The Andy Griffith Show

Season 4 Episode 12

Opie and His Merry Men

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



  • Quotes

    • (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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