Taylor men are slobs, but picking up after themselves when on their own may be the wrong message to send to Aunt Bee, who needs to feel needed.



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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Rory Stevens ...
Jimmy, Opie's schoolfriend


After railing at Andy and Opie for making a mess of the living room, Aunt Bee gets a long distance call from Mt. Pilot. Cousin Edgar's wife Maude has a problem with her "versitis" and is going to be off of her feet for a while, and they need Aunt Bee to come and help around the house while she's ailing. That means leaving Andy and Opie home alone where, Bee fears, they won't be able to get along without her. Getting ready for her trip, she fusses around about all the things that need doing while she's away and, several times, changes her mind about going, but go she does. Andy and Opie determine to be good housekeepers while she's gone, but being a little lax in the cleaning department, they quickly fall back into the same sloven routine as before. The next morning when Aunt Bee calls to say she'll be returning early on the afternoon bus, Andy panics, and he and Opie quickly clean up the house. Happy with the job they've done, it suddenly occurs to Andy that cleaning up was a mistake.... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com> / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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13 March 1961 (USA)  »

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There is actually no such thing as "versitis." Aunt Bee is incorrectly pronouncing "bursitis" which is the inflammation of a bursa, a fluid-filled sac-like cavity typically in the knee, elbow or shoulder. See more »


When Jimmy enters Opie's room, his hair is neatly brushed back from his forehead. In the very next shot, his hair is falling down over the right side of his face. See more »


Andy Taylor: Yeah, this place looks neat as a pin.
Opie Taylor: Sure does, Pa.
Andy Taylor: Makes you feel good, don't it? Kind of a warm feelin' right in the middle of your stomach, lightness around your heart, your head two or three feet above your shoulders. You know why you're feelin' that way, don't you, boy?
Opie Taylor: 'Cause I'm pooped.
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This is the Way We Go to School (Instrumental)
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Very nice...
17 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Aunt Bee is about to take a small trip but she is afraid to go--after all, the men have no idea how to cook or clean or do anything for themselves. However, Andy assures Bea he can and will do a good job--he wants her just to enjoy her visit and leave the home to him. However, Bee's prediction of disaster is 100% true--Andy and Opie practically destroy the house and can barely feed themselves. Fortunately, the nice neighbor Bertha Edwards (pre-name change to Clara Edwards) sees their plight and comes to their aid. Can the men manage to keep this from Bee when she returns--as they don't want her to know they were 'cheating on her' so to speak! While this is not a great episode, it is a very good one and quite enjoyable. Plus, it's quite funny seeing the two hapless men trying, in vain, to fend for themselves. Cute.

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