The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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Pink Pills and Purple Parents 

Rob recalls when Laura took a tranquilizer prescribed for Millie before meeting Rob's parents for the first time, with disastrous results.

Director:

Alan Rafkin (as Al Rafkin)

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Cast

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
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Tom Tully ... Sam Petrie
Isabel Randolph ... Clara Petrie
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Storyline

Sally comes into the office with a massive headache. Buddy offers her some prescription painkillers he has - his unknown "pink" pills - which Rob refuses to let Sally take, as he feels one should never take someone else's prescription drugs. Why?: because of an incident when Laura took someone else's prescription, which he states almost ruined their marriage. The time was a couple of months after they were first married and still living on the base. Rob's parents were coming for a visit, which marked the first time Laura would have met them. As such, she was a nervous wreck, especially as she got the impression that Rob's mother felt that she stole Rob away from her. Millie offered Laura some of her prescription sedatives, which Laura took just in case she felt like she really needed them. In part because of an incident with Rob earlier in the day, Laura decided to take a pill just as Rob's parents arrived. As Laura's nerves hadn't settled in combination with judgmental comments by ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1964 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Calvada Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Laura Petrie: [singing] Oh, the monkey wrapped his tail around the flagpole!
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Soundtracks

Laura with the Light Brown Hair
(uncredited)
Sung to the tune of "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair"
Music and original lyrics by Stephen Foster
Performed by Mary Tyler Moore
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