The longest laugh The Dick Van Dyke Show ever received was for this scene, from the first episode of the show’s third season (September 25, 1963). In this show, Rob Petrie (Van Dyke) is telling the story of how he thought he and Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) had come home from the hospital after the birth of their son with the wrong baby. He thought a couple named Peters had gotten their child by mistake, because there had been several times in the hospital where items intended for Mrs. Petrie had gone to Mrs. Peters and vice versa. Finally, Rob calls Mr. Peters and convinces him and his wife to come over so they could straighten things out.
Unfortunately, the clip ends before Rob asks Mr. Peters (played by Greg Morris, who later was in Mission: Impossible and Vega$) “Why didn’t you tell me?” After that, Mr. Peters delivers the line.
The audience laughed so long that most of the laughter had to be edited out of the show.
This clip is from a show called TV’s Unforgettable Moments and features an interview with Carl Reiner, the producer of the show, talking about the scene and initial misgivings about airing it.
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