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Mayberry R.F.D.: The Mynah Bird (1970)
Season 2, Episode 26
6/10
Macbeth: a television tragedy
14 January 2020
Howard is looking for someone to take care of his mynah (myna) bird Macbeth while he is away in Raleigh for a couple of days at an ornithology symposium (Goober: "bird lecture"). He wants someone responsible to care for his delicately trained bird. An eager Mike offers, and Howard agrees. Aunt Bee and Sam quickly learn to watch what they say around the repetitive bird. Mike's friend Harold (Richard Steele) takes Macbeth out on his own initiative and it flies out of the window. When the boys can't find Macbeth they decide to get another bird from the pet shop and train him to talk. Aunt Bee overhears the boys to discover the bird isn't Macbeth. They talk Aunt Bee into not saying anything to anyone yet. At the convention, Howard is approached by a man (Bill Erwin) whose friend emcees a Mt. Pilot kids TV show that is always looking for talent like Howard and Macbeth. Macbeth flies to Goober's garage saying "hello", leaving Goober to comically search for a customer. While Aunt Bee takes Mike to pick up Macbeth from Goober, Howard comes to Sam's and unknowingly takes the other bird to be on the show. As the cameras roll, things could be comically tragic for Howard with the "Macbeth" imposter.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: Millie, the Secretary (1970)
Season 2, Episode 25
5/10
Millie's New Job
13 January 2020
Millie is taking a secretarial course at Bradbury Business College to get a better job. She feels she flunked her exam but is ecstatic to receive a letter in the mail that she passed. Millie goes through Ajax Employment Agency in Siler City to find interviews cut short without her having experience. The employment agency phones her with a job not requiring experience and she goes to Magazine Inc. Unknown to her, it is a newly set up front for two bookies on the run from police. Millie is tasked with beginning a list from the phone book of every citizen in Siler City. She obverses how poor magazine businessmen they are how subscriptions are bad and decides to help them out by signing up subscribers. Things can only go downhill.

In my opinion, this is an episode that builds up more suspense than it delivers. As noted in the trivia section, the two men on the wrong side of the law also played convicts in season one's comedic "Help on the Farm". The story is similar to "The Andy Griffith Show" season six episode "Aunt Bee Takes a Job". An additional connection is that the police head was played by Richard X. Slattery who also played the police head in Raleigh in "A Visit to Barney Fife".
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Mayberry R.F.D.: Aloha, Goober (1970)
Season 2, Episode 24
6/10
Goober's Goof
10 January 2020
Goober is putting in max effort in signs and promotions to win his gas supplier's all-expenses-paid 10-day Hawaii vacation offer. Any dealer who increases their sales 200 percent for the month gets the reward. Sam feels Goober also wants to prove to everyone that he is just a good of a businessman as anyone. When Goober calculates that he has only improved 120 percent, he decides to stay open 24 hours a day. Goober next calculates that he has improved sales 212 percent and begins to pack for Hawaii. Millie decides to throw a going away party. However, the gas truck deliveryman Charlie (Judson Pratt) informs Goober that the contest hadn't even started yet. At the party, Goober can't bring himself to tell the others of the mistake he made. With gifts and ego, Goober decides to go off for 10 days and call/write back home pretending he is in Hawaii. The charade has comical complications.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: The Mayberry Float (1970)
Season 2, Episode 23
6/10
An attractive float
9 January 2020
