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What did he purchase in Spokane?

I haven't mentioned this in a few days, so perhaps the answer is not known to all.

Do you have a relative like Uncle Ollie?

Do you remember an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” titled “The Family Visit”?

First airing in 1964, it dealt with the downside of relatives spending their vacation at your place.

What did he purchase in Spokane?

It was something he selected for his intended, the high-spirited Charlene Darling.

50 years ago this week on “Andy Griffith”

In an episode called “My Fair Ernest T. Bass,” Andy tries to turn the antic mountain man into a gentleman who can pass as a society swell at Mrs. Wiley's hoity-toity party (an admittedly unlikely gathering for Mayberry).

If you think of yourself as someone who knows his or her “Andy Griffith,” then you would know how to do an impression of ETB saying “How do you do, Mrs.Wiley.”


“The Bed Jacket”

If you have heard of a “bed jacket,” I am willing to bet there is a good chance it is because you are familiar with an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” that first aired on Dec. 17, 1962.

“The Bed Jacket” was a wonderfully written, well-acted illustration that, though the Taylor household was not a nuclear family in the traditional sense, the home was built on a foundation of love.

Andy gives up his prized fishing rod so he can get Aunt Bea a birthday present that will make her happy. And though the episode is not set at Christmas, it says a lot about the joy of giving.

Things Kids Need to Hear Department

“Being sorry is not the magic word that makes everything right again.” — Sheriff Andy Taylor speaking to his son, Opie, in a quietly great episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” called “Opie the Birdman.”

The original air date was Sept. 30, 1963.

This week on “Andy Griffith” (1963)

In an episode called “Gomer the Houseguest,” the Taylors take in the recently fired filling station attendant and his antics keep everyone from getting much sleep.

Perhaps you remember his stirring rendition of “No Account Mule.”

Barney Fife School of Bird Interpretation

I guess it all depends on when you head out the door. But this morning seemed like an especially fine occasion for employing what we learned from Deputy Fife in a great episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” called “Opie the Birdman.”

Remember when Barney purported to understand bird language?

Here's hoping that all the ones we heard this morning were saying “I feel pretty good.”

Happy Friday.

It’s Talk Like Briscoe Darling Day

Well, at least it is here at The Slice Blog.

And it's easy. You don't really need to know a lot of the character's lines. That's because one of his staples can be used in almost any situation.

“More power to ya.”

What's the “Andy Griffith Show” connection between the Darling family and Spokane?

Programming alert

The 1963 episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” in which Spokane is mentioned is on the TV Land channel Monday morning at 11.

It's just a passing reference. But if you enjoy local trivia, it's fun to hear. You could record it and then fast-forward to near the end, which is where a returning soldier steps off a bus back home in North Carolina and mentions the Lilac City.

That show, “The Darlings Are Coming,” kicks off a block of six episodes featuring the musical mountain family.

But remember. TV Land has a record of chopping the hell out of these classic shows. Got to make room for yet another “Hot in Cleveland” promo, I suppose.

OK, “Andy Griffith” might not qualify as sacred texts, even to baby boomers. But as pop culture goes, some of those gentle stories come pretty close.

Mayberry After Midnight

These boys are about to revamp their own little newspaper to make it more like the kick-ass names-named gossip column “Mayberry After Midnight” appearing in the Mayberry Gazette.

A small-town paper actually running a column like “Mayberry After Midnight” would cause such a ferocious fecal storm and drive away advertisers at such a breakneck pace that, well, it would be entertaining while it lasted.

But it remains the most deliciously absurd name for a column ever.

You cannot trust TV Land channel

I've known for some time that the cable channel takes some pretty hideous liberties with cutting scenes from many of the old shows it presents. But yesterday I encountered the worst-ever whack job.

Though I have seen it a million times and know every line, I set the DVR Thursday morning to record an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” called “Man in a Hurry.”

I'm not alone in regarding it as among the show's best.

Anyway, I got around to watching it before bedtime last night. I was ready to spend a few minutes with an old friend. And, to my utter amazement, I discovered that the preservers of our pop culture heritage at TV Land had chopped off the ending.


Someone watching “Man in a Hurry” for the first time would not know it concludes with the sweetest little grace note.

Sleep well, Mr. Tucker. Your many fans will always remember your story the way it was meant to be told.

When you were a kid…

… what was the generic name for all soft drinks where you grew up?

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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