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"We Want Ellie!"
―Women of Mayberry
Ellie for Council

Season 1, Episode 10


Original airdate
December 12, 1960
Directed by
Written by


It's a battle of the sexes when Ellie Walker decides to become the very first woman to run for a seat on the Mayberry City Council - and the town's horrified menfolk decide to sabotage her new found political career.


After learning that the Mayberry Town Council is comprised entirely of men and that no woman has been on the council or ever been considered, Ellie decides to throw her hat in the ring. This is much to the astonishment of every man in town, especially Andy. Despite their best efforts, Ellie gets on the ballot and has a decent chance of winning election. The men then come with a scheme to force their wives to give up their support of Ellie. The women quickly fire back with a plan of their own, which results in a full blown battle of the sexes. When it becomes clear that things are getting out of hand, Ellie withdraws her candidacy. When Opie boldly announces that the men showed the women who's really boss, Andy realizes the problems with his anti-female attitude, and sets out to make amends. Although the outcome of the election is never revealed in the episode, Ellie is part of the town council in later episodes.


  • First appearance of Barney's girlfriend Hilda Mae in the series.
  • This episode was filmed 54 years ago (as of 2014), yet it remains an example of the fight for equality. This was rare on a television show in 1960.
  • Otis Campbell's wife, Rita, appears for the first time in this episode.
  • The election results are never said, but it appears Ellie won since she appears on the council on later episodes.
  • In this episode, Otis is jailed for assault — the only time for an offense other than drunkenness. During a fight with Rita, Otis tries to hit her with a leg of lamb, misses, and hits his mother-in-law in the mouth.
  • There is a continuity error from scene to scene in this episode. After Andy talks to the rally there is a shot of Barney is confused, but the scene then cuts to one of Barney cheering with Hilda Mae.


Barney: "What man would vote for a woman?"
Sam: "The Same Weak-Kneed, Chicken Liver, Yellow-Streak Turn-coat that would sign a Petition!"
Barney: "I'm just waiting for you to go too far"

Andy: "There's one for the books, being kissed by a councilman"..


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