Andy Griffith Show Memories : Episode #24 - The New Doctor
The New Doctor
Andy gets jealous when Ellie seems to be spending a lot of time with the new doctor in town.
Episode Number: 24
Season Number: 1
First Aired: March 27, 1961
Writers: Jack Elinson, Charles Stewart
Director: Bob Sweeney
Ron Howard (Opie Taylor)
Don Knotts (Barney Fife)
Andy Griffith (Andy Taylor)
Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee Taylor)
Elinor Donahue (Ellie Walker)
George Nader (Dr. Robert Benson)
After a considerable amount of prodding from Barney, Andy's suspicions are aroused when Ellie seems to be spending a lot of time with Mayberry's new doctor. The inevitable relationship between the town doctor and the town druggist doesn't quite sit well with Andy. After joining Andy and Ellie on their date, Barney decides to get to the bottom of the situation. His attention is quickly sidetracked when the new doctor diagnoses Barn with a vitamin deficiency. Determined to fight for his girl, Andy inadvertently proposes to Ellie. He then discovers that that the new doctor is engaged to be married.Ellie lets Andy off the hook, and they both agree to proceed slowly in their relationship.
- Although Dr. Benson moves to Mayberry and plans on settling there, he is never seen or heard from again.
- The series was filmed entirely in Hollywood, at Desilu Productions on the former RKO Pictures lot. Mayberry exteriors were shot on the former Selznick International Pictures lot, later known as Forty Acres. The rural fishing hole that opened each episode was Franklin Canyon Lake, just north of Beverly Hills. Franklin Canyon was also the site of the show's Myers Lake and other outdoor locales.
- The whistled theme song, "The Fishin' Hole" was composed by Earle Hagen (the music coordinator and famous whistler of the show) and Herbert Spencer, with unsung lyrics by Everett Sloane. Hagen also wrote the music for the series.
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Episode #1 - The New Housekeeper
Episode #2 - The Manhunt
Episode #3 - The Guitar Player
Episode #4 - Ellie Comes to Town
Episode #5 - Irresistible Andy
Episode #6 - Runaway Kid
Episode #7 - Andy the Matchmaker
Episode #8 - Opie's Charity
Episode #9 - A Feud is a Feud
Episode #10 - Ellie for Council
Episode #11 - Christmas Story
Episode #12 - Stranger in Town
Episode #13 - Mayberry Goes Hollywood
Episode #14 - The Horse Trader
Episode #15 - Those Gossipin' Men
Episode #16 - The Beauty Contest
Episode #17 - Alcohol and Old Lace
Episode #18 - Andy the Marriage Counselor
Episode #19 - Mayberry on Record
Episode #20 - Andy Saves Barney's Morale
Episode #21 - Andy and the Gentleman Crook
Episode #22 - Cyrano Andy
Episode #23 - Andy and Opie, Housekeepers
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