The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

The Last Chapter 

After five years of struggle, Rob finally finishes his first book. As Laura reads it, she discovers its about their life from marriage proposal to a point shortly after Ritchie's birth.


Jerry Paris, John Rich


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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
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
Jerry Paris ... Jerry Helper
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Dabbs Greer ... Chaplain (archive footage)
Herbie Faye ... Vendor (archive footage)
Frank Adamo Frank Adamo ... Delivery Boy / Best Man (archive footage)
Tiny Brauer Tiny Brauer ... Cabbie (archive footage)
Greg Morris ... Mr. Peters (archive footage)
Mimi Dillard Mimi Dillard ... Mrs. Peters (archive footage)
Carl Reiner ... Alan Brady


Rob and Laura put aside all else for one evening after Rob tells her that he has finished the manuscript for his first book. He hopes Laura will read the manuscript while he watches her, nervously trying to gage her reaction, but she'll have none of that. As Laura starts reading, she is excited to learn that the book is the story of their life, and she begins to reminisce about the situations written. Regardless of Laura's reaction, Rob is equally as anticipatory about the reaction of the publisher to whom he sent the manuscript. Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family



Did You Know?


Sally Rogers (Rose Marie) comments that Alan intends to get Leonard Bershad to be the executive producer of the television series he intends to make from Rob's book. This is an inside joke referring to the real-life executive producer of "The Dick Van Dyke Show," Sheldon Leonard, whose real name was Sheldon Leonard Bershad. See more »


Laura Petrie: I only read the first chapter. Is the rest as good?
Rob Petrie: Honey, it... Better. I improve as I get along. I be... I start to use punctuation, everything.
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1 June 1966 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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