New Housekeeper, The (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

The New Housekeeper

  • Filmed: 1
  • Aired: 1
  • Original Air Date: 1960/10/03
  • Writer(s): Jack Elinson and Charles Stewart
  • Director: Sheldon Leonard

Plot summary

In the premiere, Andy asks Aunt Bee to come to Mayberry and help raise his son, Opie, after Rose, their old housekeeper, gets married. Opie refuses to accept Aunt Bee because she does things differently than Rose. Just as Aunt Bee is about to leave the Taylor home, Opie stops her because he realizes that she needs him.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • Opie mentions his dog Gulliver. As a boy, Ron Howard had a dog named Gulliver.
  • During a scene up in Opie's bedroom, about fifteen minutes into the episode, the moving shadow of a boom microphone is visible for several seconds on the wall next to the bed as Andy enters and lies across the bed. Later, as Andy gets up and walks to a table, the shadow reappears moving up and onto the back wall and top of the door and settles near the center of the door.
  • At about 5:40 into this episode, Andy and Barney call each other cousins. This is the first of three times; the other two references are also first season episodes The Manhunt and Runaway Kid. Their relationship was never mentioned in later seasons.
  • The role of "Wilber Pines", Rose's fiance, was played by Frank Ferguson, who would later in the first season play the role of "Sam Lindsey" in two episodes (Ellie for Council and The Beauty Contest), and in later years would play "Charlie Foley", the kind-hearted butcher who would offer to store Aunt Bee's meat from Diamond Jim's free of charge (Bargain Day) and would later get punched in the nose by Floyd (The Case of the Punch in the Nose).
  • Actress Mary Treen also portrayed the part of Sam's wife in the TAGS episode, Ellie For Council.
  • It has been erroneously reported over the years that a publicity photo of a young Frances Bavier is seen on the wall of the Taylor living room as Andy walks from the kitchen to the front door. It will be seen in several first season episodes. As pointed out by Randy Turner in his fantastic collection of essays, Mayberry Firsts, the picture is in fact a print of the painting Child With An Apple by the French artist of the 18th century Jean-Baptiste Greuze.

More Information

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • Cheerio Meredith - Emma Brand
  • Frank Ferguson - Wilbur Pines
  • Mary Treen - Rose