Opie and the Bully (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

Opie and the Bully

  • Filmed: 34
  • Aired: 33
  • Original Air Date: 1961/10/02
  • Writer(s): David Adler
  • Director: Bob Sweeney

Plot Summary

Andy learns Opie is being tormented by a local bully, who threatens him with pulverization until he gets Opie's lunch money. Andy decides to let Opie fight this battle on his own. Opie goes to face his nemesis, and Andy suffers as he waits for his son to return. Opie returns to the courthouse as the better man--he won the fight for his rights.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • Writer David Adler also wrote 2 episodes of "The Dick Van Dyke Show".
  • Andy constructs the character "Hodie Snitch" to illustrate to Opie that everyone has to deal with a bully at some point in his life.
  • Terry Dickenson, (Sheldon), also was one of "The Wildcats" in the episode, "Keeper of the Flame".

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • Terry Dickinson - Sheldon