The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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The Masterpiece 

Rob's unguarded gestures at an auction have him unwittingly bidding on and winning an ugly clown painting that covers another work beneath, perhaps a masterpiece.

Director:

John Rich
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Cast

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
Howard Morris ... Mr. Holdecker
Alan Reed ... Auctioneer
Amzie Strickland ... Woman
Ray Kellogg ... John
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Storyline

While attending an estate sale to learn about auctions for a sketch on the Alan Brady Show, Rob, Buddy and Sally accidentally bid on a painting of a clown signed by "Artanis." After winning the unwanted portrait (and paying a stiff price for it), Rob and Laura discover there is another painting underneath the clown -- one that bears a similarity to Grant Woods' "American Gothic." Written by aldanoli

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G
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The woman who was a competing bidder for "the thing" was Amzie Strickland, who happened to appear in the previous episode as the nurse who was discharging Laura from the hospital after having Richie. While it wasn't unusual in classic sitcoms for there to be recurring bit players, it's unusual for them to appear in back-to-back episodes. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Holdecker: Mr. Petrie, one does not attack a painting. One approaches it as he would a woman. Is she beautiful? Does she have a heart? Does she have a soul? These are not judgments you make in an instant.
Buddy Sorrell: Hey, he's right. You could look at my wife for a whole year and not see ONE of those things.
Mr. Holdecker: [disdainfully] Yes.
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1963 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Calvada Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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