The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Man in a Hurry 

A businessman's car breaks down two miles from Mayberry on a Sunday. He has a business appointment in Charlotte the next morning. He walks to town and finds it deserted until church lets ... See full summary »


Bob Sweeney


Everett Greenbaum, James Fritzell (as Jim Fritzell)


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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
William Keene ... Reverend Hobart M. Tucker
Norman Leavitt ... Wally
Jim Nabors ... Gomer Pyle
Robert Emhardt ... Malcolm Tucker


A businessman's car breaks down two miles from Mayberry on a Sunday. He has a business appointment in Charlotte the next morning. He walks to town and finds it deserted until church lets out. The garage is also closed on Sunday. Gomer is working but can only pump gas and Wally refuses to repair the car until Monday. The stranger can't believe the pace of life in Mayberry and everyone's lack of urgency. Andy tries to talk him into spending the night and getting the car fixed on Monday. He will hear of no such first. Written by miller_m_r

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Comedy | Family







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14 January 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Did You Know?


In the scene where Andy and Mr. Tucker first talk with Gomer at Wally's Service Station about repairing Tucker's car, the film sets for "The Real McCoys" are clearly visible in the background behind Gomer as he stands by the gas pump. These sets were later demolished so the Quonset hut sets for "Gomer Pyle USMC" could be built. See more »


The telephone is tied up all day with The Mendlebright sisters yet Gomer is able to call the courthouse. See more »


Malcolm Tucker: Why do they leave a boy like that in charge?
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Well, it's just a part-time job. He's savin' up money for college, studyin' to be a doctor.
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The Church in the Wildwood
Written by Dr. William S. Pitts
Performed by Andy Griffith, Don Knotts and Robert Emhardt
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One of the best Andy Griffith episodes
24 September 2006 | by Captnimmo-1See all my reviews

This episode is a timeless lesson about life and will always be applicable. The basic principles of human behavior and influences are clearly illustrated. What appears to be an uncaring businessman turns out to be, at the core, the same as the folks in Mayberry. He is reminded of an earlier time when he, too, made time for the important things in life. This is best illustrated by the man's perseverance toward peeling an apple all in one long piece. It seems that his success in accomplishing this task opens his eyes to the basic life lessons that Andy, Barney and Gomer live everyday. This episode will touch the pure human core of contentment with what you have rather than what you think you can achieve if you just keep pushing harder and harder without consideration for the people around you. The phrase that first comes to mind when I think of this episode is "Stop and smell the roses."

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