1The New Housekeeper
03 Oct 1960Description ▼
Rose, Opie's beloved housekeeper, is leaving to get married and Andy's aunt Bee, who raised him, is coming to replace her. Opie refuses to even give her a chance and after a few mishaps by Bee she decides to leave. Opie realizes she can't do anything right without him so he tells her to stay.
10 Oct 1960Description ▼
The state police notify Barney about an escaped prisoner heading toward Mayberry and plan to use the courthouse as their headquarters for the big manhunt. Captain Barker and his men arrive, make their plans, which don't include Andy or Barney, and leave to set up their roadblocks. Not willing to be left out, the two spring into action and Barney is caught off guard by the criminal, who takes his gun and ties him up. Stung by Barker's words after reporting the turn of events, Andy comes up with a plan to capture the escapee, earn the respect of the state police, and regain the townsfolk's confidence.
3The Guitar Player
17 Oct 1960Description ▼
Andy arrests Jim Lindsey, a talented young street musician, and tries to steer him to New York where he can make his music pay off. Jim declines, saying he's not ready yet and Andy can't convince him otherwise. When a tour band stops in Mayberry for lunch, Andy sees his chance and arrests both the band and Jim and his guitar. After some arguing and a little wisdom from Andy, Jim plays a tune, a deal is made, and Jim joins the band.
4Ellie Comes to Town
24 Oct 1960Description ▼
Tongues are wagging when a pretty young pharmacist, Ellie Walker, comes to town to run her uncle's drug store. Things don't get off to very auspicious start when she finds Andy serving Aunt Bee in the store and thinks he's a burglar. She makes a good impression though and is soon making friends. She also has to get used to some of the local personalities like Emma Brand, who expects Ellie to give her pills without a prescription. Ellie flatly refuses, even after Andy intervenes on her behalf and Emma is soon claiming to on her last legs. Ellie comes up with a solution that pleases everyone.
31 Oct 1960Description ▼
Andy is quite pleased with himself when the pretty new pharmacist, Ellie Walker, accepts his invitation to the town picnic and dance. He asks her when her Uncle Fred suggests it to him but he's soon having second thoughts when he concludes that she and her uncle are husband hunting and Andy is the intended victim. His solution is to find a substitute for himself and goes around town to all of the eligible bachelors telling them that they've caught Ellie's eye. Opie however let's the cat out of the bag when he tells Ellie something his father said to Aunt Bee and Ellie decides to play it up a little and teach him a lesson.
07 Nov 1960Description ▼
Opie has a new friend, Tex, who is a runaway. When Andy learns that the boy has run away from home, he wants Opie to tell the boy's last name. The problem is that he had just recently lectured Opie on the importance of keeping your promises and never going back on your word and he can't quite understand now that his father wants him to tell on Tex. When Andy receives a call from a nearby Sheriff in Eastmont about a missing boy, he knows exactly who they're talking about. He has a chat with the boy and in his own way, manages to convince the boy that maybe he should go home.
7Andy the Matchmaker
14 Nov 1960Description ▼
Barney has just about had it as a Deputy Sheriff and hands in his resignation. He's never made an arrest that's worthwhile or worth mentioning and he sees himself as a complete failure. When seamstress Miss Rosemary stops by the jail to return one of Andy's suits, it's obvious to Andy that Barney is sweet on her - and she on him - but with Barney's current lack of self-esteem, he can't see how he would ever ask her our on a date. Andy talks Ellie into making up a robbery in the drug store in order to give Barney something to do. All goes as planned until Barney actually arrests someone for the 'crime'. Turns out to have been a pretty good arrest nonetheless and Barney's confidence shoots up.
28 Nov 1960Description ▼
Andy is appalled when the head of the town charity drive, Annabelle Silby, tells him that Opie contributed all of 3 cents to this year's drive. He lectures the young lad on the importance of charity and helping your neighbors and Opie tells him he's saving his money to buy his girlfriend a present, but Andy never really gives him a chance to explain further. Turns out Opie is pretty good at charity after all. Andy has another problem when Anabelle's husband Tom Silby suddenly turns up at the jail - several years after most townsfolk attended his funeral.
9A Feud Is a Feud
05 Dec 1960Description ▼
A young couple wakes the Taylors late at night and wants to get married. Andy barely gets started when Hannah's father bursts in and stops the wedding at gunpoint, followed by Josh's father, who has the same intention. It seems that the Carters and Wakefields have been feuding for years and the patriarchs ain't about to let one o' theirs marry one o' them, so Andy backs down. In the morning Andy decides the best course of action is to end the feud before marrying the couple and visits both fathers. He learns that neither knows how the feud started and that no one has been killed in the 87 years of fighting. Andy proposes a duel to end the feud but both men run off rather than take the chance of getting killed. In the end, Andy marries Josh and Hannah at gunpoint.
10Ellie for Council
12 Dec 1960Description ▼
Ellie creates a schism in the town when she decides to run for a seat on city council after she notices that only men are running in the upcoming election. Andy thinks the whole idea of a woman running for a seat is silly, as do most of the men. Most of the women in town support her and when the men get underhanded in trying to make sure Ellie doesn't win, they stage a revolt. The men suddenly are having to cook their own meals, darn their socks and do their own ironing. Andy changes his tune however when Opie expresses his views on women.
19 Dec 1960Description ▼
Mean old Ben Weaver catches Sam Muggins moonshining and insists Andy lock him up, even though it's Christmas eve. In order to keep Ben off his back and still have the party they had planned, Andy arrests Sam's wife and children as "accessories before, during, and after the fact", and deputizes Ellie, Opie, and Aunt Bee to help watch the prisoners. Everyone is having a good time except Ben, who spies on them and tries to get himself arrested because he's too ornery to admit he wants to participate. Andy finally arrests him after he figures it out, but lets Ben stop by his store to pick up a few things he might need - presents for the others.
12Stranger in Town
26 Dec 1960Description ▼
When a stranger comes to town and knows people's name and all about them, folks become scared and suspicious and want Andy to do something about him. Since Ed Sawyer has broken no laws, Andy refuses. Things get even more curious when he tells Andy that Mayberry is his hometown, even though he has never been there before. After being rejected by everyone, Lucy Matthews in particular, Ed asks Andy for help and tells him how Mayberry became his hometown. As Andy is calling the newspaper with the story, Ed is confronted by a group of townsfolk who want to run him out of town. Andy steps in and tells his story to the crowd, which backs down and welcomes him to town.
13Mayberry Goes Hollywood
02 Jan 1961Description ▼
When a Hollywood producer wants to make a picture in Mayberry, some on the town council think he might ridicule the town or its people. Andy takes Mr. Harmon on a tour of Mayberry and satisfies himself that the man has no intention of poking fun at anything. The Mayberry Gazette prints the story under a banner headline and the whole town goes crazy decorating businesses and themselves ala Holywood. Despite Andy's objections, Barney, the council, and even Aunt Bee and Opie are caught up in the hysteria. When Mr. Harmon returns he cannot believe what he sees and pleads that things return to normal so he can make his movie.
14The Horse Trader
09 Jan 1961Description ▼
After Opie gets cheated in a trade and intends to cheat another boy in return, Andy reminds him of "The Golden Rule" and tells him that honesty is the best policy. When the town council appoints Andy and Barney to sell an old cannon, they have no luck until an antique dealer comes through town. He is hesitant at first, but Andy makes up a history for the old gun and the man agrees to buy it for $175. When Opie follows Andy's example and trades a broken cuff link as a button off General George Washington's uniform for a pair of roller skates and money, Andy realizes he broke the golden rule himself and tries to make amends. The dealer still wants the cannon so Andy cuts the price to $20.
15Those Gossipin' Men
16 Jan 1961Description ▼
Irritated that Andy is teasing her and her friends because their latest round of gossip has Barney's cut finger ending with him shooting himself dead in just a few hours, Aunt Bee decides to turn the tables on him by hinting that there might be more to a traveling shoe salesman from New York than meets the eye. Andy, Barney, and the rest of the men in town start to speculate about his real occupation and when Wilbur Finch requests a TV for his room at the hotel, the men soon believe he's a talent scout for a television show. They call on him, one by one, to order shoes, but really to audition themselves or their children. Mr.Finch sells 67 pairs of shoes, a new record, and leaves Mayberry renewed, while the men stand there pointing fingers at each other. Bee and Emma smile and wave from across the street.
16The Beauty Contest
23 Jan 1961Description ▼
After Andy is picked to be the judge of the beauty contest at the upcoming Founder's Day celebration, the townsfolk drive him crazy by parading their sweethearts, daughters, and nieces in front of him to try to influence his vote. Ellie, Andy's natural choice, is angry with him and will not enter the contest, so he will have to choose from the others. When the time comes, Ellie is in the contest, entered by Aunt Bee, but if Andy votes for her she will never speak to him again. Andy, unable to vote for Ellie, and unwilling to vote for any of the others, makes an unusual choice.
17Alcohol and Old Lace
30 Jan 1961Description ▼
Sisters Jennifer and Clarabelle Morrison give Andy and Barney the locations of a still the lawmen haven't had any luck tracking down on their own, and another they don't even know about. After arresting the lawbreakers and smashing up their stills, POW, POW, POW, the lawmen are congratulating themselves for getting rid of moonshining in Mayberry when Otis staggers in drunk. Otis refuses to tell where he got the liquor so Andy and Barney are making plans to mount a posse when Opie tells them about the "flower-making machine" he saw in the Morrison sisters' hothouse. Turns out the sisters were just getting rid of competition so they could raise the price of their own "elixir."
18Andy the Marriage Counselor
06 Feb 1961Description ▼
After being warned for the last time about fighting and disturbing the peace, Fred and Jenny Boone are at it again the next morning when Barney hears them and brings them in. Since nothing else has worked, Andy tries a little experiment - he makes them come in every morning for fifteen minutes to sit and speak politely to one another - which seems to work. At home, he tells Opie and Billy they will earn five cents each for playing nice after he catches them fighting. Well, the Boones learn to be polite to each other but start snapping at everyone else. Fred assaults his card-playing buddies and Jenny almost takes Aunt Bee's head off over an innocent remark. Billy stops coming over to play because it's no fun anymore. Andy realizes that "what looks like 'rasslin' to one is dancin' to another" and calls off the experiment after ten days.
19Mayberry on Record
13 Feb 1961Description ▼
Barney's unhappy with his meager paycheck and thinks about investing in the stock market. Andy warns him about con men and shows him how easy it would be to swindle someone. Just then Ellie comes in with Mr. Maxwell, a producer who needs Andy's help in rounding up local talent to make a record album of folk music. When folks find out how much money there is to be made if the record is a hit, they invest in it. Andy finds out and thinks they have all fallen for the oldest con game in the world. Maxwell continues to record music and take folks' money for a time then unexpectedly leaves town. Investors are up in arms and clamoring for the lawmen to find Maxwell when he walks in with a signed contract and a certified check.
20Andy Saves Barney's Morale
20 Feb 1961Description ▼
Barney is acting sheriff when Andy goes to Centerville, and he's just itching to throw his weight around. When Andy returns eight hours later, half the townsfolk are in jail on flimsy charges. Andy dismisses every charge and sends them all home and Barney becomes the town's laughingstock and his morale is soon so low that even Hilda Mae fails to raise it. Andy starts hinting that he can't have a deputy who folks make fun of and is going to fire Barney. When Barney tries to quit, the folks he arrested put themselves back in jail and praise him for upholding law and order in Mayberry. Barney feels vindicated and his confidence returns.
21Andy and the Gentleman Crook
27 Feb 1961Description ▼
When the State Police arrest con man and swindler 'Gentleman' Dan Caldwell, they arrange with Sheriff Andy Taylor to incarcerate him in Mayberry's jail until he can be extradited to Atlanta. Barney is so impressed at having such a well-known and prominent criminal in their midst that he starts cleaning the jail, talking about putting up curtains and makes sure that Otis the town drunk is thrown out on his ear. Caldwell is a real charmer and he is soon spinning his magic on an innocent Opie, who is fascinated by his tall tales and also on Aunt Bee, who succumbs to his flattery. It's all a ruse of course as Caldwell is only biding his time until he gets a chance to escape.
06 Mar 1961Description ▼
Barney just can't seem to loosen up on his dates with Thelma Lou; he's ill at ease and can't put two words together unless he's talking shop. He has no trouble telling Andy how he feels about Thelma Lou - she's the cats - but he just can't tell her. After Andy tells Thelma Lou how Barney feels, she decides to make him jealous and tells him that Andy came calling on her. Barney's ready to fight; he won't listen to Andy's explanation and makes a play for Ellie. When Ellie tells Andy what happened he wishes he'd never got involved but Ellie figures out how the two of them can set the other two straight and things work out.
23Andy and Opie, Housekeepers
13 Mar 1961Description ▼
After scolding Opie and Andy for being so messy around the house, Aunt Bee gets a call from cousin Edgar to help out with Maude, who got the "versitis." Bee leaves for Mt. Pilot, reluctantly, the next morning but worries that Andy and Opie won't be able to survive without her. In just a couple of days the house becomes a pig sty. Bee calls to say she will be returning by the afternoon bus so Andy and Opie hurry to clean up the house and finish with time to spare. When Opie says Aunt Bee will be happy when she finds out they can get along without her, Andy realizes they made a terrible mistake and they mess up the house again. Miss Edwards sees the mess and cleans everything up while Andy and Opie are picking up Aunt Bee. Returning home and seeing how neat it is, Bee does think they can get along without her and is on the verge of tears. Andy and Opie quickly start messing up the house again and she catches them and thinks they are trying to clean up and scolds them, puts on her apron and goes to work.
24The New Doctor
27 Mar 1961Description ▼
Andy assumes Ellie will be going to the social with him even though he hasn't asked her until Bee tells him girls do not like being taken for granted. He goes to the drugstore to ask her, but instead is introduced to Dr. Benson, who's new in town, and unmarried. As they are drinking sodas, Barney starts worrying Andy about Ellie and the doctor becoming attracted to one other. After Bee scolds him and Opie says he's scared, Andy finally calls on Ellie one evening and asks...well, orders her to the social with him. She agrees as Dr. Benson arrives and she invites him to go with them. The next day Andy sends Barney to the drugstore to spy on Bob and Ellie and he thinks they are planning their wedding. Andy rushes over to "fight for what's mine" and inadvertently proposes to Ellie. Bob says let's make it a double ceremony. It turns out that Dr. Benson's fiancée is arriving next week.
25A Plaque for Mayberry
03 Apr 1961Description ▼
Members of the Women's Historical Society think that the direct descendant of a Revolutionary War hero may be living in Mayberry and borrow town records for their research. Barney uses the library and deduces that he, himself, is the person they are looking for. When the women announce that town drunk Otis Campbell is the real descendant, the mayor and town council have a fit and want Andy to get Otis out of town and bring in a substitute to accept the award. Andy refuses, saying it wouldn't be fair to Otis. Somewhat late for the ceremony, Otis and his wife show up dressed in their Sunday best. The women present the plaque to Otis who says he can't take credit for being born and gives the plaque to the mayor for the town of Mayberry.
10 Apr 1961Description ▼
With the state inspector coming, Barney rushes out to get a prisoner and returns with Otis, who's drunk. Ralph Case arrives, doesn't like what he sees and starts writing down violations. Andy, who was out, comes in with a birthday cake for Otis and Case questions his methods and leaves ready to recommend impeachment. Case returns and goes with the lawmen to arrest a moonshiner who has locked himself in his house and is shooting at people. Brady, Case's boss, arrives just as Andy is arresting the man and is impressed by his courage. Case starts to list the violations he saw earlier at the courthouse, without much success, and drops the matter. The sheriff's department gets a clean bill of health.
27Ellie Saves a Female
17 Apr 1961Description ▼
When a farmer's daughter won't buy cosmetics for herself because her father wouldn't approve, Ellie decides to give the girl a few of the items, contrary to Andy's warning about meddling. Andy and Ellie go to Flint's place to deliver the items, but he refuses to let Frankie keep them and offers no explanation. Barney talks to Flint, to no avail, then takes Frankie into custody and delivers her to Ellie at home. When Frances returns, her father doesn't even recognize her at first, and, although he thinks she's "right pretty", he still needs her to help work the farm because he has no sons like Jenkins, his neighbor, whose sons are working just beyond the fence. There's disappointment all around until Andy tries an experiment to show Flint what the most efficient use of his one asset, his daughter, might be.
24 Apr 1961Description ▼
Businessman Ben Weaver wants Andy to serve a foreclosure notice on the Scobeys after Lester Scobey misses a payment. Andy and Barney come up with the money themselves, but Ben refuses it, saying he is now owed the entire balance, and threatens Andy if he doesn't serve the paper. Barney starts the "Save the Scobey House Fund" while Andy finds legal ways to stall the process. Andy takes Lester's eyeglasses so he can't read the notice and they even hold a rummage sale, at which Ben gives Andy an ultimatum, and he decides to show Ben how mean he really is. At noon the next day, Andy, with Ben in tow, ruthlessly confronts the Scobey's and practically forces them out the door. The bewildered couple tries to move out in an orderly way but Andy will have none of it and reduces Mrs. Scobey to tears. It's even too much for Ben, who calls off the foreclosure, and Andy returns Lester's eyeglasses with a wink and a smile.
01 May 1961Description ▼
Barney thinks that taciturn Sam Becker is hiding something. He investigates and comes to the conclusion that Sam is tending someone with a bullet wound. With a storm coming, the lawmen drive up to Sam's place to satisfy Barney's curiosity and find him out disking his field well after dark. Back in the courthouse, with the storm raging and Barney on patrol, Andy gets a call from Sam to come to his place. Barney gets the message from Otis and, assuming the worst, calls Floyd to raise a posse then heads out to rescue Andy. Turns out Sam's wife is about to give birth, Doc Winters is out of town and Andy is going to deliver the baby. Barney keeps Sam occupied while Andy successfully delivers a baby boy. Floyd's posse gets there in the morning when it's all over.
