The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 22

Cyrano Andy

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

Barney can't quite seem to get up the nerve to ask Thelma Lou to be his steady - but Andy has a plan.

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  • Andy plays Cyrano to help Barney get the girl, but Thelma Lou decides to power up the jealousy card....

    I love this episode for so many reasons. For one, it's the first episode for Thelma Lou - one of the more attractive Mayberry ladies, and two, it's probably the first of the episodes with "behind-the-scenes" shenanigans to help out the characters rather than tease each other, an endearing trait that plays so often through the series. My favorite part, though, is watching Ellie, my favorite Mayberry looker, getting to sex it up and come on to Barney. When she warms up to Barney, she warms me up too! Ellie has always been at the top of my list of female others for Andy, the other being Nurse Peggy. I just never cared much for Helen; I just fear what happened to Opie once Helen stuck her claws into Andy.moreless
  • The eternal Quadrant!

    The character of Thelma Lou is introduced in this episode, and the chemistry is an immediate fit. Barney's eyeball action in the epilogue is a PURE FIFE moment. This is a very sweet and charming with Andy being smoother than silk. When Barney thinks Andy is going after his girl, and he decides to woo Ellie--another Barney moment emerges--and becomes an instant classic! A very special episode where we truly get to see the characters of Andy and Barney begin to be truly defined.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The episode title, Cyrano Andy, is a partial pun on the 1950 Academy Award-winning José Ferrer film - Cyrano de Bergerac (which was itself based on the 1897 Edmond Rostand play). It is only partial, however, because Andy was certainly not in love with Thelma Lou, nor she with him. So, seeing as how he was actually the shy one, perhaps the title should've been Cyrano Barney - but then again, the Deputy is certainly neither a master swordsman nor a deadly pistolero.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (Andy sends Opie away and asks Barney about his date
      Andy: Now, now tell - now tell me - did, did ya get a little kissy?
      Barney: Well, (clears throat) no, I didn't.
      Andy: You didn't!
      Barney: No, I didn't.
      Andy: Didn't! Well, why not?
      Barney: Well, I don't know, Andy. I … well, I can't help it. I … When I'm alone with her I - I just freeze up. I don't know what to say or what to do.
      Andy: Well, haven't you seen enough Rock Hudson movies to know how to sweet-talk a girl? You better tell that girl how you feel about her, if you don't you're gonna lose her. Girls like to hear things like that.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Betty Lynn as Barney's long-time girlfriend, Thelma Lou. Although the two occasionally talked about marriage, their relationship would end abruptly after the fifth season when Barney moved to Raleigh to pursue his career and Thelma Lou moved away as well, to marry another man (we see her husband in the Season Six episode The Return of Barney Fife). All was not lost, however - 20 years later, in the TV Movie Return to Mayberry, a still single Barney and a now-divorced Thelma Lou would find each other again and these two seemingly star-crossed lovers would be married by Andy.