The Andy Griffith Show

Season 2 Episode 1

Opie and the Bully

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 02, 1961 on CBS
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Opie learns a valuable lesson about how to stand up for what is rightly his.

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  • Getting around the bully

    7.5
    This episode didn't do much for me. It was as if I saw every plot line coming. Boy gets bullied, boy finds a way out, boy punches other boy out and takes command of the situation. It's been done many times before, and they really didn't add much to the plot. The funniest parts are at the beginning and end. As the episode opens, Aunt Bee and Andy have a wonderful scene concerning her Apple Pie (which has really nothing to do with the episode) and that's a real treat to watch. At the end of the episode, seeing Opie with his black eye and his new found masculinity is pretty cute as well. I often find that the episodes about Opie are among the weakest (with a few notable exceptions). It's as if when they deviate from the typical Mayberry characters/humor and try to deal with children's issues, they get a little lost. It's sort of like finding Beaver in Mayberry--just wouldn't work.moreless
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Opie Taylor (1960-1968)

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    • Common Theme: the weak standing up to the bully. Barney and Howard would have similar experiences and in an episode late in the series Opie would come to the defense of someone being pushed around by a bully.

    • We also see the inside of Andy's bedroom for the first time. There appears to be a door leading outside from his room. Since his room is on the second floor this could have lead to a deck or stairs leading into the backyard though neither are ever seen.

      As for the rest of the Taylor home, the closet just to the right of the front door has not yet made an appearance but the French doors to the left of the fireplace are gone, replaced by a window.

    • There are several set changes of note that we see for the first time in this episode. The inside of the jail was changed to match the outside of the jail - the indoor set now sports windows on either sides of the doors just as the outdoor set does. The mysterious door in the corner (most likely a broom closet - though fans have wildly speculated what could lie behind this door - a bathroom [the jail doesn't seem to have any] or stairs to the Mayor's office were some suggestions...) is gone, replaced by a gas heater and a chair. The window just to the right of Andy's desk moves and the distance between the gun rack and the outside wall increases.

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