anyone else ever do a dick van dyke show flashback marathon?

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  1. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    I was just wondering if anyone else had ever done this?

    I just watched all of the flashback episodes. I broke it down into two parts.

    Part 1 - The contemporary flashbacks.

    This includes all of the flashbacks to things that happened to him recently. There are 13 of these shows. I've listed them by season (episode #):

    2 (39) - 3 flashbacks (one fish, and two Rashomonish) about a fight between Rob & Laura
    2 (44) - Remembering the PTA show the previous year
    2 (50) - Check grabbing earlier that night
    3 (76) - Flashback to 1 week earlier where Xmas show is proposed
    3 (81) - Poker game with marked cards earlier that night
    3 (91) - Rob tells Laura how he ended up in jail
    4 (96) - How rob got judoed into the hospital a few days earlier
    4 (99) - Jerry rips rob's jacket 2 weeks earlier
    4 (115) - Buying the chicken feather pillows 2 months earlier
    4 (111) - Stacie's date earlier that evening
    4 (118) - Rob giving away Bupkis 2 months earlier
    4 (121) - The toe in the faucet earlier that night
    5 (142) - Rob's tuxedo ripped while watching tv in albany

    Part 2 - the historical flashbacks.

    These are the ones that take place before the show began. There are approximately 17 of these episodes (+/- 1 depending on how your point of view). I've put these in chronological order (which is pretty easy to do), although my attempt to attach dates to them didn't work - there are just too many discrepancies in the timeline.

    1 (6) - They meet
    5 (131) - Cpl. Rice tries to steal Laura
    5 (137) - Rob fights Boom Boom
    2 (34) - The proposal & wedding
    2 (47) - 3 day pass (this one is optional since it was so heavily embellished. Also, chronologically, it falls between the proposal and the wedding of the previous episode)
    3 (85) - Their honeymoon
    4 (106) - Laura drugged up 2 months after wedding
    5 (147) - Mexican divorce 3 months after wedding
    4 (122) - Job interview with Alan Brady
    2 (49) - 1st day as head writer
    3 (90) - Laura poses for nude painting
    2 (36) - Laura tells rob she's pregnant
    4 (119) - They buy the house with the rock
    5 (140) - Rob unemployed during show's summer hiatus
    4 (102) - Held up in elevator by Lionel Delp
    1 (19) - Richie born
    3 (64) - Taking richie home from the hospital

    The final episode of the series also includes repeats of some historical flashbacks, but I didn't include that in my marathon.
     
  2. Casey Trowbridg

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    George, thanks for listing those out should someone else want to try this. I have watched marathons of the Dick Van Dyke Show, but that's usually just several episodes strung together flashback or not. I might try this someday though.
     
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    Great list of the "flashbacks" in the series, George [​IMG] Can't say that I've done the marathon. I recently bought the whole series set so I'm still in Season 1. I remember the flashback's being among the best eps of this series, though. I finally found a use for the Season 1 set that I'd bought before the megaset was released. My nephew now has S1 for Xmas [​IMG] Amazing how some of the youngsters out there like something from this era of TV series.
     
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    Hmm this is a good idea. It would be easy to do with "The Simpsons," as well. I wonder if there's such a list for that show??
     
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    Interesting idea, indeed, George. However, you've missed a couple of flashback episodes.......

    Ep. 39 -- "The Night The Roof Fell In" .... 2 flashbacks here, highlighting the different versions of a fight between Rob and Laura.

    Ep. 91 -- "Dear Mrs. Petrie, Your Husband Is In Jail" .... The "Benny Joey" nightclub flashbacks.


    Also: If you wanted to include "Dream Sequences" in such a list, several more shows could be added. These aren't exactly "flashbacks", but sort of akin to a flashback in a fashion.

    Dream sequences occur in:

    Ep. 5 -- "Washington vs. The Bunny".
    Ep. 27 -- "The Bad Old Days".
    Ep. 51 -- "It May Look Like A Walnut".
    Ep. 93 -- "I'd Rather Be Bald Than Have No Head At All".
    Ep. 158 -- "The Gunslinger".
     
  6. george kaplan

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    David,

    Thanks for the heads up. They got lost in the shuffle. I'll update my first post.

    Actually #39 has 3 flashbacks of sorts, though none is exactly traditional. One is the flashback of a fish, and then Rob and Laura each have a Rashomon flashback which is distorted beyond repair. [​IMG]
     
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    Yes, indeedy, you're right. Good catch. I had earlier claimed only 2 f-backs in that episode. I hadn't thought of the initial "fishy flashback" with the talking fishies (utilizing fish and a fish tank, btw, that we never, ever see again; similar to the fate of the one-time-seen pool table in the basement). [​IMG]


    LAURA -- "I don't know how you do it darling....working all day, writing all those funny jokes"
    ROB -- "That does it! Sarcasm is something I don't take from anybody!"
     

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