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  • Unfortunately for Barney and Thelma Lou, Jeff picks Thelma Lou, so now what do they do
  • It's actually their solution to the problem
  • I love every one of her scenes in this show

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      The Andy Griffith Show: The Farmer Takes a Wife presents Andy and Barney with the task of helping ‘Big’ Jeff Pruitt find himself a bride, something he is anxious to do. Naturally, Jeff is pretty outlandish and finding a woman to be his wife isn’t going to be easy. Barney, however, is certain they can do it. He actually gets his girlfriend, Thelma Lou, to have a party, giving Jeff a chance to meet

      potential wives.

      Unfortunately for Barney and Thelma Lou, Jeff picks Thelma Lou, so now what do they do? That’s the solution they look for during the bulk of the half hour program.

      Here are a few things that stood out to me about this episode:

      –There were several ‘Little Buddy’ references spoken by Jeff to Barney Fife. Now the reason that this is mentionable is that Alan Hale is the actor who portrayed Jeff. Hale, as you ...


      • may know, later starred in Gilligan’s Island where his Skipper character was often heard calling Bob Denver’s Gilligan “Little Buddy.” Some might also recall that Denver has guest starred on The Andy Griffith Show as well.

        –Barney utters one of the most famous lines of this series: “Nip it, nip it in the bud.” It’s just priceless to hear it in this show.

        –I do love how they try to citify Jeff. It’s actually their solution to

        the problem.

        Betty Lynn is just terrific as Thelma Lou. I love every one of her scenes in this show. I don’t believe she got the credit she deserved on this series. She could play so many different facets to Thelma Lou, and we saw a couple of them here, including her confidence and ability to play along.

        Hale was perfect casting for Jeff Pruitt, too. He had the size, the smile, and the voice for it.




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