This is an awkward episode, in that if one is used to watching Andy Griffith, and then all of a sudden we get a slew of other characters, we are slightly disjarred. This episode if I understand correctly was the true pilot of the new show Mayberry R.F.D. and ran at the end of the 8th season of Andy Griffith. I'm not sure what to make of it as an episode, because I did not watch the entire Mayberry series, so it's difficult for me to pass a true critical assessmemt of it. It is nice to see Howard and Goober go ga-ga over the italian sister, and quite hysterical when Aunt Bee plays That's Amore as the Italian national anthem at a special town meeting to "welcome" the new neighbors(only in Mayberry!) It's so sad to see Andy Griffith end in such a "unending" way--the true ending with Andy and Helen getting married would come in the first episode in the fall. I think had they done the wedding episode first, and THEN did this one, it might have "flowed" better.
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