Eight Days of Christmas, Day 4: Fitzwilly (1967)

On the fourth day of Christmas, TMP teaches you… criminals can have hearts of gold, too! Today’s holiday flick is Fitzwilly, starring Dick Van Dyke as a well-meaning con artist. On to the review… Victoria Woodworth (Edith Evans) is a kind, wealthy woman living in a fancy Manhattan brownstone. Actually, that’s only partially true. She is kind, and she does live comfortably in Manhattan, but … Continue reading Eight Days of Christmas, Day 4: Fitzwilly (1967)

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 27 – 32

With this post, we reach the end of the Recap and React series for The Dick Van Dyke Show! Because I love this show so much, I’m considering on making a few more posts about it — ranking each season’s episodes, making a list of my favorites, or ranking the seasons. Let me know if you’d be interested in reading this! Until then, let’s take … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 27 – 32

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 21 – 26

Season 5, Episode 21: “Dear Sally Rogers” Directed by Richard Erdman Written by Ronald Axe Originally aired February 23, 1966 Recap: Sally takes a one of her occasional steps in front of the camera, visiting The Stevie Parsons Show, where she makes a joking request for marriage proposals by mail. The gag results in Sally receiving hundreds of letters from eligible suitors. Reaction: The “Sally … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 21 – 26

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 16 – 20

Season 5, Episode 16: “I Do Not Choose to Run” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Dale McRaven and Carl Kleinschmitt Originally aired January 19, 1966 Recap: After giving a very successful speech on the topic of a proposed shopping center at a New Rochelle city council meeting, Rob is urged to run for a position as councilman. Reaction: This episode starts out kind of … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 16 – 20

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 11 – 15

Season 5, Episode 11: “Body and Sol” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Carl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRaven Originally aired November 24, 1965 Recap: After learning that Sally had lunch with his old Army pal “Boom Boom,” a prizefighter, Rob reminisces on his boxing matches when he was in the Army, including one against Boom Boom. Reaction: Leave it to The Dick Van Dyke Show … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 11 – 15

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 6 – 10

Season 5, Episode 6: “Draw Me a Pear” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Art Baer and Ben Joelson Originally aired October 20, 1965 Recap: Rob and Laura decide to attend an art class together in the evenings, but things get complicated when the teacher seems interested in Rob for more than just his artistic talents! Reaction: Episode 5 showed us jealous Rob, and this … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 6 – 10

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 1 – 5

I’m a little sad to be writing this post, and I’ve been putting it off for a few months. Why am I sad to be watching The Dick Van Dyke Show, you ask? Because this is the beginning of the end! Season 5 was Dick Van Dyke‘s final season, meaning that this version of the “Recap and React” series is almost finished. I love this … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 1 – 5

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 27 – 32

Season 4, Episode 27: “Never Bathe on Saturday” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Carl Reiner Originally aired March 31, 1965 Recap: Rob and Laura return unexpectedly early from a romantic second honeymoon. With Millie confused as to why the vacation was cut short, the Petries explain that it has to do with Laura getting stuck in a bathtub. Reaction: I was really looking forward … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 27 – 32

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 11 – 15

Special note: Happy belated birthday to Dick Van Dyke, who celebrated his 89th yesterday! Season 4, Episode 11: “It Wouldn’t Hurt Them to Give Us a Raise” Directed by Peter Baldwin Written by Jay Burton and Ernest Chambers Originally aired December 2, 1964 Recap: Rob and his fellow writers hope to get a pay raise from the show after reading that a newer show’s writers … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 11 – 15

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 6 – 10

Season 4, Episode 6: “Romance, Roses and Rye Bread” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson Originally aired October 28, 1964 Recap: Surprise, surprise — Sally has a secret admirer! Who could the mysterious fella be? Well, as it turns out… he’s the owner of the deli. Reaction: Buddy is on fire with the one-liners at the beginning of the episode, … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 6 – 10