Andy and Opie, Housekeepers

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Original airdate
March 13, 1961
Directed by
Written by
Frank Tarloff (credited as David Adler)


Aunt Bee must leave Mayberry to care for a sick cousin, but not before scolding Andy and Opie for their messy housekeeping habits. The two are determined to clean house before she returns - a project that suddenly accelerates when she phones to say she'll be coming home earlier than expected.


After Aunt Bee finishes scolding Andy and Opie for being slobs, she has to go out of town for a few days, leaving her boys to take care of themselves. Despite being afraid of the mess Andy and Opie will make without her, Andy convinces her that he and Opie will be alright. Andy's best intentions to keep things neat are quickly given up, and Taylor home is soon a complete wreck. Andy thinks he can procrastinate at least one more day, But Aunt Bee calls and lets Andy know she'll be home from Mount Pilot that afternoon. Anticipating the tongue-lashing they'll get when she sees the mess, Andy and Opie get busy, clean the entire house, and make it look spotless. But as Andy and Opie are sitting back and admire their hard work, Andy realizes that a spotless house might make Aunt Bee think she's not really needed. Furthermore, Andy knows that despite her outward appearance, Aunt Bee is really happiest when she feels needed. So, Andy and Opie proceed to get the place back in disorder and make it an even bigger mess than before. On their way to pick up Aunt Bee they run into Bertha (later known as Clara Edwards) who decides to peek in on the house. She is shocked to find it in such a state and starts cleaning up! When Aunt Bee returns home with Opie and Andy, she is shocked and dismayed to find the house perfectly neat and clean, but not as shocked as Andy and Opie. Seeing her disappointment, Andy and Opie set out to mess up as much as they can as quickly as they can. Aunt Bee catches them in the act, and thinks they are trying to clean up. Privately, she is overjoyed to realize how helpless they are without her. In the epilogue, Bertha comes in and asks Bee how the house looked when she got home. After describing what a pig sty the place was, an insulted Bertha storms out.


  • Mayberry's sister city, Mount Pilot, is first mentioned in this episode.
  • Hope Summers makes her first appearance in the series as Bertha Edwards. In future episodes, she will be referred to as Bertha Johnson and ultimately as Clara Edwards.
  • This is the only time in the run of the show that the Taylor house is seen so messy.
  • When Andy and Opie are leaving the house to pick up Aunt Bee at the bus stop Clara Johnson wishes them "Good Morning." However, in an earlier phone call with Andy, Aunt Bee said she was coming in on the afternoon bus.
  • French doors can be seen by the fireplace in the Taylor's home. In later seasons, these doors are not seen.
  • When Aunt Bee calls from Mt. Pilot, she is sitting in front of the same wallpaper seen in the Taylor's house.



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