The Andy Griffith Show: Season 8, Episode 7

Aunt Bee, the Juror (23 Oct. 1967)

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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
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Judge Cranston
Henry Beckman ...
Mr. Gilbert, the Prosecutor
Tol Avery ...
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Marvin Jenkins
Richard Chambers ...
Mr. Granger
Jim Begg ...
Charles Keyes
Tom Palmer ...
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Peter Madsen ...
Clerk
Alan Dexter ...
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Emory Parnell ...
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Frederic Downs ...
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Aunt Bee is called for jury duty and despite her misgivings, goes to the courthouse to see if she will be called. She finds herself on a jury for the trial of Marvin Jenkins who is accused of breaking and entering and stealing a TV from a local store. Jenkins story is that he brought a TV to the store for repairs and found the back door open. When the jury retires to consider the verdict, the other 11 jurors - all men - vote to find him guilty and Aunt Bee is the only hold out. She simply isn't sure and is not convinced that Marvin is guilty. After several days, they finally declare themselves a hung jury, with a good deal of frustration from several quarters being directed at Aunt Bee. Andy however manages to solve the case in a few minutes. Written by garykmcd

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Jack Nicholson's Second Appearance
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The obvious inspiration for this episode is the Sidney Lumet movie "12 Angry Men," but in this case it should have been called 11 impatient men and one woman.

This episode has Aunt Bee serving as a juror in a burglary case in Mount Pilot. Initially, before he knew any better, Andy thought Aunt Bee had gotten in trouble. Bee is so upset at the letter that she has Andy peruse it. As it turns out, Bee is the only female on an all white jury and she takes her civic duty serious. She records the names of all the people questioned by the defense and prosecution. Meanwhile, Andy, Opie, and Goober--whose there for moral support--are slightly embarrassed by her when her pen runs out of ink and she inquires if the court can replace it. Judge Cranston (Rhys Williams) recommends that Bee pay close attention to the deportment of those called to answer questions. The male jurors see the case as open and shut, despite the explanation that the accused Jenkins (Jack Nicholson) gives. Bee, however, believes him and insist that his sweet looks makes her believe that he is innocent.

The remaining jurors don't share Bee's intuition about Jenkins. They take a vote and Bee casts the only exception to the vote. Andy takes her home and she reappears the next day to haggle with the jury more. Meanwhile, a court room spectator argues that they ought to see Jenkins up. At one point, after the jury is hung by Bee's reluctance to change her mind, Andy gets suspicious about the loudmouth spectator. The spectator lets slip an important detail. You see ever since the case started the guy has been bumming everybody to a match. He contends that they ought to send Jenkins to prison because of the additional items that Jenkins took. Andy approaches the prosecutor,Mr. Gilbert, and inquires about other missing items. Gilbert points out that those items are too small and not worth the trouble of prosecuting.

Andy fools the spectator into admitting that the lighter that Andy presents him is the same lighter that he left at the scene of the crime. Jenkins is set free and he thanks Aunt Bee. It is incredible to catch this half-hour comedy and see a future superstar as a guest player. All Jack Nicholson fans should check out this episode.


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