Ellie crosses the line when she insists on a farm girl wearing make-up and perfume against her hard-pressed father's wishes, leading Barney to commit an abduction.



(as David Adler)

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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Farmer Flint
Edris March ...
Frances 'Frankie' Flint
Robert McQuain ...
One of the Jenkins men (as Bob McQuain)


Ellie's heart goes out to a dirt poor farm girl who stops in the drug store and admires the perfume and nail polish but says she can't have it, not because she's poor but because her father Flint refuses to let her have them. Determined to let the girl, named Frankie, experience the amenities and pleasures of being a woman, Ellie tries to convince Andy to break her father's stranglehold. Andy advises Ellie to stay out of family affairs but Ellie won't be denied her mission. She and Andy go up to Flint's farm to try talking him into letting her have free perfume and nail polish but Flint sternly declines. Ellie is upset but Andy understands that Flint has written the last word on the matter. Later Ellie asks Barney to try and talk to Flint. He goes up to the farm but doesn't get any further then Andy did and Flint demands that he leave. He doesn't. Instead, he sneaks into the barn and takes Frankie into town with him. When Andy and Ellie return to the farm, they've made dirt poor ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com> / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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17 April 1961 (USA)  »

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A tin of chewing tobacco at the drug store costs twenty cents. See more »


Barney essentially abducts Frankie, calling it an arrest, so that Ellie can put makeup and a pretty dress on her. It is a clear misuse of his authority as a deputy. See more »


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