The Andy Griffith Show

Season 5 Episode 12

The Darling Baby

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Dec 07, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Darlings come to Mayberry looking for a boy who could become engaged to Charlene's new baby. Opie becomes their prime target.

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  • Contrasts in culture and attitude are what make this show and this episode work well.

    The Darlings are back to to ensure that the mountain custom of betrothing Charlene's infant daughter is carried out.

    My favorite episodes of this series are ones that feature contrasts, most often, this means that Andy and the crew are thrown into situations with "city sophisticates" that make them feel lost for a time. What I like about the Darling episodes is the counter situation where Mayberry residents are actually the more progressive and worldly.

    Interesting plot, some funny lines about what young Opie stands to gain one day, and for me, my favorite of the Darlings (i.e. The Dillards) songs - "There Is A Time" with Andy providing a few chords on his own guitar. I can be a sucker for bluegrass, and the whistful lyrics of this one are really moving.

    The resolution to the dilemna of Opie's engagement is a little hokey, but what the heck, "The Andy Griffith Show" was one of those from the era of "rural comedy" that was often funny enough to overcome it.moreless
  • One of the best, especially with the song, There is a time. I downloaded the song. Really enjoy it.

    Excellent show. Enjoyed the Darling's song.There is a time, I downloaded from Itunes. Not by The Dillards,could not find, downloaded by The Ball Sisters Band. Sounds pretty good.

    Hope this helps the people who couldn't find the song.

    I probably have seen every show 15 times or more. Seems to make you forget the days cares.
  • There is a Time

    I loved the song "there is a time". It was so moving to me, I taped the show, memorized the lyrics and attempted to find a recording of it, to no avail. Now I don't have the show and can't find the song. I know that The Dillards played the music but I can't seem to find out if it's on any of their albums. Any help?
  • A really special musical number.

    I really loved the first song in this episode. I think it was called “There was a time”. I have been trying to find a copy of that song for some time now. Sadly with no luck. Anyway I felt the episode was like some of the others that basically entertained us with very special and rare songs we would otherwise never hear. My thanks to this fine program for that treat.moreless
  • Opie gets engaged?

    This episode is really stretching it in terms of the Darlings--I'm pretty sure this is the last appearance. Trying to get Opie engaged to their Baby, and then Andy pretending to be into witchcraft(!) is beyond comprehension. This is a very forgettable episode, and doesn't really have a point or reveal anything about the main characters.
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)

Frances Bavier

Frances Bavier

Aunt Bee Taylor (1960-1968)

Denver Pyle

Denver Pyle

Briscoe Darling

Recurring Role

Maggie Peterson

Maggie Peterson

Charlene Darling

Recurring Role

Doug Dillard

Doug Dillard

Doug Darling

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Opie and Andy sign their names with disappearing ink, their names disappear all at the same time, but they would have disappeared in the order they had been written.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Barney: You know, a few years back a similiar thing happened to me.
      Andy: Yeah?
      Barney: Maybe I never told you about it. The girl's name was Halycyon Loretta Winslow.
      Andy: Pretty name.
      Barney: Ugliest girl you ever saw in your life.
      Andy: Whatever happened to Halycyon?
      Barney: Well, you know she went East to one of them schools where they trim you down, clear your skin, make you walk around with a book on your head.
      Andy: Don't tell me, she turned out beautiful.
      Barney: No. She's still ugly, single and pitting prunes.

    • (The Darling clan is in town looking to get Charlene's baby, Andelina, betrothed; they discuss it with Andy and Barney)
      Briscoe: You know, the, uh, young feller that gets Andelina here comes into a pretty good dowry.
      Charlene: An eight by ten cottage on the back twenty.
      Briscoe: All it needs is a roof, some fresh mud on the floor… it'd be a real paradise. And a cow comes with it.
      Andy: Cow comes right with it, huh?
      Briscoe: And two acres of side hill with good, strong boulders.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Nearly every Darling episode features the name of a song that makes someone cry and said song is often avoided for a more cheerful tune. In this episode The Darlings actually play one of the make-em-cry songs - "There Is a Time" and sure enough Mr. Darling tears up! The beautful song (one of their best) even affects Andy though he doesn't actually cry.


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