A businessman's car breaks down two miles from Mayberry on a Sunday. He has a business appointment in Charlotte the next morning. He walks to town and finds it deserted until church lets ... See full summary »

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A businessman's car breaks down two miles from Mayberry on a Sunday. He has a business appointment in Charlotte the next morning. He walks to town and finds it deserted until church lets out. The garage is also closed on Sunday. Gomer is working but can only pump gas and Wally refuses to repair the car until Monday. The stranger can't believe the pace of life in Mayberry and everyone's lack of urgency. Andy tries to talk him into spending the night and getting the car fixed on Monday. He will hear of no such thing...at first. Written by miller_m_r

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14 January 1963 (USA)  »

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The character of Gomer Pyle was actually created specially for this episode, and was modeled after a real life incompetent gas station attendant the writer dealt with one time when he had car trouble and all the attendant could think to do was put more gas in the tank. See more »

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The telephone is tied up all day with The Mendlebright sisters yet Gomer is able to call the courthouse. See more »

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Wally: [asking about Mr. Tucker's car] Did it sound something like this? First it ran smooth, then it kind of... ch-ch-ch-ch-ch. Then it ran smooth again, then another ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch.
Malcolm Tucker: Yes.
Wally: Then a whzzzz-cha-chk-pkpft. Then she dies?
Malcolm Tucker: Yes... that's it!
Wally: Uh-huh, uh-huh. You've got yourself a clogged fuel line...
Sheriff Andy Taylor: How'd you know that?
Wally: From the sound.
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The Church in the Wildwood
Written by Dr. William S. Pitts
Performed by Andy Griffith, Don Knotts and Robert Emhardt
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If You Could Pick Only One Episode ...
27 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

If you could pick only one episode to show someone who has never seen a single episode pf "The Andy Griffith Show", this would be a great example. The contrast between the hustling of displaced businessman Malcom Tucker and the easygoing Sunday afternoon antics of Mayberry's finest citizens demonstrates everything that's appealing about the series. It includes the great front porch scene with Barney lazily repeating his mundane afternoon itinerary to the point that it infuriates Tucker. We also learn about "adventure sleeping" and Gomer's cousin Goober (who would later replace him at the filling station). Then there are the two elderly sisters who tie up the phone line every Sunday talking to one another about their health issues. A high point from the classic era that usually ends up at the top of most viewers "Best of" lists.


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