No one will admit to Aunt Bee's homemade pickles being the worst they've ever tasted. Andy switches them with store-bought ones to avoid eating hers, but her decision to enter them in the county fair presents a dilemma.




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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 win blue ribbons at the county fair eleven years and counting while Aunt Bee's taste like she floats them in kerosene. The boys are too polite to tell Aunt bee the truth about her pickles and decide 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/edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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18 December 1961 (USA)  »

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The script for this episode was unusual in that the epilogue was actually conceived during the script writing stage. Most epilogues were created after the writing was done. See more »


Aunt Bee says she's entered and lost the homemade pickle contest at the fair for ten years in a row against Clara, but she'd only moved to Mayberry during the previous season. See more »


Barney Fife: You mean you actually WANT her to make another batch of them kerosene cucumbers?
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Aunt Bee Shines
27 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Aunt Bee is usually known for her prowess in the kitchen including her succulent fried chicken and other fine southern recipes, however in this episode we learn she doesn't know how to make an edible pickle. What's amusing is she's the only one that doesn't realize her pickles taste like "kerosene". As usual, Andy forgoes honesty to prevent her feelings from getting hurt so there's a lot of plotting going on behind her back to avoid her finding out what people really think. This all goes into high gear when Aunt Bee decides to enter her pickles in the Annual Pickle Contest at the local fair. This episode is a good showcase for Francis Bavier who always shines as Aunt Bee. A very funny episode.

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