Aunt Bee wants a pretty bed jacket for her birthday. A mix-up causes Andy to have to sell his favorite fishing pole to get it.



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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Sales Clerk
Mary Lansing ...
Mrs. Lukens


Aunt Bee's birthday is coming up and she makes of point of telling Andy that she doesn't want anything frivolous as a gift. Soon after however, she sees a bed jacket in a local store window and hints broadly to Andy what she thinks of it. It takes a tip from Bee's friend Clara however to get him on the right track. Unfortunately, the Mayor has just bought the last bed jacket for his wife and he's ready to extract a high price from Andy to sell it to him: he wants Andy's favorite fishing rod. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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17 December 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Mayor Stoner's house is the same structure that was used for Aunt Pitty Pat's house in _Gone With The Wind (1939)_. See more »


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Sweet and Sentimental
21 January 2017 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

Aunt Bee's birthday is coming up, and although she urges Andy and Opie not to make a fuss over her, she secretly longs for the beautiful blue bed jacket displayed in Mrs. Luckens' store window. This is out of character for Bee, who is usually a very practical woman. Aware of this practical side of his aunt, Andy dutifully purchases a set of preserve jars as her birthday gift. But then harried Mayor Stoner comes on the scene: it seems he has no time to buy a going-away present to his wife and enlists Andy to buy the bed jacket for him to give to her. It looks as if Aunt Bee is bound for disappointment when the time comes to open her presents on her birthday.

Without revealing any more of the plot, suffice it to say that this is TAGS at its sweet and sentimental best. Andy engineers a solution which makes Aunt Bee glowingly happy while teaching Opie a lesson about the unexpected joys of self-sacrifice. The last scene will cause you to tear up.

Earle Hagan's musical score plays a prominent role in the episode, with a magical series of chords underlining Bee's wonder at beholding the bed jacket. Bee's friend Clara also plays a key part, coming off in a more sympathetic light than is often the case. Of the episodes that highlighted Bee Taylor, this is easily one of the most memorable.

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