Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lost & Found, Andy Griffith Show, Tuesday Flashback Feature

This is part of my Tuesday Flashback Feature. We'll reminisce about TV shows usually from the 1950s-1970s where gemstones or pieces of jewelry featured prominently in the storylines.

The Andy Griffith Show
Lost and Found
Jan. 24, 1966

Aunt Bee is known for a signature simple strand of pearls. In this episode, she loses an antique heirloom brooch that had belonged to her Aunt Martha.  The family searches and searches. Deputy Warren surmises that the jewelry was stolen. She receives a insurance settlement and uses the money to purchase a new garbage disposal. 

No sooner has the check arrived and the disposal is installed than Bee finds the missing brooch. She's wracked with guilt. Later, Warren and Goober drop the newly-found brooch down the garbage disposal and it's mangled!

Jack Dodson, insurance agent Ed Jenkins in this episode, is making his first appearance on the show. In a later episode called The County Clerk, he returned and begins playing the regular character, Howard Sprague.

This episode has an inconsistency which fans have caught. A few shows back, in Aunt Bee on TV, the Taylors go to Hollywood and Aunt Bee wins prizes on a game show. After returning home and learning she'll have to pay a substantial amount in taxes on the prizes, she sells most of them. The garbage disposal was one of the prizes that Aunt Bee said she just had to keep! 

In the episode where she loses her brooch, that disposal has vanished and she is buying another one.

Bee, by the way, does actually spell her name just that way, Bee. That interesting fact has been verified by astute fans who've noticed her name on the credits and as it's been seen written out on the show itself.

The kitchen sink has been a very hazardous place for jewelry on television as we, uh, may see on future Tuesday Flashback Features.  

Andy Griffith's Lost & Found episode was in January 1966. Another popular tv show had an episode that was similar. Theirs would air later that same year. Who know what was written or filmed when. As they say, you can't copyright an idea.

Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) was the widowed father of young Opie (Ron Howard) and sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina. He works with Deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts). Later, his deputy is Warren Ferguson (Jack Burns). Aunt Bee Taylor (Frances Bavier) lives with Andy, helping to raise Opie. The show ran 1960-68 and had spin-offs, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. and Mayberry R.F.D.

Each Tuesday, we'll feature a different show, often a US sitcom. Information, including spoiler plot outlines come from various sources & will be as accurate as possible. When available, a show photo will be included.

I'm always interested to hear your memories and am looking for other jewelry-themed shows people may suggest to add to the list.

In the interest of supporting fellow artists, I'll be featuring a few shops where the pieces tie into the general theme of the featured story.

My Squidoo classic TV 'Hairy Situations' Friday series has a page about Aunt Bee's Crowning Glory, when Bee's blonde wig upset the whole town.

This episode was called Lost & Found, and here are a couple of brooches on Etsy that utilize Found objects.

Want to dress like Sheriff Andy Taylor for Halloween or a party? Find some tips on assembling the costume that's right for you!

Wearwolf's Shop has a one of a kind Recycled Repurposed Flower Brooch created from recycled metal including soda cans. (image above) 

An assemblage brooch, The Reabsorption of Milk Teeth, can be found only at Fancifuldevices's Shop.

Like anywhere else, the community that is Etsy has in it plenty of folks who still remember and are inspired by The Andy Griffith Show.

Stop by londonwoodworks's Shop and you can pick up your own framed and signed andy griffith scrollsaw art

The place to hang out in town was Floyd's Barber Shop. MJMH2O's Shop has original watercolor by Michael Joe Moore.

You can get that warm and fuzzy feeling at kellibeans's Shop when you see the Aunt Bee Cooking Goddess Matryoshka Softie Doll. (image above) 

For that cuff link collector in the family, Bellamodaartist's Shop has a pair of genuine Barney Fife Cuff Links by Jamie Riley. (image above)

*TV Land was scheduled to show the Lost & Found episode Tuesday, 10/20 in some areas.

Until next week... Don't take any sour pickles. 
And if you get one, you'd better nip it in the bud!

Aunt Bee image from TV Land web site

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for including my little Bee softie in your collection!


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