Andy must protect Aunt Bee from a charming traveling snake-oil huckster whose 170-proof "tonic" provides temporary relief from mid-life crisis.




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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Mary Lansing ...
Mrs. Rodenbach - Ladies' Aid Church Committee Member
Ruth Packard ...
Ladies' Aid Church Committee Member
Kathryn Hart ...
Ladies' Aid Church Committee Member
Noreen Gammill ...
Ladies' Aid Church Committee Member
Jewel Rose ...
Ladies' Aid Church Committee Member
Colonel Harvey


With the recent death of a friend, Aunt Bee is feeling particularly blue. She is feeling her age and is listless and without energy. On her way home one day, she sees a handsome man hawking his Colonel Harvey's Elixir as a tonic that will fix any ailment. She buys two bottles and by the time Andy gets home later that day, she is singing and happy. There's seems to be little they can do about Colonel Harvey. His vendor's permit is in order and he's doesn't seem to be breaking any laws. Until they have the elixir analyzed that is and find that it is in fact 85% alcohol and the reason Aunt Bee and her friends feel so good is because they are gassed. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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11 March 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This show's copyright has expired and it is now in the public domain. See more »


Near the end of this episode when Andy is psyching Barney out about his health they are playing checkers. At one point Andy moves twice without Barney making a move in between. See more »


Barney Fife: Where there's smoke, there's firewater!
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References Gunsmoke (1955) See more »


Chinatown, My Chinatown
Written by Jean Schwartz
Lyrics by William Jerome
Performed by Frances Bavier and cast
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Aunt Bee Gets Tipsy
15 July 2015 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

A charming huckster calling himself "Colonel Harvey" has rolled into town hawking a rejuvenating Indian "elixir." Aunt Bee falls under his spell, and it is up to Andy to protect her from his wiles. This episode reminds us to what extent TAGS was rooted in traditional archetypes - archetypes like the traveling snake-oil salesman. John Dehner is dryly amusing as Colonel Harvey, conjuring up a humbug "medicine man" who is a cross between Doctor Dulcamara from the Donizetti opera "The Elixir of Love" and Professor Marvel from "The Wizard of Oz." And it's amusing to see the usually straight-laced Frances Bavier let loose as the slightly inebriated Aunt Bee. Bavier is quite flamboyant in this sequence, and we get a glimpse of what her stage acting must have been like. This episode is so full of quaint old-fashioned charm that we feel well compensated for the plot, which is on the thin and predictable side. John Dehner turns in a florid and impressive performance as Col. Harvey.

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