The Andy Griffith Show: Season 2, Episode 23

Aunt Bee the Warden (12 Mar. 1962)

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With the jail full after the arrest of the four Gordon brothers for moonshining, Andy is faced with what to do with Otis when he shows up after his weekly drunk. The Gordons are angry with ... See full summary »


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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Orville Sherman ...
Billy Gordon
Robert McQuain ...
Ike Gordon
Paul Bakanas ...
Junior Gordon
Mary Lansing ...


With the jail full after the arrest of the four Gordon brothers for moonshining, Andy is faced with what to do with Otis when he shows up after his weekly drunk. The Gordons are angry with Otis for having changed liquor suppliers so leaving him with them is out of the question. Left with little choice, he takes Otis home with him to serve his sentence. Aunt Bee is a little disconcerted at first but when Andy tells her that she's in charge of the prisoner, she takes to making him do chores around the house like washing floors and windows, cutting the grass and chopping wood. Otis takes to calling her the Warden and has worked so hard that he swears off liquor. Written by garykmcd

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12 March 1962 (USA)  »

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During filming of a previous episode Andy Griffith injured his hand during a mild tantrum. It was written into this episode as having happened while trying to apprehend some prisoners. See more »


When Aunt Bee asks the laundry man to open the van doors, the boom mic is visible in the reflection of the van window. See more »


The Dipsy Doodle
Music and Lyrics by Tommy Dorsey
Performed by Hal Smith
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Otis, welcome to the Rock!
18 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I love this episode. It give Otis and Aunt Bee a great chance to work together in one of the most memorable shows of the series. You've gotta see this one...

The episode begins with a group of moonshiners being caught and jailed by Barney and Andy. When Otis gets drunk and is about to lock himself up in the cell to sleep it off like usual, something very unusual happens. The moonshining brothers assume Otis told Andy about their still and try to beat him up--and force Andy to come up with some other option for Otis. Aunt Bee volunteers to take charge of Otis and at first Otis likes the idea--after all, he can sleep on a nice bed and have some home cooking. However, early the next day, Otis is awakened early by his new 'warden'--a tough and determined Bee. Her attitude is that work can reform Otis and she makes him do 1001 tough chores around the house. Otis is miserable and has learned his least for now.

This is a brilliant episode because of its great writing and the wonderful acting and body language of Bee (Frances Bavier) and Otis (Hal Smith)--they both did a great job. You must see this one!

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