It seems that Helen was once a gangster's moll when she lived in Kansas City.




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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Mrs. Pendleton
Mr. Lockridge
Miss Blanchard
Monty Margetts ...
Mrs. Crane
Michael Freeman ...


While going through a box belonging to Helen, Andy comes across a newspaper clipping with a photo showing her being arrested by two policeman. The caption is partly missing but it clearly gives Helen's name and that she is being arrested. Andy phones her home town newspaper to get more information and they confirm the story, but not the outcome of the trial. After Goober and Howard see the clipping on Andy's desk, news of Helen's past spreads like wildfire. It also comes to the attention of Mrs. Pendleton, the Chairman of the school Board who decides to take action and fire Helen. Andy has to get the whole story pretty quick if she's to keep her job. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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19 February 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Andy waits for days to obtain information on Helen's past from the Kansas City newspaper when in actuality, the information is wants is public record, and easily obtainable from the court clerk. See more »

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13 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

The ending of this episode was absolutely ridiculous. Helen Crump was arrested for having a gun in her purse, at an illegal gambling casino, in the company of a notorious hoodlum. The excuse? She was writing a thesis on organized crime for her Master's Degree in Journalism. That's right up there with Austin Powers claiming the penis enlargement device wasn't his. Or, "Honest, officer, that wasn't my kilo of cocaine. I was just writing a thesis on drug abuse for my Master's Degree." She was not only found not guilty but the Mayberry school board that was investigating the matter actually apologized. This is probably the worst writing in the entire 8 year series. At least its the only episode that prompted me to write a derogatory review. Of course an ending where she was working undercover for the police would have been too predictable. Its how I thought the episode would end. Predictable, yes, but at least it wouldn't have been STUPID!

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