The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra 

While directing the annual variety show sponsored by his talented neighbors, Rob becomes frustrated by spousal jealousies as he tries to pair the perfect "Cleopatra" to "Mark Antony" for the lead roles.


John Rich


Martin Ragaway (as Martin A. Ragaway), Carl Reiner (created by)


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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
Jerry Paris ... Jerry Helper
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Eleanor Audley ... Mrs. Billings
Shirley Mitchell ... Shirley Rogers
Valerie Yerke Valerie Yerke ... Cynthia Harding
Bob Crane ... Harry Rogers


Rob's relaxing day off changes when Laura tells him that Mrs. Billings is stopping by to see him. That can only mean Mrs. Billings wants his professional skills to organize another community fund-raising show, which Rob doesn't want to do again if only because of the hardship it was to do last year. Rob remembers back to that situation which was made all the more difficult in trying to cast Cleopatra for a comedy sketch, especially against a seemingly amorous Harry Rogers as Mark Antony. But as Mrs. Billings stops by, she may surprise Rob in her reason for the visit. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family



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Features Bob Crane in an early role before he became famous as Colonel Hogan in Hogan's Heroes (1965). Crane plays a neighbor who plays Mark Antony to Cleopatra in a skit. See more »


[first lines]
Rob Petrie: Hey, is that beautiful brunch outfit you got on?
Laura Petrie: Thank you.
Rob Petrie: You know, if you keep looking that good in the morning, I may have to switch to an afternoon newspaper.
[Laura kisses him]
Rob Petrie: Or maybe a weekly news magazine.
[they both kiss]
Laura Petrie: Darling, are you in a good mood?
Rob Petrie: I am now.
Laura Petrie: Well, then I guess it's safe for me to tell you that Mrs. Billings is coming over today.
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True Man True
Written by Morey Amsterdam
Performed by Mary Tyler Moore
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Don't watch Autofocus beforehand.
29 June 2019 | by jefemarkSee all my reviews

Pretty funny episode but please for goodness sake do not watch Autofocus, the movie about Bob Crane, before watching this...jeez, some strange scenes.

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26 December 1962 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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