The Andy Griffith Show

Season 2 Episode 23

Aunt Bee the Warden

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Mar 12, 1962 on CBS
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When the Mayberry jail, is filled to capacity by a group of moonshiners who blame Otis for their capture, Andy must find a new place for Otis to serve his term. He takes Otis home and places him in Aunt Bee's care. Aunt Bee decides to take advantage of the situation to get Otis to change his ways.moreless

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  • Aunt Bee's front and center on this episode.

    9.0
    This episode is mostly an "Aunt Bee" episode, yet that's not too bad in this case. It's so funny how Aunt Bee makes Otis do manual labor and it worked for a while to make him give up his drinking habits. Too bad it didn't stick. Ah, well it's still funny.



    What makes this episode work mostly is the performances of Francis Bavier as Aunt Bee who balances a lovely housekeeper, but still tough as nails when dealing with Otis and should have gotten an Emmy for this episode. Hal Smith deserved one too as Otis and was hilarious here. Andy Griffith and Don Knotts don't have too much to do as Andy and Barney, but do well with what they've got. The supporting cast is only acceptable, but that's okay with the great writing and performances of Smith and Bavier. A must-see!moreless
  • Aunt Bee's Chain Gang!

    9.0
    This is marvellous episode that has many laughs. It truly showcases the comedic talents of Frances Xavier, and Hal Smith as Otis Campbell. What is particularly effective in this episode is that fact that there are many scenes where Aunt Bee and Otis are doing great comedic pantomine--as Aunt Bee works Otis "harder than I've ever worked in my life". Barney's attempts at rehabilitation fall far short of Aunt Bee's (his prisoners get away from him!) and when the prisoners are sent to Aunt Bee's they back away in fear.."we don't want to go to the ROCK" which is what Aunt Bee's "prison" is now known as. Otis Campbell has never been funnier.Quite brilliantly directed and acted--a must see!moreless
Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors

Gomer Pyle (1962-1964)

Parley Baer

Parley Baer

Mayor Stoner (1962-1963)

Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Opie Taylor (1960-1968)

Jack Burns

Jack Burns

Deputy Warren Ferguson (1965-1966)

Clint Howard

Clint Howard

Leon

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Otis Campbell (1960-1967)

Orville Sherman

Orville Sherman

Billy Gordon

Guest Star

Paul Bakanas

Paul Bakanas

Junior Gordon

Guest Star

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Otis Campbell

Recurring Role

Mary Lansing

Mary Lansing

Mary

Recurring Role

Hope Summers

Hope Summers

Clara/Bertha Johnson/Clara Edwards

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Andy is shown with a cast on his arm (supposedly from a sprained wrist he got bringing in the Gordon boys). However, the cast has little or no impact on the plot and Andy is still wearing it in the next episode. This is because, in real life, Andy Griffith actually sprained his wrist driving his fist through a wall. The reason for this seemingly uncharacteristic outburst has been debated for years. Some say it was because of a fight he had with his then wife Barbara (who appears in The Song Festers), but no one really knows for sure.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • [Barney buys the prison boys some kits.]
      Barney: Now here I've got a leathercraft set, a wood craft set, a metal craft set, and.. a Mr. Potato Set ! Now, c'mon, pick any one you want, don't matter to me!
      Junior: I'll take the Mr. Potato set.

    • (Andy has brought in the Gordons; Barney's excited)
      Barney: Great work, chief. Who are they? What'd you get 'em on? 502? 626? 308? Want me to send out an "APB"?
      Andy: An "All Points Bulletin", Barney? They're already here; they're captured.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Otis and the Gordon Boys affectionately refer to Aunt Bee's little prison as "The Rock". This is an allusion to Alcatraz Federal Prison - as immortalized in the motion picture The Rock, starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage. It was still in operation at the time of this episode, but it would be closed forever in 1963. Alcatraz was America's most notorious prison - from which, it was said, no prisoner could, or ever did, escape. The Clint Eastwood film, Escape From Alcatraz (1979) told the story of the only escape in which the escapees were neither captured nor their bodies recovered - an "escape" which occurred in June of 1962, three months after this episode aired. Although officials at the time insisted that there was no way the inmates could have survived and made it safely to the mainland, the television series MythBusters claims to have proven that it could be done. As recently as September of 2009, the escape was still being investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service. In any case, what is known is that no one ever escaped from Aunt Bee "Bloody Mary" Taylor's "Rock"!

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