The Andy Griffith Show

Season 7 Episode 17

Dinner at Eight

7
Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jan 09, 1967 on CBS
9.4
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With Aunt Bee off visiting realtives and Opie away on a Scout trip, Andy is home alone. He is ready to spend a relaxing evening when Goober arrives to keep him company. He insists on making his special spaghetti recipe. Andy gives in, eats heartily, and then is reminded by Goober of an invitation to Howard's for dinner. Andy goes to see Howard, who did not actually invite Andy at all. They still whip up some spaghetti and eat, but then Andy realizes dinner was a Helen's. He rushes over, but is in hot water for being late so he must endure another dinner of spaghetti.moreless

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  • The Best Colorized Episode

    8.4
    There’s little doubt and few would argue that the final three seasons of The Andy Griffith Show marked a solid decline in the level of humor the show produced, most episodes being nearly entirely dramatic with bits of humor thrown in to keep the show under the category of a comedy. Because of this, “Dinner at Eight” stands out as one of the best overall episodes of the colorized, Post-Fife seasons. Well written and well performed, particularly by Andy Griffith, who is often cited with being overly unpleasant in later season, a considerable shift from his happy-go-lucky black and white days, this episode is quite charming. Goober, who often becomes the comedic fulcrum in these later seasons (a role that Don Knotts played to perfection in season’s 1-5), is also particularly good without, as Knotts often was, becoming the butt of the joke. All in all, this episode managed to merge the overall charm of the later episodes with the humor of the earlier shows. Look for Howard’s mother in a rare, almost pleasant performance and face it, this episode does for spaghetti what season two’s “The Pickle Story” did for pickles!moreless
  • Watching this episode makes me hungry for spaghetti.

    8.0
    Andy finally has an evening all to himself, or so he thinks. Enter Goober. He somehow thinks Andy is lonesome and in need of company, whereas Andy would rather have some time to himself. Afraid of hurting Goob's feelings, Andy tolerates his presence. When Andy is called away, Goober takes phone messages and confuses them. As a result, after eating a spaghetti dinner Goober prepared, Andy mistakenly goes to Howard and his mother's for a spaghetti dinner, which they prepared only after Andy's surprise visit, then one with Helen and her father, the latter before which Andy tells Goober, "when I get back , I'm gonna kill you!" It may sound mean to some, but you can hardly blame him. The poor guy just wanted an evening to himself, then Goob invites himself over, thinking he's being helpful, but only causing misery. I'd have told him right off, "Goob, I just want to be alone, period! Goodbye!"



    This is one of several episodes that were based on episodes of its parent series, Make Room For Daddy/The Danny Thomas Show. In that episode, "Take A Message", it was Danny's wife, Kathy, who got the messages mixed up, and it was lasagna, rather than spaghetti, that they overstuffed on, only Danny is more forgiving to Kathy. Both are very enjoyable to watch.moreless
  • Spaghetti Overload!

    9.0
    This is one of my favorite episodes! As Andy declares that he's "batching" it to Howard, Goober decides to come over and "keep him company". That's when the problems start and Gooober mixes up the invitations/messages and Andy is forced to endure Three spaghetti dinners--Andy Griffith's comedic talents are in full display in this episode! What I also enjoy in this episode is that Goober, Helen and Howard are all featured prominently and to best effect. The spaghetti dinners are hysterical to watch as Andy gobbles up first a dinner with Goober, then one with Howard and his mother (who are surprised by Andy's sudden arrival at their door but prepare dinner for him anyway), and then finally by Helen and her Uncle who is in Mayberry visiting. The secret ingredient of all their spaghetti dishes is: OREGANO! Just watching it makes me smile. A true Mayberry moment!moreless
  • Proof Of Why Honesty Is The Best Policy

    4.5
    This episode has always annoyed me because the underlying premise of the plot is self-contradictory to the point of distraction. Mayberry seems like a town where people have intimate friendships with their neighbors; seemingly there are no secrets in Mayberry, and the folks should be open and honest with their friends. Yet in this episode, Andy is almost pathologically unwilling to be honest with anybody.



    Okay, we get it--he would rather endure 2 extra dinners than offend anybody. But how could a couple of phone calls to verify the invitations have offended anybody? Particularly since,(observant lawman that he is) Andy surely noticed that Goober was confused about the phone calls to begin with. Yet, Andy's refusal to acknowledge that confusion even suggests that he thought he would offend Goober if he questioned his memory.



    So in trying to be so self-sacrificing and considerate, Andy ends up mystifying and burdening Howard and Mrs. Sprague, infuriating Helen, and terrifying Goober with the threat of murder, not to mention the gastric misery he puts himself through. No wonder we saw Grouchy Andy develop in the color seasons: he got fed up (no pun intended) with trying to be so self-sacrificing.



    Minus 1.5 review points for making Andy look like a passive-aggressive con artist.moreless
Mabel Albertson

Mabel Albertson

Mrs. Sprague

Guest Star

Emory Parnell

Emory Parnell

Uncle Albert

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George Lindsey

George Lindsey

Goober

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Jack Dodson

Jack Dodson

Howard Sprague

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Aneta Corsaut

Aneta Corsaut

Helen Crump

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