30Barney Gets His Man
08 May 1961Description ▼
Barney catches a man littering and starts to write him a ticket when the man sees a state police car and tries to flee. He and Barney get tangled up and fall to the ground and the policemen credit Barney with the capture. "I'll get you for this, deputy," Eddie Brooke threatens a befuddled Barney as they lead him away. With a gathering crowd congratulating him, Barney quickly recovers and swaggers away, spending the rest of the day basking in the limelight. Before a party at Andy's that night, they find out Brooke has escaped again. He heads toward Mayberry so Andy and Barney, who's edgy now, join the manhunt. The woods are quiet and Barney tries to tell Andy what really happened the day before. They rendezvous with the state men at an old barn where Andy thinks the criminal is hiding out so he sets Barney up in the barn to recapture Brooke.
31The Guitar Player Returns
15 May 1961Description ▼
The town gives a big "Welcome Home" to Jim Lindsey, a local boy who became "prosperous and famous" playing guitar with Bobby Fleet's band. He's out on his own now and bragging about all the offers he's getting. Andy becomes suspicious, though, when he finds out Jim is not paying any of his bills and borrowing money, and when he finds out Jim's not getting any mail either he asks Bobby Fleet to come to town. Bobby tells him the whole story and is ready to take Jim back. Andy catches Jim as he's about to leave town and has to arrest him to get him to see Bobby, who pays his debts and offers him a raise to rejoin the band. Jim agrees and they shake on it.
32Bringing Up Opie
22 May 1961Description ▼
After an incident at school, Aunt Bee decides that the jail is a bad influence on Opie and Andy has to tell him the courthouse is off limits from now on. Bee gives Opie the job of planting "spinish" but his heart's just not in it. He misses his father, and Andy misses him just as much. Tired of watering his garden, Opie walks to the courthouse but Andy sends him home where he wanders off again, this time kicking a can, which takes him first to the old Johnson mine, which caves in while he's trying to enter, then to a house where he trades the can for apples. He eats his fill and promptly falls asleep in the back of a pickup truck and winds up in Elm City after dark. In the meantime, Bee has noticed his absence and called Andy, who starts searching. After a call, Andy retrieves Opie and after he tells Aunt Bee of his adventures she decides that he needs to see more of his father at the courthouse.
1Opie and the Bully
02 Oct 1961Description ▼
Opie is having to put up with a bully, Sheldon, who is demanding 5 cents from him every morning on his way to school. Sheldon says the alternative is a knuckle sandwich. As Opie keeps asking everyone for an extra nickel, including Barney, the Deputy decides to follow him top learn what is going on. Learning that Opie is being bullied, Andy tries to get him to understand that often, bullies are all talk and no action and that facing him, regardless of the outcome, is better than being scared all of the time. The result is a black eye for Opie but freedom from Sheldon.
09 Oct 1961Description ▼
Barney feels that Andy has been particularly critical the last few days so when the State's Attorneys office sends lawyer Bob Carter to learn some practical law enforcement, he concludes that Andy is out to replace him. Barney decides that he's not going to train his own replacement but finds that the new man, Bob Rogers, is pretty sharp and a fast learner. In despair, Barney decides to resign but has trouble making a go of it in his new profession: vacuum cleaner salesman. Andy has to find a way to get him back on the force.
3Andy and the Woman Speeder
16 Oct 1961Description ▼
At the end of a day of fishing with Barney, Opie and Floyd, Andy stops a woman who speeds past them. Andy gives her a ticket and a summons to appear but she thinks she's been caught in a small-time speed trap and refuses to pay the fine. She demands a hearing before a real judge and as a result has to spend the night in jail. Soon, she begins to work her charms on the witnesses: telling Barney he reminds her of Frank Sinatra, giving Opie an baseball autographed by the New York Yankees and telling Floyd the barber what a wonderful profession he works in. By the time the trial come around, none of them can remember anything about the speeding incident. Andy is disappointed at the outcome and makes his views known.
4Mayberry Goes Bankrupt
23 Oct 1961Description ▼
After Andy serves an eviction notice on Frank Myers, who lives in a dilapidated old house just at the entrance to the town, the Taylors invite him to live with them, at least temporarily. While going through his mementos, Frank finds an old municipal bond that his ancestors had bought 100 years ago. When you calculate the interest, it turns out that the town of Mayberry owes him over $300,000. If Frank cashes in the bond, the town will go bankrupt and since they can't pay, they decide to spruce up and fix his house. In the course of doing so, they realize that they should have read the fine print on the bond.
5Barney on the Rebound
30 Oct 1961Description ▼
Just after having had a spat with Thelma Lou, Barney meets a new arrival in town, the seductive Melissa. He's quite taken with her and is soon having dinner with her and her Dad. Before Barney can realize what is happening, she announces that they are engaged and even manages to have a item placed in the local newspaper's gossip column. When he tries to rectify the situation, she threatens to sue him for breach of promise unless they can settle the matter our of court. Andy soon realizes that they are dealing with con artists and takes steps to rectify the matter.
6Opie's Hobo Friend
13 Nov 1961Description ▼
Andy becomes concerned when Opie suddenly starts to develop a bad attitude and shirking his responsibilities. Suddenly, he not doing his chores or cleaning his room and spouting sayings like the best time to do any job is tomorrow. Andy knows exactly where that kind of talk is coming from: David Browne, a hobo he and Opie had met a few days before when out fishing. Browne agrees to move along when Andy asks him to, but he goes the extra mile to help Andy reset Opie's values.
20 Nov 1961Description ▼
The town of Mayberry is awarded with having the lowest crime rate in the country. Two men posing as an FBI agent and press photographer come to Mayberry to congratulate the town. Andy, Barney, and the rest of the town do not realize that the two are actually imposters and partners in crime preparing to rob the Mayberry Bank. Andy discovers during the award ceremony that all is not what it seems, and catches the photographer in the act of opening the vault. Barney, naturally agrees with Andy's findings after first gleaming in the glory of his and Andy's sharp police work.
8The Perfect Female
27 Nov 1961Description ▼
Barney and Thelma Lou decide to play matchmaker for Andy and her visiting cousin Karen Moore. They don't have much trouble however as Andy and Karen soon hit it off. In fact they have a lot in common including shooting, music and singing. Barney puts his foot in it as usual when he tells Thelma Lou that Andy has checked Karen out and makes it sound like she's a commodity to be purchased. Thinking that Andy is as crude as Barney makes him out to be, she decides to teach him a lesson at the annual skeet shooting competition.
9Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter
04 Dec 1961Description ▼
Andy comes home one day to find that Aunt Bee has hired an itinerant handyman, Henry Wheeler, to tend her flowers. After he satisfies himself that Wheeler isn't a con man he decides to help Aunt Bee, who is obvious smitten, by agreeing to find other odd jobs for him around the house. Soon, Wheeler is a house guest enjoying Aunt Bee's cooking and sleeping in the spare bedroom. Andy does notice however that every time he finds a job for Wheeler, it's Andy who seems to be doing all of the work. The Sheriff in Mount Pilot sets him straight on just how "handy" Wheeler is.
11 Dec 1961Description ▼
When Andy's fishing buddy Roger suggests that Andy consider joining his posh club in the State capital, Andy also arranges for Barney to be considered as well. Barney decides he and Andy will have to impress the membership committee when they join them for dinner later that week. He makes a fool of himself by putting on airs and talking about things he knows nothing about. Andy soon learns that he, but not Barney, has been selected for membership and decides not to join out of loyalty to his friend. On hearing that only one of them has been accepted, Barney assumes it's Andy who was refused and stands by his friend as well.
11The Pickle Story
18 Dec 1961Description ▼
Aunt Bee is a wonderful cook but she just can't seem to make a tasty pickle. She's at it again, though, putting up another batch for the boys, who have never had the heart to tell her they taste terrible. Rather than choke down any more of her "kerosene cucumbers", Andy, Barney, and Opie substitute good store-bought pickles for her bad homemade ones. Having lost to Clara Johnson in the best pickles contest at the fair eleven years in a row, Bee thinks her latest batch is a winner and decides to enter. Knowing it would be unfair to the other contestants, especially Clara, for store-bought pickles to be entered, the boys must eat every one of the substitutes so Aunt Bee will have to make another batch of her own for the contest.
25 Dec 1961Description ▼
Needing a new Sheriff until the next election, the Mayor and Councilmen of nearby Greendale see an article in the Mayberry Gazette about the low crime rate there. Deciding that they could never get Andy they opt to offer the job to Barney. Andy doesn't think it's a good idea and tell Barney so. He thinks Barney needs more experience and needs to be more creative in finding solutions to problems. Barney doesn't agree so Andy and he switch jobs for a time to see how he will do as Sheriff. Barney soon realizes his own limitations and Andy arranges for him to make a key arrest - just enough for him to save face but also to get him to stay on as a Deputy.
13The Farmer Takes a Wife
01 Jan 1962Description ▼
Andy and Barney are happy to see Big Jeff Pruitt in town. Jeff is a local farmer who has come to Mayberry to find himself a wife. He had a girlfriend, Bertha, but decides that he wants a city gal instead. Jeff hasn't been around women a great deal and his initial attempt to find one - literally picking them up on a street corner - doesn't work out quite well. Barney suggest that they should drop in on Thelma Lou's hen party where he can meet a lot of the town's single women all at once. Barney is nearly apoplectic however when the girl Jeff decides he wants is Thelma Lou. With Andy's help, they set about trying to convince Jeff that she's not the girl for him.
14The Keeper of the Flame
08 Jan 1962Description ▼
After joining the Wildcats, a secret club, Opie is made the keeper of the flame, the boy who will be responsible for for hanging on to the candle and matches that they use during their meeting. They've taken to meeting in Jubal Foster's barn and he runs them off regularly even complaining to Andy about the trespassers. Jubal has his own reasons for keeping them out of the barn - he runs a still in the back room. When Jubal accidentally sets his barn on fire he blames the Wildcats so when Andie finds the candle in Opie's room, he blames the boy for setting the fire. Andy is prepared to make restitution since he thinks it's his son who's responsible but it's another of Barney's blunders that sorts it all out in Opie's favor.
15Bailey's Bad Boy
15 Jan 1962Description ▼
Andy arrests 19 year-old Ronald Bailey after he sideswipes farmer Fletch Dilbeck's truck. The young man drives a flashy convertible and obviously comes from a well-off family. He also treats Andy and Barney as hicks, telling them that once his father gets to hear of what they've done, they'll get fired. Andy takes it all with a grain of salt and goes about his business. Ron finds the local routine, such as closing the jail on Sunday and taking the prisoners home for dinner, all a little strange but it's when he sees Andy's relationship with Opie and Andy's approach to parenting that he begins to re-evaluate his priorities. When his father's lawyer Arthur Harrington appears, it becomes apparent that the fix is in and the young man is again off the hook. He makes an important decision however.
22 Jan 1962Description ▼
The men who hang around Floyd's barbershop take a definite when a pretty young woman steps off the bus from Nashville. She is Ellen Brown who decided to go on a trip while trying to make up her mind on what to do about her boyfriend back home. She's a manicurist by profession and asks Floyd if she could set up in his shop. Most of the men think this is quite funny as they've never heard of a man who would get a manicure, but Floyd agrees. Andy becomes her first customer as he tries to make amends for something he had said earlier and soon the ice is broken and she has a flood a customers. When business comes to a screeching halt Andy is left to explain to her that some of the wives may not like such an attractive woman spending time with their husbands but she misinterprets what he's saying and thinks he is proposing.
29 Jan 1962Description ▼
After losing a game of checkers to Floyd the barber Barney accuses Henry Bennett, who was looking over his shoulder, of being a jinx. Soon, everyone seems to be accusing him of being responsible for some accident or problem. Andy thinks it's all nonsense and to prove his point, he asks Henry to join him and Barney in their boat at the annual fishing derby. Andy and Barney have always won the opening day prize for the most fish caught so Andy is confident this will dispel any myths about Henry. It doesn't quite go as planned when the boat springs a leak and sinks! Despondent, Henry announces that he's leaving town but Andy decides the time has come to make Henry know how much he is appreciated by his fellow citizens and arranges for Henry to win the door prize at the local fundraiser. Even that doesn't quite go as planned but Andy saves the day
05 Feb 1962Description ▼
Agent Horton of the State Bureau of Investigation comes to Mayberry to tell Andy that they have been following an escaped convict, Clarence "Doc" Mallory, who they think may be meeting up with members of his gang. They're hoping he will also lead them to the loot from his last robbery, which has yet to be recovered. His request to Andy is that he and Barney let them handle the case and stay out of it. Andy agrees but Barney is just itching to get involved so when Horton is finally brought in, he tries to get information from him. The end result is that Horton escapes. It's left to Andy and Barney and a key clue from the local dry cleaner that leads them to find out where Horton is hiding.
19A Medal for Opie
12 Feb 1962Description ▼
Opie decides that he's going to enter the 50 yard dash at the Sheriff's Day boys' races and he convinces himself that he's going to win. For Opie, nothing would be greater that winning that medal. He dreams about winning and even prays for a win. Barney doesn't help things by telling him about the time he won a medal in a footrace as a boy and offers to train him for the race, guaranteeing him a win. When Opie comes in last, he is despondent and goes home in a grump. Andy tries to explain to him the meaning of being a good loser but Opie won't hear of it; that medal was his and the winner took it away from him. Once again, Barney suggests a solution.
20Barney and the Choir
19 Feb 1962Description ▼
Barney fancies himself a singer and when he offers his services as a tenor to the Mayberry choir master, the man gladly accepts. Everyone else is aghast however because they know something he doesn't: Barney is the closest thing to tone deaf that there is. His shrieking strikes a discordant note with all members of the choir and disrupts their rehearsals. With an important concert coming up, Andy comes up with an idea: tell Barney he's going to be a soloist, but have him speak, rather than sing, his part. Barney likes the soloist part but insists on singing. Andy has to go to plan B which involves convincing Barney that that he has to adapt his voice to a a newfangled "soloist's" microphone.
21Guest of Honor
26 Feb 1962Description ▼
As a way of promoting Mayberry's Founders' Day celebrations, the city council accepts Andy's suggestion that on the big day, they stop the first person coming through town and make him their guest of honor. The man they select is Sheldon Davis who has just been kicked out of a neighboring county. He is a thief and a pickpocket and having been given the key to the city, he has carte blanche to do what he likes. Once he gets his hands on Barney's keys - he has one for every business in town - he has access to those as well.
22The Merchant of Mayberry
05 Mar 1962Description ▼
When door to door salesman Bert Miller returns to Mayberry, Barney and Andy decide to help him out a little. If truth be told, Bert likes selling but is always hesitant to push his goods on anyone, so soft sell is the only way he knows to do business. They set him up in a vacant lot and soon has several customers but it also raises the ire of crotchety old department store owner Ben Weaver who cites municipal ordinances against selling on the street. Andy decides to have a little fun with old Ben and eventually, Bert has a booth to sell out of. When old Ben decides to run Bert out of business by lowering his prices, Andy comes up with an even better way of helping Bert out.
23Aunt Bee the Warden
12 Mar 1962Description ▼
With the jail full after the arrest of the four Gordon brothers for moonshining, Andy is faced with what to do with Otis when he shows up after his weekly drunk. The Gordons are angry with Otis for having changed liquor suppliers so leaving him with them is out of the question. Left with little choice, he takes Otis home with him to serve his sentence. Aunt Bee is a little disconcerted at first but when Andy tells her that she's in charge of the prisoner, she takes to making him do chores around the house like washing floors and windows, cutting the grass and chopping wood. Otis takes to calling her the Warden and has worked so hard that he swears off liquor.
24The County Nurse
19 Mar 1962Description ▼
Andy agrees to help the pretty new County nurse Mary Simpson talk farmer Rafe Hollister into taking his tetanus shot. Rafe is a hard working man who, he says, has never been sick and has never had to see a doctor. Mary had promised her bosses that she would have a 100% success rate in inoculations so getting Rafe on board is important to her. It's important for Andy as well as he quite likes Mary and would like to see more of her. They do finally get Rafe on board but in reviewing her list, she realizes that there is one other individual who hasn't had his shot yet: Barney!
25Andy and Barney in the Big City
26 Mar 1962Description ▼
Andy and Barney travel to the State capital to seek funding for new equipment for the Mayberry Sheriff's office. Barney thinks he's in his element and is convinced that crime is all around him. At their hotel, Barney spots a suspicious character eying a well-to-do and bejeweled matronly woman in the lobby. Andy tells him to mind his own business but Barney being Barney decides that making a bust in the big city might just give them the clout they need to get the money they need. He follows the mysterious man and befriends another man, C.J. Hasler, who tells him he's a newspaperman who can help out. Turns out Barney has got it wrong again and the mystery man is actually the house detective and CJ is the jewel thief.
26Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee
02 Apr 1962Description ▼
With Barney away, Andy has been working double shifts so he decides to forgo the dance that night. Aunt Bee's friend Clara suggests to Bee that her presence may be preventing Andy from finding himself a wife. With that in mind she decides to invite the local dry cleaner, Fred Goss, for dinner. Goss has been flirting with her of late so he gladly accepts her invitation. Andy now thinks that perhaps he has been preventing his Aunt Bee from developing a relationship because of her dedication to him and Opie, so he encourages the match. Aunt Bee is actually quite unhappy but will make any sacrifice for the boys but Andy finally realizes they are working at cross-purposes.
27Three's a Crowd
09 Apr 1962Description ▼
Andy finally gets up the courage to ask the County nurse Mary Simpson out on a date. She invites him over to her house but Barney invites himself and Thelma Lou as well. This doesn't just happen once but every time he tries to be alone with her. Even when Mary Lou isn't available, Barney always manages to show up. Exasperated, Andy finally has to tell him that he needs to be alone Mary so he can ask her something so not surprisingly, Barney jumps to the conclusion that Andy is going to ask her to marry him. Soon, Barney has spread the word all over town and they plan to surprise Andy and Mary with an engagement party.
