The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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Stretch Petrie vs. Kid Schenk 

Neil Schenk, an old but manipulative pal of Rob's, re-enters Rob's life to, once again, milk him for repayment of a good turn he once provided Rob.


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
Jack Carter ... Neil Schenk
Peter Hobbs ... Bill Sampson
Albert Carrier ... Head Waiter
Lynn Borden ... Second Model
Judy Taylor Judy Taylor ... First Model
Sally Carter-Ihnat Sally Carter-Ihnat ... Girl (as Sally Carter)


Rob and Laura receive the mysterious gifts of an attaché case and perfume. They soon learn they're from Neil Schenk, perhaps Rob's oldest friend, who calls him "Stretch" (which Laura hates) and himself "The Kid". "Friend" is too strong a word as both Rob and Laura don't much like Neil, who likes to make himself out to be a big shot. He always seems to want something from Rob whenever he's in town - which is implied he is owed since he got Rob his first big job - and this trip seems no different as Neil plies them with the gifts and an expensive meal. Indeed, Neil is in line for a job at a New York advertising agency as primary liaison to The Alan Brady Show. He wants Rob to write him a glowing letter of recommendation, which is made all the more difficult as Rob knows Neil isn't right for the job. Rob has to figure out how to stand up to Neil this time and refuse to do what he wants. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

30 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Calvada Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


After they return home from dinner with Rob's friend, Laura says I'm too tired to sleep. Let's just sit down. When she walks to the couch you can see the back of her dress and it looks like she sat in something messy and very shiny. See more »


Rob Petrie: [after Ritchie leaves] He spells better than you do.
Laura Petrie: And why not? He's my S-U-N.
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References The Honeymooners (1955) See more »

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