The Andy Griffith Show

Season 4 Episode 12

Opie and His Merry Men

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Dec 30, 1963 on CBS
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Opie and his friends dash off to the woods to play Robin Hood when they find a person that is hungry. The person tells the story of Robin Hood to the boys and fills them in on stealing stuff. The boys starts taking food items to the woods for that person.moreless

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  • Opie learns about Wealth.

    7.5
    This episodes DOES have its good points, and it is very well acted; however, for some reason it just didn't connect with me on a deep level. It was fairly predictable with the resolution coming quickly. Somehow Andy just "knew" that the boys were the ones stealing the food--it was just too pat. There were some very good scenes in this show (particularly the conversation at the dinner table about wealth) but just not enough to make the episode really take flight.moreless
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Jim Nabors

Gomer Pyle (1962-1964)

Parley Baer

Parley Baer

Mayor Stoner (1962-1963)

Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Opie Taylor (1960-1968)

Jack Burns

Jack Burns

Deputy Warren Ferguson (1965-1966)

Clint Howard

Clint Howard

Leon

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Otis Campbell (1960-1967)

Joey Scott

Joey Scott

Ralph Porter

Guest Star

Douglas Fowley

Douglas Fowley

Wary Willy

Guest Star

Hope Summers

Hope Summers

Bertha Johnson/Clara Edwards

Recurring Role

Dennis Rush

Dennis Rush

Howie Pruitt

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Richard Keith (I)

Richard Keith (I)

Johnny Paul Jason

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Opie: Are we rich, Pa?
      Andy: I'd say we're better off than a lot of people. Got a roof over our heads, Aunt Bee---finest food you ever put in your mouth--Barney for a friend. Yeah, in some ways I'd say we are rich.
      Barney: You see, Opie, it ain't only the materialistic things in this world that makes a person rich. There's love and friendship. That can make a person rich.

    • (Andy and Barney take the boys out to "help" Wary Willy; he runs away)
      Opie: There's nothin' wrong with his leg.
      Andy: No there isn't, son.
      Opie: He never did have a fracture of the petulla obondala like he said.
      Andy: No, I guess not.
      Barney: Petulla obondala... he give himself away as a phony right from the start. Petulla obondala ain't in the leg – it's in the brain. (Andy looks amused at Barney)

    • (Opie and his "merry men" took food to the hobo in the woods; Andy tells Barney to go see who it is)
      Opie: You can't, Pa. Don't. I wish you wasn't a sheriff if you gotta be mean like this.
      Andy: Wait a minute. Maybe I better straighten you out on a few things, includin' Robin Hood. Now I'm sure they had a lot of fun, those fellas... frolickin' around in the woods and poachin' off game wardens and eatin' with their fingers and rescuin' damsels in distress and stuff like that. And I'm sure you boys enjoy playin' at that, too. But when it comes to stealin': stealin' is stealin'... and it's wrong anyway you look at it. It just won't hold up in a court.
      Opie: But, Pa. They was robbin' the rich to give to the poor. That's what we did.
      Barney: Ha. You just try tellin' that to a judge and let me know what he says. Robbin' the rich...
      Andy: There's just one thing wrong with that. And that is that you young'uns are just too young to come to a decision like that: which is takin' the law into your own hands.
      Barney: And it's against the law to take the law in your own hands.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Opie and his pals state they all watched Robin Hood on television. They are most likely referring to the 1935 film The Adventures of Robin Hood starring high flying (and tight wearing) Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland which many today feel is still the best adaptation. The film won three academy awards.

    • Weary Willie's reference to his fracture of the "Petulla Oblondalla" (bum leg) was a mispronunciation of the Medulla Oblongata" which, as Barney correctly points out, is not in the leg but a part of the brain.

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