The musical Darling family descends upon Mayberry again. This time they are looking for a husband for Charlene's new baby daughter. Things get complicated when they choose Opie and refuse to take no for an answer.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Charlene Darling Wash (as Maggie Peterson)
Doug Dillard ...
Doug Darling (as The Dillards)
Rodney Dillard ...
Rodney Darling (as The Dillards)
Mitch Jayne ...
Mitch Darling (as The Dillards)
Dean Webb ...
Dean Darling (as The Dillards)


The Darlings ride into town with Charlene toting her new baby. Briscoe announces they are searching for a young boy to become legally engaged to the little one. After some searching of the town, they show up at Andy's house to "do some picking", and discover Opie. They Darlings decide that Opie is the one and will not be convinced otherwise, no matter what Andy tries. Barney is over in the corner sipping on mulberry squeezins, and is getting so tipsy he is of no help. Finally Andy figures out a scientific trick to convince the Darlings that Opie would not be suitable. Written by Don Payette

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Comedy | Family





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7 December 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Charlene Darling Wash's daughter is named Andelina, named after Andy, because he helped the Darling family so much. See more »


Briscoe Darling: [to Charlene, after Andy asks for her to sing] Well sing that love song that I like so well.
Charlene Darling Wash: Oh that one makes you cry, Pa!
Briscoe Darling: Well, I'll fight it!
[He does, however, end up crying during the song]
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Stay All Night, Stay a Little Longer
Performed by Andy Griffith and The Dillards.
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