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Opie Taylor
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Profile
Full Name Opie Taylor
Occupation Newspaper Editor
First Episode The New Housekeeper
Last Episode Mayberry R.F.D.
Spin-off Appearances Mayberry R.F.D.
Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.
Return to Mayberry
Relationships
Family Taylor family, Andy Taylor (father), Aunt Bee Taylor (Aunt), Bradford J. Taylor (Uncle)
Spouse Eunice Taylor
Romances Karen Burgess, Mary Alice Carter
Children One son with Eunice
Portrayed by Ron Howard
"If she goes, what'll happen to her? She can't do anything...play ball, catch fish or frogs. She'll be helpless! That's why she's gotta stay, so I can teach them to her!"
―Opie about Aunt Bee

Opie Taylor is the humorous son of Mayberry Sheriff Andy Taylor.

LifeEdit

Opie and Andy hugging

Opie's relationship with his "Pa", Andy, provided plot material for many episodes. In one episode (Opie the Birdman, September 30, 1963), Andy teaches Opie the value of responsibility and parenthood after Opie accidentally kills a mother bird with his slingshot and leaves her three nestlings orphaned. Naming the birds "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod", Opie nurtures them until they are ready to be released into the wild.

Andy would sometimes misjudge Opie, suspecting him of being selfish and oblivious to the needs of the less fortunate. Andy would then discover to his chagrin that Opie had been self-sacrificing and generous. For example, in one episode, Opie forfeits a grocery store delivery job to allow a boy with an ill father to replace him. In another episode, Opie uses his savings to buy a friend a winter coat after his father lambastes him for contributing only three cents to a charity.

When not visiting his father at the courthouse, Opie would sometimes get into jams. Some of his juvenile misdeeds include: trespassing in a neighbor's barn, selling Miracle Salve to the citizens of Mayberry; accidentally destroying Aunt Bee's prize rose; concealing an abandoned baby in his clubhouse; tricking Goober Pyle into thinking a shaggy dog can speak, and starting his own tell-all community newspaper The Mayberry Sun.

Pals, girlfriends, jobsEdit

Mayberry Kids

Opie's best friend through the black-and-white run is Johnny Paul Jason; in color episodes, it is Arnold Bailey, who is the Doctor's son. He also has several other friends during his childhood including Howie Pruitt. In one episode, Opie's new friend Trey Bowden provokes Opie's jealousy when Andy takes a liking to Trey and invites him along on outings. Other new friends sometimes prove unworthy. One friend, for instance, encourages Opie to throw tantrums at home to get his way.

In another episode, Opie joins a secret club and is made keeper of the club's special candle. The club trespasses in a farmer's barn and, when the barn later burns to the ground, Opie is blamed. In the color episodes, Opie's best friend is a boy named Arnold Bailey but in one color episode, Opie hooks up with a boy that plays a mean trick on Goober. Both boys are taken to task by Andy for their mischief making. Opie is respectful and friendly to adults in Mayberry. He spends time at the filling station hanging out with Goober and the two often share their comic books.

Rivals

Opie has several girlfriends including, in his boyhood, Karen Burgess and, in his teens, Mary Alice Carter. He also develops crushes on Barney Fife's sweetheart Thelma Lou and on his father's sweetheart (and teacher) Helen Crump.

On the spin-off series Mayberry R.F.D., Helen and Andy marry and later on the series, Helen gives birth to Opie's half-brother, Andrew Jackson Taylor, Jr.

During his teens, Opie has a few jobs around Mayberry. He works in the drug store, and, in another episode, works as a delivery boy at the grocery store.[1] He also plays in a rock band with his friends and has a paying gig at a teen party. In a later color episode, Opie makes college plans with dentistry as his career choice.

Opie's motherEdit

Opie's mother is mentioned only once in the series. In Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee, Andy tells Opie he had a love for the boy's mother similar to the love Aunt Bee feels for her beau. Other than this one mention, Opie's mother is non-existent on the show. There are no photographs of her in the house, or other souvenirs, and no one mentions a grave. She apparently has no relatives in Mayberry such as parents or siblings as Opie never mentions grandparents or aunts and uncles except those on his paternal side. In the backdoor pilot episode from The Danny Thomas Show, viewers learn Andy lost Opie's mother when the boy was "the least little speck of a baby."

Reunion television movie (1986)Edit

Older Opie

In the 1986 made-for-TV reunion movie Return to Mayberry, Ron Howard reprises his role as a now-adult Opie. The plot was driven by his father's return to see Opie's wife Eunice Taylor give birth to their first child.

AppearancesEdit

Make Room for DaddyEdit

The Andy Griffith ShowEdit

Season 1-

Season 2-

Season 3-

Season 4-

Season 5-

Season 6-

Season 7-

Season 8-

Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.Edit

Mayberry R.F.D.Edit

GalleryEdit

See Gallery of Opie Taylor

References

  1. Opie's Job

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