A New Doctor in Town (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

A New Doctor in Town

  • Filmed: 201
  • Aired: 204
  • Original Air Date: 1966/12/26
  • Writer(s): Ray Brenner and Barry Blitzer
  • Director: Lee Phillips

Plot Summary

A sporty young doctor, Thomas Peterson, wheels into town and has a difficult time earning Mayberry's respect. When Andy learns Opie needs his tonsils taken out, he faces his own doubts and hands Opie over to the new doctor. Opie returns from surgery alive and well, and the doctor wins acceptance.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • William Christopher, who played the doctor, would later play the role of Father Mulcahy on "M*A*S*H". He also appeared as Mr. Heathcote in "Aunt Bee On TV" from season 6 of TAGS.

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Howard McNear - Floyd Lawson
  • Hope Summers - Clara Edwards
  • Aneta Corsaut - Helen Crump
  • William Christopher - Dr. Thomas Peterson
  • Sari Price - Nurse Oakley