28The Bookie Barber
16 Apr 1962Description ▼
Floyd the barber is overworked so when Bill Medwin walks into the shop looking for a job, he sees an opportunity. Andy encourages him to hire Medwin and accomplish his dream of having a two chair shop. He does and is amazed with an even greater increase in business, now from 'out-of-towners'. Andy becomes suspicious when he sees the same men going in to the shop everyday but it's information from the town's telephone exchange operator that makes him realize exactly what is going on: Bill Medwin is a bookie and the men who visit him are delivering the days collections from various betting offices. Barney decides to go undercover dressed as an old lady to get the goods on the criminals.
29Andy on Trial
23 Apr 1962Description ▼
Andy travels to the big city with a summons to arrest Roger Jackson. The man had been caught speeding through Mayberry a few weeks before but failed to appear on the agreed date. Jackson is forced to go to Mayberry to be found guilty and pay his fine. Outraged, Jackson decides to take his revenge. A publisher, he sends one of his reporters to Mayberry to get the dirt on Andy. Posing as a college student, Jean Boswell sweet talks Barney into giving her some dirt on Andy. When the article appears, Andy soon finds himself facing a misconduct hearing and the State's main witness against him: Barney Fife!
30 Apr 1962Description ▼
Barney tells Andy that his cousin Virgil will soon be visiting and perhaps they could offer him a job at the Sheriff's office. Andy takes a wait and see attitude and it's a good thing. When Virgil finally shoes up - he missed the bus when he went to mail a letter during a rest stop - he seems nothing short of disaster prone. From spilling the dinner at Andy's house to crashing the squad car, everything he touches seems to end up in disaster. He even cleans the jail keys so thoroughly that they will no longer open the cells, leaving Otis trapped just when he has a job interview to got to. Just when things seem at their worst, Andy does find one thing Virgil is genuinely good.
07 May 1962Description ▼
When Otis receives a letter from his sister-in-law addressed to him at the courthouse, he admits to Andy that his relatives think he's a Deputy Sheriff in Mayberry. The mix-up started when he wrote to them on official letterhead and they jumped to conclusions and he let them go on believing it. Now his older brother Ralph is coming to visit and Otis is ashamed of what they will see when they get there. Otis was always the black sheep of the family and was always encouraged to make something of himself and be more like his older brother Ralph. Andy's solution is simple: make Otis a Deputy for the duration of his family's visit. Otis stays sober while they are there but he learns something about his brother that shocks him.
2Andy's Rich Girlfriend
08 Oct 1962Description ▼
Andy has been dating the newly arrived nurse Peggy McMillan and their relationship is going along just fine. Until he learns that she comes from a very well-off family and Barney tells him that it will never work. Andy starts to feel ill at ease with her, even though she is the same woman whose company he enjoyed before. Her father has given her a flash car and she is very comfortable in fancy restaurants. When he learns that she's traveled to Europe and the like, Andy begins to think that Barney is right. Peggy notices a change in Andy and their relationship hits a rough spot.
3Andy and the New Mayor
15 Oct 1962Description ▼
Mayberry's new mayor, Roy Stoner, is a no nonsense kind of guy and he takes Andy to task for the way he does his job. From the way Andy dresses - he doesn't wear a tie - to the fact that he doesn't carry a gun, Mayor Stoner just doesn't like the way he runs the Sheriff's office. He's not impressed with the fact that Otis seems top treat the jail like a hotel or the fact that they even do a bit of babysitting from time to time. The last straw is when Andy decides to let decides to let Jess Morgan out of jail for a few days to let him take in his crops. The mayor tells Andy that if Morgan doesn't return as promised, it'll cost Andy his job.
4Andy and Opie - Bachelors
22 Oct 1962Description ▼
With Aunt Bee away visiting relatives for 3 or 4 days, Opie and Andy are left to fend on their own. Andy new girlfriend Peggy offers to stop in and help them out but Andy says it's not necessary. Floyd the barber overhears the conversation and warns Andy that if he's not careful, Peggy will soon be taking over and making herself indispensable and once that happens, wedding bells won't be far behind. Sure enough, the first night she shows up, cooks them a fabulous dinner and tucks Opie into bed. Remembering what Floyd told him, Andy sets about avoiding her until he realizes that they are both adults and no harm can come from one friend helping another.
5The Cow Thief
29 Oct 1962Description ▼
Two farmers have now had cows stolen from their property and Mayor Stoner doesn't think that Andy and Barney are capable of solving the crime. He asks the State capital to send an expert and while Andy isn't too disturbed, Barney thinks they should just refuse to cooperate. When the State's expert, William Upchurch, shows up he soon has Barney eating out of his hand. The Mayor is also impressed with his investigative skills, particularly when he deduces from the footprints at the scene that a gang of three men have been stealing the cows. Andy has been keeping his eye on a recent parolee, Luke Jensen, a thief who has just returned to Mayberry. Andy is also interested in the footprints that have so impressed the Mayor, particularly the fact that some rather obvious prints seem to be missing.
6Barney Mends a Broken Heart
05 Nov 1962Description ▼
Andy stops by Peggy's house to pick her up for their date only to find that an old high school friend of hers, Don, is passing through town and has stopped in to see her. Andy is a bit jealous and when Peggy suggests that Don come along on their date Andy refuses and storms out of the house. Barney immediately decides that the best thing for Andy is to get him dating right away and arranges for him and Thelma Lou, along with her friend Lydia Crosswaithe to meet but that turns into a bit of a disaster. He then calls a couple of girls he knows, Skippy and Daphne and arranges for them to meet but things go awry when Daphne's boyfriend shows up.
12 Nov 1962Description ▼
When Barney comes across two farmers who have set up an unlawful curbside vegetable stand, he orders them to move on but they ridicule him and send him on his way. Humiliated, Barney decides to forget about it and doesn't mention it to anyone. When Andy comes across the same pair, they take him more seriously but they mention their encounter with Barney and Andy warns them what a dangerous character his Deputy is. He then sends Barney back to them and they take him seriously. It all comes undone when they stop at a local gas station and hear the locals telling funny stories about Barney. They go back and set up their stand and it's now left up to Barney to decide to what extent he's willing to make a stand and recover his self-respect.
8The Mayberry Band
19 Nov 1962Description ▼
The Mayberry Band is looking forward to going to the State Capital for the annual state-wide band competition. The new Mayor however thinks otherwise. He's heard the band and thinks they're not only the worst imaginable but a disgrace to the town. Andy talk him into listening them just once more but it only convinces the Mayor more than ever not to let them go. Andy comes up with a plan however. It just so happens that Freddy Fleet and his Band are passing through Mayberry and Andy twists their arm into helping them out.
9Floyd, the Gay Deceiver
26 Nov 1962Description ▼
Floyd the barber is aghast when he receives a letter from his lonely hearts club pen pal telling him that she is going to stop by Mayberry and visit him on her way to Florida. Floyd has been less than honest with the lady, Madelyn Grayson, telling the rich widow that he too is well-off. He's ready to leave town when Andy suggests that they can set up a bit of ruse and have Floyd pose as a rich man. Using someone's house, Floyd dons a smoking jacket and with Aunt Bee as his maid - and Andy and Opie as his sons - they welcome Madelyn to Mayberry. Things start to unravel quickly however when Madelyn invites herself to stay for a few days but before Andy can explain it all to her, she has some interesting revelations of her own.
03 Dec 1962Description ▼
Opie enjoys his time together with his father, especially when they go fishing. When Andy suddenly invites his new girlfriend Peggy to join them, Opie feels that their relationship is threatened and sets out to end his father's relationship with Peggy. Just as Andy is about to go out on a date one evening, Opie feigns sickness and forces Andy to call Peggy and break the date. When she asks Opie the next day is he is still sick, he says he wasn't sick the night before. Opie then mislays a message Peggy leaves for his father with the result that she thinks Andy is avoiding her. It's Opie in the end who has make things right between them.
10 Dec 1962Description ▼
Barney and Floyd are out fishing when Andy gets a call telling him that three women convicts ave escaped from the penitentiary. When the hapless fishermen run out of gas however, they head over to a nearby cabin to see if they can get help. Sure enough, they're taken prisoner by the women, Big Maude, Jalene and Sally. They send Floyd into town to get supplies and Andy thinks the two bachelors are having a bit of a party. He soon puts two and two together and realizes something is wrong. It's left to Andy to rescue the boys.
12The Bed Jacket
17 Dec 1962Description ▼
Aunt Bee's birthday is coming up and she makes of point of telling Andy that she doesn't want anything frivolous as a gift. Soon after however, she sees a bed jacket in a local store window and hints broadly to Andy what she thinks of it. It takes a tip from Bee's friend Clara however to get him on the right track. Unfortunately, the Mayor has just bought the last bed jacket for his wife and he's ready to extract a high price from Andy to sell it to him: he wants Andy's favorite fishing rod.
13The Bank Job
24 Dec 1962Description ▼
Barney questions the level of security at the Mayberry Security Bank but no one will apparently listen to him. The elderly guard, Asa, is asleep on a chair most of the time and his gun is as old as he is. The manager takes no interest in Barney's suggestions and Andy is no different. Barney decides to show them how insecure it all is by dressing as a cleaning woman and staging a hold-up. The bank manager and his teller are soon onto him and in the confusion, Barney locks himself in the safe. He manages to get out by kicking a hole in the back wall but when real bank robbers try to hold up the bank, they all think it's Barney trying to make his point yet again.
31 Dec 1962Description ▼
There's a new boy in town, Steve Quincy, and Opie seems to have become the object of his ridicule and has take to calling him Dopie and the like. Steve talks tough and tells Opie that if he doesn't like it, then he should do something about it. Opie backs down but soon Steve is leading the other boys down the path of delinquency by stealing from the grocer's stand and breaking a street lamp. Andy is concerned and gives the boys - minus Steve who refused to see him - a severe tongue lashing. But it's left to Opie to confront Steve who isn't as tough as he's made himself out to be.
15Barney and the Governor
07 Jan 1963Description ▼
When the Governor's chauffeur parks the Governor's car in a No Parking Zone in front of the Post Office, Barney issues a ticket. Actually, he didn't realize it was the Governor's car until well into to the process and he then refused to back down. Mayor Stoner is outraged when he hears what they have done and he insists that Andy call the Governor's office and apologize. The Governor is in fact delighted that someone had the gumption to ticket his car and tells Andy and the Mayor that he will stop by Mayberry that very afternoon to congratulate Barney and shake his hand. Only problem is that no one tells Barney and when he hears the Governor is coming to Mayberry, he assumes the worse and that he's finished.
16Man in a Hurry
14 Jan 1963Description ▼
Malcolm Tucker's car breaks down on the outskirts of Mayberry and he hope to have it repaired in time to attend his meeting in Charlotte the next morning. Unfortunately it's a Sunday and if things are slow in Mayberry on other days, they are absolutely glacial on a Sunday. He tries his best to get Wally the mechanic to look at his car but he refuses and then finally convinces Gomer, who pumps gas part-time at Wally's station, to have a look at it. For Tucker, time is important and he has trouble accepting the pace of life in Mayberry but after spending a day with Andy at his home, he begins to re-assess his values and priorities.
17High Noon in Mayberry
21 Jan 1963Description ▼
Andy receives a letter from Luke Comstock, someone he shot during an arrest 10 year before, telling him that he coming to town to settle some unfinished business. The letter is vague but does have an ominous tone to it. For Barney, it's clear that Comstock is out for revenge but Andy isn't so sure. With Andy refusing to take any special measures other than to send Aunt Bee and Opie to the neighbors, Barney recruits some of the locals to stand guard at Andy's house. On the announced day, Luke Comstock steps off the bus and is carrying what appears to be a rifle case.
18The Loaded Goat
28 Jan 1963Description ▼
When Cy Hudgins comes to town, he brings along his goat which is as much a pet as anything else. Told to get him out of the barbershop, he ties him up outside but the animal soon frees itself. Unfortunately for everyone, the goat makes its way to a construction shack used by a road crew and eats a crate-full of dynamite. Not quite sure what to do - the engineer in charge of the road construction has never come across this before - they put the animal in a cell. Otis however shows up wanting his cell and throws the animal out. It's left to Barney to play the pied piper and get the animal out of town.
04 Feb 1963Description ▼
While moving some of Barney's belongings into his garage, Andy comes across their old high school yearbook. The two of them reminisce about those days and soon Andy suggests they organize a class reunion. For Andy, the object will be to reunite with his old high school sweetheart, Sharon DeSpain. They were quite an item for several years but after graduation, she moved away and is now living in Chicago. Barney also hopes to see his old flame, Ramona though he becomes concerned about a possibly jealous husband when he hears that she is now married. Andy's reunion is bittersweet for while they are still attracted to one another, it also becomes obvious why nothing ever happened between them. For Barney, Ramona's reaction isn't at all what he expected.
20Rafe Hollister Sings
11 Feb 1963Description ▼
Barney is preparing himself for the Ladies League singing contest. The winner gets to go to the State capital and represent Mayberry. The problem of course is that he can't sing. When farmer Rafe Hollister shows up at the court house, he sings while Andy plays the guitar and it turns out he has a very nice voice. Andy encourages him to go and try out for the competition which he wins handily. Mayor Stoner and Mrs. Jeffries, the head of the Ladies League, are aghast however at Rafe's appearance and want Andy to break the news to him that he cannot sing at the musicale. Unable to bring himself to do so, Andy decides the only option is to try and make Rafe a bit more presentable.
21Opie and the Spoiled Kid
18 Feb 1963Description ▼
Mayberry is having a bit of a problem with a boy who is continually riding his bike on the sidewalks and knocking people over. The boy, Arnold Winkler, has just gotten his new bicycle and for Opie, it's a beauty. Actually, Opie thinks Arnold, who has just moved to Mayberry with his family, is the luckiest kid around. He not only has a new $70 bike, but he gets a much bigger allowance and doesn't have to do chores to get it. He thinks Opie is a sap and gives him some hints on how to get what he wants out of parents, like stomping your feet, holding your breath and pretending to cry. When Opie tries it with Andy, it doesn't get him very far. When Andy and Barney impound Arnold's bike for again riding on the sidewalk, they get a visit from the boy's father who soon comes to realize just how selfish and arrogant his little boy is.
22The Great Filling Station Robbery
25 Feb 1963Description ▼
Jimmy Hanson is a young man who just seems to get himself into trouble, though it's rarely of his own doing. After being fired from his job, Andy decides to help him out and gets Gomer at the gas station to hire the boy while Wally the owner is away. Soon, things start to disappear from the station. At first it's a box of tire tubes, then tools start to disappear and so on. All of the evidence points to Jimmy as the culprit and Barney is keen to make an arrest. Andy still isn't convinced but when Gomer reports that he's seen someone skulking around the gas station late at night, Andy and Barney set off to find out exactly what is going on.
23Andy Discovers America
04 Mar 1963Description ▼
Opie doesn't like his new teacher - he calls her 'Old Lady' Crump - and he especially doesn't like the amount of homework she gives out. He particularly doesn't like history and at breakfast one morning, Andy tells him not to worry about it and just do the best he can. Opie misinterprets what his father has told him and takes it to mean he doesn't need to do history homework and he makes a point of telling his teacher so. Soon, all of the boys are backing Opie and she has a bit of revolt on her hands. Fed up, Helen Crump lets Andy know exactly what she thinks of his parenting skills. Feeling that he needs to make amends for any trouble he may have caused, he tries to find a way to get the boys enthused about American history
24Aunt Bee's Medicine Man
11 Mar 1963Description ▼
With the recent death of a friend, Aunt Bee is feeling particularly blue. She is feeling her age and is listless and without energy. On her way home one day, she sees a handsome man hawking his Colonel Harvey's Elixir as a tonic that will fix any ailment. She buys two bottles and by the time Andy gets home later that day, she is singing and happy. There's seems to be little they can do about Colonel Harvey. His vendor's permit is in order and he's doesn't seem to be breaking any laws. Until they have the elixir analyzed that is and find that it is in fact 85% alcohol and the reason Aunt Bee and her friends feel so good is because they are gassed.
25The Darlings Are Coming
18 Mar 1963Description ▼
The musical Darling Family - father Briscoe, daughter Charlene and four sons - show up in Mayberry to collect Charlene's fiancé, 'Dud' Wash, a soldier who is arriving on the bus the next day. The family patriarch rents a single room and sneaks in the rest of the family and Andy is soon at the hotel trying to figure out what to do with them. The Darlings are a good family and aren't really troublemakers so Andy agrees to let them stay the night at the courthouse. The real problem however is that daughter Charlene has taken a real shine to Andy and goes after him with a vengeance. She hasn't seen Dud for a while and isn't sure what her feelings are about him. Dud's arrival however sets everything straight.
26Andy's English Valet
25 Mar 1963Description ▼
Malcolm Merriweather is visiting from England but while cycling through Mayberry, causes around $40 worth of damage. Unable to pay restitution, Andy is about to jail him when he gets an idea. Merriweather had mentioned that he worked as a valet, a gentleman's gentleman, and with Aunt Bee away he asks Malcolm if he would like to live at his house and take care of him and Opie. Malcolm gladly accepts and soon, he has Andy and Opie taking mid-week baths and dressing for dinner. He even drives Andy to work in the morning. When he hears Andy agree with Barney that it's all just a bit crazy, Malcolm's feelings are hurt and he decides to leave.
27Barney's First Car
01 Apr 1963Description ▼
Barney makes the decision to buy a car for the first time. He sees an ad in the paper that sounds just like what he's looking for and when the seller comes to Andy's house, he's more convinced than ever. The vendor is a little old lady whose husband has recently died. She claims the car was only ever driven a low speed and that it just breaks her heart to sell it. Andy advises caution and suggests that he have Wally the mechanic give the car a once over but Barney won't hear of it. The old woman has him wrapped around her little finger so tight that he even overpays for the car. Not surprisingly, the car breaks down the next day when he take her out for the first time. When Gomer checks it out, he finds saw dust in the transmission, used to keep it all running smoothly for a few days and a sure sign he was taken for a ride. They soon find exactly what that old lady has been up to.