The Mt. Pilot Historical Society is preparing their big parade again, leaving Mayberry to contemplate their float. After discussing different ideas, the town council decides to honor their early pioneer female settler. Clara longs to be the featured person on the float. They need a bigger truck to house the design and ask Clara to ask her nephew Jason who has the only suitable truck they know of. The parade is being run by Herb Mooney (character actor Herb Vigran) who drops in to check on Mayberry's float. He informs them that most of the towns are featuring attractive girls this time. Howard, Emmett, and Goober realize they must have an attractive girl as their pioneer woman if they wish to win. They ask Millie, who agrees. Unaware, Clara announces that Jason will loan them the truck they desperately need with the stipulation Clara plays the pioneer woman. In a dilemma, Sam agrees, knowing they must have the truck. Howard, Emmett, and Goober confront Sam who angrily steps down as head of the float project. Howard, Emmett, and Goober plot a way to get Millie on the float as well. But, without Clara knowing the scheme, problems are sure to arise and threaten the float.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: The Health Fund (1970)
Season 2, Episode 22
7/10
Howard's insurance
8 January 2020
At a meeting of the Royal Order of the Door to Good Fellowship finance committee, Sam addresses his lodge brothers about their new health insurance plan. It will only increase dues $8 a month with doctor/hospital bills paid by the lodge. All members feel more secure now and adjourn in a jovial mood. Howard, the lodge treasurer, soon informs Sam that he has been advised by his doctor to have an operation to correct his deviated septum and consents since the lodge will pay the expense. Elmo (Vince Barnett) takes issue with the timing and riles up the other members who feel Howard schemed the insurance plan for it. Goober and Emmett angrily confront Howard as "a crook". Sam drives Howard the Siler City hospital and Goober and Emmett go as well to keep an eye on things. While talking to his hospital roommate (John Harmon) about appendicitis symptoms, Howard comically believes he is having such issues. It causes Howard to stay an additional stay, to the chagrin of Goober and Emmett. Dr. Wilson (familiar character actor Frank Wilcox) examines Howard to find that the symptoms appear psychosomatic only, but orders lab tests to be conclusive. The lodge meets to question Sam on the state of the health fund, which they learn is heavily depleted. Goober suggests if Howard doesn't have appendicitis the lodge shouldn't pay for the additional day. Friction intensifies.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: The Sculptor (1970)
Season 2, Episode 21
5/10
"The Struggle"
7 January 2020
Millie has received a letter from Rex Alexander (Robert Sampson), an acquaintance from her time modeling in New York. The famed sculptor had been intrigued by Mayberry's "rural tranquility" as a place "to get away from it all" and has decided to visit. He wants to rent a small space to use as a studio. Millie throws a tea party to introduce everyone to Rex and they all enjoy meeting. Rex becomes immersed in the simple Mayberry way of life and announces that he wants to create a sculpture for the town as a gift. The town is abuzz of intrigue as Rex spends day and night working in secrecy. The citizens feel blessed and gather for a unveiling ceremony. "The Struggle" is revealed as a plain modern art piece consisting of oddly-flowing lines and shapes. The crowd looks on in awkward silence and the real struggle becomes pretending to like it. Aunt Bee, Myrtle, Howard, Emmett, Sam, and Millie can't figure out it's meaning and they decide to discreetly try to have Rex explain it. They are unsuccessful and after examining it individually conclude that it isn't for Mayberry, but face a dilemma of not hurting Rex's feelings. Aunt Bee and Sam come up with an idea.

When I see an episode rated so low, it becomes intriguing as to why. In my opinion, it is not reflective of the script, which holds interest more than most, but the feelings it invokes. Rex quickly becomes a very likable character and the viewer naturally is happy for him. When the artwork is unveiled you can feel the awkwardness through the screen. You feel bad for Rex and viewing the episode is now a bit uncomfortable. There's some themes that could have been explored to give the episode more depth and heart. However, I find the plot relatable. I live in a small town very much like Mayberry. A few years ago a local organization operated by people not in tune with it's citizens interests commissioned an art piece in town. The modern art monstrosity is out of place to our cultural heritage and it's meaning still unknown. It was created in secrecy, installed in secrecy, and is likewise despised in secrecy. So, this is not such an outlandish concept to happen to a small town, and reworking the character development and exploring some themes would have made this a better episode.
