The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Andy the Marriage Counselor 

Nice as can be to others, Fred and Jennie Boone snap at each other violently at home. Andy intervenes on behalf of the general peace but learns that others can express their happiness differently.



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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Forrest Lewis ...
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Andy must find a way to deal with newcomers Fred and Jennie Boone, a squabbling pair whose loud and near-violent marital spats disturb the peace. Although mean and hateful to one another, they're gracious and friendly towards everyone else. Andy decides that the only way to deal with the Boones is to engineer a routine of daily counseling, teaching them how to be nice to one another with sweet talk instead of fights. It seems to be working, and Andy is proud of the results, but a noticeable problem develops: while Fred and Jennie now treat each other nicely, they are mean and hateful to everyone else. Aunt Bee suggests that maybe the fighting and insults are the way that Fred and Jennie show their love for one another. Andy figures he must now put things back the way they were in order to keep the peace; so, he engineers a plan to get them back on the mean track with one another so's to get everyone else back on their good side. Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <> / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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6 February 1961 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This is the first time that the exterior of what will become Thelma Lou's house is seen. For years TAGS fans could not pinpoint this house's location on the 40 Acres backlot because it wasn't actually located there. Along the east side of the Desilu Studios in Hollywood ran a street called Lillian Way. Although it was in an industrial area there were three old California-bungalow style homes across the street from the side gate near the sound stage where the Andy Griffith interior scenes were filmed. All shots of these houses were carefully cropped to insure that the effect of a residential neighborhood was maintained. See more »


Jennie Boone: How come you give me the real hard ones?
Andy Taylor: 'Cause you're a lady.
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This one always makes me laugh...
12 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I just love this episode. While it's not one of my very favorites, it never fails to make me laugh. It's one of the more overtly funny episodes but it also illustrates a good point about bottling up your emotions! The show begins with Barney and Andy very frustrated with a local couple who have been having some horrible fights--so loud that they keep getting calls from their neighbors who are complaining. It's odd, as when the two are apart, they are sweet as can be to the people in the community--but together they are just plain nasty. So, instead of just locking them up again and again for disturbing the peace, Andy has a brilliant idea--force the couple to endure niceness lessons together every day! It's really funny to watch the two being kind to each other, as they are obviously in great pain! And, it's also very funny to see how this positive change in the way they treat each other actually has negative consequences for everyone around them! Very clever and original from start to finish.

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