08 Apr 1963Description ▼
Opie feels the first pangs of puppy love when he takes a liking to one of his classmates, Karen. He keeps asking her to do thing like walking her home or going to the movies or carrying her books but she doesn't seem to have much of an interest. He's pretty down in the dumps when Thelma Lou sees him and invites him to the house for some brownies. Soon, Opie is referring to her as his girl and he's getting to spend more time with her than Barney is. As Barney starts to chafe Karen, who Opie hasn't paid attention to for a while now, is starting to realize that she may like to spend some time with the boy after all.
29A Wife for Andy
15 Apr 1963Description ▼
After watching Andy fix up Opie's scraped knee, Barney decides the time has come for the Sheriff to take a wife. Andy asks him - actually begs him - not to interfere with his life but Barney just can't help himself. His first trick is to invite all of the single women to Andy's house so that Andy can look them all over. Andy won't hear of it and has Barney ask them to leave. The next trick is to arrange a dinner at Thelma Lou's for Andy and Helen Crump, Opie's teacher. Chatting before dinner, Barney decides Helen's not suitable when she says she can't cook and won't be quitting her teaching job should she ever marry. Barney wants to keep looking but Andy and Helen hit it off pretty well and have a date for the next night. Barney has other ideas.
30Dogs, Dogs, Dogs
22 Apr 1963Description ▼
When Opie finds a stray dog, he takes it to the courthouse. They decide to feed the animal and it particularly likes Barney's lunch. Andy gives Opie permission to keep the dog but it escapes and returns to the courthouse with some of its friends. Barney is concerned with all of the animals being there since a State inspector is coming to town to check out the jail facilities and decide on their request for funding. Every time they get rid of the animals however, they seem to return in even greater numbers. Sure enough, the courthouse is full of animals when the inspector calls in which, as it turns out, is a pretty good thing.
29 Apr 1963Description ▼
Briscoe Darling comes to town seeking the sheriff's help to solve a problem with Ernest T Bass, who has decided to court Briscoe's daughter Charlene and is making a pest of himself by throwing rocks through the windows of the Darling's cabin to get her attention. Charlene is already married to Dud Wash but Ernest T doesn't recognize the marriage because it wasn't performed by a preacher. Reluctantly, Andy agrees to help out and he and Barney make the long drive up to the mountains the next day. Ernest T is not impressed by the lawmen and continues breaking windows. Andy decides the best solution is another wedding, this time with the circuit preacher presiding. When Ernest T threatens to kidnap the bride Andy dresses Barney up as a decoy and Dud and Charlene are remarried while Ernest T is trying to figure out who Barney is. In the end Dud and Ernest T shake hands and they all celebrate at the cabin.
32The Big House
06 May 1963Description ▼
When the State police arrest two of four bank robbers, they decide to keep them in Mayberry jail. Andy is to join the search for the remaining two criminals and agrees with Barney's suggestion that they get a third man working for them but without consulting him, Barney hires Gomer. Andy isn't convinced they can do the job but gives in to Barney's assurances that all will be okay. In fact, the two experienced criminals have Barney right where they want him and it's only thanks to Andy that keeps them from escaping - twice! When the State police set a trap for the two remaining criminals, Barney puts his foot in it again when he arrests them..
1Opie the Birdman
30 Sep 1963Description ▼
Opie is having a grand old time with his new slingshot. His father had warned him to be careful with it but when he inadvertently kills a bird, he is genuinely heart broken. He finally breaks down and tells his father what he has done but the real problem is that there are three newborns in the nest. Opie decides that he is going to raise them and he meticulously cares for them. He eventually comes to the realization however that he will also have to let them go free.
2The Haunted House
07 Oct 1963Description ▼
When Opie and his friend Arnold accidentally send a baseball crashing through the window of an old abandoned house, they're too afraid to go in and retrieve it. The house has a reputation for being haunted but Barney admonishes Andy for not making the boys retrieve the ball anyways. The cowardly Deputy balks however when Andy suggests that he get it for them. Even Otis the town drunk suggests that they stay away from the place. Soon, Andy and Barney - with Gomer in tow - are in the place. They hear strange sounds, see a painting with eyes that seem to follow you across the room and find a secret chamber. There's definitely an earthly explanation to everything however.
3Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army
14 Oct 1963Description ▼
Andy and Barney break up a fight outside the Army recruitment center only to find Ernest T. Bass in the middle of it all. He tells them he's there to enlist. Andy tries to warn the Recruiting Sergeant about his odd behavior, but to no avail. It doesn't take the Sergeant long to realize Andy was right and throws Bass out. He now blames Andy for his plight and takes to breaking windows. Even putting him in a cell doesn't seem to work as he has his own way of getting out whenever he wants to. When Andy finally learns exactly why Ernest T. wanted to join up in the first place, the solution is quite simple.
4The Sermon for Today
21 Oct 1963Description ▼
For his Sunday sermon a visiting preacher, Dr. Harrison Everett Breen, extols the virtues of a quiet, peaceful lifestyle. He commends the good citizens of Mayberry for their calm and measured approach to life, particularly when compared to so many who are in a constant rush. Back at home after services, they begin to reflect nostalgically about the good old days when they use to have a band concert in the park. Suddenly, they decide to revive the practice and are running around like mad fools trying to fix the decrepit bandstand, sew the old uniforms and practicing the music!
5Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee
28 Oct 1963Description ▼
Briscoe Darling and his boys come to Mayberry and after being thrown out of the diner, accept an invitation to Andy's house for dinner. He is mighty impressed with Aunt Bee's cooking and the cleanliness of the her house and kitchen. Misunderstanding something she says, he suddenly declares his love for her and asks her to be his bride. She turns him down of course but the next day when Opie comes home for lunch, he finds a note from the Darling patriarch saying he's taken her. Andy goes to their mountain cabin and finds that she is okay and decides the only way to get Briscoe to change his mind will be to show him exactly what it would be like to have Aunt Bee running his household.
6Gomer the House Guest
04 Nov 1963Description ▼
Gomer's boss Wally is getting just a bit fed with his constant chatting with customers while others are waiting to be served and suddenly, he finds himself out of a job. He asks Andy if he could sleep at the jail for a few nights but Andy has an even better idea: Gomer can stay at his house until he gets settled. Unfortunately, things don't go quite well. The first night, Gomer can't sleep and is all over the house trying to do chores to compensate for his stay. He's sawing wood, fixing the vacuum and otherwise keeping them up at all hours. By the second night, Gomer's regular customers start showing up at the house with all kinds of car problems which gives Andy the solution to their mutual problem.
7A Black Day for Mayberry
11 Nov 1963Description ▼
When Treasury agents tells Andy that a $7 million gold shipment will be passing through Mayberry the next day, he has no choice but to confide in Barney since he will have to help him with the security arrangements. He does warn him to keep his mouth shut about the whole situation but the blabbermouth soon spills the beans and the news is all over town in a flash. What was supposed to be a simple lunch and gas stop for the armored truck and its crew turns into a fiasco with Mayberry's citizens turning out in droves to welcome them. When Barney has to replace the guard inside the vehicle for his lunch break, he finds that the gold may have been stolen.
8Opie's Ill-Gotten Gain
18 Nov 1963Description ▼
Opie has always been an average student and while he doesn't ignore his studies completely, he also doesn't work as hard as he could. He's convinced however that his teacher, Miss Crump, likes him and that he'll do alright in his upcoming report card. Andy tells him it doesn't quite work that way but Opie's confidence is re-affirmed when he gets straight A's. Andy is so proud of him that he's bragging all over town about what Opie's done and even buys him a new bicycle as a reward. The only problem is the report card is a mistake and Opie, despite trying, can't quite bring himself to tell his father the truth.
9A Date for Gomer
25 Nov 1963Description ▼
When Thelma Lou's cousin Mary Grace comes to town unexpectedly, she want Barney to find her a date for the big dance on Saturday night. She wants Barney to ask Andy and he does, but Andy has already asked Helen Crump to go with him. Without a date for Mary Grace, Thelma Lou says that she just won't go so Barney and Andy decide to ask Gomer. He finally agrees after some persuasion but only a few minutes after meeting Mary Grace on the big night, he suddenly stands up and says there is something he's got to do and walks out of the house. The other couples go to the dance leaving Mary Grace alone but Thelma Lou can't bear it and insists on returning home. They get quite a surprise when they get there.
10Up in Barney's Room
02 Dec 1963Description ▼
When Barney's landlady, Mrs. Mendelbright, catches him cooking in his room she asks him to leave. He's lived there for several years and considers the boarding house his home but he has no choice but to move out. He sets himself up in the back room at the courthouse but that clearly isn't going to work so Andy convinces him to go see Mrs. Mendelbright and apologize, hoping she will take him back. They do make up but she tells them she is selling her house and is to marry her new boarder, Oscar Fields, who has just moved in to Barney's old room. When Barney hears that she is about to give the man her life savings so they can buy a house elsewhere, he's sure the man is a crook.
16 Dec 1963Description ▼
A feud of sorts breaks out between Barney and Gomer when the over-zealous Deputy gives the mechanic a ticket for making an unlawful u-turn on Main street. He also gives Gomer a lecture about civic duty and the responsibilities of even private citizens to make a citizens arrest when they see any wrongdoing. Gomer takes it all to heart and promptly arrest Barney when he makes an unlawful u-turn. Quite a crowd gathers and when Andy forces Barney to write himself a ticket, the angry Deputy also writes out his resignation. He also refuses to pay the fine and insists on spending the requisite 5 days in jail. When Goober hears what has happened, he realizes it has all gone too far and tries to get Barney back on the job.
12Opie and His Merry Men
30 Dec 1963Description ▼
Opie and his friends are fascinated by the story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men and have taken to playing in the woods with their bows and arrows. They come across a hobo who convinces them that, if they really want to be like Robin Hood, they should be robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, in other words, people like him. Opie is having some trouble making sense of it all, especially the part about the Sheriff being the bad guy. That notwithstanding, the boys are soon taking food from their homes - Opie an apple pie, another takes a ham and so on - and the hobo is eating quite well. When Andy finally catches on to what is going on, he has to find a way to do his job and make it look like he's trying to be helpful.
13Barney and the Cave Rescue
06 Jan 1964Description ▼
Barney's self-esteem is at a low ebb when he tries to stop a robbery at the Mayberry Security Bank only to find that it's only the bank's President Mr. Meldrum going to work. Word is soon all over town and he's a laughing stock. When he and Andy along with their girlfriends Thelma Lou and Helen go on a picnic, Andy and Helen explore an old abandoned cave and are trapped in a cave-in. Barney rallies the entire town and leads a mammoth rescue operation, the only problem being that the Helen and Andy have found another way out and aren't in any danger. Andy realizes that after the incident at the bank that morning, there better be someone in that cave for Barney to rescue.
14Andy and Opie's Pal
13 Jan 1964Description ▼
Opie makes a new friend, Trey, a fatherless boy who is visiting Mayberry with his mother. Trey is a good boy and he and Opie get along fine. That is until Andy also takes an interest in the boy and asks him to join them fishing. A jealous Opie then shuns his new friend and Andy tries to teach him the cost of just dropping friends. Barney becomes the object of the exercise.
15Aunt Bee the Crusader
20 Jan 1964Description ▼
When Aunt Bee learns that their egg man of many years, Mr. Frisby, is being forced off his land she decides to do something about. The land is to be used for a new highway but she gets little sympathy from Andy who may be the one to have to force his off his property. As far as he's concerned, it was all done properly and the egg farmer is going to be well compensated. Soon, there are protesters outside the courthouse and it's obviously not going to go away. When the protesters shift to his farm however, Andy comes across something very interesting.
27 Jan 1964Description ▼
There seems to be little Andy can do about the complaints they continue to receive about speeding on the nearby highway. Barney would love to get out there and set up a speed trap but they have only the one squad car. Without telling Andy, Barney goes off to an army surplus store and buys an old World War I motorcycle and side car. Andy isn't too sure about it all and against his better judgment lets Barney keep it. Soon he is roaring up and down the street and just generally being a menace. Realizing that something has to be done about it, he finds a very useful purpose for Opie's new wood burning kit.
17My Fair Ernest T. Bass
03 Feb 1964Description ▼
Ernest T. Bass is back in Mayberry and is again looking for a wife. He's taken to throwing rocks through windows to get attention and Andy realizes there is only one thing to do: teach him manners and how to behave in polite society. The transformation in Bass is quite remarkable and he's soon attending a party. He doesn't quite make through the evening but he may have met his soul mate in any event.
18Prisoner of Love
10 Feb 1964Description ▼
Neither Andy nor Barney are too keen on working the evening shift - until they get a load of the prisoner the State Police has just brought. She's a con artist and a thief and very, very attractive. Barney has a date with Thelma Lou so Andy spends some time with her and he seems to make a real connection. He's relieved by Barney and goes home but can't quite get her out of his mind so decides to go back the courthouse, only to find her coming out the door and Barney locked in the cell!
19Hot Rod Otis
17 Feb 1964Description ▼
Town drunk Otis comes in for his weekly night in jail and is insistent that they wake him up a 8 a.m. the next morning. They do so and he will only tell them he's been working a second job and saving his money to acquire the one thing he has always wanted but has never had. When he shows up later that day with his new car, Barney is convinced that they have a new menace in town. Andy thinks Otis is a little more responsible than that but gives Barney the okay to follow him and see what he wants. When they see him pass out behind the wheel, they put him in jail and devise an elaborate scheme to get his to swear off driving.
20The Song Festers
24 Feb 1964Description ▼
With a concert on the horizon, the Mayberry choir has been practicing a good deal. The problem is that Barney is the only tenor and the choirmaster, John Masters, would love to replace him with someone more suitable. Barney, egged on by his voice teacher Miss Eleanora Poultice, thinks he may have a shot at the big time. Despite John and Andy's best efforts however, they simply haven't been able to find anyone. During a lunchtime practice however, they hear a tenor whose voice is just perfect: and it turns out to be Gomer. Having found his new tenor John wants Andy to give Barney the bad news. When Gomer hears just how much it means to Barney to sing the solo however, he decides to take action himself.
02 Mar 1964Description ▼
Department store owner Ben Weaver becomes concerned when he realizes that a good amount of his stock has gone missing. Andy thinks it's due to shoplifting but Barney is convinced that it may be a burglar so he breaks a date with Thelma Lou to explore the premises after hours. Ben Weaver decides to do the same and all they manage to do is scare each other half to death. Andy finally gets Barney to go to the store during regular working hours to keep his eyes open for shoplifters but when the bumbling Deputy arrests what appears to be a kindly old lady he seems to have messed up yet again.
09 Mar 1964Description ▼
Andy has become quite irritable of late and he finally agrees with Barney's suggestion that he take a week's holiday and relax. He plans on sitting at home and just catch up on some reading but the calls never stop and Barney - with more than a bit of help from temporary Deputy Gomer - seems to be getting into trouble right and left so he finally decides to go off into the woods for a bit of camping. Back at the jail, Barney and Gomer soon find themselves caring for a prison escapee in their custody who has little trouble getting away from them. It's left to Andy to resolve the situation.
23Andy Saves Gomer
16 Mar 1964Description ▼
When Andy stops by the gas station to give Gomer a letter he's received from Barney - the Deputy is visiting his cousin Virgil for a holiday - he finds the mechanic asleep in a chair and a small fire burning in a nearby drum. Andy puts the fire out and Gomer decides that Andy has saved his life. In fact, the more time goes by, the more the story grows. The real problem however is that Gomer has decided that nothing is too good for the man that saved his life and now starts waiting on Andy hand and foot - cleaning the windows, cutting the grass, offering to drive him around - despite Andy's protests that it's just not necessary. Andy soon realizes there is only one way to even things out between them.
23 Mar 1964Description ▼
Aunt Bee has been on a cost-cutting binge of late including buying Opie some too large shoes and sugar in bulk, all to save a few dollars. When she hears that the new butcher shop in town is selling beef at a saving of 10 cents a pound, she's immediately interested. The only catch is that to get the saving, you have to buy a whole side of beef - 150 lbs or so. That's fine with Bee since she has a freezer - mind you she hasn't used it for years and when it breaks down, she refuses to call the repairman from Mount Pilot because of the cost. She left with the embarrassing choice of going back to her old butcher, Mr. Foley, for help. It also leaves Andy with only one choice.
25Divorce, Mountain Style
30 Mar 1964Description ▼
Charlene Darling shows up in Mayberry alone and asking Andy for his help. He agrees and they go off into the woods where she buries something, finally announcing that she has divorced Dud Wash and is now free to marry - and that Andy is her intended. Soon, her father Briscoe and the entire Darling clan are in town to make sure Andy lives up to his obligations. Barney goes off to the library to find a book on local folklore and see if there's anything they can do to reverse what seems to be the inevitable. Sure enough, all it will take is the presence of a white horse with a black rider traveling east-west to curse the betrothed.
26A Deal Is a Deal
06 Apr 1964Description ▼
Opie and several of his friends are trying to sell a patent medicine as part of a contest to win a pony - it's all a scam of course. They're not having much luck selling the stuff and one of the boys returns what he has left. When he receives a letter from the company saying he is blacklisted, they ask Andy's advice. He tells them it's just a bit of intimidation and to just forget about it. Barney however can't keep his nose out of things and along with Gomer, pays a visit to the salve company in Mt. Pilot. They spin a yarn about the salve having a veterinary application but the con men don't quite react the way Barney had predicted
13 Apr 1964Description ▼
Andy and Barney are working late one evening to complete the county inventory. They've told Thelma Lou and Helen that the inventory has to be completed that evening if they are all to go to the dance the next night. Barney however runs into their old friends Daphne and Skippy - the Fun Girls - and they're soon both at the courthouse looking for a good time. Andy flat out refuses to go along and decides to give them a ride home to Mt. Pilot but sure enough, Helen and Thelma Lou see them all getting into the squad car. They refuse to go to the dance with them so Barney arranges for the fun girls to be their dates.
