The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Darling Baby 

The musical Darling family descends upon Mayberry again. This time they are looking for a husband for Charlene's new baby daughter. Things get complicated when they choose Opie and refuse to take no for an answer.


Howard Morris


James Fritzell (as Jim Fritzell), Everett Greenbaum


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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
Denver Pyle ... Briscoe Darling
Maggie Mancuso ... Charlene Darling Wash (as Maggie Peterson)
Doug Dillard Doug Dillard ... Doug Darling (as The Dillards)
Rodney Dillard Rodney Dillard ... Rodney Darling (as The Dillards)
Mitch Jayne Mitch Jayne ... Mitch Darling (as The Dillards)
Dean Webb ... Dean Darling (as The Dillards)


The Darlings ride into town with Charlene toting her new baby. Briscoe announces they are searching for a young boy to become legally engaged to the little one. After some searching of the town, they show up at Andy's house to "do some picking", and discover Opie. They Darlings decide that Opie is the one and will not be convinced otherwise, no matter what Andy tries. Barney is over in the corner sipping on mulberry squeezins, and is getting so tipsy he is of no help. Finally Andy figures out a scientific trick to convince the Darlings that Opie would not be suitable. Written by Don Payette

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

7 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Darling Baby 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?


Barney says in this show that he is 35 years old. In reality, actor Don Knotts was 40 years old. See more »


Even though Andy and Opie sign the marriage contract at different times (one after the other), the signatures are shown to disappear simultaneously. See more »


Briscoe Darling: Lets git outta here. You got witchery in your house.
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Just a little on my Mama's side. Don't hold it against me.
Briscoe Darling: Don't touch me, it might be catchy.
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Stay All Night, Stay a Little Longer
Performed by Andy Griffith and The Dillards.
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Planned marriage
16 May 2019 | by greggaverSee all my reviews

Well the Darlings are back & with the idea of finding a future husband for Charlene's baby girl. Another mountain tradition, of course Opie turns out to be the target & Andy is alittle upset. Briscoe Darling is sure Opie will be the right one & will not listen to Andy. Andy suggest that they do some picking & maybe it will be cleared up. I guess Aunt Bee was on vacation no sign of her getting involved. As there picking Barney samples the mulberry squeezins & as always Barney gets wasted & starts to interfere with the whole process. Andy & Opie deceide to use a trick Opie used with lemon juice as disappearing ink. When it time to sign the papers Andy says a few words which he tells Briscoe is a family tradition. Andy & Opie sign & within 10 seconds both signatures disappear. The Darlings get spooked, the deal is off & out the door they run. Barney is still trying to stop it & the squeezins are doing the talking. Funny episode and as usual Don Knotts makes the whole thing funny!

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