Oct. 03, 1961
30 min.
CBS TV Network

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The Dick Van Dyke Show - 01x08 To Tell or Not to Tell

1x08 To Tell or Not to Tell

First Aired: Nov. 14, 1961 on CBS
Summary: Laura makes a decision to go back to her life as a dancer but then discovers just how hard it really is.

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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Rob Petrie played by Dick Van Dyke
Buddy Sorrell played by Morey Amsterdam
Ritchie Petrie played by Larry Mathews
Mel Cooley played by Richard Deacon
Delivery Boy played by Jamie Farr
Party Guest played by Robert Board
Party Guest played by Shep Houghton

Episode Quotes

Ritchie Petrie: Daddy?
Rob Petrie: Hmm?
Ritchie Petrie: When's Mommy coming home?
Rob Petrie: Soon, Rich. Why?
Ritchie Petrie: I like Mommy's banana's better.
Melvin (Mel) Cooley: Say, I just had an idea.
Maurice (Buddy) Sorrell: Oh. That makes an even one.
Maurice (Buddy) Sorrell: Rob, listen to me, the first week that you get off, take Laura for a skiing trip.
Rob Petrie: Skiing? What for? Laura can't ski. Heh, she'd break her leg.
Maurice (Buddy) Sorrell: Yeah! Boy, you catch on fast!


  • The title is based upon the often used quote from Shakespeare's play Hamlet, "To be or not to be."
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