The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Aunt Bee the Warden 

With the jail full of angry moonshiners, Otis serves his latest public intoxication sentence at the Taylor residence under the stern and watchful eye of Aunt Bee.


Bob Sweeney




Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) (credit only)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Hal Smith ... Otis Campbell
Orville Sherman ... Billy Gordon
Robert McQuain ... Ike Gordon (as Bob McQuain)
Paul Bakanas ... Junior Gordon
Mary Lansing ... Mary
Hope Summers ... Clara Johnson


With the jail full after the arrest of the four Gordon brothers for moonshining, Andy wonders what to do with Otis when he shows up after his weekly drunk. The Gordons are angry with Otis for having changed liquor suppliers, so leaving him with them is out of the question. Left with little choice, Andy takes Otis home with him to serve his sentence. Aunt Bee is a little disconcerted at first, but when Andy tells her that she's in charge of the prisoner, she takes to making him do chores around the house, like washing floors and windows, cutting the grass and chopping wood. Otis takes to calling her the Warden and has worked so hard that he swears off liquor. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family


Did You Know?


Andy is shown with a cast on his hand, which is explained as having occurred while bringing the Gordon boys in, but the real reason has been the source of debate among fans for years. In reality, Griffith got a sprained wrist when he got angry on the set and put his hand through a wall. It can be seen in the next episode as well. See more »


Only three of the four actors who play the Gordon brothers are given credit for their roles. See more »


Aunt Bee Taylor: [merrily] Hello, boys. I've been waiting for you!
Billy Gordon: [panic stricken] Bloody Marty!
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The Dipsy Doodle
Music and Lyrics by Tommy Dorsey
Performed by Hal Smith
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The Rock
1 December 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I wonder if this is it for Otis. He's supposedly finished with his drinking. This came from a time when people thought alcoholics were cute. I can attest to the fact that this is not true. Here, the guy comes stinking drunk, letting himself into the jail. But no help for him. Just toleration. While what develops here is fun, we can't forget the message.

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12 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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