The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1, Episode 10

Ellie for Council (12 Dec. 1960)

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When Ellie wonders why there are no women running for the city council and doesn't like Andy's answers, especially his use of the word silly, she decides to run herself. The town quickly ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronnie Howard)
Florence MacMichael ...
Hilda Mae
Sam Lindsey
Mary Treen ...
Clara Lindsey
Forrest Lewis ...
Angry man
Dorothy Neumann ...
Rita Campbell


When Ellie wonders why there are no women running for the city council and doesn't like Andy's answers, especially his use of the word silly, she decides to run herself. The town quickly divides into two camps, with the men cutting off their wives charge accounts and the women refusing to cook and clean for their husbands. Ellie decides to quit the race when she sees the uproar she has caused but Andy, realizing he was wrong, tells everyone there is no good reason for her not to run. Written by bobbymaxwell

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Not terrible, but it does come off as a tad preachy.
18 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is far from my favorite episodes of the series, as at times it seemed a bit heavy-handed and preachy--though the overall message was pretty good.

There is an election in town for city council and the men of town take it for granted that yet another man will run for this office. Incensed with their taking the women of Mayberry for granted, Ellie decides to run for office against Andy! Soon, it turns into a very stereotypical battle of the sexes in town--with all the women solidly behind Ellie and the men solidly behind Andy. And, uncharacteristically, Andy buys into this stupidness...that is until Opie inadvertently teaches him the error of his ways in a rather touching scene.

While it was very nice to see an episode that dealt with women's rights, this one seemed way too unreal and preachy--and quite unlike the normal writing of this show. Everyone behaved more like caricatures throughout and many formerly decent people began behaving like vicious idiots--something that just didn't sit well with me.

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