The Andy Griffith Show

Ellie for Council

Season 1, Ep 10, Aired 12/12/60
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  • Episode Description
  • Discovering that the Mayberry Town Council is comprised entirely of men and that no woman has ever been on the council or even been considered, Ellie decides to throw her hat into the ring - sparking a full-blown battle of the sexes!

  • Cast & Crew
  • Don Knotts

    Deputy Barney Fife

  • Florence MacMichael

    Hilda Mae

  • Frances Bavier

    Aunt Bee Taylor

  • Frank Ferguson

    Sam Lindsey

  • Ron Howard

    Opie Taylor

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Andy undergoes a Scrooge-like transformation.

    By ac4aq, Feb 28, 2006

  • An episode that hasn't dated well

    By jaynashvil, Nov 22, 2005

  • The Politics of Mayberry!

    By lstaltari, Dec 08, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Otis (about fighting with his wife): She threw a dish at me! Andy: You swung at her with a leg of lamb! Otis: I missed her! Andy: But you hit her mother. Otis (smiling): Right in the mouth …

    • Andy (exasperated): Otis was right - the only thing they understand is a leg of lamb!

    Notes (2)

    • In this episode Otis is in jail not for drunkenness, but assault (with a leg of lamb). This is the only time we ever see Otis in jail for anything other than being drunk.

    • Growing up in a more "PC-rated" time, younger viewers may not see this as an early TV editorial on feminism, but it was. Although not as far-reaching as the slightly-earlier and more radical Maverick, this episode, showing Andy's personal growth, was part of a large chorus calling for change. Andy, after all, always gravitated toward professional women who worked and thought for themselves - things which are sometimes taken for granted now, but which were the exception to the rule in the b&w America of the 1950's and early-'60's - especially in rural America. Seeing the "rural rube" Andy played in the beginning of the series actually change was a necessary part of change - especially since it occurred because Andy was concerned for the future - as viewed through the prism of Opie's young troglodyte attitude. Change happened on TV before it happened in reality. Remember, women weren't exactly burning their bra's yet - but this tiny, fictional change was a part of that long, slow process. And in the end, the women of Mayberry did bring about change - and the world went on, which perhaps was the message.

    Trivia (2)

    • Rose and Wilbur Pines, married by Andy in The New Housekeeper, appear in this episode.

    • The episode marks the first appearance of Rita Campbell, Otis's wife.

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