The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

Baby Fat 

Alan needs Rob's help improving a script for his Broadway debut, but without anyone's knowledge.


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
Richard Erdman ... Buck Brown
Sandy Kenyon ... Lionel Dann
Strother Martin ... Harper Worthington Yates
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
Carl Reiner ... Alan Brady


The new play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Harper Worthington Yates (his first comedy, called "Baby Fat") will debut on Broadway with Alan in the lead. It will mark Alan's much desired Broadway debut, but Alan thinks the play, as a comedy, stinks and wants Rob to doctor the script by adding more big laughs. The problem: Yates is to know nothing of Alan's dissatisfaction or Rob's doctoring. Alan plans to memorize Rob's rewritten lines and pass them off as ad libs during rehearsals. As such, Rob, taking the job out of fear of being fired, can't tell anyone besides Laura what he's doing, which Laura doesn't think will amount to anything positive for Rob. The "ghost" part of Rob's ghost writing job becomes jeopardized when Harper introduces rewrites that panic Alan into calling Rob to the rehearsal. Introduced as Alan's tailor, Rob may not be able to contain his feelings about his unofficial changes to what is increasingly becoming a better script. Written by Huggo / revised by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Family








Release Date:

21 April 1965 (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?


According to Carl Reiner, Rob's job of ghost writing in secret for Harper Worthington Yates on behalf of Alan Brady, was based on writer Garry Marshall's experiences writing undercover for comedian Joey Bishop on Broadway. See more »


In complaining to Laura about how Alan Brady made Rob pretend to be a tailor, Rob adds that playwright Harper Worthington Yates asked Rob to make him three suits and a tuxedo. Later, Harper reminds Rob that he wanted three suits and a sports jacket, not a tuxedo. Evidently, Rob was so worked up while talking with Laura that he confused 'tuxedo' with 'sports jacket'. See more »


Alan Brady: This could make me the toast of Broadway. Don't let me get burnt.
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