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"The Andy Griffith Show" Opie and the Bully (TV Episode 1961) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Andy is curious as to why Opie asked Aunt Bee for a nickel for milk and then came and asked him for another. Inquiring later as to why he needed two, Opie ducks and dodges the issue and Andy gives up when the boy pretends to be asleep. The next day, the mystery deepens when he discusses the problem with Barney who reveals that Opie stopped by and asked him for a nickel. Barney decides to find out for himself by following Opie home from school and discovers that one of the older kids has threatened to give Opie a knuckle sandwich every day if he doesn't produce a nickel. Barney is outraged and suggests to Andy that he give Opie some lessons in how to fight. Andy figures that this is not an issue of fighting but an issue of overcoming fear and decides that he needs an indirect way of getting Opie to stand up for himself. The next day he takes Opie fishing and uses the opportunity to tell him the story of how he found this spot when he was a little boy after overcoming a bully named Hoady Snitch who warned him not to ever come back. The lesson sinks in with Opie and the next day he asks Andy to take a change of clothes to the courthouse. He gets into a fight with the bully and gets a black eye and feels better for having stood up for himself, though Opie is so delighted by his new shiner that he doesn't want to treat it.

    - Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com>
  • Opie is being bullied and intimidated on his way to school by classmate Sheldon, forcing Opie to pay a nickel to pass by his street. As Opie asks Andy, Barney and Aunt Bee for nickels, Andy becomes aware something is wrong. Barney tails him and discovers the truth. Andy must help Opie stand up for his rights without appearing to interfere.

    - Written by tomtrekp
  • Opie puts up with Sheldon, a bullying classmate who demands five cents from him every morning on his way to school. The alternative: a knuckle sandwich. As Opie keeps asking everyone for an extra nickel, including Barney, the deputy decides to follow him to find out what is going on. Learning that Opie is being bullied, Andy tries to get him to understand that bullies are often all talk and no action and that facing him, regardless of the outcome, is better than being scared all of the time. The result: a black eye for Opie but freedom from Sheldon.

    - Written by garykmcd/edited by statmanjeff
  • Andy, through Barney, learns that Opie has been targeted by a bully who's been shaking him down for milk money, leaving Andy to wonder how to intervene without letting Opie know he knows.

    - Written by statmanjeff

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