65) Coast to Coast Big Mouth (The Dick Van Dyke Show)

The Joker On The Sofa

“What is an unlisted banana?” Personally, that line is one of my favorite parts of the episode. After hearing only half of a kid’s joke (the punch-line), Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam), becomes horribly frustrated at not knowing the set-up, and won’t stop asking. It’s a small touch, but that’s one of the best parts of Dick Van Dyke. The little touches that show the quality of the writing. Btw, the set-up was “What’s long and yellow and seldom rings?”

DickVanDykeBananaPhone.jpg Unrelated to any songs by Raffi.


The plot of this episode is that TV writer Rob Petrie’s (Dick van Dyke) wife, Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), gets on a game show where the host routinely tries to get the contestants to say embarrassing things. Laura, being somewhat aware of this, manages to make it through most of the show with careful answers. Unfortunately, right at the end of the show…

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