The Andy Griffith Show

Season 3 Episode 21

Opie and the Spoiled Kid

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Feb 18, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a spoiled kid moves to town, he thinks he can walk all over the townsfolk, including Andy and Barney. Of course when his bike gets impounded and his dad wants to sell it, Arnold gets a rude awakening.

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  • One of my favorite episodes!

    I still remember watching this with my Mom when it first aired. I was just a kid, but I remember Mom LOVED the way Andy handled Opie's tantrums because she totally agreed with Andy's laid-back parenting style. There were 8 of us, so Mom HAD to remain calm with all those kids -- and she often mimicked Andy's cool, calm demeanor whenever any of us got excited about something, or if we misbehaved. In viewing this episode as an adult, I also LOVE watching how Andy maintains his parental authority without resorting to yelling. It shows his absolute confidence as a parent. I think parents today could learn a lesson or two from Andy. I also love the conclusion -- Opie's apology shows his respect and love for his "Paw", and he also learns a valuable lesson on how NOT to behave in order to get his own way. I love this episode!! One of the best!!moreless
  • Opie Misbehaves!

    This is an O.K. episode where we see Opie struggle with some basic value issues. His friend Arnold is a spoiled rich kid who tries to convince Opie that parents are supposed to give you an allowance--you don't have to work for it. He also shows Opie how to throw fits, cry and stomp his feet if he doesn't get his way . The trouble is that we know Opie far too well by this point and that it is completely out of character for him. The writing is a little poor in this episode, and the plot lines just don't add that typical Andy Griffith punch. Still watchable--but a little forgettable.moreless
Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Opie Taylor (1960-1968)

Don Knotts

Don Knotts

Barney Fife (1960-1965)

Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

Sheriff Andy Taylor (1960-1968)

Ronnie Dapo

Ronnie Dapo

Arnold Winkler

Guest Star

Harlan Warde

Harlan Warde

Mr. Winkler

Guest Star

Mary Lansing

Mary Lansing

Mrs. Rodenbach

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Arnold: I've never known a kid yet who could win in a man to man talk.

    • Andy: Did your father ever hit you?
      Barney: Well, he couldn't. I was a lot bigger than he was!
      Andy: I thought as a child you were sickly.
      Barney: Well, he was sicklier!

    • Opie: I heard you were kinda sensitive.
      Barney: Sensitive? Me? Sensitive?
      Andy: Barn…
      Barney: That's a nice thing to get started around. See, the only thing that upsets me is having people say that I'm sensitive. There's one thing I'm not – sensitive. Talk about being misunderstood.
      Andy: You look a little flushed.
      Barney: That's spirit! I'm a very spirited person! Big difference, you know!

    • Arnold: Kids aren't supposed to work for their allowance!
      Opie: My paw's awful busy. Maybe he hasn't heard this new stuff.

    • Barney: What kind of trouble? What?
      Andy: Oh, you know.
      Barney: No, I don't know! What kind of trouble?

    • Opie: Is Arnold gonna get a spankin' Paw?
      Andy: Don't you think he deserves it?
      Opie: I hate to say. After all, he is one of my own kind.

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