The Andy Griffith Show

Season 5 Episode 27

Aunt Bee's Invisible Beau

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Mar 29, 1965 on CBS

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  • Aunt Bee's Imaginary Boyfriend

    A bittersweet little story about someone feeling like a third wheel--in this case, it's Aunt Bee. She makes up a boyfriend to allow Andy and Helen to spend more time together without her, and just tells Andy that she's dating the butter and egg man. Barney gets a little suspicious and he digs around and discovers that the butter and egg man is married. This upsets Andy to no end, and the scene in which Barney tells Andy about Aunt Bee's "married beau" is a classic. There is a certain awkwardness in the scene where Andy confronts the poor unsuspecting fellow; the ramifications to this man's reputation seems too serious for the humor of the show. That's the only sour note in this episode. Barney is in rare form and gives the episode it comedic edge. Aunt Bee is strangely withdrown in this episode--where's the feisty and positive woman we've grown to love. I have a sneaking suscipion that Frances Bavier wasn't happy with this script or was going through something at the time of this taping--she just doesn't seem "there" somehow. Otherwise, it's a very fine example of this series.