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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In the "Aunt Bee's Mayberry Cookbook" there is a recipe for Aunt Bee's Kerosine Cucumbers along with Barney's quote from this episode that labeled them as such. 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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13 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" is much more comedic than usual and never fails to make me smile. It seems to teach the moral lesson that it's best to say what's bothering you instead of trying to be nice and keep it all bottled up inside.

The show begins with Aunt Bee making a batch of her nauseatingly bad pickles. According to the lucky recipients of her first batch (Barney and Andy) they smell and taste like kerosene! But, they want to be nice and say nothing and plan on eating these dreadful pickles. Later, though, they have an idea--to buy pickles and substitute them for Bee's evil pickles! As a result, everyone likes her pickles and Bea decides to enter them in the county fair! The boys can't let her possibly win this way and their plan starts to unravel--with very funny results.

The best things about this episode are the reactions of the guys to the dreadful pickles as well as the writing. Plus, in a rare case, Clara was shown sympathetically and not as an annoying neighbor--which she often was later in the series. Clever, funny and memorable.

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