The Andy Griffith Show

Season 3 Episode 19

Class Reunion

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Feb 04, 1963 on CBS
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Andy sees his High School sweetheart at his high school reunion and realizes they don't want the same things.

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  • You can't go home again..

    8.3
    A really interesting episode, in which we see the more serious side of Andy. As a class reunion is organized, Andy is very excited by the thought of reuniting with his former sweetheart. When she does arrive, the sparks DO fly. But when Andy asks her to stay in Mayberry for awhile and she says she has to get back to Chicago, a very revealing dialogue about small town versus big city life is revealed. It is here that he understands why they broke up. In this small scene, we see the character of Andy Taylor, the essential quality of why we like him so much--because he likes himself. He isn't trying to achieve for outward accomplishment. He is simply enjoying the process of life--and that is a rare thing indeed. I suspect it is why the character of Andy Griffith and the show itself are so timeless--and so comforting. Because in the end, he already has the truth that we are searching for--that happiness is within us. It is a powerful scene in an episode that does falter from a writing/directing point of view, and in fact this one scene and the end scene are what elevate this episode in total review points. The ending where Andy and Barney reflect on life, on memories and on what could have been is bittersweet and actually very serious for The Andy Griffith Show. It's a poignant and very powerful moment. A definite episode to see!moreless
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    • In the yearbook, Barney's middle name is shown to be Milton, but throughout the series, Barney refers to himself as Barney P. Fife.

    • In this episode, we learn Andy's full name is Andrew Jackson Taylor and Barney's is Bernard Milton Fife

    • Thelma Lou is curiously absent during this episode. The class reunion episode from season six implies that Thelma Lou was a member of Andy and Barney's graduating class.

    • There is a brief reference to Barney's father in this episode. Andy's response seems to indicate that his father has passed away. Barney's mother actually appears in a season one episode. Andy's parents are never mentioned in the series.

    • The banner at the reunion says "Welcome Class of 1945." In the sixth season, the episode "The Return of Barney Fife" took place at another class reunion with a banner "Welcome Class of 1947."

    • While the high school was usually referred to as "Mayberry Union High", as in this episode, it was also called "Mayberry Central High"

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