Mel's sister-in-law just had a baby, a beautiful product of two less-than-attractive parents. When Mel jokes that perhaps they got the wrong baby at the hospital, Laura, Jerry and Millie prod a sheepish Rob to tell the story of when Ritchie was born and Rob believed that the baby they brought home from the hospital was not theirs. The story... From the excitement of being a new father, Rob's somewhat confused state that day matched confusion exhibited at the busy hospital during Laura's entire stay. The hospital staff kept mistaking her room (208) with that of a Mrs. Peters (203) who also had a baby boy that same day. As person after person comments that the Petrie baby doesn't look like either Laura or Rob, Rob begins to believe that the Peters' baby and theirs were mixed up. Not wanting to concern Laura, Rob tried to find evidence of the mix-up and talks to the Peters on the phone. Only after meeting the Peters does Rob become certain whether the baby they have in their possession ...
Did You Know?
The script for this episode launched the writing and producing careers of co-authors Bill Persky
and Sam Denoff
, who submitted a draft "on spec" to series producer Carl Reiner
. Reiner eventually hired them as story consultants to take on part of the writing duties that he had theretofore carried mostly by himself. Persky and Denoff would ultimately contribute nearly 30 co-written scripts for the show, and would even take over Reiner's role as producer while he was filming The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!
(1966) during the show's final season. See more
Through the first half of the show, including at the hospital, Mr and Mrs Peters had a baby girl. When Rob was discussing the two babies with Jerry, she had changed to a baby boy, and remained a boy until the end of the show. See more
This is getting to me. I think I'm a premature father.