The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

Teacher's Petrie 

Laura takes a creative writing course, and the teacher extols Laura's writing abilities. Rob infers from this unwarranted attention that Mr. Caldwell is using Laura to meet him. In fact, Mr. Caldwell's interest is only in Laura.


Jerry Paris


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Bernard Fox ... Mr. Caldwell
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Cheerio Meredith ... Miss Prinder


Laura couldn't sign herself and Rob up for the Spanish class they wanted (as it was already full), so she signed herself and Millie up for a creative writing class, which Rob obviously doesn't need. Based on Laura's description of her initial meeting with Mr. Caldwell the teacher, Rob believes that Mr. Caldwell's praise of Laura is purely so that he can eventually ask professional writer Rob a favor, such as reading a manuscript he wrote or wanting to collaborate on a project. Laura is somewhat incredulous at Rob's suggestion, but Rob is even more certain after Laura gets an A+ on her first assignment, which Mr. Caldwell said was the best in class, but which Rob, Buddy and Sally can see is not very good. With Rob and Laura locked in argument over the matter, Buddy suggests Rob give in to what Mr. Caldwell wants. As Rob carries out the plan, he finds that his sense of an ulterior motive is only half accurate. Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Millie Helper: You know, maybe I'm a little hard on Jerry. After all, he said I could be a writer because I look a little bit like Joyce Kilmer.
Laura Petrie: Joyce Kilmer?
Millie Helper: Yeah, you think so?
Laura Petrie: Millie, Joyce Kilmer was a man.
Millie Helper: I'll kill him. I'll kill him.
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The Blue Danube Waltz
original title: An der Schönen Blauen Donau op. 314 (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
Sung by Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke)
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13 May 1964 (USA) See more »

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