The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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What's in a Middle Name? 

Ritchie finds his birth certificate and wants an explanation for his middle name being Rosebud.

Director:

John Rich

Writers:

Carl Reiner, Carl Reiner (created by)

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
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
Carl Benton Reid ... Mr. Meehan
Geraldine Wall Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Meehan
J. Pat O'Malley ... Sam Petrie
Isabel Randolph ... Clara Petrie
Cyril Delevanti ... Grandpa Petrie
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Storyline

Ritchie asks his parents if he has a middle name like most of his friends have, which Rob and Laura seem somewhat reluctant to answer. When Ritchie pulls out his birth certificate (discovered in a safe box that was supposed to be locked) and asks if the other name listed on it - Rosebud - is his middle name, Rob and Laura have to confess that it is indeed his middle name... sort of. Rob and Laura say they will tell him the whole story about how he got his middle name after he comes home from school, which gives them time to recall the events. It all started the day that Laura told Rob she was pregnant. The news not only excited Rob but also all their friends and especially their respective parents and Rob's paternal grandfather. Everyone had a specific name they wanted to call the baby, with no one willing to budge from their stance. Rob came up with Rosebud as an agreeable compromise name because... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1962 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Calvada Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The title is based on a quote from William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet." See more »

Quotes

Sally Rogers: Well, it's just like my Aunt Agnes always says: "What's in a name? A cat by any other name STILL wouldn't smell like a rose."
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Connections

References Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) See more »

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