Opie and the Carnival (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

Opie and the Carnival

  • Filmed: 158
  • Aired: 158
  • Original Air Date: 1965/04/26
  • Writer(s): Fred Freeman and Lawrence J. Cohen
  • Director: Coby Ruskin

Plot Summary

The carnival comes to town and takes Opie for a ride. Opie blows the money he saved for Andy's birthday present trying to win an electric razor in the carnival's sharpshooting game. The game is rigged, however. Andy finds out and sets out to do some fixing of his own. Andy cleans the shelves of prizes and then flashes his badge. He advises the pair of hucksters that when Opie comes to try again, he better walk away with a razor. Opie does win the razor on his own.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • Actor Keith Thibodeaux, billed as "Richard Keith" in 7 TAGS episodes, started playing drums at the age of two. He began touring the United States at the age of three and ended up in Hollywood, California, auditioning for Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball's popular comedy "I Love Lucy". He landed the role of Little Ricky. While attending the University of Louisiana, Keith joined a mainstream rock band, "David and the Giants" as a drummer, singer, and songwriter. He left the band several years later but after Keith became a Christian, the band regrouped under the same name and went on to become one of the nation's top contemporary Christian bands. Keith and the band toured the world, recording more than a dozen albums before he left in 1989.

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • Aneta Corsaut - Helen Crump
  • George Lindsey - Goober Pyle
  • Richard Keith - Johnny Paul Jason
  • Lewis Charles - Pete
  • Billy Halop - Charlie