The Andy Griffith Show

Season 3 Episode 9

Floyd the Gay Deceiver

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Nov 26, 1962 on CBS
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Madeline Grayson, a rich widow that Floyd has been "pen-palling" with, announces in her next letter that she wants to meet him face-to-face. Of course, the whole time, Floyd has been pretending in his letters to be a wealthy entrepreneur. Upon news of the visit, Andy and Aunt Bee help Floyd in his masquerade by borrowing a house in town from the Devereauxs, who Andy is house-sitting for. Andy poses as Floyd's son who is home visiting from medical school, while Bee is Floyd's "maid." Floyd realizes he can't go on pretending, but can't bring himself to confess. Andy reveals to Mrs. Grayson that he's the town sheriff and, before he can explain about Floyd, gets her to reveal that she's really not a rich widow and goes around sponging off rich men.moreless

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  • A woman Floyd has only corresponded with, but never met comes to visit Mayberry on her way to Florida. Andy helps Floyd make it look like he's a rich big shot.moreless

    Fairly weak episode has Andy going way too far along with Floyd's attempts to impress a woman he's corresponded with. This includes letting Floyd use a rich family's house that Andy's keeping an eye on while they are on vacation (a redress of the Taylor house actually), having Aunt Bea play Floyd's maid (she is adorable at it) and saying he's Floyd's son (for absolutely no reason. He could easily still be Floyd's friend). It is nice to see Howard McNear mobile in his pre-stroke condition, but the attempt at sweetness at the end in a Barney type way didn't succeed for me. This seems more like the post-Barney shows and is one of the weaker of the original first five seasons.moreless
  • The importance of being yourself

    One of my favorite episodes- Floyd corresponds with a woman by mail and makes himself out to be a wealthy man. She wants to meet him and Floyd frantically enlists Aunt Bee and Andy to help him put on a rich man facade. Andy unwittingly finds out the truth about the "lonely widow"- she's a con artist. Andy's great insight into human nature and feelings is shown at the end of the show when Floyd is browbeating himself for trying to put on a front and says of the woman "She was a real sport." Rather than tell Floyd the truth and hurt him even more, Andy just says softly "So are you, Floyd. So are you."moreless
  • You've Got Mail

    This is an excellent episode! Here we see Floyd the Barber take front and center and we see why he was such a beloved character and actor on this show. He is absolutely brilliant, engaging and funny. He brings life to the lonely but sometimes pretentious Floyd. Andy is also very well utilized in this episode. This is what makes the Andy Griffith Show so special. Whether it is 1962 or 2005--people still have problems with relationships and telling the truth. If the episode was shot now, you would only substitute the internet for the mail--and the episode would be just as current as ever! A must watch episode!moreless
Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Opie Taylor (1960-1968)

Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

Sheriff Andy Taylor (1960-1968)

Frances Bavier

Frances Bavier

Aunt Bee Taylor (1960-1968)

Howard McNear

Howard McNear

Floyd Lawson (1960-67)

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