The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 8

Opie's Charity

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Nov 28, 1960 on CBS
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Andy is upset when he's told that Opie only gave three cents to Mayberry's charity drive, and instead of his usual patience and trust, he shows just the opposite - until Aunt Bee scolds him for his lack of faith in his own son. As it turns out, maybe Opie's not so bad at charity after all.moreless

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  • Opie teaches us all about Charity.

    9.1
    This episode stands out as being very, very special. The message and the dialogue remains outstanding, even after all these years. Opie's "Poor Horatio," conversation with Andy is so memorable. Half a boy indeed. We learn that Opie is more than just one boy with his charitable heart. Andy appropriately does an about-face after learning of Opie's plan to save enough money to buy Charlotte a coat. Andy tells Opie and Aunt Bee that he'll be having crow for dinner. The episode is well scripted and the story is a timeless tell of moral behavior. I rank it as one of the finest of the series.moreless
  • Opie Teaches Andy About True Charity!

    9.0
    This is what makes Mayberry Mayberry! An extremely well written episode, with a hysterical subplot of a husband returning from "the dead" which actually fits in with the morale of the story. Aunt Bee's speech to Andy re Opie is brilliant and not to be missed. This is a very touching and sweet episode, that drives home the message that sometimes we all get caught up in "image" rather than substance.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Andy: "I was readin' here jus' the other day where's there's somethin' like four hundred needy boys in this county alone, or one and a half boys per square mile." 400 boys, 1.5 boys per every square mile - doing the math (400 divided by 1.5)= Mayberry County consists of approximately 266 square miles.

    • Andy and Tom look at his tombstone, which reads: "Thomas Silby, Fine Man and a Dear Husband, 1908-1958"

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Tom: Doggonit, Annabelle knows I can't stand Sam Peabody. Why'd she go and invite him to my funeral?
      Andy: Well, I don't know that she invited him …
      Tom: He had a lot of nerve, crashin' my funeral.
      Andy: Now Tom, you are just bein' silly. Now, here Annabelle breaks her back to give you the finest sendoff this town has ever seen and you go poutin' over details … She couldn't exactly have checked the guest list with you, you know.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode features the only scene to take place in a cemetery during the regular series. A rather touching scene in Return to Mayberry takes place in Mayberry's cemetery when Andy places a single rose on Aunt Bee's grave.

    • Andy mentions that Mayor Jenkins (in his striped britches) attended Tom's funeral. Since Mayor Pike is in office by this time (he first appeared in the show's second episode The Manhunt), and Tom has been "dead" for a few years, it's safe to assume that Mayor Jenkins preceded Mayor Pike.

    • Don Knotts does not appear in this episode.

      Knotts would be frequently absent during his tenure on the series even though Barney was a main character and he had second billing in the opening credits. This stipulation was written into Knott's contract due to health issues arising from a rigorous television schedule. As the series went on, Don would be absent more frequently.

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