Opie's friend Arnold decides to throw a party for all of his friends, one where they will all have dates and dancing and the like. Opie asks Mary Alice Carter to go as his date and is really happy when she says yes. This is a big deal for Opie and Andy buys him a new suit for the occasion. Out of the blue however, Mary Alice informs him that she will not be going to the party with him after all as she is now going with another more popular boy, Fred Simpson. Opie's enthusiasm for the party fades and when Andy hears why, he realizes that if he does nothing to reinforce Opie's self-confidence and self-esteem, it could scar him for life.
Did You Know?
Andy tells Aunt Bee that Opie has been "sweet on Mary Alice since the first grade." However, Opie's longtime girlfriend throughout the series was played by Rhonda Jeter and known variously as Karen Burgess, Sharon McCall or Sharon Porter. Mary Alice Carter was only mentioned in this single 1967 episode. See more
Aunt Bee tells the about-to-turn 13 Arnold Bailey that she remembers receiving his birth announcement. However, Opie, who is the same age as Arnold, was already six years old when Aunt Bee came from West Virginia to live with the Taylors. Arnold would also have been five or six years old when Aunt Bee came to Mayberry, long after birth announcements would have been sent. See more