The Andy Griffith Show

Season 3 Episode 28

The Rivals

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Apr 08, 1963 on CBS
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Opie has his first crush, who ignores him. Crestfallen he turns to Andy and Barney for advice. Barney steps in and tries to give him his advice about women. Opie then develops a crush on Thelma Lou who takes in under her wing and begins to spend more time with him than with Barney, much to Barney's annoyance!moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • OPIE WINS HIS FIRST LOVE

    10
    Does any one know what happened to Ronda Jeter? She played on the Andy Griffith show on April 8, 1963 and thereafter under a different name when she and Ronnie Howard were teens. She was approximately nine or ten years old in 1963. Opie { Ronnie Howard } was nine or nearly nine, as he was born in 1954. I messaged Ronnie Howard on FB regarding the inability to find anything about Ronda Jeter, but with no reply as of yet.

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    On her first appearance, Opie really liked Karen Burgess { Ronda Jeter }, but Karen did not seem to return the favor. Later, Thelma Lou { Betty Lynn } and Andy { Andy Griffith played himself on the Andy Griffith Show } were chatting and Opie was doing handstands and asked Karen "can you do that?". Karen said "yes, but I don't think it would be very lady-like", and walked on. Andy told Thelma Lou "Opie really is lovesick". Thelma Lou said "I can help him out". So Thelma Lou and Opie began walking toward Thelma Lou's place to make brownies. Karen was standing where Opie was when this particular show first came on the air. She had a little bit of a longing look. Eventually, Andy got Opie to go outside as Karen was waiting to see if Opie would come out. Opie went out and asked Karen if she would like to go to the park and then to a cowboy movie. Karen said "sure". Karen and Opie began walking and Opie got on Karen's left side as they were next to the street and the street was on Karen's left. And that's the happy ending to the episode.



    I only saw a very few of the later, "color" episodes of Andy Griffith. Ronda Jeter was dancing with Opie and she used a different "show " name. Does any one know what happened to Ronda Jeter?



    But if any one knows where Ronda Jeter is, no one is speaking. And neither is Ronda, apparently.

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  • Opie's First Crush

    8.5
    A very good episode, in particular because the character of Thelma Lou is finally used to a fuller extent. The writing is also very good and the plot line consistent. Watching Barney's annoyance and frustration as Opie "steals his girl" is so funny! The phone conversation between Opie, Thelma Lou and Barney (the full text can be found in the quote section) is among the FUNNIEST of the series. I particularly enjoyed the resolution of the show when the little girl that Opie originally had a crush on shows her true colors.Definitely a winner!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Opie's helping Thelma Lou bake brownies at her house; when Barney calls, Opie picks up the phone)
      Barney: (thinks it's Thelma Lou) Hi, pussycat.
      Opie: Oh, hi, Barney.
      Barney: (annoyed) You still there, Ope? Let me speak to Thelma Lou.
      Opie: (to Thelma Lou) He wants to speak to you.
      Thelma Lou: Ask him what he wants.
      Opie: What do you want, Barney?
      Barney: Well, ask her if she wants to go for a little ride tonight.
      Opie: You goin' ridin' tonight, Barney?
      Barney: Ask her. Ask her.
      Opie: (to Thelma Lou) Would you like to go for a ride tonight?
      Thelma Lou: It might be fun. Where to?
      Opie: Where to, Barn?
      Barney: Well, nowhere in particular. Just around.
      Opie: You mean around in circles?
      Barney: Anywhere! The duck pond.
      Opie: Why go to the duck pond at night? You won't be able to see the ducks.
      (Thelma Lou, overhearing, is amused)
      Barney: You shouldn't be doin' this. This is a person-to-person call. It's as bad as openin' somebody else's mail. Now let me speak to Thelma Lou!
      Opie: (to Thelma Lou) He really wants to speak to you.
      Thelma Lou: You're doin' fine. Ask him again WHY he wants to go to the duck pond.
      Opie: Barney, why do you wanna go to the duck pond?
      Barney: Oh, never mind. (hangs up)

    • (Barney & Andy are at the courthouse)
      Barney: Well, I think I'll call Thelma Lou up. Invite her to go for a little ride tonight. Gonna be a moon. Maybe we'll just go up to the duck pond and park.
      Andy: Little smoochin' party, huh?
      Barney: Well, "Que sera, sera"...

    • Barney: I wish you'd explain to your boy that youngsters shouldn't be allowed to interfere with grownups.
      Andy: I'll try, but I might not have time.
      Barney: What d'ya mean?
      Andy: I might be too busy tryin' to explain to him why you wanna go to the duck pond.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Barney's age is given as 35 years old by Andy.

    • TV TOME "Notes" for BETTY LYNN has this... One of the big questions in her acting life is: WHY DOES BARNEY WANT TO TAKE THELMA LOU UP TO THE DUCK POND? Opie's right, "It's dark and you won't be able to see the ducks!"
      This is the episode that features that quote.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • This episode was the inspiration for retro country group BR-549's Me and Opie at the Duck Pond.

    • Barney: "Que sera, sera."
      The phrase means "Whatever will be, will be." It is best known – and Barney would know it – from the song, "Que Sera, Sera". The song, from the 1956 Hitchcock film, "The Man Who Knew Too Much", was that year's Academy Award winner for Best Song.

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