Sunday, June 5, 2011

Episode 1: The Sick Boy and the Sitter

If you watch "The Dick Van Dyke Show" on late-night television, which may show the episodes out of order, you might be puzzled when this one pops up. There are so many odd things about it -- all of which, however, are simply attributable to its being the first episode. For example:
- Van Dyke is wearing excessive makeup, with a pale face and dark lips.
- The kitchen looks a bit different from its appearance in future episodes.
- Richie's room is located on the opposite side of the house from its location in subsequent episodes.
- The writers' office also has a different layout from that of other episodes.
- The Petries' neighbors are Sam and Dottie, not Jerry and Millie.

So at this earliest part of the series, the show's creators were still trying to figure things out.


Rob: “Fifteen today isn’t like when you were fifteen. If you were fifteen years old today, you’d have to be at least twenty-three!”
Janie: “Just a minute – what did you say was on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator?”
Rob: “Who knows? If it’s food, eat it! If it’s a phone number, call it!”

1 comment:

  1. I did notice Van Dyke's make-up in episode 1. I read that it was due to him breaking out into a huge cold-sore on the day of the filming. If you look closely on his upper lip on his left side, you can still see it. Rob and Laura both head out front to their bedroom. The Fridge is where the door is later and the shelving is where the "pass through" is. If the Pipe episode is number's all changed!