The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The New Doctor 

Barney and Aunt Bee get Andy worked up over the idea of Ellie dumping him to tie the knot with the new, young, handsome, unmarried doctor in town.


Bob Sweeney




Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
George Nader ... Dr. Robert Benson
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor


Aunt Bee feels that Andy is taking advantage of his relationship with Ellie by not formally asking her to the dance Saturday night, but Andy feels that he and Ellie have an understanding, so there's no need to ask her. Meanwhile, Bob Benson, a handsome new doctor in town, seems to be getting along fine with Ellie, especially since they can talk shop, doctor to pharmacist. Barney puts the idea in Andy's head that the unmarried Dr. Bob may be trying to move in on his girl. Andy initially shrugs off the suggestion, but the idea soaks in and Andy truly considers that Barney might be right. At Andy's urging, Barney spies on Ellie and Bob and overhears a conversation that sounds like they might be making wedding plans. He swiftly reports back to Andy, who immediately marches over to Ellie to make his stand - and somewhere in the conversation he ends up proposing marriage. Bob happily suggests making it a double ceremony when his long-time fiancée comes to town next week. Andy has egg on his... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <> / revised by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family


Did You Know?


The diploma on the wall of the drug store indicates that Ellie graduated from Bernard University. See more »


Barney knocks the bell off of the door when he sneaks out of Walker's Drug Store but when Andy comes in a few minutes later it's back on the door and rings when he opens it. See more »


Opie Taylor: Sure would be nice to have a ma that owns a drugstore with a soda fountain.
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Alternate Versions

The DVDs released by Raintree Home Video replaces the classic Andy Griffith Show theme with a generic instrumental song. See more »


The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer (as Herbert Spencer)
Performed by Earle Hagen
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Legendary Barney Fife
4 May 2019 | by kingjesse-47578See all my reviews

This one of my favorite performances from Don Knotts on the Andy Griffith Show. If you are having a bad day watch this episode it will put you in way better mood.

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27 March 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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