The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 4

Ellie Comes to Town

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 24, 1960 on CBS

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  • Trivia

    • Look Close! In this episode the license plate on the squad car is DC-269 (you can see it very clearly when Andy and Barney pull up to Emma's house to deliver Aunt Bee's soup). In every other episode where you can see the license plate to the squad car the number is JL-327.

    • Ellie explains that what Fred has actually been giving Emma is a Placebo - a placebo is a preparation which is pharmacologically inert, like a sugar pill, but which may have a therapeutic effect based solely on the power of suggestion.

  • Quotes

    • Emma: Sheriff, I came to report a murder!
      Andy: A MURDER! Emma, who's been murdered?
      Emma: ME!
      Andy: Well Emma, there's just one teensy little problem...you ain't dead.

  • Notes

    • After this episode was filmed, the broadcast date was moved up because it was decided that Andy needed a love interest. However, following the first season, Elinor Donahue was dropped from the cast when Griffith and the producers decided the pair lacked "romantic chemistry".

    • In this episode, Andy says that he was in France during the war. Since, according to both class reunion episodes (Class Reunion and The Return of Barney Fife ), Andy didn't graduate high school until after 1946, it's not possible that he would have made it to France during the war.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Ellie Walker, Andy's first love interest in the series. Andy always seemed to gravitate toward well educated, professional women: a pharmacist, three nurses, and finally a school teacher.

  • Allusions

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