A young couple wakes the Taylors late at night and wants to get married. Andy barely gets started when Hannah's father bursts in and stops the wedding at gunpoint, followed by Josh's father, who has the same intention. It seems that the Carters and Wakefields have been feuding for years and the patriarchs ain't about to let one o' theirs marry one o' them, so Andy backs down. In the morning Andy decides the best course of action is to end the feud before marrying the couple and visits both fathers. He learns that neither knows how the feud started and that no one has been killed in the 87 years of fighting. Andy proposes a duel to end the feud but both men run off rather than take the chance of getting killed. In the end, Andy marries Josh and Hannah at gunpoint. Written by
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This episode incorporates Andy Griffith's humorous monologue retelling the story of Romeo and Juliet, much like his story "What It Was, Was Football." Both routines appeared on his 1958 album "Just for Laughs." See more
As the episode opens, Andy, Aunt Bee and Opie descend the stairs in the middle of the night. Aunt Bee helps Andy put on a night shirt and hat and hands him a Bible. As she does so, she explains to Opie that this is appropriate dress for a justice of the peace when marrying someone in the middle of the night; however, all they know is that someone is knocking at the door. Neither Aunt Bee, Andy nor Opie have been to the door to have any idea who it is or what they want. Only after answering the door does Aunt Bee learn that it is Josh Wakefield and Hannah Carter and that they wish to get married. Incorrect. Before all of this (in the unedited original broadcast), Aunt Bee sticks her head out her bedroom window to spot the eager couple below awaiting entry and knows, upon sight, why they are there. See more
Why, us Wakefields been feudin' them Carters for eighty-seven years. You wanna go messin' it up now?
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride)
Music by Richard Wagner See more