28The Return of Malcolm Merriweather
20 Apr 1964Description ▼
Aunt Bee has been working really hard lately and Andy is wondering if it all just isn't too much for her when a solution presents itself in the form of Malcolm Merriweather, the traveling Englishman who had visited Mayberry the year before. Malcolm has worked as a cook and valet so Andy hires him to work around the house and give Aunt Bee a break. He effortlessly keeps the house clean, takes care of Opie and cooks wonderful meals. Everyone is enjoying it except for Aunt Bee, who feels useless and unneeded. Malcolm soon realizes the problem and decides to set things right.
27 Apr 1964Description ▼
After seeing Helen and Andy in the jewelry store together, Barney begins to tell everyone they are obviously engaged. They decide to throw a big party for them and Aunt Bee decides on the perfect gift -to redecorate Andy's room from top to bottom including putting in a canopy bed. They manage to get all of the work done in a single day. Of course, Barney has got it all wrong as usual and the happy couple isn't at all engaged.
30Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt
04 May 1964Description ▼
Barney feels quite secure in his relationship with Thelma Lou. He even brags to Andy and Gomer that he can do whatever he likes because he has her in his hip pocket. When the dim-witted Gomer tells Thelma Lou what he said, she decides to teach him a lesson. For the first time in years, she breaks their regular Tuesday night date and asks Gomer to take her to the movies instead. Barney isn't so sure of himself at this point but Thelma Lou gets herself into a bit of pickle when Gomer starts to take it all seriously and asks her to marry him.
31Back to Nature
11 May 1964Description ▼
Andy, Barney and Gomer take Opie and his friends on a weekend campaign trip in woods. Andy wants the boys to have fun but Barney keeps talking about the importance of getting back to land and so on. He also constantly brags about his own outdoor skills from catching his own food, to starting fires by rubbing two sticks together. When Opie wanders off on his own the next morning, Barney and Gomer go off looking for him - against Andy's advice to just wait a bit to see if the boy returns - and they promptly get lost. Barney's sense of direction is non-existent and it takes both Andy and Gomer's help to get him back to camp.
32Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
18 May 1964Description ▼
Andy is just a bit surprised when Gomer informs him that, having received his notice from the Draft Board, he has signed up with the US Marine Corps. Andy isn't quite sure that the country bumpkin is quite cut out to be a Marine and offers him a ride down to the base if for no other reason to than to be there when they reject him. Gomer soon meets his tough as nails Sergeant, Vince Carter, and the lovable doofus seems to go out of his way to make trouble for himself. Andy decides to help Gomer out by telling Carter a little white lie about Gomer's family connections.
1Opie Loves Helen
21 Sep 1964Description ▼
Opie has a crush on a new girl and asks his Dad for advice on how he should tell her he likes her. Andy says that often the other party will know just by the way you act around her so he shouldn't do too much out of the ordinary. Opie decides to buy her a gift but when Andy discovers he has bought her nylon stockings, he suggests that's just a bit too personal and should return then. Opie then approaches Barney for advice on what he should say to his new girl and the Deputy recommends reading poetry to her. He's aghast however - and has to tell Andy - when he realizes that the object of the boy's attention is his teacher, Helen Crump.
28 Sep 1964Description ▼
Barney is more than a bit disappointed when he thinks everyone has forgotten the fifth anniversary of starting work as a Deputy Sheriff. They were just leading him on and have a cake and a nice gift waiting for him. Andy has just received bad news however: Deputies are now subject to regular height and weight requirements and Barney misses the minimum on both counts. Everyone is pretty sure they can put the extra weight on him but how do you make someone almost a full inch taller? Andy thinks he has the solution but still has to be creative come the day of the physical exam.
3The Family Visit
05 Oct 1964Description ▼
Aunt Bee decides that they have not spent enough time keeping in touch with their family and gets Andy to agree to inviting her sister Nora and her husband Ollie to visit for a weekend. They soon arrive with their two boys and while Bee enjoys seeing her sister again, the arrangements aren't very convenient with the three boys sharing a bed as are Andy and Ollie. They decide to put up with it for the weekend but when they invite themselves to stay on for the entire week, Andy isn't very happy. Fortunately, a prison escape provides him with the means to ensure that his uncle Ollie hits the road sooner than originally planned.
4The Education of Ernest T. Bass
12 Oct 1964Description ▼
Ernest T. Bass returns to Mayberry and again seeks Andy's help with his love life. Lately, he has been courting and according to Ernest T., he asked the girl to marry him but she turned him down because he has no education and doesn't know his letters. He wants Andy to help him get an education, in a week otherwise he will start throwing rocks again and break every window in town. The solution Andy comes up with is for him to go to school and the mountain man is soon in Helen Crump's 5th grade class. Andy tries to help him with his homework and realizes Bass knows that than he realizes. But it all goes wrong when Ernest T. decides he's in love with Helen.
5Aunt Bee's Romance
19 Oct 1964Description ▼
Aunt Bee is positively giddy when out of the blue she receives a letter from an old beau, Roger Hanover. She hasn't seen him for many years and decides to write and invite him for a weekend. Roger and Aunt Bee hit it off and seem to start off where they ended all those years ago. It's all a bit of a problem for Andy as no matter how hard he tries he just can't take a liking to the man. Roger has a strange sense of humor, always making jokes at the expense of others. When he makes a proposition to Andy however, the Sheriff decides to call his bluff.
26 Oct 1964Description ▼
Barney decides that to be a modern police force, the Mayberry Sheriff's office should have a tracker dog. The mutt he acquires for the task is a lovable thing but not exactly suited for the purpose. When he and Andy have to go off searching for an escaped prisoner, Barney insists on bringing the dog along. Leave it to Barney of course to not recognize the escapee when he comes across him and he's soon taken prisoner. Thanks to his mutt, his attempt at escape is thwarted and soon both he and Andy are prisoners. As it turns out, Barney's dog saves the day.
7Man in the Middle
02 Nov 1964Description ▼
When Barney and Thelma Lou have a big fight and Barney declares their relationship over, Andy tries to soothe things and says maybe it's all for the best. Barney and Thelma Lou reconcile and when he tells her what Andy said, she becomes incensed and refuses to speak to him. When she relays what Andy said to Helen, they end up having a fight and Helen breaks up with Andy. It all goes round and round until Barney and Thelma Lou decide they have to do something to get Andy and Helen back together again.
09 Nov 1964
16 Nov 1964Description ▼
Opie finds a wallet on the side of a dirt road with $50 cash in it and no identification. He learns that he can keep the money if nobody claims it in one week. A week passes and the money is his, but then Barney finds a 'Lost and Found' notice in the newspaper from the owner.
10Goodbye Sheriff Taylor
23 Nov 1964
30 Nov 1964Description ▼
There is a play in the upcoming town pageant, and Clara has the lead part as Lady Mayberry. Two weeks before opening, Clara is called out of town and can't play the part. Aunt Bea "hints" that she can do it and is encouraged to do so. She is accepted for the part by Mr. Masters, the director. At her first rehearsal, we discover that Bea is terrible as an actress, and Andy accepts the task of telling her she is out. While he is stumbling around trying to figure out how to break the news, Clara returns, and recites the soliloquy beautifully in front of all. Bea realizes the right thing to do, and gives the part back to Clara.
12The Darling Baby
07 Dec 1964Description ▼
The Darlings ride into town with Charlene toting her new baby. Briscoe announces they are searching for a young boy to become legally engaged to the little one. After some searching of the town, they show up at Andy's house to "do some picking", and discover Opie. They Darlings decide that Opie is the one and will not be convinced otherwise, no matter what Andy tries. Barney is over in the corner sipping on mulberry squeezins, and is getting so tipsy he is of no help. Finally Andy figures out a scientific trick to convince the Darlings that Opie would not be suitable.
13Andy and Helen Have Their Day
14 Dec 1964Description ▼
Andy and Helen are so busy that they can't find find any private time together. She has papers to mark and PTA meetings to attend while Andy has meetings and the like. Barney tries to make a number of suggestions as to how they can find the time but finally suggests to them that he will give them Saturday. In other words, they are both to take the day off and go to the lake and just have a nice time. Andy and Helen are very appreciative of Barney's efforts but their private time at the lake is anything but: Goober, who drove them out there, decides to stay for lunch; Barney has any number of excuses to be there including whether Opie should be allowed to go see a horror movie or that the TV repair man can't repair Helen's TV set.
14Three Wishes for Opie
21 Dec 1964Description ▼
Helen is incensed when rumors spread around town that she and Andy are engaged. She's sure Andy had something to do with it but its all news to him as well. It seems that Goober and Barney went to an auction where the Deputy bought an old game made up of an oil lamp and Tarot-like cards. As a result of a series of coincidences, Barney comes to believe that it can make your wishes come true. He gives Opie three wishes. His first is that he have a pocket knife and sure enough, Andy soon gives him one. His second is that he gets a B in arithmetic and sure enough, he gets it. When Barney thinks his third wish is for Andy and Helen to get married, it's a foregone conclusion as far as he is concerned. Only thing is, Opie didn't wish for them to be married but for something else.
15Otis Sues the County
28 Dec 1964Description ▼
After his usual weekly visit for drunkenness, Otis has a minor fall when exiting his cell. He wants to just forget about the incident and tells Barney and Floyd that he has an old football injury and has always had trouble with his knee. Barney however insists that they have to file a report and when Otis goes to a lawyer to get his statement notarized, the shady fellow suggests that he sue the County for $5,000. Needless to say, this doesn't sit well with Mayberry's law enforcement officers. Unfortunately, Floyd doesn't really remember what Otis said at the time and Otis himself wasn't completely recovered from the night before and can't quite remember how it happened.
16Barney Fife, Realtor
04 Jan 1965Description ▼
After speaking to the local real estate agent, Barney decides that selling houses would be the perfect sideline for him. He starts by targeting some of the families in Mayberry who may want to change houses and soon has a chain of four buyers and sellers lined up. Even Andy has gotten involved. Having recently admonished Opie for trying to sell his bicycle without revealing the problem with the brakes, Andy finds himself being less than honest with the the prospective buyer of his house about the leaky roof or the noisy pipes. Opie practices what his father preaches and mentions these things to an interested buyer, much to Andy's annoyance. When Andy visits the house he's interested in buying, he finds that it may not be perfect as well.
17Goober Takes a Car Apart
11 Jan 1965Description ▼
With Barney away, Andy has to find someone to answer the phone for the day and a bit he will be away a the State Sheriff's convention. He has several possible helpers but Goober presses him to do the job. Despite promises to be there bright and early the first morning, Goober is committed to fixing Gilly Walker's carburetor which is taking considerably longer than expected. With the job finally done and Andy is on his way, Goober sets himself up at the courthouse but Gilly is soon back complaining that the car isn't running right. Not wanting to abandon his post, Goober starts to dismantle the car and take the parts into the courthouse to repair it. Eventually, he has taken it completely apart and re-assembled it inside - but doesn't know how he will get it out. It all becomes more urgent when Andy learns that the head of the Sheriff's association is about to stop in for a visit.
18The Rehabilitation of Otis
18 Jan 1965Description ▼
When Otis shows up drunker than he has ever been - riding a cow no less - Barney decides that he will take it upon himself to try and reform Mayberry's town drunk. Andy begs him not to, but Barney has recently read a article about psychology and is convinced that he's the man for the job. Soon he is administering tests and asking Otis all kinds of questions but to no avail. When they find him drunk yet again, Barney feels betrayed and actually handcuffs Otis and runs him in. Insulted, Otis decides that he's going to take his business elsewhere and use a different jail to sleep it off. Andy and Barney have to travel to Mount Pilot to try and talk him into returning to Mayberry.
19The Lucky Letter
25 Jan 1965Description ▼
When Barney receives a chain letter, his immediate letter is to pass it on and not break the chain since it's supposed to bring bad luck. After Andy teases him however for being so superstitious, which he vehemently denies, he just throws it out. Soon however, Barney is facing one unfortunate event after another: a truck runs over his foot, he backs the squad car into another vehicle; and he has a big fight with Thelma Lou. His biggest worry however is that he will soon have to re-qualify on the police shooting range with all that it implies for keeping his job, so he sets off to the local dump desperate to find the letter. As usual, Andy helps him out.
20Goober and the Art of Love
01 Feb 1965Description ▼
Barney and Andy have a problem and his name is Goober. It seems that anytime they go out on a date with their girlfriends, Mary Lou and Helen, Goober seems to suddenly appear and joins them. Wanting to be able to have some private time with their girlfriends, they decide that there's only one solution: for Goober to find himself a girlfriend. That proves to be somewhat of a challenge for the awkward and shy garage mechanic. He sets his sights on Lydia Crosswaith but when he calls on her he can barely say hello let alone have a conversation. It's left to Barney to teach him how to go out with a girl and on what to do on a date.
21Barney Runs for Sheriff
08 Feb 1965Description ▼
When Andy tells Barney that he's probably going to accept a job with a major international corporation, Barney thinks he's crazy - until Andy suggests that he should run for Sheriff. Suddenly, Barney isn't as concerned about Andy's departure and files his papers to run in the upcoming election. When Andy's new job falls through, he finds himself in the situation of not being on the ballot but Barney and several of the townsfolk start a write-in campaign to get him re-elected. Barney is somewhat humiliated however as it becomes obvious that Andy will beat him in a landslide so he decides to campaign and eventually challenges Andy to a debate.
22If I Had a Quarter Million Dollars
15 Feb 1965Description ▼
When Barney runs a hobo off the railroad's property he happens to find a briefcase - with a quarter of a million dollars inside. Andy contacts the FBI in Washington who confirm that there was a recent robbery and that they will send an Agent down to collect the money. Barney suggests that as the thief will likely return to Mayberry to look for his briefcase, so he should go around town and set himself up as a having new found wealth to flush him out. Andy is completely against the idea but that has never stopped Barney in the past. Soon Barney is approached by a stranger who Barney comes to believe is the FBI Agent - but is in fact the thief looking for his money!
23TV or Not TV
01 Mar 1965Description ▼
When an article about Andy entitled Sheriff Without a Gun appears in a magazine, Hollywood soon comes calling with a proposal to do a television series based on his exploits. A producer and his attractive secretary are soon in Mayberry scouting out locations and discussing particular story lines. Barney makes the most of it, bragging about his mostly imaginary exploits, while Andy is his normal self-effacing self. The producers decide that the first episode will be about a bank robbery but Andy soon begins to wonder just why they are so interested in the bank and just who these people really are.
24Guest in the House
08 Mar 1965Description ▼
The green-eyed monster gets the better of Helen Crump when Andy's very attractive cousin Gloria comes for a visit. She not really a cousin but the daughter of a very close family friend who has recently had an engagement broken. She comes to stay with Aunt Bee and the Taylors for a change of place and a change of environment. Helen is a little dubious about having her around and is downright angry when Andy asks her to join him and Helen at the movies and again at dinner the next night. To placate her, Andy agrees to arrange for Goober to come along with them as Gloria's date but things don't quite go as Andy planned or Helen hoped. Andy finds a solution however.
25The Case of the Punch in the Nose
15 Mar 1965Description ▼
Barney stirs up a hornets nest when he discovers an apparently still open case file dating back to 20 years before. It would seem that Floyd the barber and Mr. Foley the grocer got into a dispute at the barber shop and Floyd punched him in the nose. Andy asks Barney to forget about it but be re-opens the investigation anyways. It would seem that Mr. Foley fell asleep in the barber chair and Floyd gave him a shave that he didn't ask for and subsequently refused to pay. This led to an escalation of heated words leading to the punch. Floyd disputes whether he asked for the shave but doesn't deny the punch. Soon everybody in Mayberry seems to be taking sides and punching each other in the nose forcing Andy to become uncharacteristically angry at Barney and telling him in no uncertain terms to stop.
22 Mar 1965Description ▼
Opie and a classmate start to produce their own news sheet, the Mayberry Sun, but sales are pretty slow. Barney tells the boy that he knows exactly what's wrong: he needs to broaden the scope of his stories beyond his classroom and publish news articles that people want to read. He and his friend Howie decide they are going to publish all the gossip that's fit to print. Soon, they are eavesdropping on private conversation printing verbatim what they say and with full attribution. Soon, everyone in Mayberry will know exactly what Aunt Bee thought of the lunch at the social, that Andy thinks the Reverend Martin's sermons are dry as dust and comments about a local May-December romance. When they realize what has happened, Andy, Barney and Aunt Bee scour the town to try and retrieve all of the copies the boys have distributed.
27Aunt Bee's Invisible Beau
29 Mar 1965Description ▼
Opie goes off to spend the night with a friend, leaving Andy and Bea to fend for themselves. Andy and Helen decide to spend the evening with Bea so she won't be alone. Later, Clara convinces Bea that she is now the "third wheel" and could keep romance from blossoming between Andy and Helen. The next night, Andy again invites Bea to join he and Helen, but she declines, saying she has a date. Andy's surprise leads to questions and she makes up that Mr. Hendricks, the "Butter and Egg" man is her beau. All is happy and well until Barney discovers (through Mr Hendricks' son) that Mr Hendricks is married. Andy confronts the egg man and discovers the truth. Bea is then forced to admit the real reason for her invention. Andy assures her that everything is fine, and that he, she and Opie are a family, and if Helen some day joins that family, Bea will certainly not be in the way.
28The Arrest of the Fun Girls
05 Apr 1965Description ▼
Andy and Barney have to break a date with Helen and Thelma Lou because of work but panic sets in when the fun girls, Daphne and Skippy, drop in to see 'Doll' and 'Bernie'. Rather than just be up front with their girlfriends, Andy and Barney set but an elaborate plan where Barney will stay at the courthouse with the girls and Andy will go meet Helen and Thelma Lou. It doesn't quite work however and the girlfriends walk into the courthouse to find the boys and the fun girls apparently having a party. It takes awhile for them to eventually convince their girlfriends that they weren't cheating. Having patched things up, they all go out together but have a bit of a surprise when they get back to Andy's house.
