The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Ellie Comes to Town 

A problem with ethics soon puts a pretty, new lady pharmacist on the town's black list over withholding a senior citizen her regular pills without a prescription.

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Don Weis
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Elinor Donahue ... Ellie Walker
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Cheerio Meredith Cheerio Meredith ... Emma Brand
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Andy and Barney drive Aunt Bee uptown to do some shopping, but Andy is surprised to find Walker's Drugstore closed in the middle of the day. He unlocks the door anyway and starts to conduct business when suddenly the new druggist comes by and, thinking the place is being robbed, calls on Barney. He barges in only to find Andy behind the counter. Andy, Barney and Aunt Bee have a laugh but the lady is not amused. She is Elinor Walker, a pharmacist who has come to take care of the place while her uncle Fred is under the weather. Her first customer is Emma Brand who requests her usual pills for the usual 10 cents, but Ellie won't give them to her without a prescription. Emma tries a variety of tricks and guilt trips to get the pills but they all fail and she ends up sick on her couch. Andy gets angry with Ellie and tries to comfort Emma, as does everyone else in town, bringing food to their ailing friend. In a surprise turn of events, Ellie has a change of heart and brings Emma the pills ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1960 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Andy Griffith was uncomfortable with the casting of Elinor Donahue because, aside from their age difference, he didn't think television audiences would accept her as a love interest after playing Betty Anderson on Father Knows Best (1954). In the end, it was Donahue who felt uncomfortable with the role, feeling there wasn't much to the character for her to build on. She left after the first season. See more »

Goofs

Emma Brand's home is a lovely cottage -- with a glass-paned front door -- in town however in the recent past it was a plain cottage on the outskirts, it appeared, of town. No mention was made of her moving in that time frame. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Andy Taylor: Bad, BAD Sheriff!
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The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagan.
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Local needs trump your science
15 May 2015 | by Mary ManganSee all my reviews

This was a cute episode about an interloper coming to town, bringing all her high-falutin' diploma and education stuff (Ph.G.? really Andy?) and disrupting the peaceful status quo of Mayberry.

But it was also the earliest discussion of the placebo effect I have seen in classic TV. A serious young woman with a degree in pharmacy attempts to engage with a local hypochondriac. Apparently the local woman has had different treatment from the previous pharmacist. She's displeased with the new management, of course. And the tension ensues. Who will prevail--our eager young pharmacist, or the beloved senior resident? Or is there a way they both win?


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