The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Return of Malcolm Merriweather 

When Malcolm Merriweather returns to Mayberry, Andy hires him to help Aunt Bee with the housework so she can be a 'lady of leisure'. She goes from being overworked to feeling unneeded.


Coby Ruskin


Harvey Bullock




Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Bernard Fox ... Malcolm Merriweather


Aunt Bee has been working really hard lately and Andy is wondering if it all just isn't too much for her when a solution presents itself in the form of Malcolm Merriweather, the traveling Englishman who had visited Mayberry the year before. Malcolm has worked as a cook and valet so Andy hires him to work around the house and give Aunt Bee a break. He effortlessly keeps the house clean, takes care of Opie and cooks wonderful meals. Everyone is enjoying it except for Aunt Bee, who feels useless and unneeded. Malcolm soon realizes the problem and decides to set things right. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family


Did You Know?


When Aunt Bea comes downstairs, fretting that she must have overslept & inquiring if Andy & Opie had breakfast, you can see the pole for the boom mic in front of the kitchen door. See more »


Barney Fife: [Barney sees that Malcolm is obviously drunk] Andy... He's gassed!
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References The Andy Griffith Show: Andy's English Valet (1963) See more »

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Aunt Bee's double dollops of peevishness
8 April 2020 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

This is the best of the three Malcolm episodes that have Bernard Fox pedaling his way across America, always on the wrong side of the road, and not quite knowing when to rein in his tendency to smother his benefactors with what he believes are his duties as a valet and butler. Aunt Bee's behavior is ungracious, to put it mildly, and seems to be acted with an effortlessness that makes one wonder whether this is the true, off-screen Frances Bavier we are seeing. We get plenty of comedy, nonetheless, from Malcolm's politely correcting Barney's tenuous grasp of grade-school history and from his slapstick circuit around the dinner table mimicking, in Barney's words, an English Otis. The music editor (and, of course, Earl Hagen) deserves mention for his tasteful interweaving of Malcolm's jaunty, jolly-ol'- England, theme with the more plaintive and bittersweet melody which accompanies so many scenes in which Bee figures prominently over the eight seasons of TAGS.

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20 April 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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