The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 10

Ellie for Council

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

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  • 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.