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6/10
Inferior Millie
30 December 2019
An overworked and stressed Sam longs to get away for the weekend. He plans with Howard a camping trip with their girls. Millie, however, has been planning a swanky Charlotte hotel stay with Sam. She reluctantly agrees to the camping trip. While gathering firewood, Howard falls and tears a ligament in his foot. Sam takes Millie and Howard's girlfriend Barbara (Corinne Camacho) fishing. Millie begins feeling dejected and out of place seeing the other's outdoor know-how. She further begins feeling inferior to Barbara and concerned of her interactions with Sam. Upon her return she brainstorms an idea to show Sam she still has fine traits, with a comical complication.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: The Mayberry Road (1970)
Season 2, Episode 19
6/10
"Save our trees"
17 December 2019
While appreciating a beautiful spot in Grover's Woods with lush trees, Aunt Bee learns from Sam that a road connecting Mayberry to the highway is to be constructed at the location. She brings together some of her garden club friends to build support to stop it. However, the women reason that it won't claim that many trees. Aunt Bee doesn't let up and they soon join her cause. Aunt Bee approaches Sam into forwarding the movement, but he refuses, as it with the mindset they'd be no roads anywhere. A rift develops until Sam reluctantly agrees to take the protest to the highway commissioner- Mr. Osbourne (Ned Wertimer, "The Jeffersons"). He, too, fails to see the validity of the protest and construction soon starts. The women (and Howard) arrive with signs to block the bulldozer in protest. A standoff ensues.

An overplayed and predictable plot, but a pleasing and bit comical resolution.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: Goober's Brother (1970)
Season 2, Episode 18
5/10
Braden Pyle
10 December 2019
Goober receives a letter from his brother Braden (familiar character actor Woodrow Parfrey) that he is returning to his hometown for a visit. Braden left for the Navy nearly 20 years ago and stayed in California. Goober was always pals with his older brother and is anxious to show him that he owns his own gas station. Goober's perception is that his brother works in a factory and scrimped and saved to afford the trip. Unknown to him, Braden is a successful and important engineer in the government's space program. Upon arriving, Braden decides to not tell of his position and to just enjoy the company of his brother and Mayberry friends. However, at dinner he receives an important call and they discover his importance and success. It makes Goober feel inferior, and merits of both lifestyles are pondered.

A sharper, more developed script would have made this a nice episode. The concept was there.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: Emmett and the Ring (1970)
Season 2, Episode 17
7/10
Diamond's Aren't Forever
25 November 2019
Emmett has been given "a real inside tip on a sure thing" from a stockbroker friend over a planned merger. As their anniversary approaches, Emmett takes Martha's diamond engagement ring to a Mt. Pilot jeweler, Mr. Peterson (Arthur Peterson, "SOAP"), to be cleaned, and is given a value of $1,500 on it. While browsing the store, Emmett notices how a $35 synthetic cut looks identical to Martha's $1,500 one. He buys the synthetic diamond as a replacement and pawns Martha's for $1,100 and uses the money to buy into the stock tip. Emmett learns that his friend was wrong on the merger, and he loses $600 on the deal. A dejected Emmett feels Martha will never know. However, she unknowingly has the ring appraised for insurance purposes by Mr. Finletter (Byron Morrow). Being their anniversary, Sam, Goober, and Howard come over and gifts them with an electric blanket. While there, Mr. Finletter calls with the results of the appraisal. An upset Martha sets out for her mother's, unless the right perspective can be realized.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: The New Well (1970)
Season 2, Episode 16
7/10
A clash of methods
21 November 2019
Sam discovers their well is going dry and leaves for Raleigh to find a drilling company. J.P. Judson (Douglas Fowley), a haggard man with a prospector appearance, arrives at the farm advertising his douser profession of finding water with a divining rod. Aunt Bee lets him stay in their barn until Sam can return and talk with him. Modern engineer Mr. Harris (Hal Lynch) of the drilling company begins working on Sam's farm. Judson uses his old-fashioned beliefs with the diving rod to contradict the drill team. While everyone focuses on the drill team, Judson holds true to his method and claims he has found the spot. Sam initially dismisses it and holds firms even after trying the rod himself. The modern and old-fashioned methods continue to clash until one wins out.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: Emmett Takes a Fall (1970)
Season 2, Episode 15
7/10
Ernie's Fix-it Shop?
