The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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That's My Boy?? 

During a flashback about his early days as a parent, Rob recounts why he believed Laura and he brought home a baby belonging to someone else.


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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
Jerry Paris ... Jerry Helper
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Amzie Strickland ... Nurse
Greg Morris ... Mr. Peters
Mimi Dillard Mimi Dillard ... Mrs. Peters
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley


Mel's sister-in-law just had a baby, a beautiful product of two less-than-attractive parents. When Mel jokes that perhaps they got the wrong baby at the hospital, Laura, Jerry and Millie prod a sheepish Rob to tell the story of when Ritchie was born and Rob believed that the baby they brought home from the hospital was not theirs. The story... From the excitement of being a new father, Rob's somewhat confused state that day matched confusion exhibited at the busy hospital during Laura's entire stay. The hospital staff kept mistaking her room (208) with that of a Mrs. Peters (203) who also had a baby boy that same day. As person after person comments that the Petrie baby doesn't look like either Laura or Rob, Rob begins to believe that the Peters' baby and theirs were mixed up. Not wanting to concern Laura, Rob tried to find evidence of the mix-up and talks to the Peters on the phone. Only after meeting the Peters does Rob become certain whether the baby they have in their possession ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family



Did You Know?


The surprise reveal at the end of this episode caused the longest laugh by the studio audience in the show's history. It lasted several minutes, and most of it had to be edited out of the finished show. See more »


Through the first half of the show, including at the hospital, Mr and Mrs Peters had a baby girl. When Rob was discussing the two babies with Jerry, she had changed to a baby boy, and remained a boy until the end of the show. See more »


Rob Petrie: Who, uh... who do you think the baby looks like?
Jerry Helper: You know, I don't know. How can you tell at this age? I mean, their looks change every day. Now, that first day, he looked like you.
Rob Petrie: Yeah. Then a little later he looked something like Laura.
Jerry Helper: Mm-hm.
Rob Petrie: Then, the day comin' home in the cab, he looked a lot like Ralph Martoni.
Jerry Helper: Who's Ralph Martoni?
Rob Petrie: The cab driver. Didn't you see his picture on the license plate? Little pudgy bald guy.
Jerry Helper: Rob, listen, all newborn babies look like Ralph Martoni. I mean, the ...
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Alternate Versions

Colorized by CBS and aired 11 December 2016, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show: Coast to Coast Big Mouth See more »


Featured in The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Last Chapter (1966) See more »

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A Study in Comedy Excellence
17 August 2013 | by winbribachSee all my reviews

Based on the trivia, the show's ending caused an exceedingly long laughter that had to be edited out of the final TV product. After watching it, I can easily understand why this happened. The story centers around the premise of Rob (Dick Van Dyke) believing that he and his wife, Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), have brought home the wrong baby. It's structure is very similar to that of a good boxer's at his best. The writers(Sam Denoff and Bill Persky) strategically soften the audience with a series of smaller funny moments before delivering the knockout blow. The ending is absolutely perfect. If there is one example of how to write comedy,this is it.

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25 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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