The Andy Griffith Show

The Pickle Story

Season 2, Ep 11, Aired 12/18/61
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  • Episode Description
  • Aunt Bee has made homeade pickles! Despite being a wiz in the kitchen, her pickles are notorously awful! Andy and Barney come up with a plan to avoid eating 8 quarts of her kerosine cucumbers only to have it backfire!

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ron Howard

    Opie Taylor (1960-1968)

  • Hal Smith

    Otis Campbell (1960-1967)

  • Don Knotts

    Barney Fife (1960-1965)

  • Andy Griffith

    Sheriff Andy Taylor (1960-1968)

  • Frances Bavier

    Aunt Bee Taylor (1960-1968)

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • The pickle story

    By hazelcolosimo, Sep 05, 2014

  • It's a Pickle!

    By lstaltari, Dec 23, 2005

  • What a classic!

    By supastarz, Sep 21, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • (Andy and Barney are replacing Aunt Bee's pickles.) Andy: Now, Opie, you know I don't normally approve of doing stuff behind folks' backs! Opie: I get it, Paw. We don't want to hurt Aunt Bee's feelings and you don't want me to get sick again. Andy: Right!

    • Barney: You comin' to work today? Andy: Is it 8 o'clock already? Barney: You kiddin'? It's three past! Andy: I can't get started this morning...just let me drink my coffee...sit down and have some toast and jelly or something. Barney: Believe I will. (opens dish of marmalade, smells a weird smell) You doin' some painting in here? Andy: (smells it, too.) No, probably just some glue Opie's using on a model airplane. Barney: (spreading the pungent marmalade on his toast) Doesn't smell like glue to me, smells more like ammonia! Andy: You don't reckon that gas stove's leaking, do you? Barney: Don't know...(starts to eat his toast) Found it! (points at jar, has Andy smell, quickly closes it) Andy Aunt Bee was workin' in here yesterday! (goes to cupboard and finds several jars of "ammonia marmalade" instead of "kerosene cucumbers") Barney: Aunt Bee's making marmalade now! Andy: Well, don't just stand there, go get the suitcase!

    • [Aunt Bee brings lunch] Andy: Oh, did you hear that Barney, Aunt Bee's brought us a surprise. Now donchu tell me it's some of that good old apple crumb pie. Aunt Bee: Nope, better than that. Barney: Have you made a potato pancake? Aunt Bee: Nope, even better than that! Andy: Well what?! Aunt Bee: Roast beef sandwhich Andy: Uh huh. Aunt Bee: Cole slaw. Andy: Yeah... Aunt Bee: And here's the surprise..some of my new homemade pickles!

    Notes (5)

    • Aunt Bee's inability to make homemade pickles or homemade preserves (or tell how awful they are) is out of character for her. She is often described as a wonderful cook and even has her own cooking show for a brief time in a later season.

    • We learn that Clara Johnson is a widow.  She talks about her late husband in this episode

    • In Andy and Barney's operation pickle switch they take Aunt Bee's kerosine cucumbers of her unmarked Mason jars and switch them with store bought pickles in Heinz jars. But, the pickles that Barney gives away are in Mason jars meaning he either switched them again or he's giving away the good store bought pickles.

    • The cheery carnival music played during the fair scenes was used many times in TV history, including an episode of The Brady Bunch entitled "The Winner".

    • Barney refers to Aunt Bea's pickles as "Kerosene Cucumbers"

    Trivia (1)

    • If Aunt Bee only moved to Mayberry last year from Mt. Pilot, how could she have entered the pickle contest and lost to Clara 11 years in a row?

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