The Andy Griffith Show

Season 8 Episode 15

Howard's New Life

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Dec 18, 1967 on CBS
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  • The Grass is Greener..

    8.5
    For Howard Sprague fans in particular. This episode finally allows Howard to break out of his mold as the timid and oh so correct county clerk. Howard sees a travel program at Andy's and begins to dream about what life would be like if he made a bold move. When he looks around at the sameness of his life, he realizes that he needs to make soem dramatic changes. He quits his job, packs up his things and heads off to Tahiti, to live a life of simple things and adventure. The trouble is that when he gets there, he realizes there is really nothing to do, and no one to talk to. In a hysterical dream sequence he imagines what he would be like if he stays there a long time. The next sequence is Howard returning home to Mayberry and with an exquisite close up, "my pot of gold is right here in Mayberry" It's a poignant moment, and one that does try to teach a lesson about looking at one's life in a new way. This is a timeless message, and one that is still topical today. A must for Howard Sprague fans (of which you can tell I am!)
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