20 November 2019
In tossing a football with Sam at Goober's service station, Emmett falls into the grease pit. He reluctantly goes to the doctor to find he has a broken arm. Emmett's arm is placed in a cast for 5-6 weeks. He realizes he will have to close his fix-it shop for the duration and worries about the consciences for the citizens. He decides to bring in someone and places an ad for employment in the newspaper. A scientifically-minded high schooler, Ernie (Elliott Street) answers the ad and is reluctantly hired by Emmett. Ernie skillfully fixes a variety of items so well that he is making a name for himself among the citizens of Mayberry. Thrones of people begin taking their broken devices to the shop for Ernie to fix, excited it won't be done by Emmett's lacking repair skills. Many are modern convinces Emmett isn't familiar with. Emmett realizes the situation and begins feeling lackluster and no longer needed. He decides to make a serious announcement and wrestles with reality.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: Goober's Niece (1970)
Season 2, Episode 14
6/10
Fatherly Goober
20 November 2019
Goober nervously awaits his niece Beverly's (Erica Chandler) arrival to Mayberry at the bus stop. The 15-year-old will be staying for two weeks while her parents are away on a trip. The two warmly greet one another with Goober gifting an oversized teddy bear and acting fatherly. Sam is concerned that Goober is treating her more like a child. Beverly meets Tommy (Gene R. Wallace) while at the gas station and he instantly is attracted to her. He calls to ask her to a dance at Siler City High. When Goober finds out, he rudely hangs up on Tommy, but later consents. When Tommy brings Beverly home nearly an hour late, Goober loses his cool and threatens the romance.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: Palm Springs Cowboy (1969)
Season 2, Episode 13
6/10
King Beaumont
18 November 2019
Fully soaking up the Palms Springs lifestyle, Howard greets their neighbor, Hollywood producer Walter Michaels (Arthur Space) who mostly ignores him. While at a cowboy breakfast gathering, the Mayberry group meets singing cowboy King Beaumont (Dick Foran), whose entertainment style has been left behind. King brings Howard a script, under the impression he is a buddy of Walter Michaels. King hopes to star in a picture project he's developed about a reasoning singing cowboy to offset the violence in movies today. King feels Howard can seal the deal with Mr. Michaels. Howard reads the entire script to the guys who feel it's a solid story. Howard secures a meeting between everyone whose hopes hinge on Mr. Michaels. A lesson is learned on the power of singing.
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6/10
"Sam's girl"
18 November 2019
While enjoying a day out with the others in Palm Springs, Sam runs into an old war buddy, Charlie Harris (Charles Bateman). The two lived it up as womanizers while serving in Tahiti. Charlie is a golf pro now at one of the local clubs. Charlie invites Sam and Millie to the driving range. Sam remembers they have to pick up Mike and Goober at the movies, to Millie's disappointment. Charlie suggests she stays behind and he will bring her home later. Charlie is very straightforward in showering Millie with compliments on her beauty, making her uncomfortable. When he walks her to the the door he kisses her just as Goober looks out. Goober turns away in shock and misses Millie slapping Charlie and storming inside. Millie dreads telling Sam who ends up playing it off with a laugh, angering her who feels she's being taken for granted as Sam's property. She retaliates by going to Charlie for a date. He surprises her by turning her down as "Sam's girl" and saying he was wrong before. She decides to go out anyway to make Sam think she's on a date, and stays late at a soda fountain comically trying every flavor. The two wrestle their feelings while away from one another.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: Palm Springs, Here We Are (1969)
Season 2, Episode 11
6/10
A deserted friendship
15 November 2019
From the plane everyone admires the view of the Grand Canyon, except Howard who is busy flirting with the stewardess (Sandra de Bruin). They arrive at the grand mission-style home Selma has allowed them to stay in while she's away in Europe. Tensions quickly mount between Howard and Goober upon sharing a room together. Goober, Howard, Sam, and Millie take a dune buggy ride across the desert sand but run out of gas. A passerby (Kirk Nyby) is able to give Sam and Millie a lift for gas, leaving Goober and Howard alone together in the hot desert. Hours pass and a sandstorm appears to be approaching. How will this affect the old friends?
