When the writers discuss a sketch that takes place during the turn of the century, Buddy mentions how different those times were when men and women had very defined roles in life. He thinks those times were the way they should be now, with the current era being that of the decline of the male. Although initially not agreeing with Buddy, Rob thinks that Buddy may be right when he goes home and Laura starts directing him to do many of the chores around the house. Rob is beginning to feel like the henpecked husband and Laura the boss of the relationship. Rob and Laura's resulting argument on the issue and Laura watching an old silent movie on television right before bed spur Rob to dream about the olden days, where he is a leisure filled aristocrat with a son driven to work and haggard and scared wife tired from the constant housework directed by him. Will the dream make Rob feel any differently?
Did You Know?
This episode was filmed without a live audience and was aired on 4 April 1962. It used speeded-up filmed inserts during Rob's dream of a 1920s lifestyle, which made shooting in front of an audience impractical. See more
You know, you may think of yourself as a brainwashed American male but as far as I'm concerned you're a thoughtful, considerate husband.
Yeah - thoughtful, considerate and declining.
References The Wizard of Oz