Opie starts talking about his new friend Mr. McBeevee, but his description is hard to believe.

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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
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Thurston Holmes ...
Charlie (voice)
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Opie starts talking about his new friend Mr. McBeevee, but his description is hard to believe.

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1 October 1962 (USA)  »

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Thinking Opie had a real horse, Barney suggested they go outside so he could show everybody how "Blackie" would take to him. Yet, in the episode "Divorce, Mountain Style", Barney claimed to be allergic to horse hair. See more »

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The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen.
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Opie's Fantastic Friend
19 March 2014 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW maintained a beautiful balance between comedy and heartfelt drama. A few episodes reached the sublime; "Mr. McBeevee," a touching parable about reason and faith, is one of them. Opie talks excitedly about his new friend, Mr. McBeevee, and describes him in fantastical terms (he walks in the treetops, wears a silver hat, has twelve extra hands, blows smoke from his ears, etc.). At first Andy and Barney accept this as childhood make-believe, but when Opie starts coming home with a series of gifts (including an Indian hatchet) supposedly from Mr. McBeevee, Andy is forced to call the fantasizing to a halt. Meanwhile, we are made privy to the fact that Mr. McBeevee is indeed real and that his whimsical quirks all have a rational explanation. Andy tells Opie he will not punish him if he denies Mr. McBeevee's existence; this scene is a high water acting mark for both Andy Griffith and Ronnie Howard, showing the depth of the father/son relationship. The payoff, when Andy finally meets Mr. McBeevee and comes back to tell Barney about it, is nothing short of cathartic. "Mr. McBeevee," more than the better-known "Opie the Birdman," wins my prize for the finest episode of the series, and it will be sure to bring a tear (and, finally, a twinkle) to your eye.


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