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
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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