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Opie finds a man's change purse containing $50.


Opie finds a man's purse containing $50 inside (or about $413 adjusted for inflation). When he tells his pa, Andy puts it away for safekeeping, telling Opie if no one claims it within a week, the money is his. He starts thinking about what toys, fishing rods, and other items to buy. Soon, his patience is rewarded and the $50 is now his. Andy also gives him a piggy bank to make him save some of the cash so he doesn't squander all of it.

However, the next day, Barney reads a section in the newspaper about a "Parnell Rigsby," who lost a purse containing $50. He informs Andy, who decides to break the news to Opie and how he will have to return the money. Andy can't bring himself to do it, so he decides to pay Rigsby back with his own money.

Opie buys a brand-new fishing pole and returns to the courthouse to show Andy and Barney, but they're gone. Just then, Parnell shows up. He tells Opie about the money, but Opie pretends he doesn't know anything about it. He realizes he must give the money back and leaves to get the money from the piggy bank.

Meanwhile, Andy was up at Parnell Rigsby's house to pay the $50 with his own money. As he is giving the cash to Parnell's wife, Parnell shows up. He mentions how he was just at the courthouse and that Opie didn't know anything about a missing purse.

Andy rushes home and asks Aunt Bee where Opie is. She says he's been busy trying to get the money out of his piggy bank. Andy goes to his room and sees the broken piggy bank. He misunderstands Opie's intentions and thinks he's on a shopping spree with the money. Andy takes him to the courthouse to scold him about deliberately spending money that had to be returned. However, he quickly realizes he's made a mistake when he learns that Opie was trying to pay Parnell back. He was returning the fishing rod and he broke the piggy bank to get the remaining cash, which altogether totalled the $50 that Opie intended to pay back. Andy commends Opie for his moral deed.


  • Jon Lormer also played Tate Fletcher, whose cow was stolen in the episode, The Cow Thief. He also appeared as "Fletch" in Bailey's Bad Boy.
  • The $50 dollars that Opie found, is worth $413. as of 2017.
  • In the opening scene, Barney is reading the "Mayberry After Midnight" section of the newspaper, a section written by Red Akins (a 16-year old Mayberrian). It is revealed that Rhode Appral is getting married. It is also mentioned that Lorraine and Howard Felcher are getting divorced because of Lorraine's drinking habit.
  • Barney confesses to dating Phoebe Gilbert (Lemley Gilbert's sister) before he dated Thelma Lou. Barney mentioned taking Phoebe out to "The Blue View" on one of their dates.