The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Suppose Andy Gets Sick 

Goober takes over at the Sheriff's office while Andy has the flu.


Peter Baldwin


Jack Raymond

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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle
Jack Dodson ... Howard Sprague
Paul Hartman ... Emmett Clark
Vince Barnett ... Elmo
Charles Thompson Charles Thompson ... Doc Roberts (as Charles P. Thompson)
Anthony Jochim Anthony Jochim ... Harvey
Hollis Morrison Hollis Morrison ... Alvin


When Andy gets a touch of the flu, the doctor orders him to his bed. Andy isn't too pleased, since he's the only law enforcement officer in town, but has little choice. Soon, Goober is pressing Andy to let him be his Deputy and he reluctantly agrees. Goober takes the job a little too seriously however, arresting people and issuing tickets like there's no tomorrow. Soon, Andy's bedroom is about as busy as a freeway with Mayberry's citizens coming to him with all sorts of problems but mostly complaints about Goober. Andy decides he has to take action. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

11 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andy's bedroom door is hinged on the wrong side. When facing the door from inside the room, it's hinged on the left with the doorknob on the right next to the wall; it should be the other way around. No architect would design it this way. With the door open it sticks out into the room and forms a barrier between the bed and the hallway. When the door is open it should be against the wall so as to not project into the room and impede foot traffic. See more »


Goober Pyle: Look how pale his cheeks are. Your cheeks have always been rosy red!
Andy Taylor: They have not been rosy red.
Goober Pyle: Howard, hasn't had his cheeks always been rosy red?
Howard Sprague: While I've always felt that while Andy's complexion isn't ruddy by nature usually he has more color than he has right now.
Goober Pyle: Can't you ever just say yes or no?
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12 September 2017 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

Funny, funny episode, despite another dispirited performance from Andy. Is this the actor of the man (as he describes Gregory Peck's talent in a previous season), trying to mimic the lethargy familiar to all of us who suffer from head colds, or is Andy Griffith the man so burned out by eight years on the job that he can barely work up enough steam to remain civil in front of the camera? The opening scene with Goober, Emmett, and Andy sitting in front of the fix-it shop, jawing about insignificant things, could easily fit into one of the early- season stories, and the chaos that ensues after Goober assumes control of the sheriff's department is comical. Ron Howard continues to sharpen his comic timing in scenes with Andy, which don't come any funnier than later in the season when he and Andy have to fend for themselves in Bee's absence because of her cooking show. Just watch, in the epilogue, the way he baits Andy after the latter confirms that he's feeling much better. The highlight of the episode is the melee at Andy's bedside (above it, around it, and under it), which has hints of Marx Brothers madness around the edges.

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