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A New Doctor in Town 

Mayberry has a new doctor in town who runs into difficulty being accepted because no one wants to be his first patient.



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Episode cast overview:
Andy Taylor
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Aunt Bee Taylor
Floyd Lawson
Helen Crump
Clara Edwards
Sari Price ...
Nurse Oakley


When Mayberry's doctor retires after a long and distinguished career he's replaced by a new arrival, Dr. Thomas Peterson. He's a relatively new doctor and everyone, particularly some of the old-timers, note how young he appears to be. Andy and Helen point out that they should all give him a chance but no one seems to be prepared to be the first one to visit him. Things take an unexpected turn when Opie comes down with a sore throat and Dr. Peterson decides that his tonsils have to come out. Andy is suddenly very hesitant to let his son be operated on by someone who is so new, but Helen encourages him. The results will obviously determine if the good doctor has any future in Mayberry. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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26 December 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Andy invites the Doctor to dinner and tells him the address to his house, "Just off Main Street, 14 Maple." See more »


William Christopher is listed in the end credits as playing Dr. Peterson, but when he hangs his sign outside his office (at 06:16 on the DVD) it reads "THOMAS PETERSEN, M.D." with "sen" rather than "son". See more »

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Make up your mind: Petersen or Peterson
16 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

William Christoper's second turn in the series presents him as a likable general practitioner who comes to town to replace Dr. Bennett, who, although he is said to have cared for the folks in Mayberry for 40 years, is put out to pasture without ever having been seen in the series. I lose count of the number of docs mentioned over the eight seasons, and the number includes even the actor known in most episodes as Asa, who brings his vast knowledge of medicine and bullet maintenance to bear on the case of the horse that won't eat. Floyd and Clara are pretty funny here. The best moments for me are Andy's facial expressions as he turns to catch a glimpse of the new doctor's golf trophy on a table in the waiting room and his attempt to make it sound like Aunt Bee's idea of wanting to seek a second opinion.

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