In avoiding head councilwoman Mrs. Billings, Rob thinks he's finally gotten away from directing this year's New Rochelle Parents Council's annual variety show that he's done for the past several years. He doesn't mind directing or performing in the show but hates the audition process as Laura is the only really talented woman in the community and Rob doesn't like telling the other women that his wife, once again, has the lead in the show, but Mrs. Billings does eventually catch up with him, thanks to Laura, who likes that inside edge of having a husband who makes the casting decisions. It ends up being even more important this year as Buddy and Sally are providing material for the show - a musical comedy originally written for Alan Brady (who'll never do it since the lead role is for a female). Presuming she'll get the lead role as usual, Laura doesn't count on the fact that people with talent can sometimes move into new neighborhoods. Such is the case, leaving Rob, as director, to ...
Did You Know?
Sylvia Lewis (who played "Anita") was the ex-wife of John Rich, who was a frequent director of The Dick Van Dyke Show. He did not direct this one though. See more
Anita starts her audition singing while playing guitar but suddenly bursts out into dance backed by a studio jazz band, which is nowhere to be found in Rob and Laura's living room. See more
Hey, come on, fellas, whadda you say we get to work, huh? I got a very important if-date.
Yeah. If he shows up and if he asks me, I got a date.
A Sentimental Love Song
aka "My Heart Got a Smash in the Face" (uncredited)
Performed by Ann Morgan Guilbert See more