The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Opie and the Bully 

Andy, through Barney, learns that Opie has been targeted by a bully who's been shaking him down for milk money, leaving Andy to wonder how to intervene without letting Opie know he knows.


Bob Sweeney


Frank Tarloff (as David Adler)

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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Terry Dickinson Terry Dickinson ... Sheldon


Andy is curious as to why Opie asked Aunt Bee for a nickel for milk and then came and asked him for another. Inquiring later as to why he needed two, Opie ducks and dodges the issue and Andy gives up when the boy pretends to be asleep. The next day, the mystery deepens when he discusses the problem with Barney who reveals that Opie stopped by and asked him for a nickel. Barney decides to find out for himself by following Opie home from school and discovers that one of the older kids has threatened to give Opie a knuckle sandwich every day if he doesn't produce a nickel. Barney is outraged and suggests to Andy that he give Opie some lessons in how to fight. Andy figures that this is not an issue of fighting but an issue of overcoming fear and decides that he needs an indirect way of getting Opie to stand up for himself. The next day he takes Opie fishing and uses the opportunity to tell him the story of how he found this spot when he was a little boy after overcoming a bully named ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <>

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

2 October 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The billboard behind the desk now changed from a map of Idaho to North Carolina. See more »


Andy holds a nickel when Opie asks him if he wants to know something, but when the camera changes for Opie's line "A sandwich sure tastes better with milk," Andy's hand holds Opie's shoulder, not the nickel. See more »


Opie Taylor: You wouldn't like to sorta let me pass by your street today for free, would ya?
Sheldon: Why should I?
Opie Taylor: Well, then I could give Pa back a nickel I sorta owe him.
Sheldon: Who's stoppin' ya?
Opie Taylor: Well, If I give him back his nickel, and I have to give you a nickel for passin' by your street, I ain't gonna have no nickel for milk, and boy, Sheldon, it ain't easy gettin' a peanut butter and jelly sandwich down dry.
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The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer (as Herbert Spencer)
Performed by Earle Hagen
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Sheldon Leonard's inner child?
7 May 2018 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

Who doesn't watch this episode and not want to punch Sheldon out--unless, of course, you happen to have been a Sheldon-type as a child and your sympathies lie with him. My favorite camera shot is Barney's look of outrage when he discovers the cause of young Ope's financial troubles. Nobody does high dudgeon like Barney Fife. Sheldon, like Opie's friend Arnold much later in the series, is apparently one of those kids we all knew in school whose families were transferred to the South from up North, whose curious-sounding accents and knowledge of street games we knew nothing about made us justifiably wary of them, seeing how it had been barely a hundred years since Lee surrendered at Appomattox. That young Ope ends up windmilling his tormentor, tornado-style, seems a fitting comeuppance for this interloper who thought his big-city brownstone bullying could work indefinitely on the son of a wise sheriff who sent an earlier pint-size domestic terrorist named Hodie Snitch packing.

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