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Two Chairs No Waiting 74: Opie’s Fortune Question

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:17:56

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This episode we’ll be talking about the episode called Opie’s Fortune (#136 season 5) of The Andy Griffith Show which was first aired on November 11, 1964.  In the episode, Opie finds a man’s purse containing $50 cash. When he tells his pa, Andy tells Opie that if no one claims it within a week the money would be his.

Opie ends up getting the money but the owner turns up and that puts Andy in a spot of having to either take back the money from Opie or to pay back the man himself.

A question came up this past week. During the episode Andy take a bank book out of his desk drawer at the courthouse.  Who’s bank book was it?  Andy’s or Parnell Rigsby’s? “Ain’t that the saddest bank book you ever saw?”

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  • John Foster March 15, 2010, 10:45 am

    Allen – first of all, I love the podcast. I’ve missed a few lately – need to catch up, but I love listening to all the topics you come up with. I’ve been a member of the TAGSRRWC since pretty close to its inception. Can’t imagine a day without at least one TAGS episode!

    As to your question on whose bank book it was, I have an even different take on it. I’ve always assumed it was Opie’s bank book that was either already set up by Andy, or was started by Andy because of Opie’s found treasure. Just the way Andy says it ‘Ain’t that the saddest bank book you ever saw…’. It seems out of character for Andy to be talking about his own bank book that way. Just doesn’t sound like he would say that about his own bank book, the way he said it. And as far as it being Parnell Rigsby’s, Opie found the ‘change purse’ by the side of the road. That bank book would have had to have been IN the change purse. That doesn’t seem to make sense either.

    So I’ve always thought that Andy was talking about Opie’s bank book, newly set up by Andy.

    I love all the details of the shows. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks about these things! Thanks again for all your great work, Allen!

  • Mitch Kane October 25, 2010, 11:22 pm

    It’s Andy’s bank book. As Barney is getting all choked up, his last words before he becomes overcome with grief sounds like “…from his own po…” I believe the last word would have been “pocket.”

    Love the podcast, keep up the good work.

  • Tim Bradshaw February 1, 2013, 8:21 pm

    Very nice podcast. I like the variety of shows you provide for us here. It is nice to hear the audio segments of a show and then talking about it. Now, here is my 2 cents worth on the bank book…I think it is Andy’s check book. It has been a while since I saw this particular episode, however, back during the time era of this show $50.00 was a lot of money!

    Andy faced with the idea he was going to have to pay back the money for Opie, looking at the bankbook and making that commnet makes me think how sick he was over it. The fact that it was called a bankbook and not a checkbook tells me that this might have been his savings he was going to have to take the money from. His own bank account was probably very modest. What ever his balance, the removal of $50 was going to make a big hole in it.

    This was a very good TAGS episode for sure.

  • John T Booker March 6, 2019, 8:02 pm

    The bank book is Andy’s, as he is checking the balance, then comments on it’s limited funds before Barney is over come by emotion at Andy’s decision to supply the lost funds.

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