A problem with ethics soon puts a pretty, new lady pharmacist on the town's black list over withholding a senior citizen her regular pills without a prescription.



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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Cheerio Meredith ...


Andy and Barney drive Aunt Bee uptown to do some shopping, but Andy is surprised to find Walker's Drugstore closed in the middle of the day. He unlocks the door anyway and starts to conduct business when suddenly the new druggist comes by and, thinking the place is being robbed, calls on Barney. He barges in only to find Andy behind the counter. Andy, Barney and Aunt Bee have a laugh but the lady is not amused. She is Elinor Walker, a pharmacist who has come to take care of the place while her uncle Fred is under the weather. Her first customer is Emma Brand who requests her usual pills for the usual 10 cents, but Ellie won't give them to her without a prescription. Emma tries a variety of tricks and guilt trips to get the pills but they all fail and she ends up sick on her couch. Andy gets angry with Ellie and tries to comfort Emma, as does everyone else in town, bringing food to their ailing friend. In a surprise turn of events, Ellie has a change of heart and brings Emma the pills ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com>

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24 October 1960 (USA)  »

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In a very rare move, Elinor Donahue is mentioned in the opening credits. For the rest of the series the announcer only credits Andy Griffith, Ron Howard and Don Knotts. See more »


Emma Brand's home is a lovely cottage -- with a glass-paned front door -- in town however in the recent past it was a plain cottage on the outskirts, it appeared, of town. No mention was made of her moving in that time frame. See more »


Emma Brand: I'm goin' downhill fast, and you're the one that pushed me.
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Despite the odd casting of Eleanor Donahue, this is a great episode...
11 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Andy Griffith never liked having Miss Donahue as his early love interest in this series. He rightfully felt that America would have a hard time seeing this lady who grew up on "Father Knows Best" being kissed by anyone--let alone a significantly older Griffith. However, in spite of this odd chemistry between them, this is a great episode...one of my favorites.

The old druggist has retired and his young niece has moved to town to take his place. However, the town is shocked by how young and pretty she is--including Andy. Because of this, there is some mild tension at first, but the problem becomes particularly serious when a cute old lady (Emma) runs afoul of Donahue--as she won't give the lady her 'medicine' without a prescription. While none of this sounds very funny, it sure is--as Cheerio Meredith (Emma) is a hilarious character. Plus, once again, the show emphasized character development over laughs--managing to do both and resulting in a very pleasing show.

"Bad Sheriff!!!"

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