"The Andy Griffith Show" Deputy Otis (TV Episode 1962) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Otis is made a temporary deputy so he can impress his visiting older brother.

  • When Otis receives a letter from his sister-in-law addressed to him at the courthouse, he admits to Andy that his relatives think he's a deputy sheriff in Mayberry. The mix-up started when he wrote to them on official letterhead. They jumped to conclusions and he let them go on believing it. Now his older brother, Ralph, is coming to visit and Otis is ashamed of what they will see when they get there. Otis was always the black sheep of the family and was always encouraged to make something of himself and be more like his older brother Ralph. Andy's solution is simple: make Otis a deputy for the duration of his family's visit. Otis stays sober while they are there but learns something about his brother that shocks him.

  • Early one morning, Otis wakes up in his "home away from home" to have Barney inform him that he has received a letter. Andy reads it to him. It's from his brother, Ralph, who wants him to know that he and his wife will be passing through Mayberry on their way to Memphis. Andy is troubled by one passage in which Ralph mentions Otis fixing any speeding tickets that he might accrue. Otis says that letters written to his brother and sister-in-law on courthouse stationary have given the impression that he is a deputy, which Otis never corrected. He's always been the black sheep of his family and doesn't want to admit that he never made anything of himself. Andy decides to help him out by deputizing him and making him promise that he won't take a drink while he's part of the force, which includes his wife Rita insisting that he dispose of any and all alcohol from the house. When Ralph arrives, he doubts that Otis is a deputy and immediately asks him where he can get some booze, but Otis tells him he doesn't touch the stuff. As Otis goes to great personal lengths to turn himself around while his brother is in town, he suddenly learns a sobering fact - back home his brother is the town drunk.


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