The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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October Eve 

Laura once commissioned an artist for a fully clothed portrait of herself, which he, taking artist license, rendered nude and now has standing in an art gallery for all to see.


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 (credit only)
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Carl Reiner ... Sergei Carpetna
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... Henry
Genevieve Griffin Genevieve Griffin ... Henry's Wife
Frank Adamo Frank Adamo ... Sketch Artist


Laura tries to conceal the fact that there is a nude painting of her entitled "October Eve" hanging in a New York art gallery. She eventually recalls the circumstances under which eccentric artist Serge Carpenta depicted her posing in the all-together. Written by

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

8 April 1964 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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On's pre-recorded DVD, [while Rob is in the artist's studio, he sees Mel Cooley & quickly calls his name, says Mel, you son of a gun.] But when closed captioning is turned on, the remark or quote, it appears as if he said "Mel, you son of a bitch!" See more »


At the beginning when Sally is talking to Laura, she asks if Rob is there, when in fact Rob answered the phone. See more »


Laura Petrie: I wanted a painting for Rob, a picture of me exactly the way I look in this outfit!
Sergei Carpetna: For that kind of a picture you take a camera, you go to Central Park, you get on a pony and snap your brains out.
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Has My FAVORITE Moment in the Entire Series
17 April 2017 | by poetcomic1See all my reviews

When Rob reassures Laura that he's not upset about the nude painting of her being in a big art gallery and the moment she leaves the room grabs the irons on the burner and smashes a cup and goes insane for a moment. That bit of business, which was cooked up on the set by director Jerry Paris, is my FAVORITE moment in the entire series. Not to mention the wonderful Carl Reiner as the painter who is so in love with himself "I'm not even good enough for me.". Pleasures throughout.

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