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The Dick Van Dyke Show

Season 1 Episode 2

The Meershatz Pipe

Aired Unknown Nov 28, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Rob gets upset because Alan gave Buddy gifts, Rob tries to add to the end of the script. Buddy doesn't like it, So Rob goes home and soon gets tired, which leads him to be sick. Rob goes to the office to try and help finish the script.moreless

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  • Wonderfully comically poignant episode!

    Once again we are witness to Dick Van Dyke's wonderful comedic style. He is subtle and quite human in his responses to his bruised self-esteem. Who hasn't at one time or another felt like Robert Petrie? Here DVD pulls it off flawlessly.

    His hurt feelings slowly surfacing when he learns of the so called gifts and dinner invitations that Buddy has gotten from the big Boss, Alan Brady is wonderfully low key and lovely!

    I love how this episode also, once again, show cases Dick Van Dyke's supreme talent as a mime as he portrays a man sick from a flu, but also sick from worry and doubt. I laugh out loud every time I see this episode.

    Capped off with a heart warming ending! Smashing!

    Simply wonderful acting!moreless
Jon Silo

Jon Silo

elevator operator

Guest Star

Jerry Paris

Jerry Paris

Jerry Helper

Recurring Role

Carl Reiner

Carl Reiner

Alan Brady (voice only)

Recurring Role

Richard Deacon

Richard Deacon

Mel Cooley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The Meershatz pipe is an obvious take-off on the real-life Meerschaum pipe.  But at one point in the episode, Morey Amsterdam mistakenly refers to it by the Meerschaum name.  

    • Goof: When Rob and Laura are watching the Alan Brady Show, you can see the camera shadow as the camera pans around.

    • Goof: When Richie asks Laura if he can keep the dollar bill Rob gave him, the boom mike shadow is seen.

    • Goof: When Rob is trying to sneak out of the bedroom without waking up Laura, there is a shadow on Laura's blankets from the cameramen.

    • Goof: When Rob, Buddy and Sally are talking about where Buddy got the pipe there is a close up scene where Buddy and Sally are looking at each other. In the next shot,which happens to be a further away shot, they are no longer looking at each other.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Sally: You mean Alan didn't give you that pipe?
      Buddy: Alan give me a present! Agrovates him to give me my salary.

    • (Sally hands Rob a small package)
      Sally: A little welcome home present from me to you.
      Rob: Ah, Sally. You didn't have to do that.
      Sally: Oh, be careful, be careful.
      Rob: Be careful?
      Sally: Yes, be careful.
      (Rob opens the gift)
      Sally: It's chicken soup.
      Rob: Chicken soup?
      Sally: Yeah! I made it myself. Laura told me that you like to gargle with it.

    • Laura: What are you doing out of bed?
      Rob: Oh! I'm all well! I'm all right. I had a touch of seven hour virus. It's all gone. I'll just have a last gargle and be on my way.
      (Rob takes cup Laura is holding and begins to gargle)
      Laura: Rob. Rob! You're gargling with chicken rice soup.
      Rob: Rice?
      Laura: Yes.
      Rob: I thought my teeth were falling out.

    • (Rob does a pushup)
      Rob: That's one.
      (Rob tries to do another one)
      Rob: That's...that's...
      Laura: That's still one.

    • Richie: Daddy doesn't like me.
      Laura: Oh, Richie, don't be silly. Your daddy loves you.
      Richie: He might love me, but he doesn't like me.

    • Rob: Oh, Buddy's been gloating all day about a pipe that Alan gave him.
      (Laura just looks at him)
      Rob: Well, he didn't give me a pipe. I am suppose to be the head writer, you know.
      Laura: But darling, you don't even smoke a pipe.

    • Rob: Lets read Hansel and Gretel. Where is that book?
      Richie: I want to hear about the pipe.
      Rob: No. Look, I'll read to you about the witch and where they push her in the oven and burn her. It's a nicer story.

    • Buddy: Oh, ivory! Beautiful. Finish it with an ivory joke, at the piano, right.
      Sally: Yeah.
      Buddy: He sits at the piano and he looks at the keys and says, do you realize that it takes two elephants to make the keys for a piano like this. And the guest star says, my, I didn't know those big bruts did such delicate work.

    • Buddy: Hey, did you ever see the collection Alan has? Oh, he must have 500 pipes in his den.
      Rob: His den? In his house?
      Buddy: No, the den in his car. What kind of question is that?

    • Buddy: Alan is standing there and he says, You know folks, today those foreign cars are so small, I put out my hand to turn the corner and one ran up my sleeve.

    • Buddy: We are writing a comdey show. We don't have time for jokes.

    • Buddy: Look at this! These jokes are gold.
      Rob: Not gold, lead. I read them.
      Buddy: You read them, but you don't listen to what you're reading. You've got to listen, hear it like Alan would say it. Look at this one, Calling car 32, calling car 32! Wipe off your windshield somebody is stealing your radiator cap.

    • Sally: ... and Alan says,ah, good night folks and remember if you find yourself in hot water, take a bath.
      Buddy: Good! Good, I like it. Oh, wait a minute!
      Sally: What?
      Buddy: We can't do it.
      Sally: Why?
      Buddy: We did it last week
      Sally: Oh, yeah, that's where I heard it.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Rob: Okay, Gorgeous George.

      Gorgeous George (George Wagner) was a professional American wrestler.

    • The referance to the "Meershatz" pipe is an allusion to the famous and collectable "Meerschaum" pipes. Handcarved and quite often highly expensive
      the "Meershatz" as it is called in the show adds to it allure, making it seem like an even more expensive gift!