Handyman Henry Wheeler enters the Taylors' life, for whom Aunt Bee develops a wistful soft spot. For her sake, Andy keeps him on with chores but progressively discovers Henry's true vocation - that of a freeloader.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Barney Fife (credit only)
George Bricker
George Cisar ...
Sheriff Mitchell
Sherwood Keith ...
Mr. Murray
Henry Wheeler


Aunt Bee has hired Mr. Wheeler to help with the flowers around the Taylor home. Andy's not too sure about him but notices how taken with him Aunt Bee is, so he relaxes and agrees to let him stay on and help around the house. Once he's in good, Wheeler's easy going manner seems to become more of a 'lazy going' manner, with Andy stuck doing most of the work. Written by tomtrekp/edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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4 December 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Barney does not appear in this episode, though Don Knotts is named in the opening credits. See more »


Aunt Bee Taylor: Could've at least said goodbye. Well, I guess that's how it is with these drifters. They just get the urge and they go. Pity they're so restless, unable to stay in one place for long. They miss so much.
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References Brief Encounter (1945) See more »


The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen.
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18 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This show is about a supposed handyman who has come to town (Edgar Buchanan). At first he seems to work hard and for little money. He also seems quite smitten with Aunt Bee and vice-versa, but over time it becomes obvious that he's just a lazy good-for-nothing. Again and again, he promises to do things but repeatedly Andy is left doing the actual work. An interesting story and the first that acknowledges that Aunt Bee actually might have a sex drive! Well written and worth seeing though not a particularly funny one nor do you get to see Barney--two minuses. Still, it's memorable and worth seeing--and Buchanan is quite good in this unusual role.

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