The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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Love Thy Other Neighbor 

A new neighbor turns out to be Laura's old school chum whose friendship predates Millie's friendship and leaves Millie feeling left out.


Jerry Paris


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Episode cast overview:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers (credit only)
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell (credit only)
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Jerry Paris ... Jerry Helper
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Suzanne Taylor Suzanne Taylor ... Mary Jane Staggs (as Sue Taylor)
Joby Baker ... Fred Staggs


Purely out of coincidence, Mary Jane Staggs née Gibbs, a friend of Laura's from their grammar school days, moves in next door to the Petries with her husband, Fred Staggs. When Millie first meets Mary Jane at the Petrie house, she feels like a third wheel with Laura and Mary Jane so preoccupied about catching up after all these years. Feeling slighted and jealous of Mary Jane's friendship with Laura, Millie tries to get Jerry to feel the same way about Rob's subsequent friendship with Fred. Jerry refuses to until he finds out that Rob, having four free tickets to a new Broadway show, gave the two extras to Fred and Mary Jane (which Rob only did as he knew Jerry would hate the show). Rob and Laura come to realize that Jerry and Millie are jealous of their friendship with the Staggs and, thus, try to figure out ways to make the Helpers not feel like they are becoming the lost neighbors (while also not pandering to what Rob considers their childish behavior). Through it all, Rob and ... Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

4 May 1966 (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?


The title is a parody of the biblical commandment to "Love Thy Neighbor". See more »


Millie claims she was there when Laura and Rob met, but when they met, the other USO dancer was a character named Marcia Rochelle, played by Nancy 'Chickee' James Kulp. Millie didn't show up in Camp Crowder flashbacks until much later in Rob and Laura's relationship. See more »


Jerry Helper: Well, I gotta hand it to ya, Millie. That was one of the rottenest dinners you ever cooked in your life.
Millie Helper: Sure, be funny. We're losing our best friends and you're tryin' to be funny.
Jerry Helper: Millie, I'm not being funny. I'm-I'm really... I'm nauseous. What did you put in that gravy.
Millie Helper: Oh, who cares?
Jerry Helper: Well, I do. I may need an antidote.
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References Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour (1948) See more »

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