The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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That's My Boy?? 

During a flashback about his early days as a parent, Rob recounts why he believed Laura and he brought home a baby belonging to someone else.


John Rich


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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
Jerry Paris ... Jerry Helper
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Nurse
Greg Morris ... Mr. Peters
Mimi Dillard Mimi Dillard ... Mrs. Peters
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley


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 ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

25 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Rob Petrie: This is getting to me. I think I'm a premature father.
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Alternate Versions

Colorized by CBS and aired 11 December 2016, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show: Coast to Coast Big Mouth See more »


Featured in The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Last Chapter (1966) See more »

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The funniest thing I ever saw in my life
27 April 2012 | by jwkenneSee all my reviews

I can't tell you why, because it would be the biggest spoiler ever, but the reveal at the end of this episode is the only time in my life I was truly, literally rolling on the floor with laughter.

This is one of the many episodes in the series that went back to the time that Rob and Laura met, fell in love, got married, and settled into married life. In this episode, little Ritchie is born, and, after a number of mix-ups at the hospital, Rob becomes convinced that the baby has been mixed up, too.

I suppose the resolution doesn't seem as funny today as it did in 1963. As an old Greek philosopher said, you can never step into the same river twice. Time goes by, and society changes, and things that were hilarious to our ancestors merely puzzle us. But as long as people still live who remember America in the age of Eisenhower and Kennedy, some of us will recall this episode, and how it made us guffaw until we had to gasp for breath—and how it gave us all a little hope when we badly needed it.

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