

What I really like about this episode is that for once both Rob and Laura are interacting but from a distance apart. What's even more interesting is the fact that despite Laura is part of the episode she's hardly physically in it, except in scenes from the present where she is giving the rundown along with Rob, and we don't really see her till at least the final five minutes of the episode.

As Laura is trapped within the bathroom all we hear is her voice, it's interesting because we're kind of just using our imaginations as to what Laura is going though in there which makes it all the funnier as the audio is fueling our imaginations. But also, what makes this work is that in a way it's somewhat two schools of humor together from Laura's end it's the verbal but in Rob's it's visual.

It's just funny as we see both desperately trying to get the darn door open but to no avail, from what they go though I'd change hotels. Two of the stand out moments are when Rob keeps trying to ram the door but just keeps hurting himself and a few delays.

But my other favorite moment is when the idiotic Bellboy brings in an equally idiotic house Detective trying to get Rob arrested but then Rob does a smart thing to not just get out of the misunderstanding taking place but also get the door open.

I won't say how but let's just say it's both hilarious and proves both the house Detective and Bellboy are the stupidest people on the face of the Earth and Rob is the smartest.

Rating: 4 stars

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31 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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