"Opie's Rival" is an episode of The Andy Griffith Show starring Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, and Don Knotts. Andy's new girlfriend is the new county nurse. Everyone likes her except Opie, who is jealous of all the time they spend together.



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Episode cast overview:
... Andy Taylor
... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
... Barney Fife (credit only)
... Aunt Bee Taylor
... Peggy 'Peg' McMillan


Opie enjoys his time together with his father, especially when they go fishing, but when Andy suddenly invites his new girlfriend Peggy to join them, Opie feels that their relationship is threatened and sets out to end his father's relationship with Peggy. Just as Andy is about to go out on a date one evening, Opie feigns sickness and forces Andy to call Peggy and break the date. When she asks Opie the next day if he is still sick, he says he wasn't sick the night before. Opie then mislays a message Peggy leaves for his father, with the result that she thinks Andy is avoiding her. It's Opie in the end who has to make things right between them. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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3 December 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The mud stain on Peggy's dress is considerably different from when it happens to when she later confronts Andy in front of his house. See more »


Opie Taylor: You like Pa?
Peggy 'Peg' McMillan: Sure I do.
Opie Taylor: D'you love him?
Peggy 'Peg' McMillan: Well...
Andy Taylor: Uh, Ope...
Opie Taylor: See, Pa needs the companionship of a fine, young woman, someone he can take to a dance. He can't take Barney to a dance.
Peggy 'Peg' McMillan: He can't?
Opie Taylor: No. Barney's too short.
Peggy 'Peg' McMillan: Oh. I see.
Opie Taylor: You see, Miss Peggy, someday Pa might get married again, and it'd be somebody that he likes a lot - somebody he loves - and it might be you. Of course, it might be you and it might not, but...
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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »


The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer (as Herbert Spencer)
Performed by Earle Hagen
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