The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 13

Mayberry Goes Hollywood

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jan 02, 1961 on CBS

Episode Recap

When a Hollywood producer wants to make his latest movie in Mayberry, the Town Council is suspicious of his motives, concerned that he may just want to make fun of the town and its people. Andy takes the producer, Mr. Harmon, on a tour of Mayberry, sizing him up at the same time. Once he realizes that Harmon means no harm, Andy manages to convince the council and they agree to have the picture made.

As soon as the producer heads back to California, however, the Mayberry Gazette prints the story under a banner headline and Hollywood fever strikes Mayberry like lightening - town loafers sport three-piece suits and stores offer everything thing from Carey Grant haircuts to Hollywood funerals. It seems that everyone except Andy - even Barney, Aunt Bee and Opie - catches the film bug. The Mayor, the Town Council and the entire town become convinced that they must fundamentally alter themselves in order to live up to Hollywood's expectations.

When Mr. Harmon returns with his crew he is astounded to find that the simple, pure Mayberry he wanted to film has morphed into some sort of hayseed Babylon. Exasperated, he explains that he wanted to film Mayberry in its natural state, not all gussied up and phony looking - and scolds the town just before it destroys part of its heritage by cutting down a landmark tree. A bit embarrassed, as if a spell had been broken, the mayor and townsfolk come to their senses - returning Mayberry to normal.
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