no henry walden

May 5, 2009

Selected scenes from Rob Petrie’s intellectual crisis of faith in the Dick Van Dyke episode “I’m No Henry Walden,” in which Rob and Laura are invited to a fancy dinner party full of French novelists, homosexual poets, and “budding English anti-existentialists” who don’t own “television-machines.”  The party is being given in honor of US poet laureate Henry Walden, whom Rob respects to the point of anxiety.  At the party, Rob is placed in a situation in which his fear of writing causes a serious problem! (Don’t worry, there’s a happy ending.)


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