The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The County Nurse 

When local farmer Rafe Hollister refuses to take his tetanus shot, Andy and Barney try to convince him he should.


Bob Sweeney




Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) (credit only)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Jack Prince ... Rafe Hollister
Julie Adams ... Mary Simpson


Andy agrees to help the pretty new county nurse, Mary Simpson, talk farmer Rafe Hollister into taking his tetanus shot. Rafe is a hard working man who, he says, has never been sick and has never had to see a doctor. Mary had promised her bosses that she would have a 100% success rate in inoculations, so getting Rafe on board is important to her. It's important for Andy as well as he quite likes Mary and would like to see more of her. They do finally get Rafe on board, but in reviewing her list, she realizes that there is one other individual who hasn't had his shot yet: Barney! Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

19 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rafe Hollister's farm is the same farm as Flint & Frankie's farm in season one's "Ellie Saves a Female". See more »


In the opening scene, there's a blank space in the lower left corner of the bulletin board with police notices overlapping everywhere else. After Mary leaves, a flyer appears in the blank space, not overlapping any of the other notices. See more »


Rafe Hollister: I ain't never been to the doctor in my life.
Mary Simpson: Not ever?
Rafe Hollister: When I's born, I had my mama, and when I die, I'll have the undertaker. I don't see no sense in clutterin' things up in between.
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Dig My Grave With a Silver Spade
Music by Fred McDowell
Lyrics by Blind Lemon Jefferson
Sung by Andy Griffith
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Hot cup of coffee straightens fellow out
12 December 2018 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

The Flynt farm once again changes ownership, and once again our lawmen approach it uninvited, the ever-present chickens posing as much a problem for passage as Rafe Hollister's marksmanship. Julie Adams presents a promising romantic prospect for Sheriff Taylor, but, like Little Joe's girlfriends on Bonanza, who couldn't seem to avoid getting killed off before joining Hop Sing in the kitchen of the Ponderosa, Nurse Mary, while she escapes such a dramatic fate, is written out of the series before she can refill her syringe. It's a shame, too, what with that lovely face and dark hair and a genuine southern accent showing through from time to time (the way she pronounces "Rafe" in the sponsor spot on the DVDs is the giveaway). The highlight in this story is the scene between Rafe and Andy, the exact moment in the series when Jack Prince makes Rafe a lovable character without ever looking back. That he didn't continue on with the series after such a wonderful start is a real pity.

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