The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1, Episode 8

Opie's Charity (28 Nov. 1960)

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Andy is upset when he finds out that Opie gave only three cents to a charity drive and starts to teach the boy about sharing with others less fortunate. When he finds out the reason Opie ... See full summary »



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


Andy is upset when he finds out that Opie gave only three cents to a charity drive and starts to teach the boy about sharing with others less fortunate. When he finds out the reason Opie can't contribute more is because he is saving up to buy his girlfriend Charlotte something, Andy thinks he's going to squander it on toys and calls him a playboy. Aunt Bee scolds Andy for not having more faith in his son and he must eat crow when Opie tells him he is going to buy Charlotte a new coat for next winter because her mother cannot afford to. Written by bobbymaxwell

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28 November 1960 (USA)  »

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In the opening scene, Opie is pitching to Andy in front of the courthouse and Andy is wearing a catchers mitt on his left hand. To let Annabelle Silby into the courthouse, Andy begins to open the courthouse door with his right hand because the left is still in the catchers mitt. As they're stepping over threshold the next camera shot is from inside the courthouse where we get to see Andy finish opening the door with his bare left hand and the catchers mitt is nowhere in sight. See more »


Sheriff Andy Taylor: ...where there's somewhere like 400 needy boys in this county alone, or 1 1/2 boys per square mile.
Opie Taylor: There is?
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Sho' is.
Opie Taylor: I never seen one, Pa.
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Never seen one, what?
Opie Taylor: A half a boy.
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Well, its not really a half a boy, its a ratio.
Opie Taylor: Horatio who?
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Not Horatio. A ratio. Its mathematics - arithmetic. Look now Opie, forget that part of it. Forget the part about the half a boy.
Opie Taylor: Its pretty hard to forget a thing like that Pa.
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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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