New Doctor, The (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

The New Doctor

  • Filmed: 24
  • Aired: 24
  • Original Air Date: 1961/03/27
  • Writer(s):Jack Elinsonand Charles Stewart
  • Director:Bob Sweeney

Plot Summary

Barney convinces Andy that handsome, young Dr. Robert Benson is moving in on Ellie. Andy decides to act and steps between these "two people lost in a world of pills" to claim Ellie's hand. When he learns that Dr. Benson is actually about to be married to someone else, Andy is forced into a proposal. Ellie, though, turns him down.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • George Nader, who plays the part of "Dr. Robert Benson", was in Rock Hudson's will. Nader retired to avoid a scandal over a romantic relationship with Hudson.

Nader and Mark Miller ( Barney's Replacement) moved to Germany for many years. After returning to the States, Nader was seriously injured in a car accident, he became a writer afterwards.

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • Elinor Donahue - Ellie Walker
  • George Nader - Dr. Robert Benson