Ivan of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear was inspired to put together a blogathon for the Dick Van Dyke show, and his inspirations are always right on the money! A lot of people loved the idea, including me ... this is my contribution. Click on this link to find the entire line-up: http://www.thrillingdaysofyesteryear.blogspot.com/.
Dick Van Dyke's weekly comedy show gave us so many memorable laughs, it is hard to pick one to write about. However, this was the first that popped up in my mind, and it is my favorite: Coast to Coast Bigmouth ... or, as I always call it, "the episode about Alan's hair." I loved the shows in which Carl Reiner appeared as Alan Brady, and to me, this episode is easily in the Top 5 of all time (along with the one about the walnuts and the one about the Petrie family brooch shaped like the United States). It aired during Season 5, on Wednesday, September 15, 1965. This particular episode really spotlighted the comedic talents of all the main characters: Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie, Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie, and especially Carl Reiner. Richard Deacon as Mel Cooley, RoseMarie as Sally, Morey Amsterdam as Buddy, and Ann Morgan Guilbert as Millie all had wonderful moments in this episode.
|Laura and Millie at the game show|
Alan lines up all of his heads of different hair styles on his desk, looks at them and says: "Fellas...." I laughed just at that one word, with his hilarious delivery, but it gets better.
|"Who wants to see me? MRS. Petrie?|
Well, send her in!"
A brave wife decides to visit the lion in his den, hoping to take the blame and save her husband and his job.
|Alan: "What am I going to do with all these now?"|
Laura: "Well, Alan, there must be some ... needy bald people."
Alan: "Needy bald people! Laura, you're a nut!"
Will Rob and Laura survive the wrath of Brady? Will Mel Cooley finally get some hair? To find out, just go to Hulu and watch Episode 1 of Season 5. I'll never tell!