The Andy Griffith Show Episode Review: Alcohol and Old Lace (1961)

Synopsis: Andy (Andy Griffith) and Barney (Don Knotts) successfully shut down two moonshining operations as a result of tips given to them by the Morrison sisters (Gladys Hurlbut and Charity Grace). What they don't know is the Morrison sisters are also running their own still and are trying to eliminate the competition.


Review: Our cat, Echo, was being a bit of a pest this morning and, as a result of that, I wound up getting up about 20 minutes earlier than I normally would. Since everyone in the house was still asleep and I had nearly 40 minutes before I had to worry about getting my oldest daughter out the door for school, I decided to kill time by watching another episode of The Andy Griffith Show.

I remembered seeing this episode before and, because of that, did consider skipping ahead to a different one. But, I wound up watching it anyway and, as it turns out, it was still pretty entertaining.

I think the thing I liked best about this episode was the way the Morrison sisters were so easily able to manipulate Andy and Barney into arresting their competition. Maybe it's just me, but I would find it a little hard to believe two sisters, who largely kept to themselves growing flowers, would have such detailed knowledge about criminal activity (that even the local authorities were stumped on) and would question it in a little more detail. However, in this case, I think the fact Andy and Barney are both trusting in nature made it believable. And, at minimum, it led to a surprisingly funny scene where they slowly figure it out, with an assist from Opie (Ron Howard), while the town drunk, Otis (Hal Smith) grew increasingly worried from his cell.

I also found I liked how the Morrison's justified their still by only selling their liquor for celebratory reasons. After all, if there are so many reasons to celebrate, such as National Potato Week, that can hardly be their fault, right?

Final Opinion: I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this episode, especially since it was first thing in the morning and I had seen it once before. But, this proved to be an entertaining episode that I'm glad I took the time to watch again.

My Grade: A

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