The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Howard's New Life 

After seeing a travelogue about island life on TV, Howard quits his job to become a beachcomber in the Caribbean.



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Episode cast overview:
Andy Taylor
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Aunt Bee Taylor
Goober Pyle
Emmett Clark
Sir Lancelot ...
Mark Brown ...
Sam Greene ...


After watching a documentary on television, Howard decides to pack it all in and move to a Caribbean island and take up the life of beachcomber. Most people think he's gone off his rocker but some think he's taking a brave step and hope it all works out for him. He quits his job as County Clerk and soon sets off. He finds a beach front property and is soon lying in a hammock all day, enjoying the view and the beach. He also meets others who have taken up residence there but doesn't exactly find a kindred spirit. He dreams of what he may be like in a few years time and in doing so, scares himself into going back to Mayberry. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family






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18 December 1967 (USA)  »

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When Opie goes into Howard's office there is a large sign on the wall indicating the office is the License Division for Mayberry Township. Howard later tells Opie "someone has to keep up with the city's documents." However, Howard is the County Clerk and would not be processing licenses or anything else for the township. Municipalities have their own City Clerk's offices separate from the county. See more »


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Howard Sprague, parrot head.
15 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

I've heard it somewhere in one of the episodes of TAGS, but for the life of me, I can't identify the voice of the guy on the TV travelogue in this one. Everyone seems to agree this is about the oddest installment of all 8 seasons, just as we all seem to agree that Harry Dean is about the coolest actor to ever hit the soundstage, although an argument can be made for that little guy who pops up in three episodes of TAGS, most notably as Mr. Simmons the sultan of seeds, with his unapologetic NYC accent, white socks, and high-top street shoes. Script continuity was never the strong suit of the series (what was Rosemary doing with her time anyhow?), so I don't really have a problem with Howard's dramatic turnabout from mama's boy to impetuous Romeo to bongo-playing beach bum. After all, Andy went from picking himself up after falling off the back of the turnip truck in season 1 to a fairly sophisticated law officer in season 2. Besides, it's not uncommon for someone to stop, mid-career, and to take a flier on a career change that is kind of a shock to friends unfamiliar with that other side of a person. Opie speaks for all of us who have faced municipal officials and their arcane laws and ordinances when he asks why anybody would possibly ever want to see a copy of his bike license 25 years on. The closing scene, when Howard returns home, and the epilogue, accompanied by the Mayberry theme of hometown stability, are some of the best moments in the color seasons if not in the entire series and cannot help but put a lump in the throats of die-hard fans of the show. Jumped the shark? Not a chance. Wanna buy a ship in a bottle?

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