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Mayberry R.F.D.: Palm Springs, Here We Come (1969)
Season 2, Episode 10
6/10
A fraction of a trip
15 November 2019
Aunt Bee's friend Selma Plunkett (Ruth McDevitt, "The Birds") has come to visit. She married a wealthy ball bearing plant manufacturer and they have homes across the world. Selma invites Aunt Bee, Sam, and Mike to stay at their Palm Springs home while they're in Europe for two months. Aunt Bee and Sam graciously decline the generous offer, but Mike brings up reasons they can and plans are made. In a get-together with friends, Selma offers the five-bedroom home to Howard, Emmett, Goober, and Millie as well, and they makes arrangements to get on board. The lone snag is Mike's struggling with fractions in school. His teacher (Jessica Myerson, "Mrs. Doubtfire") informs Sam that they will be having another test in a week. Sam sets out to teach Mike in that time, with his test being the deciding factor on the trip.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: The New Farmhand (1969)
Season 2, Episode 9
6/10
Rudy
14 November 2019
Sam hires a new farmhand, Rudy Harwell (Glen Ash) to harvest the crops. The husky, middle-aged man fits in instantly with everyone and builds a friendship with Mike. Flora, who is still watching over the family while Aunt Bee is away caring for her ailing sister, suggests Sam should spend more time with Mike. She is afraid Mike is beginning to enjoy being around Rudy more than him. Sam is disheartened when his attempts fall short of Mike's interest in spending time with Rudy. A strength of character will be shown.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: The Caper (1969)
Season 2, Episode 8
7/10
Incompetent officer vs. bungled burglar
13 November 2019
Howard informs a Greensboro man (familiar character actor Herb Vigran) considering a move to Mayberry that the town has been without a sheriff since Andy moved away. They've been "getting along with just a deputy sheriff"- Goober. The man questions Goober's character for the job and walks out. Howard vents to Sam how Mayberry is unable to attract more residents and asks him to call a special city council meeting concerning Goober. He implores the council to find an alternative to Goober comprising the entire police force. They counter that he worked some under Andy and has been going to the sheriff's academy two nights a month. Councilman and Mayberry Bank President Cyrus Tankersley (George Cisar, Sgt. Mooney on "Dennis the Menace") puts his trust in Goober and joins the others in voting down Howard's motion to hire a sheriff. Howard leaves angrily. Emmett inadvertently tells Goober about the meeting and Goober is now upset. Howard plans to stage a robbery of the bank. He dons a stocking to disguise his face and a realistic-looking water gun to hold up the teller, Hilda (Linda Meiklejohn) and leave with a bag of money. When he tries to drive off, his car won't start while Goober confronts him. Hilda runs out to find Howard was the robber and Goober arrests him with the town abuzz. Howard tries to explain himself behind bars to Goober and the two begin to argue. Goober with his pride hurt won't let Howard go, leaving an odd situation that Sam tries to find a solution for.

A previous reviewer sagely pointed out that Howard felt like Barney Fife in this episode. That's because Barney in fact had a similar incident with this episode somewhat a reworking of The Andy Griffith Show episode "The Bank Job". While certainly not the quality of its predecessor, this is a pretty good offering for "Mayberry R.F.D."
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6/10
The Russian Farmer
12 November 2019
As part of the Farmer Exchange Project, Russia is sending some of their farmers to study American agricultural methods, and vice versa. The Department of Agriculture has selected Sam's farm as one of the host spots. Professor Luboff is to spend two weeks there. To his surprise, the professor is a woman, Tanya (Charlene Polite). She is all business, and Millie and Flora (Dorothy Konrad), the housekeeper, implore Sam to arrange a date for her. He talks Howard into asking Tanya out, who politely declines. She overhears Flora talking to Sam and Howard how Tanya hasn't discovered that its fun to be a woman. This sends Tanya to the mirror to contemplate her appearance and behavior.