29The Luck of Newton Munroe
12 Apr 1965Description ▼
Newton Monroe is a traveling salesman who sells whatever he can get a good deal on out of the trunk of his car. Andy is concerned at first that he's selling stolen goods but he's legitimate, if somewhat unlucky. Soon everything he's been selling starts to break down: Goober's transistor radio, Floyd's watch and the fox fur Barney bought for Thelma Lou is losing its fur in large clumps. Barney runs him in for peddling his wares without a permit and decides to keep him working around the courthouse. Problem is, almost everything he touches turns into a minor disaster. Andy decides that Newton needs a bit of confidence building and gives him the task of painting his house. The result are in keeping with Newton's past experiences.
30Opie Flunks Arithmetic
19 Apr 1965Description ▼
When Helen tells Andy Opie isn't doing too well in math, he's pretty relaxed about it. She recommends that Opie should do a bit more homework and he agrees. Barney however thinks Andy's attitude is completely off base. He starts talking about how the boy may not get into college and the like and get Aunt Bee all worried. Soon, Andy is just as stressed and he tells Opie to buckle down and cut out the play time. Helen soon reports to him that since they last spoke of the boy, he is actually doing much worse and not only in math. Andy can't understand since he's been quite strict with the boy who has done nothing but study. Helen suggest that that may just be the problem.
31Opie and the Carnival
26 Apr 1965Description ▼
There's a carnival in town and Opie is having a really good time. When two crooked carnies want to drum up more business for their shooting gallery, they pick Opie out of the crowd and give him a rifle that hasn't been tampered with. He soon wins a prize and they have plenty of customers, all using rifles with bent sights. Opie has also been wondering what to get his father for his birthday. He's been saving his allowance but doesn't have much money and wonders what he can him. He then gets a brilliant idea: seeing as he is such a great shot, why not try to win his father an electric razor. Of course, he loses all of his money. Goober, who is a pretty good shot, decides to help him win the prize but he too spends way too much money and all he has to show for it is a Kewpie doll. When Andie gets wind of all this, he pays the carnies a visit.
03 May 1965Description ▼
When Andy forces the harem dancer show at the carnival to shut down, the owner decides to move on but leaves his one-man band, Jerry, behind. Andy takes pity on the jobless and penniless young man and invites him home for dinner. With Barney away, Aunt Bee suggests to Andy that he should hire Jerry to do some general work around the courthouse. Andy decides to try him out, but the somewhat inept Jerry has ideas about being a Deputy that don't quite work out. When Aunt Bee has her purse snatched at the carnival however, Jerry knows exactly who did it and shows his mettle to get it back.
13 Sep 1965Description ▼
Andy is not very pleased with Opie when the boy comes home and tells him he crashed his bicycle into a tree wrecking the front wheel. Andy tells him he has a mind to make him pay for the repairs and Opie takes his comments to heart and starts looking for a part-time job. He's not having much luck but Aunt Bee steers him in the direction of the grocer who is advertising for a delivery boy. When Opie shoes up at the store, there's another boy, Billy Crenshaw, who also wants it. They both get hired for a week and Opie is thrilled at the end of it when he gets the job permanently. When he hears why Billy wants the job however, he reconsiders.
20 Sep 1965Description ▼
When Helen Crump tells Andy that she has a colleague from the school board in Raleigh in town on business, he tells her to bring her along for dinner. When they arrive "she" turns out to be a he, Frank Smith. Not only does he have a PhD, but he knows a lot about art and architecture, local history and can even play classical guitar. Aunt Bee is worried that Frank represents a real rival to Andy but he doesn't worry much. Until that is, Helen breaks their mid-week date due to a late-evening work session and then sees the two of them sitting in the diner having a cup of coffee. In the aftermath, Helen doesn't appreciate Andy's accusations and let's him know it in no uncertain terms.
3Malcolm at the Crossroads
27 Sep 1965Description ▼
Ernest T. Bass gets a job in Mayberry but not for very long. His enforcement technique is somewhat lacking as he's taken to throwing rocks or bricks at motorists who don't follow his instructions. Andy gives him fair warning, but when he continues to throw bricks, Andy fires him on the spot. As luck would have it, Malcolm Merriweather has returned to Mayberry and Andy thinks he has the perfect replacement for the crossing guard job. Malcolm accepts the job with pleasure and takes it all quite seriously, but Ernest T. tells him that unless he leaves town intermediately, he will fight him. Malcolm's inclination is to move on but he finally decides to stand his ground and take whatever comes. The only problem is that he doesn't know how to fight and asks Goober to teach him.
4Aunt Bee, the Swinger
04 Oct 1965Description ▼
Aunt Bee reads in the Mayberry Gazette that their Congressman, John Canfield, is retiring from politics and returning to Mayberry to take up residence. Although she has never met him, she recognizes his photo and comments on what a handsome man he is. When Andy sees him in town soon after, he introduces him to Helen and takes the opportunity to invite him to dinner that evening. John and Bee hit it off splendidly and he invites her to introduce him to Mayberry's nightlife. Soon they are out every night dining and dancing and Andy is not quite sure where either of them get the energy. When Bee gets a call from John canceling their picnic that day and their date that evening, Bee assumes their flirtation is over. When Andy drops in on John, he learns there's a pretty straightforward reason for the cancellation.
11 Oct 1965Description ▼
Mayberry's new Deputy Sheriff, Warren Ferguson, is proving just a tad too fastidious in the application of the law. Goober, Floyd the barber and even Aunt Bee complain to Andy about him. He oversteps the bounds of discretion and just plain common sense when he arrests Aunt Bee a nearly a dozen of her friends for gambling - that is, holding a bingo game at the annual bazaar. Andy suspends the sentences but the ladies want to clear their name and lock themselves into a cell until they get a proper trial or the charges are dropped. Warren refuses to withdraw the complaint and both sides dig in their heels.
6A Warning from Warren
18 Oct 1965Description ▼
Deputy Sheriff Warren Ferguson reads a magazine article about ESP and is convinced that he has the ability. Andy thinks it's all quite funny but Warren, supported by Goober and Floyd, persists. When Andy decides to take a day off and go on a picnic with Helen, Warren gets a premonition that an accident will happen. He does everything he can to keep them from going but when they finally manage to get away, Goober and Warren follow them. An "accident" does occur but probably wouldn't have had the Deputy and the mechanic minded their own business.
7Off to Hollywood
25 Oct 1965Description ▼
Andy is as surprised as anyone when he receives a check from a Hollywood production company for a $1000. They're offering him that amount for the rights to make a movie of his exploits based on a magazine article, Sheriff Without a Gun, that had appeared the year before. Andy wants keep this all quiet and just put the money in the bank but as Goober and Floyd know about his windfall, he soon finds that all of Mayberry is atwitter. Helen suggests that Andy, Opie and Aunt Bee should set off for Hollywood for a bit of a holiday. Andy reluctantly agrees and is just as happy to leave given all of the hoopla that is around him.
8The Taylors in Hollywood
01 Nov 1965Description ▼
The Taylors finally arrive in Hollywood and get an impromptu tour of the movie stars homes. After settling into their hotel, the three set off to the studio where the movie, Sheriff Without a Gun, is being made. Aunt Bee in particular isn't impressed with what she sees. The actor playing Andy looks nothing like him, the set isn't realistic and the dialog is exaggerated and hammy. She insists that Andy speak to those in charge and he agrees to do so, even though he doesn't agree with her. Before Andy can speak to them the next day, they watch more filming, including scenes including the very young and pretty actress playing Aunt Bee. The real Aunt Bee suddenly has a change of heart.
9The Hollywood Party
08 Nov 1965Description ▼
Still in Hollywood, Andy is pressured into posing for publicity photos with the attractive actress Darlene Mason. It's all part of a public relations campaign but photos of Andy and Darlene makes the front page of the Mayberry Gazette and Helen Crump is none too pleased. When Andy calls her to say hello, but she lets him know just what she thinks of it all. Frustrated, he gives Darlene a call and they go out on a date. Feeling guilty about the call, Helen calls only to speak to Opie who tells her his Dad is over at Darlene Mason's apartment and would likely be home late.
10Aunt Bee on TV
15 Nov 1965Description ▼
The Taylors return to Mayberry after their trip to Hollywood and it turns out that Aunt Bee has had quite good fortune. It seems she appeared on a quiz show and won several thousand dollars worth of prizes. Bee is excited at all of the new things she's won, especially a new full length mink coat. She ever so slightly puts on airs but soon some of her friends, like Clara Johnson, become jealous and start to avoid her. Andy gets a bit of a surprise when he gets a visit from the IRS telling him that they owe over $1000 in taxes on the prizes won. Aunt Bee has a solution to this and her own problem.
22 Nov 1965Description ▼
The good folks of Mayberry are thrilled when they learn that the Governor of the State is going be visit them and take part in their Founders' Day celebration. They also learn that the State Mobile Museum will be sent to the town. The Museum contains many valuable artifacts including paintings, coins and memorabilia. Warren thinks that the planned activities lack oomph and that they should fire the old cannon in the town square. Andy tells him to forget it but he persists. Actually, the cannon becomes useful when a couple try to rob the museum.
12A Man's Best Friend
29 Nov 1965Description ▼
Opie and his new friend Tommy are having fun with the new boy's miniature walkie-talkies. They listen in on conversations and the like but Tommy has a sense of humor that not everyone appreciates. When Goober adopts a stray dog, they hide one of the walkie-talkies in the animal's collar and soon the gullible mechanic thinks he has a talking dog. Goober soon makes a fool of himself and the boys think it's quite funny. Andy tries to impress upon them that humiliating people is not funny and teaches Tommy a lesson in what it feels like to be the butt of someone's practical joke.
13Aunt Bee Takes a Job
06 Dec 1965Description ▼
Feeling that she has time on her hands, Aunt Bee applies for a job at the local print shop when the new owners advertise for a secretary/receptionist. To her great joy, she gets the job. Andy meanwhile is starting to receive reports of counterfeit currency appearing in neighboring towns. Unbeknown to all them is that the new printers are actually the counterfeiters. Andy gets a break in the case when Aunt Bee asks a regular customer to cash her first paycheck and phony money starts to appear in Mayberry. Andy soon puts two and two together.
14The Church Organ
13 Dec 1965Description ▼
The Church organ is on its last legs and it's obviously in need of replacement. Warren sees an ad for a used organ but the only problem is that the asking price is $2000 while they only have $1200 in the Church fund. The seller, farmer Harlan Robinson, really needs the money to build a new barn so can't really lower the price. Andy speaks to some of Mayberry's businessmen and all make pledges to make up the difference. They change their tunes however when it comes time to pay up with none of them prepared to honor their commitments. Andy is faced with having to return the organ until Clara Johnson, the Church organist, comes up with an idea.
20 Dec 1965Description ▼
Warren has always pretended to be something of a lady's man but when Andy actually suggests that he and Helen set him up on a blind date, he backs off immediately. Warren is actually very shy and has little experience with women. He does have another problem that almost no one knows about: he walks in his sleep. One evening when Andy has to interrupt his date with Helen due to an emergency call, she shows up at the courthouse to meet him. Warren, who had just watched a spy movie, is sleepwalking and in the spy's persona, tries to woo Helen who eventually has to lock herself in a cell to keep him away. When Warren subsequently awakens, he has no recollection of what has happened but he sure has some explaining to do.
16Otis the Artist
03 Jan 1966Description ▼
Warren fancies himself something of an artist and works with mosaics. He's surprised that Otis, a reliable hard working citizen during the week, is a drunkard on the weekends and decides that what the man needs is a hobby. Otis soon throws himself into his art but the results are exactly what you would want to put on the living room wall - which is exactly what Andy has to do when Otis gives him a large mosaic of a brown cow. It turns out that there is one certain way to ensure that Otis does his best work.
17The Return of Barney Fife
10 Jan 1966Description ▼
Barney Fife returns to Mayberry for a high school class reunion. He's done well for himself, having bought a new car and has been promoted to the Raleigh police's fingerprint department. Although acting quite aloof, he's worrying as to whether Thelma Lou will be coming to town for the reunion. When they get a telegram saying she will be coming, Barney is nervous but when she arrives, all appears normal and it's the same old Thelma Lou he still carries a torch for - only problem is it turns her new husband is with her.
18The Legend of Barney Fife
17 Jan 1966Description ▼
Barney is still in Mayberry and is a bit reluctant to stay on when he hears how great his replacement Warren Ferguson is doing. He changes his tune somewhat when he sees the pedestal that Warren has put him on. His real problem however is that a convicted felon who swore to take his revenge on him, Avery Noonan, has escaped from the penitentiary and is making his way to Mayberry. Since Goober is repairing his car, Barney is stuck there and has to join Andy and Warren in the manhunt.
19Lost and Found
24 Jan 1966Description ▼
While clearing out some things, Aunt Bee finds an old pin, a family heirloom of sorts that belonged to an aunt. She panics however when it's subsequently misplaced and is convinced she may have accidentally thrown it out. Andy convinces her not to worry about it and to submit an insurance claim, which she promptly spends on a new garbage disposal unit. After she finds the pin in a smock she had been wearing that day she feels like she has now stolen from the insurance company. She's ready to refund the money but Warren and Goober have their own ideas including a solution that they couldn't have thought of even if they tried.
20Wyatt Earp Rides Again
31 Jan 1966Description ▼
Everyone in Mayberry is excited when a Wild West show comes to town. Everyone likes the show and its promoter Fred Gibson but the real draw is Clarence Earp Dempsey, a direct descendant of the legendary U.S. Marshall, Wyatt Earp. The show begins to have a negative impact on Opie and some of his friends however when they take some of shows slogans - like the best man is a fighting man - just a little too much to heart. Andy tries to get Gibson to tone it down but Dempsey ends up challenging him to a duel. Andy has to do some quick thinking to settle it all amicably.
21Aunt Bee Learns to Drive
07 Feb 1966Description ▼
When Aunt Bee sees a shiny new car that Goober has for sale, she decides the time has come to learn how to drive. Andy is dead set against the idea insisting that driving her around and the like is no bother at all. She insists however and gets Goober to give her lessons. When some workers need her car out of the way to trim trees, Aunt Bee decides to move the car herself but sideswipes a large tree. She's aghast at what's happened but salvation may be at hand when Andy thinks he may have caused the damage.
22Look Paw, I'm Dancing
14 Feb 1966Description ▼
Opie is really looking forward to the school party this year - that is until he learns that, for the first time, it's going to be a dance. The problem is that Opie can't dance. He quickly loses interest in the party and Andy doesn't think much of it until Floyd reminds him that the same happened to Andy when he was Opie's age. Aunt Bee's attempt to teach Opie a few steps proves to be just a bit outdated however. Opie is convinced he will just plain embarrass himself, but it turns out not to be so bad after all.
21 Feb 1966Description ▼
When a band of roving gypsies stop off in the Mayberry area, Andy warns them that if they misbehave he'll ask them to move on. Sure enough, they're soon selling shoddy products and false hopes and Andy has no choice but to tell them to move on. Before they leave however, they place a curse on Mayberry saying there will be no rain. Mayberry has already been going through a drought for several weeks now and people are getting a bit short-tempered. What no one knows is that the Gypsies have their own special sources of information when it comes to the weather.
24Eat Your Heart Out
28 Feb 1966Description ▼
Goober falls hard for Flora Malherbe, the new waitress at the local diner. He's taken to eating several meals a day there just to see her and one day invites Andy along. Flora takes an immediate liking to Andy, something that is obvious to everyone except Goober. Andy does her best to avoid her but she pursues him relentlessly even following him into the woods when he goes hunting. When Goober hears that she and Andy were seen kissing, he decides that he will just ignore her. But Andy has already set things in motion to make it all right.
25A Baby in the House
07 Mar 1966Description ▼
When Aunt Bee gets a call from her niece Martha asking if she would take take care of their baby for a week while they attend a wedding, she gladly accepts. She also assures Andy that the baby will be no trouble at all. She's somewhat taken aback however when the baby cries every time she picks her up. Others seem to have no problem, including Andy. She soon finds herself asking anyone who is handy to stop by the house at feeding times, as she's convinced herself that the baby hates her. An emergency of sorts convinces her otherwise.
26The County Clerk
14 Mar 1966Description ▼
At Helen's insistence, Andy arranges for them to go on a double date with the county clerk Howard Sprague and the pretty new area health officer, Irene Fairchild. Howard and Andy have known each other since high school but have never socialized a great deal. Howard is a bachelor who still lives with his mother around whom his life revolves for the most part. When he tells her that he is going out on a date, her possessiveness practically ruins the evening as she feigns being ill. It's clear that Mrs. Sprague isn't about to let Howard live his own life so again it's up to Andy to come up with a solution.
27The Foster Lady
21 Mar 1966Description ▼
When Willard Foster's car breaks down on the outskirts of Mayberry, Andy invites him home for dinner. Andy knows that Aunt Bee will be particularly impressed since their guest owns the company that makes Foster's Furniture Polish, one of her favorite products. Over lunch, she suggests that they need a regular person promoting the product in Foster's TV commercials, not some actress as they have now. Aunt Bee clearly sees herself as the ideal candidate for the job and Mr. Foster agrees. When the film crew arrive however, her natural delivery at the dinner table doesn't translate well with the cameras in front of her. Andy has to be quick on his feet when Mr. Foster and the director make suggestions that may end up embarrassing Bee.
28 Mar 1966Description ▼
Goober is hoping to take a week's holidays and go fishing but gas station owner Wally him he may not be able to go since he can't find a replacement for him. When Goober tells his girlfriend Flora that he may cancel his trip she offers to act as his replacement. Wally thinks it's a crazy idea and everyone thinks business will go down, but he agrees. Rather than put a damper on business however, the men of Mayberry are soon lining up to so a pretty girl can serve them. When Goober comes back, he realizes he doesn't have a job anymore and decides he may have to move to Mount Pilot to get a job. When Flora hears he may be leaving, she soon has a solution to the problem.
