The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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October Eve 

Laura once commissioned an artist for a fully clothed portrait of herself, which he, taking artist license, rendered nude and now has standing in an art gallery for all to see.


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 (credit only)
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Carl Reiner ... Sergei Carpetna
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... Henry
Genevieve Griffin Genevieve Griffin ... Henry's Wife
Frank Adamo Frank Adamo ... Sketch Artist


Laura tries to conceal the fact that there is a nude painting of her entitled "October Eve" hanging in a New York art gallery. She eventually recalls the circumstances under which eccentric artist Serge Carpenta depicted her posing in the all-together. Written by

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Comedy | Family



Did You Know?


The title of this episode is an allusion to the painting "September Morn" by Paul Chabas. This painting of a young woman bathing outdoors was considered scandalous when it was shown in the United States in 1913. See more »


The story told in flashback is probably about 4-5 years ago, yet when the now famous Carpetna is seen at the end of the episode in the studio where he used to live, he is wearing the same shirt and pants with the same paint stains as in the flashback. Also, seen on the walls at the end are the same paintings that were hanging there 4-5 years ago. As a struggling artist, at least some of the paintings would have been sold. See more »


Laura Petrie: Listen, Sally, if it's the one I think it is, I can explain.
Sally Rogers: If you have to explain, it's the one you think it is.
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Has My FAVORITE Moment in the Entire Series
17 April 2017 | by poetcomic1See all my reviews

When Rob reassures Laura that he's not upset about the nude painting of her being in a big art gallery and the moment she leaves the room grabs the irons on the burner and smashes a cup and goes insane for a moment. That bit of business, which was cooked up on the set by director Jerry Paris, is my FAVORITE moment in the entire series. Not to mention the wonderful Carl Reiner as the painter who is so in love with himself "I'm not even good enough for me.". Pleasures throughout.

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8 April 1964 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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