The Andy Griffith Show

Season 3 Episode 26

Andy's English Valet

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Mar 25, 1963 on CBS
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A tourist from England has to do chores to pay off a fine.

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  • UpperClass Andy!

    What a wonderful episode filled with gentle humor and warmth. Bernard Fox is as always excellent in this role. Andy shows his kindness and gentleness in dealing with Malcom Merriweather and allowing him to play valet for him and Opie (while Aunt Bee is away) to pay back the fine he owes for the accident he caused. It's hysterical to see Andy and Opie dress for dinner, and Malcolm driving Andy to work. I had never seen Sheriff Taylor with the tie and the hat until this episode--it's a sight to see. When Malcolm overhears Andy complaining to Barney about him, he leaves. Andy's quick and kind action makes him return. What's so special about this episode is the point: that good manners whether they be from England or Mayberry or the same. Malcolm makes that point as well when he realizes that getting to know America means really getting to know its people.Watching Andy deal with the "proper english" accent is very funny indeed. An episode not to be missed (and to be watched many times!)moreless
Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Opie Taylor (1960-1968)

Don Knotts

Don Knotts

Barney Fife (1960-1965)

Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

Sheriff Andy Taylor (1960-1968)

Frances Bavier

Frances Bavier

Aunt Bee Taylor (1960-1968)

Bernard Fox

Bernard Fox

Malcolm Merriweather

Guest Star

Robert McQuain

Robert McQuain

Fletch Roberts

Recurring Role

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    • Malcolm Merryweather is from Heckmondwike, England.  Heckmondwike is a small industrial town in West Yorkshire known for it's blankets.

    • Bernard Fox is now well-known for his portrayal as Doctor Bombay on the TV classic series Bewitched. This
      is the first of three appearances on the show.


    • The Gentlemen's Gentlemen is a time honored English tradition with military roots dating back to medieval times. The Gentlemen's Gentlemen wasn't simply a butler or a valet, but a very close friend and would go so far as to defend his master's life even at the expense of his own. This relationship was the basis for Frodo and Sam in J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings.

    • Other British slang terms Malcolm used in this episode and their meanings:

      bangers and mash- link sausage and mashed potatoes

      off to kip- go to bed

      afters- dessert

      constable and bobbie- terms used to describe law officers.

    • During this episode, Malcolm offers to cook "bubble and squeak." Bubble and squeak is a traditional English dish made with the shallow-fried leftover vegetables from a roast dinner. The chief ingredients are potato and cabbage, but carrots, peas, brussels sprouts, and other vegetables can be added. It is traditionally served with cold meat from the Sunday roast, and pickles. Traditionally the meat was added to the bubble and squeak itself, although nowadays the vegetarian version is more common. The cold chopped vegetables (and cold chopped meat if used) are fried in a pan together with mashed potato until the mixture is well-cooked and brown on the sides. The name is a description of the action and sound made during the cooking process.

    • Malcolm asks if he can pay his debt through "never-never". This was an English term for "payments."