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The Pickle Story and Why I Love TAGS (Read 1636 times)
Feb 12th, 2012 at 8:25am

Andyfan   Offline
Everything's OK in Mayberry!

 
I just watched "The Pickle Story" on YouTube. This episode may well be my favorite and the best illustration of why I'm genuinely an "AndyFan." It was really funny to watch the reactions to Aunt Bee's "kerosene cucumbers" and the efforts of Andy and Barney to get rid of her awful pickles.
Once again, the show knew when NOT to be funny even though it was a wonderful comedy. It didn't ridicule Clara's pride in her special ability as a good pickle maker. I feel for her in that she takes comfort in something that many people would consider trivial but something that she can do well. Andy hit it right on the head when he said, "What is small potatoes to some people can be mighty important to others." It was so believable to learn that, when Clara is lonely or depressed, she takes out the record of her pickle victories.
What do others think of this episode?
 
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Reply #1 - Feb 12th, 2012 at 2:18pm

KC   Offline
I Love Mayberry!

 
It is on my top 10 list.
 
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Reply #2 - Feb 12th, 2012 at 3:05pm

Andy Paul Lawson   Offline
Everythings okay in Mayberry.
Little Rock AR

 
Everytime I watch it I get pickled tink.
 
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Reply #3 - Feb 13th, 2012 at 8:43am

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
.

 
Andy hit it on the head. 

But, food making and providing is no trivial matter to women of Clara's generation.

Even my wife takes on the responsibility for making sure everyone is fed.  For me, and I suspect most men, it's an after thought.  We don't think about making food until we're hungry.  That begets a ill planned quick meal, while mostly nutritious, not very enjoyable.  My wife thinks about making meals about a hour before she or I get hungry.

That's why I love her so.  Kiss

 
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Reply #4 - Feb 13th, 2012 at 10:58am

Andyfan   Offline
Everything's OK in Mayberry!

 
Pierre wrote on Feb 13th, 2012 at 8:43am:
Andy hit it on the head.

But, food making and providing is no trivial matter to women of Clara's generation.

Even my wife takes on the responsibility for making sure everyone is fed. For me, and I suspect most men, it's an after thought. We don't think about making food until we're hungry. That begets a ill planned quick meal, while mostly nutritious, not very enjoyable. My wife thinks about making meals about a hour before she or I get hungry.

That's why I love her so. Kiss


While there are gender differences in this area, different individuals are good at -- and emotionally invested -- in different things. Aunt Bee fixes great fried chicken and terrible pickles. Clara makes wonderful pickles.
I read of a very respected chef in a high priced restaurant. Like most chefs in the fanciest restaurant, this one was a man. After a negative review, he committed suicide. His job was cooking so when a critic said he had cooked badly, he was deeply wounded.
 
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Reply #5 - Feb 13th, 2012 at 1:26pm

Thelscuz   Offline
Everything's OK in Mayberry!

 
I LOVE this episode.  All the best in all the characters comes out--Andy and Barney working hard to keep from hurting Aunt Bee's feelings and even enlisting poor Opie to go along with the charade!

This episode also contains one of my "Top Five" lines from TAGS.  After the judging at the fair when Andy learns that Aunt Bee has made a double batch of pickles because "her boys" love them so much, Andy turns to Barney and says something like:  "We'll do what we should have done to begin with--we'll learn to love them."

He says this as he reaches into that kerosene-reeking jar and pulls out another one of those awful pickles.  Hilarious!!
 
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Reply #6 - Feb 13th, 2012 at 3:32pm

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
.

 
That's why, when you are trying to not hurt someone's feelings, you shouldn't over do it.  They feigned enjoying them so spectacularly well, Aint Bee decided to make several more batches.   Embarrassed

 
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Reply #7 - Feb 13th, 2012 at 6:13pm

Malcolm Tucker   Offline
I can peel an apple without
breaking the peeling!

 
This is a great episode, one of my favorites, too.

Besides containing plenty of humor, the scene described by Andyfan, when Clara describes how much the pickle contest means to her, is a very touching one.

Smiley
 

"For the love of Mike...do it, do it, just do it! Go take a nap! Go to Thelma Lou's for TV!"
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