The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1, Episode 31

The Guitar Player Returns (15 May 1961)

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The town gives a big "Welcome Home" to Jim Lindsey, a local boy who became "prosperous and famous" playing guitar with Bobby Fleet's band. He's out on his own now and bragging about all the... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Opie Taylor (as Ronnie Howard)
Jim Lindsey
Dick Elliott ...
Herbert Ellis ...
Bobby Fleet (as Herb Ellis)
Jason the Hotel Clerk
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Man who repossesses Jim's car (as Thomas B. Henry)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Slate ...
Bobby Fleet / Freddy Fleet


The town gives a big "Welcome Home" to Jim Lindsey, a local boy who became "prosperous and famous" playing guitar with Bobby Fleet's band. He's out on his own now and bragging about all the offers he's getting. Andy becomes suspicious, though, when he finds out Jim is not paying any of his bills and borrowing money, and when he finds out Jim's not getting any mail either he asks Bobby Fleet to come to town. Bobby tells him the whole story and is ready to take Jim back. Andy catches Jim as he's about to leave town and has to arrest him to get him to see Bobby, who pays his debts and offers him a raise to rejoin the band. Jim agrees and they shake on it. Written by bobbymaxwell

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Elinor Donahue decided not to return after the first season because she felt she had no on-screen chemistry with Andy Griffith. Griffith later admitted that it was his own fault because had a hard time showing affection on-screen, and as a result, the relationship didn't appear real or believable. See more »


Jim's acoustic guitar makes electric guitar sounds. See more »

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12 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The third episode of the series ("The Guitar Player") is a rather weak episode starring James Best as a frustrated musician (Jim Lindsey). In it, Andy breaks many laws in order to force a traveling band to listen to Lindsey's guitar playing--knowing that the ends justified the violations of the band's civil rights! It seemed to be an excuse to have Best on the show and really didn't seem to fit the overall style of the show. So why, then, did they decide to once again have Lindsey return later in the season?! If it was weak to begin with, having him return was even weaker.

The plot apparently finds Lindsey unemployed but still pretending he's with the band. When the truth is discovered by Andy, the Sheriff once again begins arresting folks to force them together so they'll kiss and make up. Considering it's almost like the first episode all over again, I don't think it's much more than a time-passer and a show that is easy to skip. Not bad--just not very good.

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