The Andy Griffith Show/The Battle of Mayberry

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The Battle of Mayberry
Airdate April 4, 1966
Writer(s) Paul David & John L. Greene
Director(s) Alan Rafkin
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The Andy Griffith ShowSeason Six

Guest Stars: George Lindsey (Goober), Howard McNear (Floyd), Aneta Corsaut (Helen), Hope Summers (Clara), Norm Alden (Tom Strongbow), Arthur Malet (Purvis), Clinton Sundberg (Farley Upchurch)


Plot Overview

The editor of the Mayberry Gazette announces that in honor of the newspaper's 50th anniversary, it will sponsor an essay-writing contest for Opie's class. The essay is to be on the Famous Battle of Mayberry and winner will get a medallion and will have their essay printed on the front page. Opie is enthusiastic at the prospect of winning and takes his father's advice and decides to interview various townsfolk about the role their ancestors played in the battle. All Opie finds is that everyone - Aunt Bee, Floyd, Goober, Clara Edwards - claims that their ancestors played the most important role in the historic battle. Andy suggests that Opie spend some time at the library in Raleigh looking through old newspapers to see what he can find. Opie finds an account of the encounter but it certainly wasn't much of a battle and the when he wins the contest and has his essay published, there are a lot of long faces in Mayberry.