This is the third consecutive episode with a different housekeeper for Sam. It was established in the preceding episode that Aunt Bee is staying with her ailing sister.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: Mike's Birthday Party (1969)
Season 2, Episode 6
6/10
A Prized Party
11 November 2019
While Aunt Bee is away caring for her ailing sister, Aunt Ella (Renie Riano) steps in for her. Mike is excited for his upcoming birthday party. His classmate Sally (Christine Matchett) is also having a party on the same day. They both stick to that day, as they've sent out invitations. Sally was hoping to have boys at her party and is agitated that they all seem to be going to Mike's party. She begins enticing the boys to her party with promises of great prizes. The boys begin measuring the prizes to be given away at each party with Mike's merely coming from the dime store. Mike is saddened when the boys begin canceling on him. Goober offers to do his magic tricks and Howard his travel videos as entertainment to entice them back. Mike and Sally try to come up with a resolution.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: Millie, the Model (1969)
Season 2, Episode 5
6/10
Millie in Manhattan
8 November 2019
Millie visits a Mt. Pilot dress shop run by a friend, Mrs. Emma Whittaker (Eve McVeagh, "High Noon") anxious for her to try on a new line of dresses. Millie is introduced to the garment's designer Miss Rogers (June Vincent) who asks her to come to New York to model the line for fashion magazines. Miss Rogers seeks an attractive woman radiating a genuine character that professional models lack. Sam and Millie's friends are supportive as she sets out for Manhattan. A week passes without word from Millie. A postcard had been overlooked by the postman (Norman Leavitt), but another week passes without further communication. Sam decides to go to New York under the pretense of investing money directly on Wall Street. He arrives to get up with Millie who is ecstatic to see him. She struggles to have time for him, however, between photo shoots and parties. The consciences are unexpected.

Settling into the second season, "Mayberry R.F.D." has shown what it will be as a series. Those expecting "The Andy Griffith Show" will be sorely disappointed. The tone here is much softer. The stories are often light and not very developed, and the laughs few and far between. It's just a sweet little visit with old friends. "Mayberry R.F.D." merely allows us to mingle in the most idyllic town ever created for a little longer.
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7/10
Goober's pride
7 November 2019
Goober is irate over his bill from the Mt. Pilot telephone company for calls he did not make. He storms into the office where the matter is politely handled by Violet (Luana Anders) in a manner the two become complimentary to one another. They spend her coffee break together in a nearby diner. They go out to Morelli's for a Saturday night date where another man (David Ketchum) comes on to her. Goober confront him but is punched in the gut and Violet uses her judo skills to dispatch the aggressor. Goober is teased over the incident. It leaves him feeling insecure and agitated. He's bothered enough to hang a "For Sale" sign at his gas station. Goober will be tested by another incident at Morelli's that goes in an unexpected direction.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: Howard, the Poet (1969)
Season 2, Episode 3
6/10
Writer's Block
6 November 2019
"The Carolina Pen and Quill", the state literary magazine, sends a letter to Howard. It reads that they are initiating a new poetry section for native North Carolina poets and asks to commission him to write an original poem for the page. An honored Howard regards it as a "team victory" with the Mayberry literary club. The citizens are excited for how it can affect Mayberry. Howard sets out writing his poem, but writer's block poses a serious threat; Or perhaps the answer?

An exasperated Howard has some funny moments in this one.
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Mayberry R.F.D.: Saving Morelli's (1969)
Season 2, Episode 2
5/10
Sam's Floorshow
6 November 2019
Mr. Morelli (Italian character actor Frank Puglia) announces that he will be closing his restaurant due to declining customers. They seem to prefer Pagano's in Mt. Pilot where they feature a floorshow. Howard and Millie offer to help by going to Raleigh to hire an act from Charley Pierce's (Buddy Lester) theatrical agency. They hire the comedic Claghorn Brothers. The news attracts customers from all around, but due to a family emergency the act cancels. Howard and Millie plead with Sam to do his act from his days as a song-and-dance man to save the day. He declines, drawing the ire of his friends who pressure him to accept. Will it be enough to save Morelli's and who will continue the entertainment?

I agree with the previous reviewer who noted how prime this episode would have been for a variety show spotlighting each actor. Ken Jones' scarecrow song-and-dance routine is the episode highlight.
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