The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

I Am My Brother's Keeper 

Rob's brother Stacey has a two week furlough and sends Rob a telegram that he's coming for a visit. Rob (whom Stacey calls "Burford") isn't thrilled. He explains to Laura that his shy brother has a problem.


John Rich


Carl Reiner, Carl Reiner (created by)


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Episode cast overview:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
Jerry Van Dyke ... Stacey Petrie


Rob's enlisted younger brother Stacey Petrie writes in a telegram that he has a two week furlough and is coming for a visit, and for Rob to make arrangements for him to stay in a hotel. Laura will have nothing of the one of Rob's relatives whom she would like to get to know better staying at a hotel. Beyond the argument of where Stacey will stay during his visit, Rob doesn't seem overly excited about the visit, period. When Stacey arrives, he is the exact opposite of the shy and reserved person that Rob described. That's because Stacey is a somnambulist who takes on this outgoing persona when he sleepwalks. Although he hasn't had a bout of somnambulism in years, it has just resurfaced a week ago. Doctors surmise it's because he's worried about his impending discharge from the army and worried about life after the military. Stacey tells them he has thoughts about becoming a banjo playing comedian after his discharge. What Rob and Laura witness is a not so funny Stacey, but a hilarious ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

21 March 1962 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Calvada Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The title is based on the expression: "I am not my brother's keeper." See more »


Rob Petrie: Hey, it's gettin' late! Boy, we better attack those ribs before the gang gets here.
Stacey Petrie: What gang?
Rob Petrie: Oh, I invited a few of the neighbors and some of the guys from the office over. I thought you might like to meet 'em.
Stacey Petrie: Uh, gee, I'm a... a little tired, Rob. Will I have time to grab a nap first?
Laura Petrie: But, Stacey, you just had a nap.
Stacey Petrie: I-I get more rest when I'm awake than those kind of naps.
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