The Sick Boy and the Sitter
Comedy writer Rob Petrie talks his wife Laura into leaving their ""sick"" son Ritchie with a babysitter while they attend a big party.
Laura dyes her hair blonde when she fears the romance in her marriage is fading.
Laura matches up her pharmacist cousin, Thomas, with Rob's fireball co-writer, Sally, for a lopsided dinner party.
Rob is torn between going to Washington, D.C. on business and attending Ritchie's school play.
While clearing out the bedroom closet, Rob finds his old army boots, bringing back memories of how he and Laura first met.
Rob invites an old Army pal home to dinner but begins to fear he has a jewel thief on his hands.
Laura begins to worry when Rob has to work nights with a beautiful television star.
Complications ensue when Mel tells Rob that he wants Laura to dance on "The Alan Brady Show."
Rob reluctantly agrees to take care of Buddy's dog for the weekend and creates a furor when he brings the animal home.
Rob fears he is no longer needed when his co-writers do a show without his help.
Rob invites 44 fellow PTA members to his television show, but forgets all about it until air time.
Rob buys Laura a hideous necklace but Laura can't bring herself to tell Rob how she really feels about it.
Rob and Buddy treat Sally as ""one of the guys"", even in the presence of Sally's date.
When Buddy has a chance for a head writer job, Rob and Sally help Buddy get released from his contract.
Rob recalls the hilarious events leading up to Ritchie's birth when Ritchie asks the inevitable question.
Unable to control her curiosity, Laura opens Rob's mail and she instantly regrets it!
Rob's dentist pal, Jerry, strains the friendship when he starts knocking Rob's television show in public.
Buddy ignores Rob's efforts to collect an old debt.
When his show announces a talent contest, Rob finds himself besieged by the parents of neighborhood prodigies.
Ritchie's expanding vocabulary starts to branch out in unexpected directions.
While his wife is away, Buddy moves in with the Petries and quickly wears out his welcome.
Rob's paternal pride suffers a cruel shock when he finds out that his six-year-old son is embarrassed to admit how his dad makes a living.
Sally drags the entire gang to a bowling alley when she discovers a new dance sensation that's sure to sweep the nation.
Laura believes Rob, on jury duty, has been unfairly swayed by the beautiful blonde defendant.
Romance enters Sally's life in the form of an insurance salesman named Leo Fassbinder.
Rob's bashful brother arrives in town and proves to be confident and outgoing only when he is sleepwalking.
Rob's talented, sleepwalking brother manages to audition successfully for ""The Alan Brady Show"" even while wide-awake.
Buddy laments the decline of the American male and yearns for the "good old days."
Rob faces a dilemma when an army pal must be told he can’t attend a dinner party that the Petries are throwing for a sponsor of "The Alan Brady Show."
Rob makes the mistake of trying to help the old-time radio comedy writer who gave him his first break.