A visiting preacher tells the town to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. He inspires everyone to have an old-time band concert. With all the stress of rebuilding the broken-down ... See full summary »

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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
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Dr. Harrison Everett Breen
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Forrest Lewis ...
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A visiting preacher tells the town to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. He inspires everyone to have an old-time band concert. With all the stress of rebuilding the broken-down bandstand and getting ragged uniforms ready, they wear themselves out. Written by Ronny Bailey

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21 October 1963 (USA)  »

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It is obvious that Luther is not playing the saxophone. He jammed the mouthpiece into his mouth, and it hit his cheek, and in another scene, he is supposedly playing, and his finger never move on the keys. See more »

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Aunt Bee Taylor: Oh, Dr. Breen, your sermon has such a wonderful lesson for us.
Andy Taylor: Yes, sir, you really hit the nail right on the head there.
Barney Fife: Yes, sir, that's one subject you just can't talk enough about... SIN.
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Okay Premise, Inept Execution
8 November 2014 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

A visiting preacher preaches a sermon to the citizens of Mayberry about how they should relax more and enjoy life. Andy and Barney decide to do just that by organizing a relaxing band concert that evening. But in their frenzied efforts to organize the concert, they end up defeating their very purpose.

The premise of the episode is not bad and even has some effective irony to it. The visiting preacher is from New York, a place where a "stop and smell the roses" message might be expected to be more appropriate than in Mayberry. Mayberry is already the most relaxed place on earth, but thanks to the preacher's misguided advice it turns into a beehive of busyness and frustration. Unfortunately, the episode has an unfocused and slapdash feel to it, with much clichéd and unfunny comic shtick: the scene at the church with Gomer and Barney nodding off during the sermon is lame, and the band rehearsal scene is just embarrassing. All in all, this is a "Sermon" I could have done without. My advice: skip it.


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