The Andy Griffith Show: Season 8, Episode 30

Mayberry R.F.D. (1 Apr. 1968)

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Sam Jones has his friend Mario from Italy come to help out on the farm. Mario brings his father and sister along without telling Sam first. When they have a difficult time adjusting to life... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) (credit only)
Gabriele Tinti ...
Mario Vincente (as Gabrielle Tinti)
Letícia Román ...
Sophia Vincente (as Letitia Roman)
Buddy Foster ...
Bruno Della Santina ...
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Sam Jones has his friend Mario from Italy come to help out on the farm. Mario brings his father and sister along without telling Sam first. When they have a difficult time adjusting to life in Mayberry, Sam has to decide if they can stay in the U.S. Written by Ronny Bailey

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1 April 1968 (USA)  »

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The last show of the series. See more »


The train that brings Mario and his family to Mayberry clearly displays the Union Pacific Railroad colors and logo. The Union Pacific has never provided service to North Carolina. See more »


Referenced in Mayberry R.F.D. (1968) See more »

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What a strange episode
5 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is apparently the very last official Andy Griffith Mayberry show, becoming the defacto pilot for the spin-off Mayberry RFD though for some reason it introduces the Italian family that moves in with Sam Jones that will never be heard from again once the new series starts. Sam's character is adverse for some inexplicable reason to having the hot sister and father of his Italian army friend move in when he was only expecting the friend.

The sister (Letícia Román) is quite pretty and ready to cook Italian dishes instead of southern fried chicken for him so clearly Sam is an idiot. The friend's father is treated as a buffoon who drives Sam's tractor into the barn door for what I suppose passed for comic effect.

Sam is shamed out of trying to pawn them off to an Italian family in a neighboring town when Aunt Bee meets them and has them come to a town hall meeting and gets Mayberry to embrace them as the newest citizens.

It's not bad, but it seems a strange note to end a TV show on. I came here trying to find out more about after seeing it on TVLand tonight, but there was nothing. I remember Mayberry RFD from my childhood, but couldn't remember the Italian family and now I know why. For some reason the hot Italian actress Letícia Román made this her last film role, at least according to IMDb.

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