29The Battle of Mayberry
04 Apr 1966Description ▼
The editor of the Mayberry Gazette announces that in honor of the newspaper's 50th anniversary, it will sponsor an essay-writing contest for Opie's class. The essay is to be on the Famous Battle of Mayberry and winner will get a medallion and will have their essay printed on the front page. Opie is enthusiastic at the prospect of winning and takes his father's advice and decides to interview various townsfolk about the role their ancestors played in the battle. All Opie finds is that everyone - Aunt Bee, Floyd, Goober, Clara Edwards - claims that their ancestors played the most important role in the historic battle. Andy suggests that Opie spend some time at the library in Raleigh looking through old newspapers to see what he can find. Opie finds an account of the encounter but it certainly wasn't much of a battle and the when he wins the contest and has his essay published, there are a lot of long faces in Mayberry.
30A Singer in Town
11 Apr 1966Description ▼
All of Mayberry is afluttter when TV and singing star Keevee Hazelton comes to town. He's there for a quiet rest and just wants to go fishing but Aunt Bee and her friend Clara decide they will try to get him to record a song they had written some years before for a town celebration. Keevee isn't too interested at first but his manager thinks there's a potential hit there so they agree. They also invite the ladies to the studio to watch the show but in rehearsal, they realize that Keevee has turned their ballad about Mayberry into a rock and roll song complete with electric guitars and go-go dancers. With only a half hour to air time, they tell him he has to change the arrangement.
12 Sep 1966Description ▼
Opie isn't too happy when Helen's niece Cynthia comes to visit and Andy tells him that he has to play with her. It also turns out that she is better at most things than he is whether it be jumping, running or playing football. Things go from bad to worse when she punches him and he gets a black eye. Andy and Helen realize that something has to be done but Andy is feeling a bit sensitive himself recently after Helen beat at bowling for the first time and he takes some good- natured ribbing from Floyd and others. Cynthia comes up with her own solution.
19 Sep 1966Description ▼
When Howard suggest to Andy that he might like to join the local lodge, Andy invites him to their next meeting as a guest. It all goes well and Howard, who still lives at home with mother and leads a rather quiet life, is warmly welcomed. His overprotective mother however doesn't quite like the idea of her son going off with the boys once a week and decides to do something about it. She tells Goober that Howard's father became addicted to gambling and she's worried that Howard will get into card playing and ruin his life. She's made up the entire account but Goober decides he has to take action and blackballs Howard's application for membership.
3The Barbershop Quartet
26 Sep 1966Description ▼
Just as the regional Barbershop Quartet contest is to be held in Mount Pilot Howard Sprague, the group's tenor, get a throat infection and can't sing. Andy and the others have won the competition for two years running and decide to hold auditions for a temporary replacement. Unable to find anyone suitable, Andy is left with the choice of letting a prisoner with a great voice - a repeat offender who does nothing but plan his escape from jail - join the group. Sure enough, just as they arrive in Mount Pilot he disappears leaving the three other members of the quartet high and dry. A chance encounter saves the day.
4The Ball Game
03 Oct 1966Description ▼
When the regular umpire becomes unavailable, both sides agree that Andy is the logical choice to officiate at the big championship game between Mayberry and Mount Pilot. All goes well until Andy calls Opie out at the plate resulting in a Mount Pilot win. Goober, the Mayberry team manager, is furious and most of the townsfolk, including son Opie, won't even give Andy the time of day. It's clear to Andy that they didn't want an impartial umpire but one that would call the game in their favor and he doesn't hesitate to tell them so. Howard Sprague, who was covering the game for the local newspaper, writes a column that turns things around.
5Aunt Bee's Crowning Glory
10 Oct 1966Description ▼
With a large number of social functions coming up, Aunt Bee just doesn't know what to do with her hair. Her hairdresser suggests that she should consider wearing a wig and urged on by Helen Crump, she agrees. Andy is shocked however when he sees her in her new - and very blond - wig. He insists that she remove it but it's too late as they have a reception to attend. With her new do, Bee catches the eye of a visiting Pastor, Reverend Leighton, who is in Mayberry for a few weeks. She becomes very self-conscious about her appearance however when his first sermon focuses on being ones self and not putting on airs or pretense.
6The Darling Fortune
17 Oct 1966Description ▼
The Darling clan comes to Mayberry, this time to find wives for the four Darling boys. Briscoe Darling has recently sold a parcel of land to the county and has the worldly sum of $300 in his pocket to make it all happen. Despite Andy's best efforts to explain otherwise, the elder Darling is convinced that it should only take a day or two to find suitable brides for his fine young men. Things don't quite go as planned and when they see an owl in the daytime - an omen that the next woman they see is the one destined to their true love - Helen Crump suddenly finds herself being pursued by the Darlings who simply won't take no for an answer. Andy has to figure how to get her out of this mess.
7Mind Over Matter
31 Oct 1966Description ▼
After being involved in a minor accident - no more than an fender bender really - Goober is just fine and shrugs it all off. As others in the town hear about it, they begin to regale him with tales of people they know who suffered greatly from what initially was just a minor bump or scrape. Soon, Goober begins to develop symptoms of paralysis and whiplash and even ends up living in Andy's spare bedroom, unable to care for himself. Andy is convinced that it's all psychosomatic but has to figure out a way to get Goober to realize that he is perfectly fine.
8Politics Begin at Home
07 Nov 1966Description ▼
It's the men against the women when a vacancy comes up on the city council. Andy, Goober and Floyd decide that Howard would be an ideal candidate. At the same time, Aunt Bee's Women's Club decides that she should stand for office. When Andy tries to talk her out of it, it only re-enforces her resolve to run. Aunt Bee and Howard are soon on the campaign trail and while Andy is getting something of a cold shoulder at home, he remains steadfast in his support for Howard. When Andy suggests a public debate on the issues, it becomes obvious who the best candidate is.
9The Senior Play
14 Nov 1966Description ▼
It's time to organize the annual school play and the senior students propose a musical revue. The principal, Mr. Hampton, agrees with the idea and Helen Crump is put in charge of the production. All goes well until Mr. Hampton drops in on a rehearsal and realizes they have a segment on rock and roll and modern dancing. He doesn't understand their music and their dancing and cancels the show. Helen isn't too pleased and has to find a way to change his mind. She sets out to prove to him that kids today are no different that they were when he was their age.
10Opie Finds a Baby
21 Nov 1966Description ▼
When Opie and his friend Arnold Bailey find a baby apparently left on the courthouse steps, Opie's reaction is to tell his father. Arnold says he's read Oliver Twist and they should just find him a good home rather than put him in an orphanage. Opie agrees and then goes door to door around town asking people if they would like a baby. Word soon gets back to Aunt Bee who tells Andy the time has come to have a chat with Opie about the birds and the bees. Andy dreads the thought and just as he is about to do so, salvation walks in the front door of the courthouse. In the end, he decides to have the chat with him anyways, though it was perhaps not necessary after all.
11Big Fish in a Small Town
28 Nov 1966Description ▼
It's opening day for the new fishing season and Howard, who has never gone fishing before, wrangles an invitation to go along. Sure enough, the rookie fisherman catches Old Sam, the biggest and most elusive fish in the lake. It also turns out that he happens to be a rare species for the area and Howard is flattered when the Fish and Game Department want to put Old Sam in the Raleigh Aquarium. It soon becomes apparent however that with Old Sam no longer available to catch, the regular fisherman - Floyd, Goober and Opie among them - have lost interest in the sport. It's up to Howard to do something about it.
12Only a Rose
05 Dec 1966Description ▼
Aunt Bee has been entering a rose in the annual flower show every year but has always lost to her good friend Clara Edwards who has won seven years running. This year may be different however. She has grown a beautiful rose with deep, vibrant colors and even Andy thinks she has a good chance this year. Unfortunately, when Opie and his friend are playing football in the backyard, the rose is broken. Opie tapes it back together and Andy takes some photos, but they're soon onto what has happened and Aunt Bee is forced to withdraw from the competition. Opie does have something for her to make amends and it leads Clara to make a big decision.
13Otis, the Deputy
12 Dec 1966Description ▼
Andy is working with the State Police trying to track two bank robbers who may be hiding out in the woods somewhere in the vicinity of Mayberry. He's not having much luck until a drunken Otis tells that he saw two city types near where he stashes his unlawful liquor. Andy sets off but is taken prisoner by the men after he trips over some of Otis' old liquor bottles and jars. When Andy doesn't return after several hours, Howard and Otis begin to worry and set off to rescue him. Otis can't resist having a drink beforehand so with him drunk, Howard is soon taken prisoner as well. It's left to Andy to rescue all of them.
14Goober Makes History
19 Dec 1966Description ▼
Goober, along with several other members of the community, sign up for an American history class. Goober has a lot to say but has difficulty formulating his thoughts and nothing seems to come out right. Embarrassed at the first class, he sets off hunting for three weeks. On his return, several people including Andy, Aunt Bee and Floyd comment on how his unshaven beard makes him look smarter and more like an intellectual. He decides to keep the beard but undergoes a radical personality change. He now has an opinion on everything and rarely lets anyone get a word in edgewise. Andy has to have a serious talk with him.
15A New Doctor in Town
26 Dec 1966Description ▼
When Mayberry's doctor retires after a long and distinguished career he's replaced by a new arrival, Dr. Thomas Peterson. He's a relatively new doctor and everyone, particularly some of the old-timers, note how young he appears to be. Andy and Helen point out that they should all give him a chance but no one seems to bee prepared to be the first one to visit him. Things take an unexpected turn when Opie comes down with a sore throat and Dr. Peterson decides that his tonsils have to come out. Andy is suddenly very hesitant to let his son be operated on by someone who is so new, but Helen encourages him. The results will obviously determine if the good doctor has any future in Mayberry.
16Don't Miss a Good Bet
02 Jan 1967Description ▼
Andy's just a bit dubious when a stranger, George Jones, comes to town trying to find partners to finance what is essentially a treasure hunt. His tale is that he discovered the map when a relative died but he doesn't have the money to finance the search. Soon, Goober and Floyd have each put up a $100 and Aunt Bee and Helen aren't far behind. Andy doesn't accuse Jones of being a swindler but does warn everybody that they know nothing about him and they should all be careful. As 'gold fever' takes hold however, even Andy gets interested so he too decides to invest but asks Jones to be quiet about it which is just as well since he will soon be leaving town anyways.
17Dinner at Eight
09 Jan 1967Description ▼
With Aunt Bee away visiting her sister and Opie away on an overnight camping trip with the Boys Scouts, Andy is looking forward to an evening of bachelorhood where he can eat anything he wants and just loaf around the house. Things start to go wrong when Goober shows up to keep him company and make him a spaghetti dinner. After dinner, Goober tells him that Howard called to invite him for dinner and that he had another message from Helen. He shows up at Howard's, who isn't expecting him, and bravely has another spaghetti dinner. Goober got it wrong of course and it was Helen who invited him for dinner so he's now faced with his third dinner of the evening.
18A Visit to Barney Fife
16 Jan 1967Description ▼
Andy is in Raleigh on business and stops in to see his old friend Barney Fife who is now a detective. It is also apparent that he doesn't quite have the respect of his colleagues. Barney has proposed to his Captain that Andy be considered for a new position that will soon be available but what he doesn't know is that it's his own position that may be available. The Raleigh police have had a spate of robberies recently and the robbers have been uncanny in selecting their targets. Andy soon realizes why and sets a trap for the thieves in such a way that Barney will get the credit for nabbing them.
19Barney Comes to Mayberry
23 Jan 1967Description ▼
Barney returns to Mayberry for a visit to what is seemingly a rousing welcome only to learn that it's actually for Teena Andrews, someone he and Andy new in high school and who is now a famous actress. They drop in to see her and when her publicity man hears that she and Barney dated, he decides to set up a great photo opportunity by having him act as her escort for a new movie being premiered in Mayberry. Soon, Barney thinks they may have rekindled their old romance but is brought down to Earth with a thud when he hears she's left town suddenly.
20Andy's Old Girlfriend
30 Jan 1967Description ▼
Andy is happy to hear that his old girlfriend, Alice Harper, is in Mayberry. It turns out that she has moved back permanently and is fixing up her old family home. Alice and Andy were quite an item at one point and she is very attractive. Aunt Bee insists that she move in with them while her house is being fixed. Problems arise when Helen meets Alice and becomes jealous. Andy arranges for them to go out with Howard completing the foursome. Alice suggests that they spend the weekend at her family cabin but when Howard and Helen wake up in the middle of the night, they find that both Andy and Alice are missing.
21Aunt Bee's Restaurant
06 Feb 1967Description ▼
Aunt Bee decides to get into the restaurant business when Charlie Lee tells her he is moving away. He doesn't really want to but but doesn't have the money to start his own restaurant. For a $400 investment, Aunt Bee could become part-owner of Mayberry's first Chinese restaurant and she decides to take the risk. The restaurant becomes quite successful but the prediction in a fortune cookie makes Aunt Bee re-consider the wisdom of her her investment. A solution is at hand however that could satisfy everyone.
13 Feb 1967Description ▼
The building containing Floyd's barber shop is put up for sale and Floyd is worried that new owners may want to use the space for their won purposes. He's relieved somewhat when Howard Sprague buys the building but they get into a spat when Howard tries to raise the rent. Floyd is insulted at the way he is being treated and Howard claims that he's only trying to get a measly 5% return on his investment. Floyd flatly refuses to pay more rent and announces that after 27 years, he's going out of business.
20 Feb 1967Description ▼
The local civic improvement committee decides that Mayberry should commemorate one of its illustrious citizens by erecting a statue. They focus on one of Andy and Aunt Bee's ancestors, a founder of the town. They hire a local artist to produce a life-sized statue but they may have made a major error. It turns out that the venerated Taylor in question was a major fraudster who had sold land in Mayberry at inflated prices by promising that the railroad would be coming through the town. The railway eventually when through Mount Pilot and a lot of people lost money. It takes a re-assessment of history to allow them to go forward.
24Helen, the Authoress
27 Feb 1967Description ▼
Andy is as thrilled as anyone else when Helen gets the news that her children's book is to be published along with a $1000 advance. When he goes with Helen to see her publisher in Raleigh however, he very much feels like a fifth wheel. Soon the townsfolk begin to congratulate Andy and comment on how he will no doubt lead a life of leisure now that he is married to a published and soon to be famous author. Initially, he takes it all in stride but soon begins to bristle at the idea of being a kept man. When Helen breaks a date for the second time, he asks another woman out on a date.
06 Mar 1967Description ▼
It's the end of an era in Mayberry when Walt Simpson, the milkman, needs to retire his horse-drawn milk wagon and start using a modern truck. He plans a nice home for his horse however and hires Opie to take care of it while he is away for a week. Andy isn't too keen on Opie taking on that responsibility remembering what had happened when Opie had agreed to deliver someone's morning papers only to have Andy delivering them himself. Opie is conscientious however, traveling every day to Simpson's farm to feed the horse. The problem is that it simply won't eat and becoming very concerned, gets Andy's help. The vet can't quite figure out what is going on but they soon find the root of the problem.
26Opie's Piano Lesson
13 Mar 1967Description ▼
When Clara Edwards gets an opening for a new piano student, Aunt Bee thinks Opie should take lessons. Andy isn't keen on the idea and is surprised that Opie is even interested. Opie assures everyone that he will work hard at learning the instrument and will practice every day after school. A conflict arises however when the school hires an ex-NFL player, Flip Conroy, as its new football coach. With football practice scheduled for same time as his lessons or practice time, Opie finds himself trying to be in two places at the same time. Opie and his friend Arnold cook up a scheme that doesn't quite fool anyone.
27Howard, the Comedian
20 Mar 1967Description ▼
After a successful bout as the MC at a local dinner, Howard decides to further his comedic skills by appearing on Colonel Tim's local TV amateur hour. He decides to add a little zip to store-bought jokes by including the names of a variety of Mayberry's leading citizens. Andy thinks he's done a great job but all he's manage to do is insult a fairly wide swath of the community. Howard soon finds himself shunned by Clara Edwards, Aunt Bee and Floyd the barber. They soon realize however that Howard's joking and mentioning their name on the air has had a particular side benefit.
27 Mar 1967Description ▼
At Andy's suggestion, Howard Sprague agrees to be a Big Brother to a local teenager, Tommy Parker, who isn't doing too well in school and who both Andy and the Principal are concerned may start to make bad choices in life. Howard is keen from the outset and offers to study with the young man - Howard is studying for the civil service exams - but when he meets Tommy's sister Betty, he soon finds himself spending more time with her than Tommy. When word gets back to Andy that Howard has had little effect on Tommy he is puzzled; when he hears that Howard has been spending all his time at the dance hall where Tommy's sister works, he's downright disappointed. Tommy however also comes to understand what is at stake and decides to make a major change in his life.
29Opie's Most Unforgettable Character
03 Apr 1967Description ▼
Opie has to write a composition on his most unforgettable character and is having a really hard time coming up with someone. Aunt Bee suggests a most logical choice when she tells Opie to follow his father around and write about him. Andy is quite proud of the fact that Opie has chosen but not very pleased when Opie, generally a good student, gets an F on the essay. Miss Crump gives him a chance to try again and he gets a good mark but when Andy learns that he wrote about someone else, Opie has some explaining to do.
10 Apr 1967Description ▼
Wally's gas station is losing business to a rival in Mount Pilot that has a cash giveaway contest going on and he gets Wally's permission to have a similar lure to bring in and keep their customers. It works and soon people are lining up but he's made a serious error and the printer has included a whopping $200 prize. As luck would have it, the prize is won by Floyd the barber, one of the critics who goaded Goober into having the contest in the first place. When Goober says he can't pay, Floyd says he's sold them a bill of goods and Andy has no choice but to take action, one he hopes will lead Floyd to be more reasonable.
