The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 18

Andy the Marriage Counselor

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Feb 06, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

As if he didn't have enough to do, Andy decides to try his hand at "couples therapy". His seemingly miraculous results soon backfire, however, teaching Andy that "what looks like rasslin' to one is dancin' to another".

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  • Andy tries to settle things between a battling couple, but when he forces them to be civil to each other (not "one another"...that grammatical error drives me nuts!), they end up being rude and violent to their friends and neighbors.moreless

    I have to disagree with the person who characterizes this as a "celebration of spousal abuse". First of all, it's not accurate to say they were throwing things "at each other". She was the only one throwing things (and we all know it's hilarious when it's the husband getting abused [sarcasm]). Barney even offers to put a gun to Fred's head! This episode was written before sitcoms became burdened with the responsibility to send social messages. You have to take it for what it is. It was a gentle comedy about a different time. And it was gently done.moreless
  • A celebration of abuse.

    Andy and Barney are called to a disturbing the peace call. They are met by a yelling couple who are throwing things at each other. Andy becomes marriage counselor, and encourages them to be civil with one another. Later on Andy works the same peacemaking with Opie and his squabbling friend. This appears to be working.

    However, trouble arises when it turns out that the couple is now expressing their anger toward others in Mayberry instead of at each other. Meanwhile, Opie's friend does not come around anymore because at the Taylor house they must "play nice."

    Andy's solution is to get the couple bickering again (and it is implied that this same solution brings Opie's friend back).

    Even for its time, this is a horrible message. People should never abuse each other.

    This is a sad episode. I can't imagine what the writers were thinking.

    I don't know if this is the worst episode, but it certainly comes close.moreless
  • Andy as Dr. Phil!

    An intersting premise but lacks something in the telling. It's a little forced and fake--but still entertaining. The best scene is the opening one, in which Barney is practising Judo(which has absolutely nothing to do with the eventual storyline). Andy is funny as "Dr. Phil" but it's too deep a storyline to really be conveyed in this way. Still a good episode--but just not up to the usual.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Jesse White appears in this episode as the cantankerous Fred Boone. Although a long-time actor with over 160 credits - his first credited role was in the 1950 film classic Harvey - Jesse is perhaps best known for being the doleful, ever-idle Maytag Repairman on a series of commercials which ran from 1967-1989.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • In this episode we find out that Barney is a student of the martial arts. The gag that he does with Andy, showing Andy his newly acquired Judo skills, will be repeated later in the series (popular gags often were). In the epilogue to this episode Barney sports his full Judo outfit.


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