The Andy Griffith Show

Season 4 Episode 12

Opie and His Merry Men

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Dec 30, 1963 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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.

  • Notes

    • In the first scene, Opie and his friends are sitting around a campfire quaffing nutbrown ale (really root beer).  As they go to leave, Whitey puts out the fire.  If you look closely, you can see Whitey pretending to kick dirt on the fire but not actually kicking any dirt.  Despite this, the flames slowly subside.  Since this scene was probably filmed on a set, the fire was likely gas fed and they slowly turned off the gas to create the illusion of the fire being put out.

  • Allusions

    • 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.