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  • The episode may be predictable in how it plays out, but I still enjoyed watching it


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      “Jealousy” is an episode of “The Dick Van Dyke Show”. This episode follows a pretty standard formula that I imagine, at the time, hadn’t been done to death like it has by now. In this episode, Rob ends up working late several nights with a beautiful woman that is going to be a guest star on the television show that Rob, Buddy and Sally write for. Laura grows suspicious, thanks to some over the top talk and innuendo from one of their neighbors, especially when Rob starts phoning that he’ll be home late again and again. Laura’s suspicions explode when she finds a handkerchief of Rob’a with a lipstick smudge on it, which was actually from Sally, who kissed Rob on the cheek after Rob agreed to let her leave so that she could go on her date and not

      have to cancel to work late. Thus, there’s a lot of tension in this episode between Rob and Laura.

      The episode may be predictable in how it plays out, but I still enjoyed watching it. Ann Morgan Guilbert, who plays Millie Helper, appears for the first time in the episode, and she gives a solidly entertaining debut performance on the show. I particularly enjoyed how she kept telling Jerry, her husband, played by Jerry Paris, how terrible he was for suggesting to Laura that Rob sure must be enjoying “working” with a beautiful actress. Millie would talk real fast and repeatedly use the word “terrible” over and over again, and it just made the scenes involving her comical. Jerry’s constant teasing directed at Rob and his late nights was fun to watch and listen to a well. I also feel that ...


      • Mary Tyler Moore shined in this episode, especially at the end of the episode, when she decides on dropping by where Rob and the actress are rehearsing to see for herself just what’s going on. She portrays her embarrassment through acts of stuttering and jittery movements very well upon discovering that indeed Rob and the actress, as well as Buddy, Sally and Mel, are all just rehearsing for the show, and in fact, Rob has proudly told the actress all about Laura and their son. I also enjoyed Dick Van Dyke’s brief dance that he did in this episode during rehearsal, once again demonstrating just how quick he is on his feet how much precise control he has over his movements while doing a “routine”.

        “Jealousy” isn’t my favorite episode of the series because the story is one that I’ve seen

        far too often repeated and recycled on other shows. It’s a story that’s been done time and again, more so than most, and so while the episode is entertaining, it doesn’t do anything particularly different to differentiate it from the other television series’ that have episodes where the wife suspects the husband of fooling around, finds “evidence” to support such theory, proceeds to get mad at husband and then prove to be wrong in the end. Still, unlike more modern takes on this type of story, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” keeps it clean and never tosses out innuendo that would make a parent think twice about letting his or her child or children watch the show. The show is able to be funny without venturing into adult territory, and that’s part of the reason this episode gets a “9″ rating from me.




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