After Barney's embarrassment at mistaking Opie's imaginary horse Blackie for real, both Andy and Barney take Opie's announcement of a man he met in the woods as imaginary, too, especially when described as walking atop trees, jingling as he strides, blowing smoke from his ears, carrying twelve extra hands on his belt, and wearing a big, shiny silver hat. Andy's problem comes when Opie starts bringing home gifts from his supposed imaginary friend. Opie refuses to deny Mr. McBeevee's unprovable existence, even in the face of corporal punishment for not being able to distinguish fact from falsehood, becoming a crisis in parenting for Andy.
Did You Know?
This episode features a rare look at the Taylor's back yard. See more
When Barney, Andy and Opie go outside to see "Blackie," the shadow of the audio boom and the mic are clearly visible across the back screen door. See more
Ope, uh, 'member the fun you was havin' this mornin' gollopin' around the backyard on... Blackie? We was both enjoyin' that little game. Course, now-now the truth is they... they never was any real Blackie. That's just somethin' that you made up. That right? Well, about, uh, about this Mr. McBeevee. Maybe the same thing happened there. Maybe you, uh, made him up, too, just for fun, and... They-they's nothin' wrong with that. What's wrong is usin' a Mr. McBeevee to get out of work and to explain...
The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen
and Herbert W. Spencer
(as Herbert Spencer)
Performed by Earle Hagen See more