>>>Has anyone else noticed how very controlling Helen could be and that
Andy let her get away with it? I've been watching some color episodes
that I taped recently and found this disturbing as I feel it is out of
character for Andy. When she was first introduced to the show she was
rather a humble, lady-like woman. However, even tho Andy should've been
more forthright, in the episode where he had to confer with the lady
attorney in Raleigh, she is downright nasty and not the least bit
mindful about embarrassing Lee Drake and then very snide at the end.
Again, in the episode where she wants to get Howard and the new nurse
together, she is flat-out demanding and mean to Andy till he caves in.
And why didn't she reveal her scrape with the law in Kansas City to Andy
before he had to inadvertently discover it for himself? I feel these
instances were poor mistakes made by the writers fumbling for new
storylines.  Just my two cents worth.<<<

Aunt Bee, you really got me thinking about this.  It's true that, although we 
saw some signs of Helen's temper in the black and white years, we also saw a 
lot of her gentle and understanding side.  In fact, in one of the episodes (I 
think it was "Man in the Middle"), Andy tells Barney that he didn't think Helen 
could give anybody a rough time.  However, in the color years, it seems we see 
more of her temper and more conflicts between her and Andy.  I have a theory 
about this.  In the black and white episodes, Barney was often the source of 
conflict in the story line, but when he was no longer there, someone else had 
to be the source of conflict.  (After all, without a problem or conflict, there 
*is* no story.)  The other characters had to pick up the slack, you might say.  
I think this is why we see more conflict between Andy and Helen in the color 
years.  As to why he put up with it, there may be two reasons.  One is that 
Andy really didn't enjoy conflict.  Some people will cave in 
 just as a way of avoiding conflict.  Also, Andy seemed more at ease with 
conflict with other men.  When it came to women, he didn't like to be 
confrontational.  He preferred to placate them.  Of course, there were also 
differences in the writers and how they presented the characters.  But those 
are my thoughts, anyway.

Thelma Lou

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