A smiling stranger comes to Mayberry - and danged if he don't know everything about everybody, giving the townsfolk a righteous case of the willies.




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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
William Lanteau ...
George Dunn ...
George Sapley (as William Erwin)
Mrs. Buntley
Jason the Hotel Clerk
Marlene Willis ...
Lucy Matthews
Pat Colby ...
Bill Matthews


While Andy, Barney and the boys fool around at Floyd's Barbershop, the northern bus pulls up, letting off a stranger who immediately comes inside. He mysteriously seems to know Andy, Barney and Floyd and notes little things about them. Perplexed, the fellas follow him over to the hotel as he, along the way, greets other citizens of Mayberry, knowing intimate details about them, too. The man is Ed Sawyer from New York, whom no one has ever heard of. While suspicion leads some to fear he's either crazy or something supernatural - or, in Barney's case, a foreign spy - Andy wants to hold back and wait since the man seems friendly and hasn't done anything outside the law; however, the citizens really begin to lather when Ed tries to buy The Filling Station and court pretty Lucy Matthews (both unsuccessfully). When Ed stops by the courthouse, Andy finally sits him down for an explanation: It seems he had been Army buddies with one of Mayberry's own. Hearing stories about the town, Ed began ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com> / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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26 December 1960 (USA)  »

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Despite the fact that Ed Sawyer is welcomed as a citizen of Mayberry in this episode, he subsequently disappears, never to be seen in the series again. See more »


In the long courthouse scene where Ed Sawyer meets Lucy Matthews, the steam heat radiator and spittoon on the floor under the bulletin board change positions along that wall at least four times in one scene. They keep moving back and forth between the glass front bookshelf on the left and the door to the back room on the right. See more »


Andy Taylor: Folks like to take things slow. Some people don't even hold hands in public till they've had their seventh or eighth young'un.
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The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen.
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Marlene Willis
3 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

William Lanteau, best known as one of the odd fellows on "Newhart" (not the Larry, darryl and Darryl trio, but the two older fellows who came in bickering and arguing. Lanteau was the one with glasses) appears here, albeit very young, as a stranger who comes to town and knows everything about everybody, because he subscribed to the Mayberry newspaper and loved what he read.

A bit of a loner, he adopted Mayberry as his hometown in his own mind.

Unfortunately, he failed to share this knowledge with the citizens of Mayberry and they took offense to his knowledge and they knew nothing about him.

He pursues Lucy Matthews. She takes offense, and so does her brother.

In the end, Andy tells them why this fellow came to town, because he fell for the town without having ever seen it.

Lucy then tells him, ever so quietly, that he may feel free to call on her when he likes.

Marlene Willis, who played Lucy, is a stunningly beautiful woman and it is a shame that she didn't do much after this appearance that would showcase her more prominently.

I would have loved it had she told me I could call on her.


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