1Opie's First Love
11 Sep 1967Description ▼
Opie's friend Arnold decides to throw a party for all of his friends, one where they will all have dates and dancing and the like. Opie asks Mary Alice Carter to go as his date and is really happy when she says yes. This is a big deal for Opie and Andy buys him a new suit for the occasion. Out of the blue however, Mary Alice informs him that she will not be going to the party with him after all as she is now going with another more popular boy, Fred Simpson. Opie's enthusiasm for the party fades and when Andy hears why, he realizes that if he does nothing to reinforce Opie's self-confidence and self-esteem, it could scar him for life.
2Howard, the Bowler
18 Sep 1967Description ▼
Andy, Goober and Emmett need a fourth for their bowling team temporarily and they reluctantly agree on Howard Sprague. He doesn't have a lot of experience so their expectations aren't too high but at the big match against the blowhards from Mount Pilot, Howard can do no wrong. With only one frame to go, Howard is still on his way to a perfect game. Just then, the power goes out forcing the end of the game to be re-scheduled for the next night. In the interim, Emmet and Goober make a bet with their opponents and now feeling under pressure, Howard has difficulty keeping up. Now worried that they will lose their money, Andy tries to get the other team to call it off.
3A Trip to Mexico
25 Sep 1967Description ▼
Aunt Bee is thrilled when she wins a trip for two to Mexico in a contest. The only question she now has to deal with is who will go with her. Andy can't leave and while Opie would like to go, there's no question of taking him out of school. She could invite one of her best friends, Clara or Myrtle, but just doesn't know how she will pick one over the other. Helen has the solution when she suggests that she offer half a free trip to them and if they're willing to pay the other half themselves, all three of them can go. Soon, the three friends are winging their way to Mexico but they don't see eye to eye on what they should be doing when they get there. By the time Andy and the others pick them up at the airport on their return, the three aren't even speaking to one another.
4Andy's Trip to Raleigh
02 Oct 1967Description ▼
Andy was looking forward to going to the Saturday night dance with Helen, but he's called to Raleigh by a lawyer who needs additional information for an upcoming court case. Without consulting Helen, he arranges for Howard Sprague to be her date for the dance. She's not amused but Andy heads off to Raleigh to meet lawyer Lee Drake, who turns out to be a very attractive blond woman. They work by her swimming pool all day and a sun-burned Andy returns to Mayberry on Sunday with some explaining to do. Too embarrassed to tell Helen the truth, he makes up a story about the sunburn and tells Helen, who has read in the newspaper that Drake is a woman, that the lawyer is 40-ish and drab. Andy is really in for it however when Lee shows up in Mayberry needing still more information.
5Opie Steps Up in Class
09 Oct 1967Description ▼
Andy decides to send Opie to a summer camp for a week. It's quite a high class place and quite expensive, but it's just what Andy would have wanted to do when he was Opie's age. Opie makes friends easily and is soon spending time with Billy Hollander, hanging out together and swimming in the Hollanders' backyard pool. When Aunt Bee invites Billy for lunch - and lays on a lavish meal - Andy lays down the law: they are not going to put on airs and start to act like something that they are not; everyone is to act normally and be themselves. When Andy gets invited to the Hollander home for a father-son party, he would do well to have taken his own advice and just be himself. Instead, he puts on airs and it takes a comment from Opie to get back on the right track.
6Howard's Main Event
16 Oct 1967Description ▼
Howard takes an interest in a new girl in town, Millie Hutchins, who works in the bakery. After dropping in and flirting with her a few times he asks her out on a date and soon they're spending a good deal of time together. A problem arises however when Millie's old boyfriend, Clyde Plaunt, shows up in town. She's broken off with him and as far as she's concerned it's all over, but he hasn't quite accepted that yet. He takes Howard aside and tells him in no uncertain terms that it would definitely be unhealthy to continue seeing Millie and he had better not see them together again. Howard, who has never been in a fist fight in his life, is in a bit of a quandary but Andy encourages him to stand up for himself now, or he might regret it forever.
7Aunt Bee, the Juror
23 Oct 1967Description ▼
Aunt Bee is called for jury duty and despite her misgivings, goes to the courthouse to see if she will be called. She finds herself on a jury for the trial of Marvin Jenkins who is accused of breaking and entering and stealing a TV from a local store. Jenkins story is that he brought a TV to the store for repairs and found the back door open. When the jury retires to consider the verdict, the other 11 jurors - all men - vote to find him guilty and Aunt Bee is the only hold out. She simply isn't sure and is not convinced that Marvin is guilty. After several days, they finally declare themselves a hung jury, with a good deal of frustration from several quarters being directed at Aunt Bee. Andy however manages to solve the case in a few minutes.
8The Tape Recorder
30 Oct 1967Description ▼
Opie and his friend Arnold are having fun with their new tape recorder. Andy warns them not to intrude on people's privacy however. When Andy and the State police arrest a suspected bank robber, Eddie Blake, the boys tape his private conversation with his lawyer where he admits to the crime and reveals where he hid the $25,000 he stole. Opie wants to tell his father but Andy flatly refuses to listen pointing out that they have violated one of the most fundamental rights in law. Things get even more complicated when Arnold goes and retrieves the briefcase with the money. Not knowing what else to do, Opie and Arnold decide to have a conversation with Blake and ask him to confess to the crime so they won't get into any trouble.
06 Nov 1967Description ▼
Opie gets asked to join a rock and roll band and they take to practicing in the Taylors' garage. Andy isn't too concerned about it all and is happy for the boys when they get their first gig, playing at a friend's birthday party. Soon however, Opie's attitude and behavior begins to chance. The band becomes all-consuming and he is staying out late in the evenings. When he begins to fail tests and assignments at school, Andy decides the time has come to lay down the law. Aunt Bee thinks that they should ask Clara Edwards to have a chat with Opie but Andy is convinced that it will only make matters worse. Aunt Bee goes ahead anyways and Clara's talk has surprising results.
10Aunt Bee and the Lecturer
13 Nov 1967Description ▼
Clara Edwards has her sights set on a visiting Professor, Hubert St. John, who comes to Mayberry to give a lecture. He has eyes for only one woman however: Aunt Bee. From the moment they meet, he's taken with her. They are soon dating and going on picnics and spending a great deal of time together. Hubert's interest is simple: Bee is the spitting image of his late wife. Soon, Hubert tells her of the resemblance and is constantly comparing her to his late spouse. Aunt Bee isn't sure what to make of it all but as their visitor continues to prolong his stay in Mayberry, she is sure that a proposal is in the offing. Not wanting to marry just because she reminds Hubert of someone else, she devises a scheme to put him off.
20 Nov 1967Description ▼
Not having thought about it a great deal up to now, Andy becomes quite worried about how he will manage to pay for Opie's college education which is only a few years away. The fees at private colleges are enormous and Opie may not have the grades to get into a State college, so he has a bit of a dilemma. Reading through the newspaper, he sees an ad for a turnkey laundromat advertised as being an easy way to earn a second income. He likes the idea of having something that won't take up too much of his time but as he soon learns, running any kind of a business has it's own requirements.
12Howard and Millie
27 Nov 1967Description ▼
Howard has been dating Millie for some time now and decides it's time to pop the question. She happily accepts and they decide to to get married right away. With Helen and Andy in tow as maid of honor and best man, they set off by train to Millie's home town to meet her parents and for the ceremony itself. Along the way however, they learn a little bit about themselves that gives them pause for thought. Millie is the carefree type who likes to let life just happen, while Howard on the other hand is meticulous and wants everything organized and planned down to the most minor detail. By the time they arrive at their destination, there is serious doubt about the wedding going forward.
13Aunt Bee's Cousin
04 Dec 1967Description ▼
Aunt Bee is thrilled when her much-traveled cousin, Bradford J. Taylor, writes to inform her that he will be coming to Mayberry for a visit. She has always enjoyed hearing from him with his tales of travel to far away and exotic locales and his many and varied business ventures. The only problem is that it's all a sham. Andy catches on pretty quickly when he catches Bradford arriving in Mayberry in a boxcar. Andy doesn't want to upset Aunt Bee and so says very little about what he knows but when Bradford starts to propose setting up a business selling Aunt Bee's home-made ice cream - with several of the townsfolk investing - Andy thinks it's time for him to move on.
14Suppose Andy Gets Sick
11 Dec 1967Description ▼
When Andy gets a touch of the flu, the doctor orders him to his bed. Andy isn't too pleased, since he's the only law enforcement officer in town, but has little choice. Soon, Goober is pressing Andy to let him be his Deputy and he reluctantly agrees. Goober takes the job a little too seriously however, arresting people and issuing tickets like there's no tomorrow. Soon, Andy's bedroom is about as busy as a freeway with Mayberry's citizens coming to him with all sorts of problems but mostly complaints about Goober. Andy decides he has to take action.
15Howard's New Life
18 Dec 1967Description ▼
After watching a documentary on television, Howard decides to pack it all in and move to a Caribbean island and take up the life of beachcomber. Most people think he's gone off his rocker but some think he's taking a brave step and hope it all works out for him. He quits his job as County Clerk and soon sets off. He finds a beach front property and is soon lying in a hammock all day, enjoying the view and the beach. He also meets others who have taken up residence there but doesn't exactly find a kindred spirit. He dreams of what he may be like in a few years time and in doing so, scares himself into going back to Mayberry.
16Goober the Executive
25 Dec 1967Description ▼
Goober, upset when he finds out Wally is selling the station, calls him immediately and Wally agrees to give him first refusal. After talking it over with Emmett and Andy, he decides to buy the station. Lacking collateral, Goober must have two cosigners for a loan so he turns to Emmett and Andy again, who reluctantly agree. At the Grand Opening Goober, dressed in suit and tie, is beaming until he realizes he's forgotten to order gasoline when he can't "fill 'er up" at Andy's request. Things go from bad to worse after Goober can't make any decisions for himself - he even sends a salesman to Andy's home - and starts getting migraines after reading about an executive whose company lost millions during his first year at the helm. When Goober hears the rest of the story, though, he regains his confidence and starts making his own decisions. Andy and Emmett stop by to encourage Goober to sell the station and are pleasantly surprised at the change and quit worrying. In the end Goober owes the IRS $150.
17The Mayberry Chef
01 Jan 1968Description ▼
No one is more surprised than Aunt Bee when the owner of a local TV station asks her to host a daily cooking show. He's been checking around town for the best cook available and there's a consensus that Aunt Bee is the right choice. She's a bit nervous at the prospect but is more concerned about who will take care of Andy and Opie and cook their meals. To make sure she doesn't change turn the opportunity down, Andy creates a fictitious cook who will come in every day. In fact, Andy is cooking their meals, to Opie's dismay. Aunt Bee soon catches on and decides to make things right.
08 Jan 1968Description ▼
Emmett's brother-in-law Ben Beecham comes for a visit and Emmett is having a bit of a hard time with it all. Ben has the gift of the gab and had a very successful career as an insurance salesman. He keeps telling Emmett that he should give up the fix-it shop and try his hand at insurance. Emmett's wife urges him on so he reluctantly put up a closed sign on the shop and tries his hand at selling. He's not very good at it and he's not very happy doing it. When he disappears for a whole day, his wife Martha gets worried however and asks Andy for help locating him.
19Opie's Drugstore Job
15 Jan 1968Description ▼
Opie shows some initiative when he puts an ad in the local newspaper to find a part-time job for after school and on Saturdays. The local pharmacist, Mr. Crawford, asks Andy if Opie is mature enough to run the soda fountain, something he normally would only give to someone several years older. Andy says he is and Opie is soon working. Mr. Crawford is so pleased with his work that he's actually leaving Opie in charge of the entire store for short periods of time. When he's alone however, Opie accidentally knocks over an expensive bottle of perfume. His inclination is to tell Mr. Crawford what's happened but his friend Arnold tells him not to and just replace the bottle. Opie does so but he also learns a lesson in just being honest when something goes wrong.
20The Church Benefactors
22 Jan 1968Description ▼
A $500 bequest to the church creates a bit of a predicament for Andy. The Reverend asks Andy to chair a three member panel, with himself and Martha Clark as members, to decide how to best spend the money. They get three proposals. Elmo suggests that they buy a pool table for the men's club. Aunt Bee and Clara Edwards suggest that, after many years of asking, the choir be provided with robes. Lastly, Howard and Emmett suggest that the money be used to level the church building which, over the years, has developed a bit of a tilt. When it comes to a vote, the Reverend opts for fixing the building and Martha votes for the robes. No one is interested in the pool table idea so it's left to Andy to cast the deciding ballot. His decision causes division in the community and it's Howard that comes up with a solution that pleases everyone.
22Goober Goes to an Auto Show
05 Feb 1968Description ▼
Goober finds out Andy is taking Aunt Bee and Opie to the auto show in Raleigh and asks to go along, confident they'll get free samples when salesmen find out he's a "big operator". At the hotel, Goober calls up Roy Swanson, an old friend from trade school, to see how he's doing and to brag a little. They meet at the show and Goober is surprised to find out that Roy is a senior vice-president in charge of engineering with Amalgamated Motors. After hearing about a fellow student, Goober tells Roy he has a chain of stations instead of just one. When Roy meets the Taylors and invites them to dinner, Goober says it's his treat and chooses the finest restaurant in Raleigh. At dinner, Goober, out of his element, tries to act like a big shot but things don't work out and Roy finds out the truth. As they prepare to go home the next day, Andy unsuccessfully tries to cheer up a dejected Goober, who feels like a complete failure. Stopping for gas, Andy gets a bottle of pop and sees Roy, covered in grease, working on a car. He calls Goober over and asks him if he'd like to say hello to an old friend but Goober declines, saying he wouldn't want to embarrass him.
23Aunt Bee's Big Moment
12 Feb 1968Description ▼
Aunt Bee comes to realize that she hasn't accomplished much in her life. At a dinner for family and friends, everyone has a story to tell or an accomplishment to brag about. She just wishes that she could do something that was unique and that she could talk about. To everyone's surprise, especially Andy, she decides to take flying lessons. Andy is certain that she will never go through with it but she perseveres, determined to make a go of it. When it comes time to solo however, she begins to have second thoughts.
19 Feb 1968Description ▼
While going through a box belonging to Helen, Andy comes across a newspaper clipping with a photo showing her being arrested by two policeman. The caption is partly missing but it clearly gives Helen's name and that she is being arrested. Andy phones her home town newspaper to get more information and they confirm the story, but not the outcome of the trial. After Goober and Howard see the clipping on Andy's desk, news of Helen's past spreads like wildfire. It also comes to the attention of Mrs. Pendleton, the Chairman of the school Board who decides to take action and fire Helen. Andy has to get the whole story pretty quick if she's to keep her job.
26 Feb 1968Description ▼
Emmet's in a bit of a quandary trying to decide what to get his wife Martha for their 25th wedding anniversary. He's asking around for ideas and when he hears that she wants a mink coat, he just doesn't understand why she would want something so extravagant or how he could possibility afford it. When Flora the waitress overhears Emmett talking about it in the diner, she tells him that a good friend in Mount Pilot could sell it to him wholesale. He tells Martha he's going out with the boys for the evening but she sees Flora getting into his car she assumes the worse. To complicate things even further, when Emmett gets to the furrier he realizes that he can't afford the coat even at wholesale prices but by then, Martha thinks she's getting the coat after all and he has to scramble.
04 Mar 1968Description ▼
When Howard's overly possessive mother suddenly announces that she is going to marry her beau of six months and move to Mount Pilot, Howard finds himself living on his own for the first time in his life. He decides he's going to turn his house into his idea of a swinging bachelor pad and invites Andy and Helen and Goober and his date to the house for a party. He doesn't want married couples there so he tells Emmett he can't come. In the end, neither he nor Goober can find dates so Helen is the only woman present. It's Emmett however, who just happens to drop in, who turns out to be the life of the party.
27Sam for Town Council
11 Mar 1968Description ▼
When a long-time Councilman suddenly leaves, some of the men wonder who they could convince to run in the special election that will be held. They decide on farmer Sam Jones as just the type of honest, hard working man they think would be ideal for the job. Emmett thinks he would make a pretty good Councilman and also decides to toss his hat in the ring. Emmett's political style is old school, basically promising anything to anyone and he's getting quite a following as a result. Sam realizes that he's going to have to scramble if he wants any chance of winning and bases his campaign on openness and transparency with no promises to special interests. The race comes down to the wire with no one knowing who will win.
28Opie and Mike
18 Mar 1968Description ▼
When Sam Jones' son Mike is being bullied at school, Opie offers to help out. He puts the bully in his place and soon Mike has a big brother and a hero to to look up to. They spend a lot of time together and Andy is worried that because of the differences in their ages, it's inevitable that Opie will move on and Mike will be hurt as a result. Opie says not to worry, that these things always work themselves out. Soon, Opie develops an interest in the new girl that has just moved in next door and doesn't have a lot of time for Mike. Sam has a talk with his son about human nature but Mike soon finds his own reasons not to be blue.
29A Girl for Goober
25 Mar 1968Description ▼
Tired of Goober always being the fifth wheel when Andy and Sam take their girls out, they talk him into filling out a questionnaire for a new computer dating service. Refusing to listen to Opie while filling out the form, some of Goober's answers are misleading but he sends it in and is soon matched up with Dr. Edith Gibson, who wrote the questions and is trying out the program herself. On their date at Morrelli's the two quickly realize that they are mismatched, but the initial awkwardness passes and they have an enjoyable evening, neither expecting to see the other again after this meeting. Later Dr. Gibson rethinks her questions and her assumptions behind them and revises the questionnaire. In the end, she and Goober see each other again.
01 Apr 1968Description ▼
Sam Jones is in a bit of a quandary when he sponsors his friend Mario Vincente to come from Italy and work on his farm. Mario arrives full of good intentions but has unexpectedly brought along his vivacious sister Sophia and his father. Sam reluctantly agrees to let them all live at his farm, but there seems to be just one problem after another. Sam tells Andy that he may have made a mistake and thinks the Vincentes might be better off in a larger community like Mount Pilot. Andy sympathizes but neither of them realize just how much of an impact the new arrivals have had on the citizens of Mayberry.
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