Ellie's run for city council divides Mayberry into a battle of the sexes.



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


While relaxing on a picnic with Andy, Ellie happens to see a newspaper article about the upcoming race for town council and is outraged that there isn't one single woman running. Andy thinks it's a silly idea, but his objections don't sit well with Ellie, who stomps away. Conversations begin to stir around Mayberry that a woman will run for council, especially among the men fearing it may actually happen. It does. Ellie gets the women to sign a petition that will let her run for town council - including Barney, who got sweet-talked into signing first of the list by Hilda May. In an attempt to apologize to Ellie, Andy reverts back to his chauvinistic point of view and offends her once again. Now she's more determined than ever to run. Upset, the men in town devise a scheme to punish their wives by taking away their charge cards. In turn, the women punish their husbands by refusing to do any work around the house. Never intending to start a civil war, Ellie comes by the Taylor house to ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com> / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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12 December 1960 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Frank Ferguson, who plays "Sam Lindsey" in this episode, was also "Wilbur Pine", the one that marries Rose in episode 1, "The New Housekeeper". He would also later play Mr. Foley, the butcher, in two episodes. But more importantly, Mary Treen, who plays "Clara Lindsey" in this episode and in "Those Gossipin' Men," actually played Rose in episode 1, "The New Housekeeper." It is ironic that not only did they use the same actress in this episode who originally played Rose, for her husband in this episode they also used the same actor who played her husband in 'The New Housekeeper." See more »


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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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