The Andy Griffith Show

Season 8 Episode 18

Emmett's Brother-In-Law

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jan 08, 1968 on CBS
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Emmett's brother in law wants him to leave the fix it shop and join him in selling life insurance.

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  • Developing characters for next season's spin-off.

    This episode combines one of the things that made the B&W seasons so strong with one of the things that made the last 2 seasons so weak; all the while failing to actually be a TAGS episode.

    First, the strong part: This episode is "domestic comedy," as TAGS was always supposed to be. What humor it offers is derived from the natural interplay of people with quirky personalities. It's NOT a "sitcom" episode, with humor based on one-liners, buffoonery or the abuse of minor characters, as the color episodes so often were. There's barely a self-conscious laugh line in it.

    Now the weak part: It focuses on a character who was suddenly thrown at us late in the series and who viewers had little time or reason to feel anything for. Instead of providing "character development" for Emmett, this just reinforces the feeling that the episode is from Some Generic Series, not TAGS. Andy is primarily a spectator here, with nearly all the scenes based on little-known Emmett, his as-yet-unknown wife, and his never-to-be-seen-again brother-in-law, and very little involvement with well-established characters (other than Goober, and he's debatable). Plus, this episode suffers the fatal comedy-show flaw of offering no laughs, but maybe they were just trying to wean us off comedy to prepare for "Mayberry R.F.D."moreless
  • Emmett goes Corporate!

    Having an episode completely focused on Emmett is diffiuclt for me, as I do not feel the character is that strong or well written. This episode is quite bland and predicatable. Emmet fails (of course) at selling insurance. It might have been a better episode if Emmet had done really well and gotten too "big for his briches" The climax scene is quite nicely done however and very sentimental (when Emmet's wife sees him through the window at night trying to fix a toaster). The very final scene with Goober is also quite funny--.moreless
Dub Taylor

Dub Taylor

Ben Beecham

Guest Star

Mary Lansing

Mary Lansing

Martha Clark

Recurring Role

Aneta Corsaut

Aneta Corsaut

Helen Crump

Recurring Role

George Lindsey

George Lindsey

Goober Pyle

Recurring Role

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