Andy Griffith Show Memories : Episode #28 - Andy Forecloses
Scrooge-like businessman Ben Weaver insists that Andy foreclose on a neighbor who is having money troubles.
Season Number: 1
Episode Number: 28
First Aired: April 24, 1961
Writers: Ben Gershman, Leo Solomon
Director: Bob Sweeney
Ron Howard (Opie Taylor)
Don Knotts (Barney Fife)
Andy Griffith (Andy Taylor)
Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee Taylor)
Hope Summers (Bertha)
Sam Edwards (Lester Scoby)
Margaret Kerry (Helen Scoby)
Joy Ellison (Mary Scoby)
Bob McQuain (Bill)
Jack Prince (Rummage Sale Customer)
Will Wright (Ben Weaver)
Mayberry's resident grouch, Ben Weaver, shows up at the courthouse one day and informs Andy that he's foreclosing on the Scobys, a family that is behind on their mortgage payments. Despite Andy's appeal that Ben give the Scoby's more time or have a little compassion on the family, Ben insists that Andy proceed with his duty. When Andy goes to see Lester Scoby and his family, he finds out that Lester is working hard to try to make ends meet and has never been late on a payment before. Realizing that Lester is doing all he can do to provide for his family, Andy and Barney chip in to come up with the money for rent. However, when they try to pay Ben, he informs them that because a payment was missed, the entire balance of the property is due. Determined not to have the Scobys evicted, Andy, Barney, and Aunt Bee do their best to try to raise the money. In order to give them more time, Andy figures out a way to stall the foreclosure process. But, when they come up short, Andy has no choice but to do his duty. He wonders if it's possible that Ben may not realize just how much trauma he's putting the Scobys through. He pretends to be mean to them as he orders them to get out of the house. In the end, Ben stops the foreclosure.
- This is the first mention of the never-seen character of Juanita.
- 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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