The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Opie's First Love 

Opie's date for Arnold's big birthday party cancels at the last minute to go with a 'cooler' guy.


Lee Philips


Doug Tibbles

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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Aneta Corsaut ... Helen Crump
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle
Morgan Brittany ... Mary Alice Carter (as Suzanne Cupito)
Sheldon Collins ... Arnold Bailey
Joy Ellison Joy Ellison ... Iris
Owen Bush Owen Bush ... Doyle, the Clothier
David Alan Bailey ... Fred Simpson
Kevin Tate Kevin Tate ... George


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. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

11 September 1967 (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?


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 »

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No semper fidelis for her
31 August 2017 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

This is an enjoyable final-season opener, focused on Opie of course, as the season premiers were for eight years. Trey Bowden has grown up to be a Brylcreeme-addicted jerk of a teenager in Fred Simpson and, little Mary Wiggins, now Iris something-or-other, did not let her missing front teeth slow her down at the supper table. Andy seems to have relaxed a bit from his dyspepsia of the previous season. The scenes with him and Goober teasing Opie and Arnold (now Sheldon Collins) are funny to watch. Ron Howard has matured into a fine actor whose smart comic timing and subtle facial cues just keeping getting better in the final season. The new character of Emmett Clark is introduced by name only, and Doyle Perkins has apparently changed careers yet again, moving from luggage repair to print shop owner to salesman of men's clothing. We are treated to more bad dancing by Opie's classmates (move those bodies, kids!). I suppose they were more accustomed to square dancing than to the twisting and jerking movements that were reportedly observed at a Hollywood discotheque by the bus driver from Ruby Creek in an earlier season. In the classroom scenes, notice the girl sitting to the left and to the rear of Opie. Her size, which looks more high school than junior high, makes one wonder if her dad pulled some strings with the producer to get his daughter in front of the camera and perhaps off to a career in the business. Again, the epilogue with Opie opining about the male/female relationship is one that is probably missed by the casual viewers who stick with only the black&whites. More's the pity.

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