The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Andy's English Valet 

When cultures clash, cars crash, and Andy's home becomes his castle as he engages the employment of a bicycle-touring Englishman who must work off an unfortunately-earned debt.

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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
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Malcolm Merriweather is visiting from England but while cycling through Mayberry, causes around $40 worth of damage. Unable to pay restitution, Andy is about to jail him when he gets an idea. Merriweather had mentioned that he worked as a valet, a gentleman's gentleman, and with Aunt Bee away he asks Malcolm if he would like to live at his house and take care of him and Opie. Malcolm gladly accepts and soon, he has Andy and Opie taking mid-week baths and dressing for dinner. He even drives Andy to work in the morning. When he hears Andy agree with Barney that it's all just a bit crazy, Malcolm's feelings are hurt and he decides to leave. Written by garykmcd

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25 March 1963 (USA)  »

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Malcom converts $40 to "14 pounds, 10 shillings, and threepence three fives" which is correct for the conversion rate on the original broadcast date of 1 GBP = 2.801061 USD. This is ~$300 in 2013. See more »

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Sheriff Andy Taylor: [Standing in the middle of the room in his shirt and boxers] No Sir! You hand 'em over - I can put on my OWN pants!
Malcolm Merriweather: [Holding Pants] But sir, the Colonel always...!
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Never mind the Colonel! Gimme my pants!
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He's from...somewhere's else
23 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Meeting Malcolm Merriweather episode has always been one of my favorites. Bernard Fox was a funny character in many shows of the day--the amorous night-school teacher of Laura Petrie and a few appearances as klutzy Col. Crittendon on Hogan's Heroes are two of his best remembered roles. Here he plays an Englishman taking a bike trip around the US.

He happens upon Andy outside Andy's house and asks for directions. While following the map Andy drew him, he foolishly causes a minor traffic accident and somehow doesn't have the $40 or so he is told it will cost to fix the man's truck that was damaged. I don't understand how he was going to bicycle far if his funds were already that low, let alone return to England--OK, he could have purchased a round-trip ticket to explain that part. But he seemed to be early in his exploration of our country--still didn't have the hang of riding on the right side of the road, he quipped. How could his funds already be so low? Because of the accident, Barney hauls him into the courthouse before Justice of the Peace Andy, who never lets on to Barney that he already met Malcolm a bit earlier. The highlight of the show to me was the astonished look on Barney's face when, after he told Andy that he thought the man with the heavy accent might be from Canada, then Andy slyly said he might be from Eckmundwyke, England. Andy said, "Ask him." When Barney did and Malcolm said the very town Andy just named, Barney's mouth opened as he gazed at Andy in amazement.

Since he couldn't pay for the damage he caused, Andy thought he could perform handyman chores around his house to earn enough. But Malcolm only broke a window and proved totally inept at those chores, but jumped at the chance to cook and clean for Andy and Opie, since Aunt Bee was away for a few days.

He was super at cooking and teaching Opie some magic tricks but was a bit of a pest as he insisted Andy dress up for supper and such. This led to him overhearing Andy admitting to Barney that he was not totally loving Malcolm's housekeeping, so Malcolm decides to leave right away.

But Andy found out what happened and he drives out and finds him, smiles at Malcolm and "orders" him back to continue his duties--in essence, an apology without apologizing for hurting his feelings, and Malcolm returned happily, not leaving until Aunt Bee returned.

I thought Malcolm could have been worked into the show as a regular. His few return visits were also quite funny, even a color one where he confronted Ernest T. Bass.


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