The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 10

Ellie for Council

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Dec 12, 1960 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

out of 10
35 votes
  • Andy undergoes a Scrooge-like transformation.

    In this episode the population of Mayberry becomes divided into two hostile camps defined by gender on learning that pharmacist Ellie Walker intends to run for town council. There follows a Lysistrata-like insurrection of the women and Andy reacts by spewing male chauvinist pig rhetoric. That is, until he hears his son Opie parroting these comments and his eyes are opened to his shameful attitude. Andy publicly confesses and a small step is made on the long road of social progress.

    Ahead of its time and even Andrea Dworkin would have approved. It is regrettable that Andy would not deal with the issue of racial segregation as he did with gender bias.

  • An episode that hasn't dated well

    In the very early episodes of the series, Andy Griffith plays Andy Taylor as a bit of a rube. He talks with an exagerated accent and is hardly the all-knowing Andy we've come to love.

    With this in mind, all is wrong in Mayberry. Otis is in jail--not for drinking, but for taking a swing at his wife with a leg of lamb. Luckily, he missed and hit his mother-in-law in the mouth with the mutton weapon. Marital violence doesn't exactly spell comedy, even in Mayberry.

    During a conversation between Andy and his date Ellie, he expresses of the most condescending ideas about women since Ralph Kramden declared himself 'king of the castle'. Sure, it's small-town America in the pre women's lib era, but to hear it come out of Andy's mouth is quite ugly.

    Luckily, they quickly fine-tuned Andy's character and soon he would be THE smart guy in the town full of kooks. Until then, we have these few odd episodes that seem to not fit with the rest of the series.
  • The Politics of Mayberry!

    There just isn't too much that is funny in this episode. The episode is very dated and is actually quite disturbing to see our Andy profess such sexist views. Andy's speech at the end is alright, but a half-hearted endorsement of a woman's right to run for office isn't a truly ringing endorsement. I've given it a 4.5 rating--only because it's important to see how people USED to think about things.
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