The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Barney on the Rebound 

A flashy, sophisticated new girl in town takes a surprising and deep interest in Barney.


Bob Sweeney




Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Betty Lynn ... Thelma Lou
Jackie Coogan ... George Stevens
Beverly Tyler ... Gladys 'Melissa' Stevens


When Barney is taken with a new girl in town, he and Thelma Lou have a lover's quarrel and declare their freedom from each other. Barney decides he is going to play the field and begins seeing the new girl. Things move a little too fast for him and, before you know it, he's engaged. He'll need Andy's help to get out of it and back into the good graces of Thelma Lou. Written by tomtrekp

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

30 October 1961 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The late Jackie Coogan (George) would go on to play Uncle Fester in "The Adams Family" (1964). See more »


As Andy approaches Thelma Lou's home, the dimensions of the porch exterior differ from the close-up set when she answers the door -- notably the length of the wall to the left of the door jamb. See more »


Gladys 'Melissa' Stevens: [cuddling up against Barney] Wouldn't you like to stay like this forever?
Barney Fife: [uncomfortably] Well...
Gladys 'Melissa' Stevens: Well, wouldn't you?
Barney Fife: Yeah, I guess.
Gladys 'Melissa' Stevens: Barney, do you mean it? Daddy! Daddy, come quick! Wait'll ya hear!
Barney Fife: What? What? Hear what?
George Stevens: What is it? What is it? What happened?
Gladys 'Melissa' Stevens: Daddy, guess what? Barney has just proposed to me.
George Stevens: He did?
Gladys 'Melissa' Stevens: He did.
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Valses Nobles et Sentimentales - 1. Modéré - très franc
Music by Maurice Ravel
A brief excerpt as background music when Andy walks up to Thelma Lou's front door
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The price of playing the field
13 November 2018 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

This is a very funny episode from beginning to end. The opening scene is interesting for veteran fans who enjoy spotting recurring non-speaking extras as they make their way through the Mayberry loop. For instance, there goes Smiling Woman (aka Nice Dress,Nellie) across the street, and farther back one of the only citizens of color in town, the rather tall black woman in a dress, is crossing to the other side. Danny Thomas's brother strolls by, apparently on his way to Myers Lake, and as usual he doesn't say a word. Betty Lynn is photographed particularly handsomely in this episode, especially in her scene with Andy in her living room. Barney's effort to tamp down his temptress's ardor by diverting the conversation to the merits of efficient lighting is made even funnier as he tries to stick his head under the lampshade to check the wattage of the bulb. Jackie Coogan is cast perfectly as the male half of the conniving couple, although you have to wonder what the flashy Melissa/Gladys sees in him for a mate that she doesn't see in Deputy Fife. This is one episode that would benefit from dispensing with the laugh track, which here features the hysterical, high-pitched laugh of a female and the lowbrow guffawing guy that are a regular (and somewhat annoying) part of the track throughout the first five seasons. One wonders what kind of entertainment the recorded duo found so hilarious. It's early in the second season, yet Andy Griffith has already put his Will Stockdale bumpkin in storage and has become a more polished, even a more sophisticated, leader of of the community.

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