The Andy Griffith Show

Season 3 Episode 1

Mr. McBeevee

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 01, 1962 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When it appears that Opie is using an imaginary friend to get out of work and explain gifts that come from nowhere, Andy becomes seriously concerned.

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  • Andy tries to see if Opie's friend is really real.

    Watching this episode last night on TV land marathion reminded me why this is such an awesome great episode and one of my very favorite eps. Andy thinks Opie's new friend Mr. McBevee is imangiary because of Opie's play horse. Then Andy wants to know where Opie is getting the gifts from. He struggles wanting to believe his good son. The scene when he says he believes in his son is awesome, as when he meets Mr. McBeevee. This is an awesome ep in the relationsip of father and son, Opie and Andy.


    Btw, Mr. McBeevee, Karl Swenson, played Mr. Hanson on LHOTP.moreless
  • No one believes Opie

    This is a quiet little episode that deals with a universal growing up situation--when children tell stories. Of course, Opie isn't telling stories, he just is describing the man as he sees him in his 7 year old head. The poignant scene when Opie asks his dad "don't you believe me Pa?" and Andy answers after a long pause I believe you", speaks to a child's need to be understood and respected. This episode is an important one in that the moral of the story touches upon the parent/child relationship, and it delivers a quiet but impactful punch.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Although Blacky, Opie's imaginary black horse with the white spot on his nose is a little on the invisible side, an actual horse sticks his head through the Taylor's kitchen window in the original sponsor ad that ran during the broadcast. The Ad was for Jello Pudding. Most the original sponsor ads are bonus features on the Season 3 DVD.

    • While Andy is a wise father, this is one of those times that Opie's reasoning has proven his father wrong.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (Andy comes downstairs after talking with Opie about Mr. McBeevee)
      Barney: What did you do?
      Andy: I told him I believed him.
      Barney: You told him you beli...? But, Andy, what he told you's impossible.
      Andy: Well, a whole lot of times I've asked him to believe things that to his mind must have seemed just as impossible.
      Barney: Oh, but, Andy... the silver hat, and the jinglin', and the smoke from the ears... what about all that?
      Andy: Oh, I don't know, Barn. I guess it's a time like this when you're asked to believe something that just don't seem possible... that's the moment that decides whether you got faith in somebody or not.
      Barney: Yeah, but how can you explain it all?
      Andy: I can't.
      Barney: But you do believe in Mr. McBeevee?
      Andy: No... no... no. I believe in Opie.

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