Mary Tyler Moore Revealed Her Favorite ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ Episode: ‘Opened Everyone’s Eyes’

by Keeli Parkey
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Mary Tyler Moore filmed dozens of episodes of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” as Laura Petrie. The show aired from 1961 until 1966, according to IMDb.com.

But, there was one episode of the classic television show that stood out to Moore more than any other. So, what episode was it?

According to an article on EW.com, her favorite episode of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was the one in which she cries as Laura for the first time. According to The Paley Center for Media, that episode is titled “My Blonde-Haired Brunette.”

The plot, according to The Paley Center for Media, is as follows:

“In this episode, Rob’s inattentiveness convinces Laura that the spark has gone out of their marriage. She allows her best friend Millie to convince her to dye her hair platinum blonde in an attempt to get Rob’s attention; she is horrified by the result, and doubly so when Rob, realizing he has taken Laura for granted, calls from the office to praise her beautiful dark brown hair. Laura and Millie panic, having less than an hour to re-dye Laura’s hair back to its original color before Rob returns home. He arrives to find the job half-done, with his wife a two-toned, hysterical, adorable mess.”

One Episode of ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ Proved That Mary Tyler Moore Had Comedic Talent

According to the beloved television actress, it was this episode of the show that proved to everyone that she was the real deal. And, Mary Tyler Moore knew it.

“The one in which I bleached my hair blond and only got half of it dyed back, and Dick came home, and I got to cry for the first time — that opened everyone’s eyes to the fact that I could do some funny stuff,” Mary Tyler Moore told EW.com before her death.

In a 2017 article, Vulture.com writer Stephen Bowie listed “My Blonde-Haired Brunette” as one of the best Mary Tyler Moore performances on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

In the article, he wrote: “The ninth episode shot but the second one broadcast, ‘Brunette’ was moved up in the schedule as a vote of confidence for Moore’s performance, which eliminated any doubts that she could hold her own with the more experienced comedic actors in the ensemble.”

Other episodes of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” you should watch if you love Mary Tyler Moore include: “The Curious Thing About Women,” “The Life and Love of Joe Coogan,” “Pink Pills and Purple Parents,” and “Coach to Coast Big Mouth.”

Mary Tyler Moore died on Jan. 25, 2017, in Greenwich, Connecticut, according to IMDb.com. She was 80 years old at the time of her death. She also left behind one of the most beloved careers in the history of television. In addition to her work on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” she inspired generations of women with her portrayal of Mary Richards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

The actress could definitely “turn the world on with her smile.”

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