Farmer Takes a Wife, The (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

The Farmer Takes a Wife

  • Filmed: 45
  • Aired: 45
  • Original Air Date: 1962/01/01
  • Writer(s): Jack Elinson and Charles Stewart
  • Director: Bob Sweeney

Plot Summary

One of Andy's old pals, Big Jeff Pruitt, comes to Mayberry looking for a suitable woman to be his wife. Andy and Barney give him a hand, but Jeff just can't find a woman who suits him. Finally he finds the perfect woman: Thelma Lou. Andy instructs Thel to accept Jeff's proposal and then go about trying to civilize him into being a city-dwelling house husband. That is more than Jeff can abide, and he heads back to the hills and his old gal, Big Bertha, just as Barney comes to tell Thel's demanding Big Jeff to either fight or flee.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • Alan Hale Jr. is better known as "The Skipper" on "Gilligan's Island."
  • Jeff repeatedly calls Barney "Little Buddy", a name he would call "Gilligan" on "Gilligan's Island".
  • Andy Griffith's father, Carl Griffith, is seen exiting the mens clothing store where Jeff Pruitt buys 'the largest (suit)one they had.'

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • Betty Lynn - Thelma Lou
  • Alan Hale Jr. - Jeff Pruitt
  • Adoree Evans - Mary
  • Bob McQuain - Joe Waters