Andy and Opie, Housekeepers
Andy and Opie trash the house in order to show Aunt Bee that they can't get along without her.
Episode Number: 23
Season Number: 1
First Aired: March 13, 1961
Writer: David Adler
Director: Bob Sweeney
Ron Howard (Opie Taylor)
Andy Griffith (Sheriff Andy Taylor
Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee Taylor)
Hope Summers (Bertha Edwards)
Rory Stevens (Jimmy)
After Aunt Bee finishes scolding Andy and Opie for being slobs, she has to go out of town for a few days, leaving her boys to take care of themselves. Despite being afraid of the mess Andy and Opie will make without her, Andy convinces her that he and Opie will be alright. Andy's best intentions to keep things neat are quickly given up, and Taylor home is soon a complete wreck. Andy thinks he can procrastinate at least one more day, But Aunt Bee calls and lets Andy know she'll be home that afternoon. Anticipating the tongue-lashing they'll get when she sees the mess, Andy and Opie get busy, clean the entire house, and make it look spotless. But as Andy and Opie are sitting back and admire their hard work, Andy realizes that a spotless house might make Aunt Bee think she's not really needed. Furthermore, Andy knows that despite her outward appearance, Aunt Bee is really happiest when she feels needed. So, Andy and Opie proceed to get the place back in disorder and make it an even bigger mess than before. On their way to pick up Aunt Bee they run into Bertha (later known as Clara Edwards) who decides to peek in on the house. She is shocked to find it in such a state and starts cleaning up! When Aunt Bee returns home with Opie and Andy, she is shocked and dismayed to find the house perfectly neat and clean, but not as shocked as Andy and Opie. Seeing her disappointment, Andy and Opie set out to mess up as much as they can as quickly as they can. Aunt Bee catches them in the act, and thinks they are trying to clean up. Privately, she is overjoyed to realize how helpless they are without her. In the epilogue, Bertha comes in and asks Bee how the house looked when she got home. After describing what a pig sty the place was, an insulted Bertha storms out.
- This is Hope Summers' (Clara Johnson / Edwards) first appearance in the series. She is called "Bertha" by Andy and Aunt Bee in this episode.
- This is the only time in the run of the show that the Taylor house is seen so messy.
- The series was filmed entirely in Hollywood, at Desilu Productions on the former RKO Pictures lot. Mayberry exteriors were shot on the former Selznick International Pictures lot, later known as Forty Acres. The rural fishing hole that opened each episode was Franklin Canyon Lake, just north of Beverly Hills. Franklin Canyon was also the site of the show's Myers Lake and other outdoor locales.
- The whistled theme song, "The Fishin' Hole" was composed by Earle Hagen (the music coordinator and famous whistler of the show) and Herbert Spencer, with unsung lyrics by Everett Sloane. Hagen also wrote the music for the series.
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