Rob Petrie's Wrist Watch - On
episode No.8 "Harrison B. Harding of Camp Crowder, MO" on the
sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW/CBS/1961-66, comedy writer Rob
Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) invites a man named Harrison B. Harding
(Allan Melvin) to his home when he claims to be an old army buddy.
Laura and Rob Petrie (with wrist
Unfortunately, Rob just can't remember from where he knows the
man. Looking for clues, Rob peeks into Harrison's parcel and
discovers diamonds. Mistaking, the man as a jewel thief who was
casing his home, Rob called the police.
Luckily, before the cop's arrived, Harrison explains that he
worked the stage lights at Camp Crowder recreation hall. He also
revealed that he was the one who engraved the wrist watch that
Rob's buddies gave him and that it had bugged him for years that
he had left the "E" off of Rob's last name.
Pulling out an etching tools, Harrison (now a jeweler) corrected
his mistake. The inscription on the watch read "To Robert Petrie.
Thanks for all the laughs from Company A."
On episode No.141 "Who Stole My Watch?" Rob loses his friends when
he suspects his party guests of stealing his watch.
TRIVIA NOTE: The sitcom MARTIN/FOX/1992-97 recycled the same
plotline on the episode "Suspicious Minds" (11/5/92) when deejay
Martin Payne (Martin Laurence) discovers his new CD player is
gone. He accuses his four best friends of the theft only to
discovers his neighbor Bro'man borrowed it.
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