The Dick Van Dyke Present
Season 1, Episode 23: “The Twizzle”
Authentic airdate: Feb. 28, 1962
For many of “The Twizzle,” I questioned if it was one of many few Dick Van Dyke episodes that I had by no means seen earlier than. I believe there are a number of of them over the course of the present’s 5 seasons, and this one appeared prefer it could be the primary.
It’s attainable that I had one way or the other solely seen the ending (the one a part of the episode that I vaguely remembered seeing earlier than) with out seeing the remainder of the episode. Perhaps it was on TV in the future after I was a child, and I switched to the channel simply in time to see the final ten minutes or so.
Nevertheless it’s extra doubtless that it simply didn’t make a lot of an impression on me. You’ll assume that an episode with an extended dance scene in a crowded bowling alley would not less than be attention-grabbing, but it surely’s not for essentially the most half.
The principle drawback with the large dance quantity is that it’s too lengthy (or not less than it seems like it’s). It’s initially pleasing to look at the characters get caught up on this potential new dance craze, however the novelty wears off shortly.
The title tune is catchy however not significantly musically or lyrically attention-grabbing, which signifies that the scene depends nearly solely on the vitality of the actors. They do their greatest, however they’re higher after they’re performing for an viewers (like Rob was in “Father of the Week“) reasonably than making an attempt to seem like they’re simply having enjoyable dancing.
I don’t assume Dick Van Dyke ever tried one other scene like this once more, and I’m glad as a result of it doesn’t work.
The precise plot of The Twizzle, which is about getting Randolph Eisenbower (also referred to as Randy Twizzle) to carry out the tune on The Alan Brady Present, doesn’t actually work both. At first, the whole lot appears nice, however then Randy refuses to sing the tune except he also can sing one other tune.
It seems that Randy is a really gifted singer, so we’re handled to a different musical sequence the place he sings a ballad.
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The tune is first rate sufficient, but it surely’s not ok to justify one other couple of minutes the place the present’s humorous characters don’t get an opportunity to be humorous.
One other factor that hurts the episode is that Randy is a reasonably boring and uninteresting character. We don’t study a lot about him, which is unusual given how a lot time we spend with him.
It’s not as if the present can’t create good one-off characters; it’s already finished so on a number of events, with Jackie Brewster from Buddy, Can You Spare a Job? being maybe essentially the most memorable to date. Randy simply isn’t.
He’s a pleasant man, however except for that, he doesn’t have a really attention-grabbing character. Making him the principle focus of a complete episode is a nasty concept.
He does spend quite a lot of time singing, which solves one drawback however results in these two boring musical scenes, that are arguably the worst elements of the whole episode.
I did giggle a number of instances throughout “The Twizzle,” however largely at issues unrelated to the principle plot, equivalent to Sally quoting Aunt Agnes’s expressions. That is nearly by no means a superb signal.
The episode devotes a couple of quarter of its working time to pretty uninteresting musical numbers, and when it’s not doing that, it’s usually making an attempt to get us curious about Randy’s story, largely on the expense of Laura and Rob (though Sally and Buddy nonetheless get some good materials).
That is removed from the worst episode of Dick Van Dyke to date, but it surely’s not a very good one both.