The Andy Griffith Show Episode Review: "Lost and Found"

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 6 television episode that first aired in January, 1966.

Synopsis: Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) loses an antique pin and, after failing to locate it, Andy (Andy Griffith) files an insurance claim. At first, Bee feels guilty about receiving the insurance money but, at Andy's insistence, spends it on the garbage disposal she has always wanted. However, things become complicated when she finds the pin shortly after spending the money.

Guest Stars

Guest stars include Jack Dodson and Arthur Malet.

Funny But Strange Episode

My oldest daughter and I ended up watching this episode earlier this evening while having dinner and, while it was funny, it was also one of the strangest episodes I've seen from this series.

Maybe things were a little different back in the 1960s (it was before I was born, so maybe that is the case), but I thought it was somewhat odd that Andy and Bee could file a claim on a pin like that just because she lost it, get the money so quickly without any sort of investigation and without any questions, despite the fact they were spending the money on a garbage disposal rather than trying to replace the lost valuable.

Maybe it's just me, but if I were that insurance agent, I'd be a little suspicious, especially since they weren't even claiming the pin was stolen, just misplaced. I think the first question I would be asking them would be "did you even make an effort to find it?"

The part with Warren (Jack Burns) and Goober (George Lindsey) conducting their own investigation was somewhat entertaining, especially the way Goober "investigated" by asking the possible suspects if they stole Aunt Bee's pin. And, when they arrested that hobo (Malet) for the theft just as Andy learned about the newly-found pin, that scene was classic.

I think the best part of this episode though had to be Bee's reaction to finding the pin and the way she was botching everything, including bringing out dessert for dinner and forgetting the plates, though I did think Opie (Ron Howard) was a little rude about the whole thing.

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Final Opinion

The episode is admittedly dated, especially with how their insurance plan worked. But, it was still somewhat entertaining with a few funny scenes. As a result, I did find I enjoyed this episode and would definitely recommend taking the time to watch it.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 01/05/2015, StevenHelmer
 
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