The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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Will You Two Be My Wife? 

Rob recounts the wrath and fury he encountered when he broke his engagement with his hometown sweetheart, Dorothy, after he and Laura became engaged.


John Rich


Carl Reiner, Carl Reiner (created by)


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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
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Crumbermacher
Allan Melvin ... Sam
Ray Kellogg ... Captain
Barbara Bain ... Dorothy


Having seen Rob hide something in his desk, nosy Sally and Buddy eventually discover it's a manuscript of what looks like his memoirs. Although feeling guilty reading it, they do so anyway and enjoy a story (seen in flashback) about the time Rob was at Camp Crowder getting ready for his wedding to Laura. In preparation, Rob asked his captain if he could have two three-day passes, one for the honeymoon and one to go back to his hometown of Danville, Illinois, to tell his old girlfriend - the sexy and amorous Dorothy to whom he was pre-engaged and who he's known since they were both in the fourth grade - that he was marrying someone else. As his captain would only issue one three-day pass, Rob had to decide which of the two events was going to happen and see how Laura and Dorothy would react to what he had to tell them. Sally and Buddy love what they read but are less thrilled that the story, as typed, is incomplete, leaving them wondering how to find out the rest of the tale without ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family



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Rob talks about going back to Danville, Illinois to tell his old girlfriend he can't marry her. Dick Van Dyke grew up in Danville, Illinois. See more »


[Buddy and Sally are reading Rob's manuscript about being engaged to someone else]
Rob Petrie: [voiceover] As I was standing in Dorothy's living room, I felt like a soldier who was AWOL: absent without love. As Hamlet once said, "Hark, here comes Dorothy, and I wish was dead." I had forgotten how beautiful and graceful Dorothy was. She was lovely, blond, about two inches taller than Laura, and about 45 percent sexier.
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Another scorned woman...with a twist
2 July 2019 | by thwrtr19See all my reviews

Funny and well-acted, but with a serious issue, and lesson to be learned. At the end of the flashback, Rob reveals that Dorothy (real name Daphne) in reality sent him a Dear John letter, saying that she was going to marry a friend of his. So insidiously typical of women. Guys in the military, etc., too often have been victims of the "Dear John" bombshell. And sometimes, women don't even bother with writing such a note. Guys returning home thus get hit with the stunning news; it impact is like a Rocky Marciano right to the jaw. Hence, we find out the hard way that in so many cases, we just can't trust the girl(s) we had back home. At the beginning of this episode, Rob---being the nice, considerate guy he was---chose to do the right thing and went to Dorothy in person to carefully break his news. An obvious lesson to be learned here: women are not worthy of consideration in such matters...because they too often don't use it regarding us.

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16 January 1963 (USA) See more »

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