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The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 23

Andy and Opie, Housekeepers

3
Aired Monday 9:30 PM Mar 13, 1961 on CBS
7.9
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After scolding Andy and Opie for being so messy around the house, Aunt Bee has to leave town because of a family illness. Before she returns, Andy and Opie go to great lengths to show her that they can keep the house neat and clean - until they realize that perhaps Aunt Bee will think that she's not needed.moreless

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  • Bea fears the boys will mess up the house while she's away, and she's right!

    10
    For me, this is one of the episodes that so defines the Andy Griffith Show and the heart it gives its characters and scripts. Bea leaves Andy and Opie alone and they leave the house a mess, so they rush to clean it, but realize she needs to be needed so they rush to mess it up so she feels needed. What bothers me, they could not have been gone that long. They should have found Clara still cleaning on their return; I guess Bea's bus was late or something. The episode is also the first appearance of Clara, one of the series fave characters, who was known by bother her maiden and married names, Edwards and Johnson. (I have yet to figure out why she was once called Bertha unless Bea was being facetious and calling her by her middle name.) Any how, this episode ranks high on my list of favorites.moreless
  • House cleaning gets out of hand.

    7.5
    In this episode, Aunt Bea must go to Mount Pilot, leaving the boys home alone. The house becomes a mess. Upon Aunt Bea's impending arrival, Andy and Opie do some emergency cleaning. Then Andy realizes that if the house is clean, then Aunt Bea won't feel needed. They mess the house up again. More antics take place that you'll have to see.



    There is more visual humor in this episode that is typical. It's worth seeing just to see Clara called Bertha. Wierd.



    My favorite part is the long distance phone call from Aunt Bea to Andy. Because it's long distance, they are hollering at each other.moreless
  • Andy and Opie slobs at heart!

    7.5
    A little stretched out--the writing is routine and there is no real punch to this episode. It is amusing to see the Taylor house so sloppy--it never will be again, nor will Andy and Opie ever be slobs again (to this extent). It was a little far fetched to see Clara (referred to as Bertha in this episode) clean the entire house in the short amount of time it takes Andy and Opie to get Aunt Bee at the bus station. That's probably why the episode lacked the true punch--the logic was missing. This is where the writers failed to add a certain amount of logic to the storyline. Still fun--but could have been SO much better.moreless

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    • This is the first appearance of Hope Summers - who has a unique Recurring Role status. In the first season, her character appeared twice as "Bertha Johnson". Then, in the second season, she became "Clara Johnson" - and remained so until the fifth season episode, The Pageant, when she became "Clara Edwards" - who she remained until the end of the series [except for the Season Five episode entitled Banjo-Playing Deputy, where she was called Miss Bedloe!]. In spite of all the name changes, Hope's character remained the same and she was one of the few characters who appeared in all eight seasons of The Andy Griffith Show. Then, when the show ended its run, Hope and her character migrated to the spin-off series, Mayberry R.F.D..

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