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"The Andy Griffith Show" Opie's Girlfriend (1966)

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The Andy Griffith Show: Season 7: Episode 1 -- Opie feels inadequate when he meets Helen's niece who is athletically superior to him.


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Original Air Date:
12 September 1966 (Season 7, Episode 1)
Helen's visiting niece Cynthia feigns helplessness to charm Opie, even though she is athletically superior to him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Lee Philips 
Writing credits
Budd Grossman (written by)

Aaron Ruben (created by) uncredited &
Sheldon Leonard (created by) uncredited &
Danny Thomas (created by) uncredited

Produced by
Jerry Jameson .... associate producer
Sheldon Leonard .... executive producer
Bob Ross .... producer
Original Music by
Earle Hagen 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox  (as Sid Hickox)
Casting by
Mike Fenton  (as Michael Fenton)
Fred Roos 
Art Direction by
Harold Michelson 
Kenneth A. Reid 
Set Decoration by
Harry Gordon 
Costume Design by
Stanley Kufel  (as Stan Kufel)
Makeup Department
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist
Eva Kryger .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ronald Jacobs .... production supervisor
Frank E. Myers .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Saunders .... assistant director
Art Department
Ideal Dottini .... construction coordinator
Reggie Smith .... property master
Sound Department
Eldon Campbell .... sound engineer (as E. Campbell)
Leonard Davison .... sound editor
Editorial Department
Ben Ray .... supervising editor (as Ben H. Ray)
Music Department
Herbert W. Spencer .... composer: theme music
John Mick .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Mitch DeWood .... assistant to producer
Rosemary Dorsey .... continuity
Fred S. Fox .... script consultant
Bob Ross .... script consultant
Joel Swanson .... production assistant

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sheldon Leonard  created by
Aaron Ruben  created by
Danny Thomas  created by

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The products in the window of Goober's gas station display the new logo of the CITGO company on them. This episode was made in 1966. In 1965, Cities Service changed its name to CITGO and dropped the old green trefoil logo in favor of the triangular one that you see here.See more »


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Why There Will Never Be Sexual Equality, 19 December 2009
Author: richard.fuller1

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Boneheaded episode from the sixties, but this mentality still seems to exist.

Helen's niece is better at athletics than Opie and in the process when the girl interferes in a pass to Opie during football, they get in a fight (I believe she shoves Opie first) then Opie shoves her back and she proceeds to give Opie a black eye or punch him out.

Helen hears about it and apologizes but gets giggly over it. Andy is offended.

Andy too briefly mentions the unfairness of this situation, as Opie, in all honesty, was NOT allowed to ever hit the girl back.

The show, not surprising, goes into the male ego being offended and having to be pampered and babied by the female.

HOWEVER, had it been a boy who interfered in the pass with Opie and Opie argued over it, the shoving match ensued and the boy punched Opie, Opie would have been able to hit him back, no questions asked.

The boys were fighting over football. Well, don't do it again.

Had Opie then even hit the girl back, even AFTER she blackeyed him, Helen would have had her little brittle self over to the Taylor residence in an ever-lovin' heartbeat to go all off on Andy about the way he was raising his son.

Unfair? Absolutely.

Maybe someday somebody will realize this.

Until then, there won't be equality.

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