Opie and His Merry Men, Ep 12


Original airdate
December 30, 1963
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A hobo gets Opie and his friends to provide him with food, by trying to convince them that he's disabled. When Andy becomes aware of the situation because food from the icebox shows up missing, the boys find out the harsh truth.


Opie plays Robin Hood to his own Sherwood Forest gang and gets involved in stealing from the "rich" Mayberry citizens in order to feed the "poor" hobo whom the gang meets in the woods. Andy goes out to meet their new friend in order to prove to Opie and the others that Andy is a good sheriff and that The hobo has been taking advantage of the kids good intentions.


  • Opie and his pals state they all watched Robin Hood on television. They are most likely referring to the 1938 film Adventures of Robin Hood starring high flying (and tight wearing) Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland which many today feel is still the best adaptation. The film won three academy awards.
  • It also had Alan Hale Sr. Father to Alan Hale Jr. Who played Jeff Pruitt on the Season two episode Sheriff Barney.
  • Weary Willie's reference to his fracture of the "Petulla Oblondalla" (bum leg) was a mispronunciation of the "Medulla Oblongata" which, as Barney correctly points out, is not in the leg but a part of the brain.
  • Weary Willie says that he didn't want any credit for " Saving " that baby, but when he tells Opie that the baby was a Manager of a Grocery Store, he says that the Man hadn't thanked him.
  • The Hobo says that he jumped off of a train, & ran in front of it to save the boy, well most trains average around 55 - 60 mph. Now that's pretty quick.


Opie: There's nothin' wrong with his leg.
Andy: No there isn't, son.
Opie: He never did have a fracture of the petella obondala like he said.
Andy: No, I guess not.
Barney: Petulla obondala... he give himself away as a phony right from the start. Petulla oblongata ain't in the leg – it's in the brain.

Opie: Are we rich, Pa?
Andy: I'd say we're better off than a lot of people. Got a roof over our heads, Aunt Bee---finest food you ever put in your mouth--Barney for a friend. Yeah, in some ways I'd say we are rich.
Barney: You see, Opie, it ain't only the materialistic things in this world that makes a person rich. There's love and friendship. That can make a person rich.

Andy: Daylight's precious when you're a young'un.


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