“It May Look Like a Walnut” (February 6, 1963)
It’s not the first “weird” episode that a sitcom ever did, but it’s probably the most famous: the second-season installment of The Dick Van Dyke Show where it departed from the usual formula and became a sci-fi B-movie. It turns out to be a dream, of course, but you actually aren’t sure until the final moments, and it’s still one of the stranger sequences you’ll ever see on a mainstream sitcom.
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Stuff to listen to:
Listen to the mini-episode about the Dick Van Dyke Show’s debatable semen joke — and watch the scene here.
Stuff to watch:
Head of the Family, the failed Dick Van Dyke pilot
The Tiny Toons parody of Dick Van Dyke (with Elmyra Tyler Moore) Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited My Sister Eileen
Stuff to read:
Robert David Sullivan’s essay on this Dick Van Dyke Show episode
Episode artwork by Ian O’Phelan.