Opie must learn to fight when a new boy in town ridicules him and begins to lead his friends towards a life of crime.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Scott McCartor ...
Steve Quincy
Kim Tyler ...
Billy Gray
Richard Keith ...
Carter French
Stanley Farrar ...
Mr. Foley, the Grocer


There's a new boy in town, Steve Quincy, and Opie seems to have become the object of his ridicule and has take to calling him Dopie and the like. Steve talks tough and tells Opie that if he doesn't like it, then he should do something about it. Opie backs down but soon Steve is leading the other boys down the path of delinquency by stealing from the grocer's stand and breaking a street lamp. Andy is concerned and gives the boys - minus Steve who refused to see him - a severe tongue lashing. But it's left to Opie to confront Steve who isn't as tough as he's made himself out to be. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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31 December 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This is the episode in which Barney delivers his famous "Nip it in the bud!" speech. See more »


Barney Fife: Yeah, well, today's eight-year-olds are tomorrow's teenagers. I say this calls for action and now. Nip it in the bud. First sign of youngsters goin' wrong, you got to nip it in the bud.
Andy Taylor: I'm gonna have a talk with 'em. Now, what more do you want me to do?
Barney Fife: Well, just don't mollycoddle them.
Andy Taylor: I won't.
Barney Fife: Nip it. You go read any book you want on the subject of child discipline and you'll find that every one of them is in favor of bud-nippin'.
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Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen.
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