The Andy Griffith Show: Season 4, Episode 5

Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee (28 Oct. 1963)

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After being treated to Aunt Bee's hospitality and home cooking, Briscoe Darling decides he is going to marry her. He even resorts to kidnapping her. Andy comes up with a clever solution to the whole mess.



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Episode credited cast:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doug Dillard ...
Doug Darling (as The Dillards)
Rodney Dillard ...
Rodney Darling (as The Dillards)
Mitch Jayne ...
Dean Webb ...


Briscoe Darling and his boys come to Mayberry and after being thrown out of the diner, accept an invitation to Andy's house for dinner. He is mighty impressed with Aunt Bee's cooking and the cleanliness of the her house and kitchen. Misunderstanding something she says, he suddenly declares his love for her and asks her to be his bride. She turns him down of course but the next day when Opie comes home for lunch, he finds a note from the Darling patriarch saying he's taken her. Andy goes to their mountain cabin and finds that she is okay and decides the only way to get Briscoe to change his mind will be to show him exactly what it would be like to have Aunt Bee running his household. Written by garykmcd

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28 October 1963 (USA)  »

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This episode includes the performances of four songs, including three that feature the music of the bluegrass band, The Dillards (as The Darling Boys). Andy Griffith joins on guitar on three of the songs. Altogether, they are: "Dueling Banjos," "Doug's Tune," "Old Dan Tucker," and "Low and Lonely." See more »


Briscoe Darling: Briscoe: I can take a bossy mouth, but I ain't about to be beat to death with no spoon.
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Low and Lonely
Lyrics by Fred Rose
Sung by Denver Pyle and performed by The Dillards
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Charming Episode
8 November 2014 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

While dining at the Taylors', Briscoe Darling forms the mistaken impression that Aunt Bee is sweet on him and takes to wooing her despite her protestations. This is an imaginative premise, and it is carried out with great charm and humor; one hardly misses the absence of Barney. The songs of the Darlings play an important part in the episode, which starts to feel like a musical at times (though with no detriment to the plot). In one scene, Briscoe and his boys stand outside Aunt Bee's window serenading her; actor Denver Pyle plays this scene with a clean-faced sincerity which is utterly winning. While TAGS fans have varied feelings about the Darlings, I always welcome them. Mayberry was richer for the presence of these "outsiders" and their unusual ways.

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