Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee


Original airdate
October 28, 1963
Directed by
Written by


Briscoe Darling woos Aunt Bee and carries her off to his mountain cabin.


Briscoe Darling falls under the impression that Aunt Bee is sweet on him, so he decides to court her with the intentions of making her his bride. When he is finished courting, and realizing he is getting no where, Briscoe kidnaps Bee and takes her back to the Darling cabin. Andy rescues her by convincing Bee to try to reform Briscoe; making him work hard to clean up their mountain home. Bee's attempt to civilize the Darlings causes Briscoe to call off the engagement.


  • Briscoe Darling sings for the first and only time as a soloist in this episode. The singing is typically done by Rodney (the guitar player) or Charlene.
  • This episode marks the only appearance of The Darlings without Charlene. Only Briscoe and his four boys appear.
  • This is one of the few times a character appears without a shirt on, when Mr. Darling is sitting in the tub. Another time is in Bargain Day where Opie doesn't wear a shirt since it's so hot.
  • In the TAGS Season 4 box set this episode's title spells Briscoe without the e.


Briscoe: Thank you Miss Bee, your kisses are prized and highly valuable... but they just ain't worth the pain.

Aunt Bee: Now, do you like pearly onions?
Briscoe: Oh, they twang my buds.

Briscoe to Bee: I'll put on my square wheels so's things won't get to rollin' too fast.

Briscoe to Andy: Clap those handcuffs on me for breach of promise! This is gone far enough. I can take some manners, I can take some cleaning up, and I can take a bossy mouth, but I ain't about to be beat to death with no spoon!

Andy: You go over to Miss Martha's and ask her to fix you some lunch.
Opie: Aw, gee, Pa...
Andy: Now, Opie, I ain't got time to argue with you.
Opie: But she'll feed me grits and prunes!
Andy: In Norway the young'uns eat hardtack and raw fish.
Opie: I'll take the grits and prunes.



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