Pride in what other people think presents itself to Andy two-fold when he hears that Opie only gave a measly three cents to a school charity fund and when a two-years-dead husband walks up to say hello.




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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Barney Fife (credit only)
Tom Silby


Annabelle Silby, Chairwoman of the Underprivileged Children's Charity Drive, drops by the jailhouse to talk to Andy about serving on the Fund Soliciting Committee. During their conversation, Annabelle admits that the Charity fills her time as she has been lonely the past two years since her husband Tom went to Charlottesville and was run over by a taxicab, yet Mayberry's proudest widow won't admit that he was a drinker. Even further, she informs Andy that in collecting money for the charity at the school, Opie only gave three cents. Confronting Opie about his lack of giving, Andy tries to explain the nature of giving, but Opie explains that he only gave three cents because he's saving money to buy something for his girlfriend Charlotte. Sending Opie home to think things over, Andy is shocked to confront the late Tom Silby himself, alive and well. It seems that he and Annabelle had a huge fight and he left her for Charlottesville, but after a few years he thought things over and began ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <> / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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28 November 1960 (USA)  »

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This is the first time in the series that Barney does not appear. See more »


In the opening scene where Opie pitches to Andy in front of the courthouse, Andy wears a catcher's mitt on his left hand. To let Annabelle Silby into the courthouse, Andy opens the courthouse door with his right hand because his left is still in the catcher's mitt. As they step over threshold, the next camera shot from inside the courthouse shows Andy opening the door with his bare left hand, his catcher's mitt nowhere in sight. See more »


Tom Silby: It's me Tom, don't you remember?
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Why, Tom Silby! Of course I remember. Well I'll be dogged. I ain't seen you around these parts since... since your funeral.
Tom Silby: Funeral? What Funeral?
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The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen.
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11 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The theme of this show is charity. Everyone is giving to help the needy and Andy wants Opie to learn about the importance of giving--even if it's only a little bit. But, when the boy only gives three cents to the fund, Andy is angry and is ready to punish the boy--though in actuality, the child needs no help in this department!

As I have said in some of my other reviews of episodes for this great series, "The Andy Griffith Show" was so great because although it was a comedy, it did something unusual for a typical comedy--the laughs were less important than the characters. In other words, the typical one-liners were mostly absent and instead the shows looked almost like mini-movies--with the emphasis on the people in the show as people. What better example of this is "Opie's Charity"--a show that really gives Ron Howard a chance to develop Opie into a real boy--a real decent boy. Here, the emphasis is NOT on comedy but on revealing what sort of a child his character was--a child you could be proud of if he was your own. Not a funny episode, but a poignant and unforgettable one.

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