The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Opie's Job 

Opie tries to get a job delivering groceries to pay for getting his bike fixed. He competes with another boy for it, but finds out the other boy needs the money to help his family.


Lawrence Dobkin (as Larry Dobkin)


Art Baer, Ben Joelson




Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle
Howard McNear ... Floyd Lawson
Norris Goff ... Mr. Doakes
Johnny Bangert Johnny Bangert ... Billy Crenshaw
Ronda Jeter ... Sharon Porter


Andy is not very pleased with Opie when the boy comes home and tells him he crashed his bicycle into a tree wrecking the front wheel. Andy tells him he has a mind to make him pay for the repairs and Opie takes his comments to heart and starts looking for a part-time job. He's not having much luck but Aunt Bee steers him in the direction of the grocer who is advertising for a delivery boy. When Opie shows up at the store, there's another boy, Billy Crenshaw, who also wants it. They both get hired for a week and Opie is thrilled at the end of it when he gets the job permanently. When he hears why Billy wants the job however, he reconsiders. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

13 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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First episode shown in color. See more »


When Opie is on his way to apply for a job at Mr. Doakes' store, his shirt tail is hanging out. In the very next shot after he rounds the corner, his shirt is tucked in. See more »


Mr. Doakes: Why sure we can deliver. Is 30 seconds soon enough?
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He's a running rascal
16 October 2017 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

The season opens with, of course, an Opie story, and if you are seeing it on Netflix or on the complete-season DVDs, it bursts upon you in brilliant, almost startling, color. The funniest scene is Goober's coaching Opie on how to apply for a job, an outdated method even for 1965 but one which might be just as effective in today's difficult job market as anything else. The bicycle that Opie wraps around a tree looks like the same one that Malcolm Merriweather rode into town and the same one that Opie got as a reward in the report card episode. Sheriff Andy has turned more authoritarian since the episode of season 5 in which Opie struggles with arithmetic and with Barney's absurd aptitude test. Opie's use of "sir" several times, done quite deliberately ("there's salt on the table, sir"), in replying to his dad must have been a reaction at the time to adults' hand-wringing over what was seen then in the run-up to Woodstock as a breakdown of morals and a lack of respect for authority of the youth of the mid-1960s. It's as if John Wayne dropped by the set and offered to punch up the script and perhaps punch out any dissenters in the bargain. The most frustrating thing about the story is Opie's failure to simply explain to Mr. Doaks and to his dad why he should give up his job in favor of the other kid. It's the same failure that got him into trouble about finding the $50.00 last season and later on about breaking the bottle of perfume (really only water) in season 8. Still, does Andy have to be so stern and humorless with the boy? Finally, Goober gives us yet another of TAGS's mentions of the civil service. Apparently, for a Mayberrian there was no finer career path.

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