The County Nurse


Original airdate
March 19, 1962
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A farmer resists the county's tetanus shot program. So she enlists the local police department for help, with hilarious results.


Julie Adams guest-stars as Mary Simpson, the new county nurse. At her wit's end, Mary enlists Andy's aid in persuading Rafe Hollister (Jack Prince) to finally get a tetanus shot. When all other methods fail, Andy wears down Rafe's resistance with a strategy of playing a sad song on his guitar.



  • Rafe: I ain't never been to a doctor in my life. When I was born, I had my mama. When I die, I'll have the undertaker. I don't see no sense in clutterin' up things in between.
  • Andy (singing): Dig my grave with a silver spade, dig my grave wide and deep. Dig my grave with a silver spade, bury me 'neath the willer tree. Place my grave on a snow white hill, cover me over with sod. Tell 'em I died to save 'em all, tell my wife to marry again . . . Don't that clutch ya?


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