Foreign sports car
mentioned on episode No. 88 "Scratch My Car and
Die" on the situation comedy THE DICK VAN DYKE
SHOW/CBS/1960-66. The Tarantula (with finger tip
control, chrome trim and bucket seats) was the
pride and joy of comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick
Van Dyke). Although the audience never saw the
car, Rob was just gaga over it.
when his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) borrowed
the car to take their son Richie to school, she
stopped for a few minutes to buy some bananas.
Returning to the car she found it had an
eight-foot gash along the side.
told Millie, her next-door neighbor who
counseled Laura that it would be in her best
interest and American women everywhere for her
to "Keep your fingers crossed and your little
Luckily, her husband didn't notice
the damage until he had been driving the car for
awhile and assumed it was damaged in his care.
He came home angry and complained to Laura that
some "Sadist with a can opener" had ruined his
As Rob traveled to his attorney to
discuss the damage, he crashed into a couple of cement posts
("one going in and one going out.") The
accident put to rest any worries Laura had about
her culpability in the matter. And like all good
golden age sitcoms, Rob and Laura kissed and
made up and lived happily ever after in TV Land.
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