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Aunt Bee the Crusader 

Aunt Bee organizes a crusade to keep a local man from being evicted because of a highway project. She doesn't realize he has something to hide.

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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
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Aunt Bee Taylor
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When Aunt Bee learns that their egg man of many years, Mr. Frisby, is being forced off his land, she decides to do something about it. The land is to be used for a new highway but she gets little sympathy from Andy who may be the one to have to force him off of his property. As far as he's concerned, it was all done properly and the egg farmer is going to be well compensated. Soon, there are protesters outside the courthouse and it's obviously not going to go away. When the protesters shift to his farm however, Andy comes across something very interesting. Written by garykmcd

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20 January 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A 204 is mayhem is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, four, or eight years. Bribery is a 36.02. See more »

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Andy Taylor: I know what he's doing, too. He ain't fooling me. I know what he's doing. He's giving presents to Aunt Bee and Opie and everybody, hoping they'll work on me.
Barney Fife: He's doing that?
Andy Taylor: Yeah.
Andy Taylor: He give Opie a Rooster, Aunt Bee a mustache cup.
Barney Fife: We could get him on a 204.
Andy Taylor: What's that?
Barney Fife: Bribery,collusion, tampering with, and/or intimidation of material witnesses.
Andy Taylor: That's a 204?
Barney Fife: Kind of a catchall.
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Civil Unrest in Mayberry
15 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Here's a TAGS episode with a bit of shock value. A local farmer (played by stalwart character actor Charles Lane) is being evicted to make way for a highway project, and most of the townswomen - including, very vocally, Aunt Bee - rally behind him. Andy insists that he must carry out the state law, but this only causes the women to protest all the more vehemently against him with pickets, marches and protest songs. What the women don't realize, and what Andy finally discovers, is that the ostensibly kindly and innocent farmer has something to hide.

The first impression one gets from this episode is of a lot of abrasive yelling - Aunt Bee yelling at Andy, Andy yelling at Aunt Bee, Andy and Aunt Bee snapping at Barney - which is really uncharacteristic of TAGS. Andy and Aunt Bee even have an ugly spar on the front porch right in front of Opie. What on earth was going on in Mayberry? Were the noxious fumes of the mid-60's starting to reach our idyllic North Carolina town? Were the writers making a daring attempt to reflect the changing times? I don't know for sure, but I do know that this episode doesn't leave an entirely pleasant taste in one's mouth, and that Charles Lane's character isn't really filled out enough for the denouement to have much impact.

Paradoxically, this episode features a hilarious bit in the beginning in which Barney tries to give Otis the "third degree"; but even this bit has a strenuous, desperate air about it. "Aunt Bee the Crusader" is an anomaly in the TAGS canon. Whatever you do, don't show it to someone who's new to TAGS. But for us faithful fans, it offers an excursion into a dark and not too attractive corner of Mayberry.


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