The Andy Griffith Show: Season 3 (1962 - 1963)


Season 3
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Air date: Oct 1, 1962

Although "Mr. McBeevee" was filmed as the third episode of The Andy Griffith Show's third season, it was chosen to air as the season opener on October 1, 1962. Having raised his son Opie to never tell a lie, Andy is understandably worried when Opie arrives home with wild stories about meeting a man who walks in the trees, wears a silver hat, jingles when he walks-and has twelve extra hands. Amazingly, it turns out that Opie is telling the truth-at least from his perspective-but Andy doesn't believe a word of it until the elusive Mr. McBeevee (Karl Swenson) makes a deux-ex-machina appearance. This episode was written by Richard Allen Saffian(aka R. S. Allen) and Harvey Bullock.

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Air date: Oct 8, 1962

Though introduced in the episode titled "Andy and Opie-Bachelors," Sheriff Andy's new girlfriend, county nurse Peggy McMillan (Joanna Moore), made her earliest series appearance in "Andy's Rich Girlfriend", which though filmed after her inaugural episode was telecast first, on October 8, 1962. Upon discovering that Peggy has a very wealthy father, Andy begins to think that the girl is out of his league. Barney takes it upon himself to "re-invent" Andy so that he'll be acceptable to Peggy's friends and family. "Andy's Rich Girfriend" was written by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum.

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Air date: Oct 15, 1962

Parley Baer makes his first series appearance as Roy Stoner, the new mayor of Mayberry. A man who runs his administration strictly by the book, Stoner regards Sheriff Andy and Deputy Barney as inept and inefficient-and this first impression would seem to be confirmed when the mayor finds a fish in Andy's desk drawer. Inevitably, however, Stoner comes to realize that, in their own laid-back way, Andy and Barney are both assets to the community. Written by Harvey Bullock, "Andy and the New Mayer" originally aired on October 15, 1962.

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Air date: Oct 22, 1962

When Aunt Bee leaves town, county nurse Peggy McMillan (Joanna Moore) promises to look after Andy and Barney. At first, Andy regards Peggy's willingness to do the cooking and housework as an act of friendship. Barber Floyd plants the notion in Andy's head that Peggy is merely trying to snare a husband. First telecast on October 22, 1962, "Andy and Opie-Bachelors" was written by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum.

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Air date: Oct 29, 1962

Andy and Barney can't figure out how a local cow thief is able to make his getaways without leaving any evidence. Incensed by the local constabulary's confusion, Mayor Roy Stoner decides to engage the services of a State Investigator to solve the mystery. In the end, however, it is Andy who cracks the case-and while we'd be remiss if we revealed the solution, suffice to say that not all cows are barefoot (or bare-hooved). Written by Ray Allen Saffian(aka R.S. Allen) and Harvey Bullock, "The Cow Thief" first aired on October 29, 1962.

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Air date: Nov 5, 1962

Andy becomes jealous when he sees his girlfriend Peggy in the company of her old friend Don (Fred Beir). Sensing that Andy needs to play the field a bit, Barney tries to fix his pal up with another girl-and thus are introduced two of the series' most outrageous recurring characters, "fun girls" Daphne (Jean Carson) and Skippy (Joyce Jameson). Originally telecast on November 5, 1962, "Barney Mends a Broken Heart" was the last of four episodes to feature Joanna Moore as Peggy McMillan, but not the last one to be shown. The episode was written by Aaron Ruben.

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Air date: Nov 12, 1962

Barney is upset that no one seems to take him seriously as Andy's deputy. The final straw is broken when a pair of tough truck farmers (Allan Melvin and Orville Sherman), pointedly ignore Barney's orders to stop illegally selling their produce. Andy tries to save Barney's dignity by concocting a tall tale about notorious lawman "Crazy Gun Fife", but when all is said and done it is Barney himself who must fight his own battles. Written by Aaron Ruben, "Lawman Barney" originally aired on November 12, 1962.

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Air date: Nov 19, 1962

It looks as though the Mayberry Band's annual trip to the state band competition in Charlotte will be cancelled. Characteristically, Mayor Stoner has refused to allocate the necessary funds for the trip, insisting that the town band is "a disgrace." Will Andy's old bandleader pal Bobby Fleet (Joe Sirola) come to the rescue? Wirtten by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum, "The Mayberry Band" was first broadcast on November 19, 1962.

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Air date: Nov 26, 1962

Barber Floyd panics when his female pen-pal Madeline Grayson (Doris Dowling) arrives in town. It seems that Floyd has been claiming that he is a wealthy financier, and hasn't the nerve to tell Madeline the truth ("Oh, I'm a cad, Andy. Uh-uh-uh -I'm a cad!") After agreeing to help Floyd out, Andy discovers that "The Widow Grayson" isn't all she has claimed to be either. First telecast on November 26, 1962, "Floyd, the Gay Deceiver" was written by Aaron Ruben.

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Air date: Dec 3, 1962

Though "Opie's Rival" was the first episode filmed for The Andy Griffith Show's third season, it was held back from public view until December 3, 1962, by which time the character of country nurse Peggy McMillan (Joanna Moore)-introduced in this episode-was firmly established (and in fact, had already left the series!) Believing that Peggy is stealing away Andy's affections, a jealous Opie is beside himself when his Paw invites Peggy to go fishing with them. Thus, Opie feigns several illnesses to keep Peggy and Andy apart. "Opie's Rival" was written by Sid Morse.

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