The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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The Case of the Pillow 

Rob cries fowl when he takes a shady salesman to court for selling Laura smelly feather pillows.


Howard Morris

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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
Ed Begley ... Judge
Jerry Paris ... Jerry Helper
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Alvy Moore ... Wiley
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... May Wiley
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Bailiff
Johnny Silver ... Man #1


Rob and Laura (plaintiffs) take Mr. Wiley (defendant) to small claims court over a matter of smelly pillows. Despite the small amount of money involved, Rob willingly takes the day off work solely as a matter of principle in bringing Mr. Wiley's business practices to justice. The case: Laura bought four so-called eiderdown feather pillows from Wiley, which felt like eiderdown but later smelled like funky chicken. Wiley denied smelling anything unusual and suggested Laura and Rob air them out for a few days. Later, as Mr. Wiley became impossible to reach, Rob believed they were deliberately delayed while Laura's check for the pillows cleared. Millie, Jerry, Buddy and Sally all corroborated the chicken smell, so Rob took Wiley to court; but, on the whole, the Petries' case boils down to their word against his. Worse, Rob (acting as his own attorney) has seen too many legal shows on television, and his prolongation of court proceedings with legalese gibberish isn't winning the judge to ... Written by Huggo / revised by statmanjeff

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Plot Keywords:

pillow | court | feathers | judge | allergy | See All (12) »


Comedy | Family








Release Date:

17 February 1965 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When greeting Mrs. Wiley, Rob says, "How do you do, Mrs. Wiley?" This is the same catch phrase Used by Ernest T. Bass in the Andy Griffith Show. Interestingly enough this episode Was directed by Howard Morris, who played Bass on the Griffith Show. As further evidence that this Was intentional, Morris's wife had the last name of Wiley. See more »


If you watch carefully, there are wisps of feathers in the court room and especially around the judge even before Rob opens the package of feathers (probably from an earlier take). See more »


Buddy Sorrell: [the first to test-smell Laura's new pillows] Why do I always have to be the first?
Sally Rogers: Because you're expendable.
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References Perry Mason (1957) See more »

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Ed Begley steals the show
7 August 2015 | by colagadaSee all my reviews

Ed Begley had a long career on Broadway, in movies, and on television, specializing in dramatic roles. In this episode, Begley who won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 1962 for his role of Boss Finley in "Sweet Bird of Youth," and who had a notable role in the film "12 Angry Men," plays a harried judge in a small claims court who is obliged to deal with Rob's inadvertent attempt to turn a simple small-claims court case into an episode of "Perry Mason." He and Van Dyke play well off of each other, and his straight-reactions to Rob's bumbling make this one of the better episodes of the series.

Alvy Moore's portrayal of the man who misrepresented a sale to the Petries may have been a precursor to his later role of Mr. Kimball on "Green Acres."

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