The Andy Griffith Show: Season 2, Episode 11

The Pickle Story (18 Dec. 1961)

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Aunt Bee and Clara Johnson are both jarring homemade pickles. The only difference is that Clara's are good enough to have won the blue ribbon at the fair eleven years counting while Aunt ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Motorist from Oregon
Stanley Farrar ...
County Fair Judge
Warren Parker ...
County Fair Judge


Aunt Bee and Clara Johnson are both jarring homemade pickles. The only difference is that Clara's are good enough to have won the blue ribbon at the fair eleven years counting while Aunt Bee's taste like they've been floating in kerosene. The boys are too polite to tell Aunt bee the truth about her pickles and come up with a plan to switch Aunt Bee's pickles with store bought pickles. The plan backfires when Bee decides to enter her pickles in the contest. Written by tomtrekp

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18 December 1961 (USA)  »

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When the contest judges sample Aunt Bee's pickles, the carousel music stops outside and then resumes after the blue ribbon is presented. This was a choice made by music director Earl Hagen in order to heighten the suspense. See more »


Throughout this episode Aunt Bee refers to making a batch of pickles as making 8 quarts. She tells Andy and Barney that they're the lucky ones because she made a double batch-16 jars. All recipes for a batch of pickles are for 7 quarts not 8. Because 7 is the number of quart jars that will fit in the standard, blue enamel, water bath canner. This canner size has been the standard for at least the last half of the 20th century and probably even earlier. See more »


Sheriff Andy Taylor: What's small potatoes to some folks can be *mighty* important to others.
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This may contain spoilers. Although someone posted that this episode contains deception and trickery, it is still very funny. It is the first episode I think of when I think of this show. Yes, you have to suspend belief: normally Andy would never deceive or involve Opie in anything underhanded. He only does in this episode so Opie won't "get sick again" and they won't hurt Aunt Bee's feelings. Even Opie understands this. BUT later in the episode, when Andy learns the pickle contest is important, he rectifies the deception. The thing I find hard to believe is that the same Aunt Bee who cooks the delicious pies, cakes, fried chicken and other southern foods that everyone raves about makes horrible pickles (and awful marmalade) It seems like she can cook extremely well, but can't "put up" or preserve food. It doesn't matter. What matters is that this episode shows off the excellent writing of the show and the incredible talent of Don Knotts. The scene where he and Andy are replacing the terrible homemade pickles with good ole storebought pickles is hysterical. And the looks on their faces as they force themselves to eat all 8 quarts of pickles is priceless. All I know is that watching this episode makes me want to go to my fridge and pull out a good ole storebought pickle.

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