The Dick Van Dyke Show - It May Look like a Walnut
After Rob watches a science-fiction movie, it seems as if Kolak from the planet Twilo, who looks like Danny Thomas, is plotting to use alien walnuts to steal his sense of humor and his thumbs.
#50 - S2E20 - February 6, 1963
Amusing and silly, and yes Danny Thomas stars as himself.
Fun Fact: The thousands of walnuts used for the scene of Laura descending from the closet were supplied to the show by walnut wholesalers. Dick Van Dyke recalled that the actors and crew were allowed to eat as many walnuts as they wanted -- eventually causing many of them intestinal problems from over-consumption of the low-fiber nut meat. After the show, the producers returned any unbroken walnuts to the wholesalers -- most of which ended up on store shelves.
In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #15 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes. In 2009, it moved to #13. That really tells you something. I'm not sure exactly what, but something. 😁
The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Curious Thing About Women
Rob uses Laura's habit of opening his mail as the basis for a sketch on The Alan Brady Show.
#16 - S1E16 - January 10, 1962
This episode includes the popular life raft scene. The Alan Brady sketch is described as very similar to the 1952 "Joan's Curiosity" episode of the sitcom I Married Joan in which the title character was trapped in a closet with an inflating liferaft that had been delivered, addressed to her husband. That episode was also written by Frank Tarloff (same writer). Terrific ending!
Both of these episodes were favourites of Carl Reiner, who died last month (June 29, 2020, aged 98), and were chosen as a tribute to him.
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