Aunt Bee the Crusader

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Original airdate
January 20, 1964
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Aunt Bee stages a protest when a farmer is threatened with eminent domain.


Mr. Frisby comes by the Taylor House to give Opie his rooster Beau and Aunt Bee a moustache cup. He proceeds to explain that the county is running him off his property in order to make room for a new highway system. Aunt Bee says that she will go to the courthouse to speak to Andy about the matter.

When Otis is leaving the courthouse, Barney stops him and has Andy ask where he's getting the alcohol. Barney then decides to give Otis a sobriety test. When Aunt Bee arrives to speak to Andy, Otis takes his chance and leaves. Aunt Bee goes on and on about the evils of the County, and Barney chimes in, until Andy finally makes him realize that they work for the County.

Aunt Bee arrives at Mr. Frisby's farm with a group of lady demonstrators from Mayberry.They block the demolition crew and try to persuade Andy to save the farm. However, after Opie finds Beau drunk at the farm, Andy discovers that Mr. Frisby is hiding a moonshining still under the chicken coop. The women are shocked that they were helping him by keeping the still running.


Otis: "Would you betray a trust?!"

Barney:(Slapping a ruler on the palm of his hand) "Where you gettin' it..where you gettin' it.....Where You Gettin' It.....WHERE ARE YOU GETTIN' IT???!!"


  • Among the protest signs the women carry are "The County Has No Heart"; "Highways Are Killers"; "Is There No Mercy?"; "Don't Patronize This Jail"; "Stop The Land Grab"; and Aunt Bee's sign, "Sheriff Taylor Is Unfair."
  • Barney quotes law #204: "Bribery, collusion, tampering with and/or intimidation of material witnesses."
  • Mr. Frisby is hinted as having been the Taylor's butter and egg man for some time; however, this is the first and last time that we see him.

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