Aunt Bee Learns to Drive (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

Aunt Bee Learns to Drive

  • Filmed: 180
  • Aired: 180
  • Original Air Date: 1966/02/07
  • Writer(s): Jack Elinson
  • Director: Lee Phillips

Plot Summary

Aunt Bee becomes "Miss Independent Wheels" when she buys a car from Goober and then must learn to drive. She breaks her promise to Andy not to drive on her learner's permit without a licensed driver accompanying her and backs into a tree. Lighting strikes twice when Andy comes home and accidently bumps into Bee's car, causing him to think he's the one who dented it.

Odd Facts Known By Few

  • A male stand-in was reportedly used for Frances Bavier in the driving lesson scenes.
  • There are a couple of continuity errors in this episode. When Aunt Bee backs into Lowell's truck, her bonnet is tied. It's untied only a second or two before, though. And the street in front of the Taylor's home is alternately dry, then muddy.
Front of Bee's car
Rear of Bee's car
  • The car that Aunt Bee bought in this episode is a 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner. This is an unusual example of the Sunliner as it has a spot light attached to the driver's side mirror.
  • In reference to the above comment about a stand-in driver, if you had any doubt just check the front view photo.

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • George Lindsey - Goober Pyle
  • Aneta Corsaut - Helen Crump
  • Howard McNear - Floyd Lawson
  • Raymond Kark - Lowell the tree-trimmer