This first episode of the final season focuses almost entirely on Opie, a pattern established in the very first season with "The New Housekeeper". Producers felt that Opie was the most relatable character of the series and would help bring in new viewers so they ran episodes that focused on Opie in the first episode of every single season.
In this episode Andy mentions that Otis now does his drinking in Mt. Pilot. Otis appeared for the final time in the series earlier in season seven in "Otis the Deputy."
Betty Parker plays Elizabeth, Howard love interest in this episode. Betty is better know to Mayberry fans as Gomer Pyle's steady girlfriend in the spin-off series "Gomer Pyle USMC."
This is a very good show. However, when the folks in Mayberry, are watching the TV program with Howard on it. They're watching on an old FISH BOWL,TV screen. Color TV was available at the time of this show. But, you had to own a color TV to watch it.
A couple of episodes late in the series, this one in particular, seem to indicate that the Taylor's have lived in Mayberry for well over 200 years. However, Aunt Bee moved to Mayberry in the first episode and stated that she grew up in West Virginia. However, she raised Andy, who clearly grew up in Mayberry so it's unclear if this is a contradiction or not. It's also possible that Bee could have moved away and moved back.
The rather disproportioned statue of Seth Taylor was apparently a part of the Desilu prop stock becuase it shows up in other sitcoms in various capacities.
Although Mayberry is often described as a dry county (no alcohol sales allowed), the Spare Rib Tavern, according to the menu on the wall, served beer for 25 cents.
Barney took the train in to town. The black convertible Barney drives Teena, Andy and Helen to the premiere in is Aunt Bee's car. In an earlier episode we saw Bee buy it from Goober. Apparently Bea and Opie walked to the premiere!
Late in this episode Andy and Barney catch the Parker's robbing a grocery store, all four surrounding the cash register, hands in the till. There are a number of problems with this. First, why would it take four people to rob one grocery store (including their sister and aged mother)? Also, stores never keep cash in the registers after hours - all money is removed at the end of the day and stored in a safe or deposited in the bank.
According to the patch on his Boy Scout uniform, Opie is a member of troop #44.
Opie is the only one in the Taylor home that has his tonsils out.
Mr. Schwump sighting! He's apparently a member of the garden club.
Notice Mr. Schwump, a non-speaking Mayberryite behind the fishtank admiring Old Sam.
Jack Nicholson has the distinction of being the most decorated actor to grace the halls of hallowed Mayberry history - to date Nicholson has earned 3 Oscar awards for acting (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (1975), Terms of Endearment (1983), and As Good As It Gets (1998) and numerous other acting awards.
This episode marks the last time we see Goober's Cary Grant impression: "Judy, Judy, Judy, Judy!"
The Darlings' fortune is all of $300
This episode marks the final appearance of the Darlings.
This is the first appearance of the character of Howard Sprague.
It seems unusual that Aunt Bea is nervous around baby, because in the first episode she said "I raised all those kids".
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