Opie goes off to spend the night with a friend, leaving Andy and Bea to fend for themselves. Andy and Helen decide to spend the evening with Bea so she won't be alone. Later, Clara convinces Bea that she is now the "third wheel" and could keep romance from blossoming between Andy and Helen. The next night, Andy again invites Bea to join he and Helen, but she declines, saying she has a date. Andy's surprise leads to questions and she makes up that Mr. Hendricks, the "Butter and Egg" man is her beau. All is happy and well until Barney discovers (through Mr Hendricks' son) that Mr Hendricks is married. Andy confronts the egg man and discovers the truth. Bea is then forced to admit the real reason for her invention. Andy assures her that everything is fine, and that he, she and Opie are a family, and if Helen some day joins that family, Bea will certainly not be in the way.
Did You Know?
The basic plot premise of this installment- Aunt Bee feigning interest in a man because, at Clara's insistence, her presence in the Taylor home is preventing Andy from finding a wife- was used before in the Season 2's "Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee". See more
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He buttered her up and she egged him on!