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








Release Date:

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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When Rob goes to the gallery to see the painting of Laura he sees it, holds up the booklet to his face and starts to walk past the painting but in the next shot he is back in front of it. When Carl Reiner is painting the new painting with squirt guns with paint in them red and blue, the amount of blue paint keeps changing on the canvas from shot to shot See more »


In the pre-recorded DVD, created by, as Rob Petrie first sees his & Alan Brady"s director, "Mel Cooley", (well acted by Richard Deacon), Rob quickly slaps Mel's back & starts to turn him around (to secretly keep him from seeing the painting, Rob says Mel, you son of a gun! The pre-recorded DVD, (with close captioning turned on), the dvd caption shows "Mel, you son of a bitch!" See more »


Laura Petrie: [posing for her portrait] My husband is gonna be so excited.
Sergei Carpetna: That peasant. What does he know? Jokes, he writes for Milton Berle.
Laura Petrie: No, Alan Brady.
Sergei Carpetna: What's the difference. He's a jolly jokester, a peasant. He should kiss the ground of a girl like you.
Laura Petrie: Well, I love him.
Sergei Carpetna: So you're a peasant, too.
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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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