The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

My Mother Can Beat Up My Father 

When a drunk accosts Laura and Rob in a downtown bar, Laura surprises Rob by using a judo throw that flattens the man. Rob begins to feel inadequate as the "protector" of his household and sets out to prove a point with Laura.


Jerry Paris

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Episode cast overview:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert ... Mr. Cavendish
Ken Berry ... Tony Daniels
Imelda De Martin Imelda De Martin ... Miss Taylor
Tom Avera Tom Avera ... Ed Wilson
Lou Cutell ... Vinnie


Lying in the hospital in traction, Rob relays the story of how he sustained his injuries (which he implies were all Laura's fault) to his nurse, Miss Taylor. The story: Three days earlier when Rob and Laura were out for dinner, Laura was being harassed by a drunk. To protect his wife, Rob decided to challenge the drunk to a fight, believing the drunk would back down. After a very fast impromptu fight - leaving Rob floored with a sore nose and hurt pride - Laura herself knocked the drunk out with a judo move. Already feeling somewhat emasculated by the incident, Rob's situation became all the worse from being witnessed and reported by Ed Wilson, Rob's newspaper columnist friend. The resulting talk swirling around the incident implied that if Laura beat up the drunk and the drunk beat up Rob, then logically Laura could beat up Rob. As such, Laura now wore the pants in the family. To regain his manhood, Rob - although stating he didn't want to beat up Laura physically - deep in his heart... Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Family








Release Date:

23 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Calvada Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first episode that aired after the death of Rose Marie's husband, Bobby Guy, on 27 May 1964. See more »


Buddy Sorrell: Sally, what do you think that look means?
Sally Rogers: Well, I'd say he was seriously thinking about killing the next person who ribs him.
Buddy Sorrell: Sending Laura to kill the next person who ribs him.
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References The Four Feathers (1939) See more »

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