Petrie Family Rock - Large boulder
located in the basement of the Petrie family seen on episode No. 119
"Your Home Sweet Home Is My Home" (March 17, 1965) on the situation
comedy THE DICK
VAN DYKE SHOW/CBS/1961-66.
When Rob and Laura Petrie (Dick Van Dyke/Mary Tyler Moore) were
house hunting for a new home in the New Rochelle area, they found
one they really liked.
Unfortunately, its basement was nearly half-filled with a natural
rock formation that protruded from the bedrock below. As the real
estate salesman reluctantly explained the rock ran "under half of
West Chester. It just comes up here."
Despite the tempting asking price of $27,990, Rob and Laura
decided to sleep on their decision. When they finally decided to buy
the house (despite the rock), they discovered their best friends
Millie and Jerry Helper (Ann Morgan Guilbert/Jerry Paris) had beat
them to the punch and put down a $200 deposit on the house.
Luckily, a model home next store to the house with the "Rock"
came up for sale, and the Petrie's and Helper's decided to buy both
homes and become neighbors.
The Petrie's (who got the rock house) later discovered that the
boulder in their basement acted as a natural draw which directed
rainwater towards the foundation of the Helper's home.
In an effort to keep their friendship stable, Rob Petrie decided
to pay half the annual maintenance bill ($75.00) for tarring and
waterproofing to keep the moisture out of the Helper's basement.
TRIVIA NOTE: On episode No. 35
"Hustling the Hustler" (October 24, 1962) there is no evidence of
the large rock in the basement. Instead, down in the basement, the
Petrie's have a spacious entertaining area and a pool table. Laura
bought the pool table for her husband, Rob to "keep him off the
streets." Laura praised Rob's skill with a cue by telling the
brother of Buddy Sorrell (himself a former pool hustler) "You've
heard of Minnesota Fats. This is Illinois Skinny."
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