Barney interferes with Andy's new romance.


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Episode cast overview:
... Andy Taylor
... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) (credit only)
... Barney Fife
... Aunt Bee Taylor
... Thelma Lou
... Mary Simpson


Andy finally gets up the courage to ask the county nurse, Mary Simpson, out on a date. She invites him over to her house, but Barney invites himself and Thelma Lou as well. This doesn't just happen once but every time he tries to be alone with her. Even when Mary isn't available, Barney always manages to show up. Exasperated, Andy finally has to tell him that he needs to be alone with Mary so he can ask her something; so, not surprisingly, Barney jumps to the conclusion that Andy is going to ask her to marry him. Soon, Barney has spread the word all over town and helps plan a surprise engagement party for them. Written by garykmcd/edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

9 April 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A similar plot was enacted in Season 4's "The Rumor." Barney jumps to the conclusion that Andy is engaged to Helen, and he and Aunt Bee throw a surprise party. See more »


The Ford that Andy and Mary are sitting in at the lake has no windshield wipers. See more »


Andy Taylor: They's somp'in' I wanna talk to you about.
Barney Fife: Yeah?
Andy Taylor: You know, for about a week now, we been spendin' a lot of time together, right?
Barney Fife: Yeah.
Andy Taylor: I mean, it's been Mary and me and you and Thelma Lou or... Mary and me and you, and, uh, well, I was thinkin'...
Barney Fife: Yeah?
Andy Taylor: Don't you think we ought to spend some time alone? D'you, uh... Do you understand?
Barney Fife: Well, sure, I understand, Andy. Of course.
Barney Fife: [picks up telephone] Sarah, uh, get me 2-4-7.
Barney Fife: [to Andy] You should have mentioned this sooner.
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Performed by Andy Griffith
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