The Dick Van Dyke Show

It May Look Like a Walnut! - S2-E20

Character mistake: Rob is having a nightmare, part of which involves the disappearance of his thumbs. When he finds Laura at home, the script calls for him to say, "I want you to help me get my thumbs back," but he actually says, "I want you to help me get my thumb backs." His thumbs are also still there but hidden (you can see a portion of them in one frame of the episode).

Sally and the Lab Technician - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When Jamie Farr the "Snappy Service" guy comes in and gives everyone their coffee Buddy throws a straw into the straw cup, but it falls down on the floor then vanishes, never to be seen again.

Dear Sally Rogers - S5-E21

Plot hole: Sally Rogers appears on the Stevie Parsons show which is a late night talk show, the next morning she receives letters from as far away as Hawaii... the US mail isn't that fast.


Who Stole My Watch? - S5-E14

Character mistake: When Sally asks if Rob would give his party guests malaria, Rob responds later on with, "Oh, Roe, I would never suspect you!" Roe was Rosemarie's nickname on set.

Bupkis - S4-E24

Other mistake: When Rob dials the radio station, he dials the phone number and then looks it up in the phone book. He covers for himself, and then has a hard time keeping a straight face afterwards.


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Suggested correction: The part is Rob checking to see if he had the right number.

I Do Not Choose to Run - S5-E16

Factual error: When Rob tells the name of the street he lives on in this episode "Bonnie Meadow Lane" that was not the same as the past episodes which was "Bonnie Meadow Road" in all the other episodes except for when Rob and Laura were buying the new house beside Jerry and Millie's house.

100 Terrible Hours - S4-E28

Continuity mistake: While Rob is by himself at the WOFF radio station the "On the Air" sign is above the door behind him and there is a giant window there beside the door. When Rob is doing the 100 hours of being on the radio the door, the window and room are completely different. No door, record disc holder, other equipment, or window behind him.

Never Bathe on Saturday - S4-E27

Continuity mistake: The bathroom door that Rob shot the knob off with the gun is not there in 1 scene, but suddenly reappears a little bit later back on the door, he's able to open and close the door with ease when he is in the bathroom with Laura while she's getting out of the tub. (00:20:30 - 00:22:00)

A Man's Teeth Are Not His Own - S2-E13

Revealing mistake: When Rob is "playing" the piano none of the keys on the piano look to actually be pushed down. Also when he's scratching his back with each of his hands the notes on that same side of the piano are still played. He's not actually playing the piano. (Except for the last 2 notes or chords). (00:02:46 - 00:03:27)

Ray Murdock's X-Ray - S2-E18

Continuity mistake: When Laura tries to read the phone number that Rob scratched out, Rob gives her the number as "New Rochelle 69970," which happens to be the Petrie's own phone number, as noted in other episodes.


Show generally

Plot hole: In the episode "That's my Boy" when they bring Richie home from the hospital, Rob and Laura are living in the new house they have. However, in the episode "Where did I come from" when Laura went in to labor, they lived in a different house. They couldn't have moved while Laura was in the hospital.


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Suggested correction: No, the Petries buy the house with the rock, but swap it with their best friends and buy the house next door. Therefore Jerry and Millie have the rock in the basement.

Rob has to pay half the cost for Jerry to seal his basement every year. The reason why is because Rob's rock redirects water that ends up flooding Jerry's basement.

The Ghost of A. Chantz - S4-E3

Factual error: When Laura and Sally are about to go to the bedroom, Buddy and Rob are going to sleep in the living room of the haunted cabin. Rob and Laura tell Buddy and Sally things like how he steals the pillow and he takes all the covers at home. However at home, they sleep in twin beds so they shouldn't know such things. However, they do have a son. They had to share a bed at least once in their marriage.


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Suggested correction: Or they sleep in twin beds because he steals the pillow and takes the covers when they tried sharing a double bed.

It's not true that Rob steals pillows... Because every episode Rob has only 2 pillows. Unless he steals them in the middle of the commercials... and then they vanish before the next scene.

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To Tell or Not to Tell - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: In this episode Sally asks Rob if he has a brother, Rob says "Yes, but he is married." However his brother Stacy is trying to become engaged later in the series, in episodes "Stacy Petrie Part 1 and 2."


100 Terrible Hours - S4-E28

Revealing mistake: When Rob is talking on the radio, and says something along the lines of WOFF the station with (then a long pause while he plays a car sound) drive. The On the Air sign goes off before he says drive. He was still on the air.


Rob Petrie: I want to take a nap before I go to sleep.

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Suggested correction: There is no 69970 zip code in the U.S. If there was, it would probably be in or near Nebraska not New York. New York zip codes range from 00501 to 14925.

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