The Andy Griffith Show

Season 5 Episode 1

Opie Loves Helen

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Sep 21, 1964 on CBS



  • Allusions

    • Opie: The boy stood on the burning deck...
      When Barney asks Opie if he knows any poems, Opie offers the first line from the famous 1826 poem, "Casabianca", by Felicia Dorothea Heman. It was her most famous and an often satirized poem, and a work that was frequently memorized by students in the 1800's and early 1900's. The poem tells the sad tale of Commodore Louis Casabianca, commander of the 120-gun, 2,000 ton warship, L'Orient, which was Napoleon's flagship and one of the era's biggest fighting vessels. During the Battle of the Nile, the Commodore was killed by a cannon shot as the ship caught fire. While the ship burned, all the crew abandoned their posts and fled the ship. The Commodore's 13-year old son, Giacomo, would not leave his father's body and died when the gunpowder on board exploded. The Battle of the Nile was a great victory for Adm. Horatio Nelson and restored British supremacy over the French in the Mediterranean.