The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Three Wishes for Opie 

Barney buys a fortune-telling game and lets Opie try it out.


Howard Morris


Richard Powell (as Richard M. Powell)




Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Aneta Corsaut ... Helen Crump
Howard McNear ... Floyd Lawson
Burt Mustin ... Judd
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle


Helen is incensed when rumors spread around town that she and Andy are engaged. She's sure Andy had something to do with it but its all news to him as well. It seems that Goober and Barney went to an auction where the Deputy bought an old game made up of an oil lamp and Tarot-like cards. As a result of a series of coincidences, Barney comes to believe that it can make your wishes come true. He gives Opie three wishes. His first is that he have a pocket knife and sure enough, Andy soon gives him one. His second is that he gets a B in arithmetic and sure enough, he gets it. When Barney thinks his third wish is for Andy and Helen to get married, it's a foregone conclusion as far as he is concerned. Only thing is, Opie didn't wish for them to be married but for something else. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







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21 December 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Did You Know?


Andy references Opie's three wishes a few episodes later in "The Lucky Letter." See more »


The book Barney is reading after Opie's first wish comes true is titled "Psyhic Phenomena" instead of Psychic Phenomena. See more »

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Barney at His Best
14 December 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Barney goes to a police auction and buys a kit that can tell the future and grant wishes. He brings his compadres, Goober and Floyd, into the mix. Opie becomes the wish maker and soon is benefiting from his wishes. What's cool is that the supernatural seems to get the upper hand in this one. Andy doesn't come out smelling like a rose.

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