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This episode has a mature quality all its own. Does an excellent job highlighting then-and-now aspects of life even these days, maybe especially these days. So many in a hurry contrasted to Mayberry's relaxed atmosphere. Mankind's priorities have changed drastically, and not necessarily for the better. Remember the old days when on Sundays virtually nothing was open? 

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The only things that ain't open on Sunday now are the Gumment offices and Chick - Fil - A.

Just watched the episode last night.  To me, this episode has an almost melancholy quality to it.  Do I feel sorry or sad for the man in a hurry?  - or - Maybe it's me just longing for days gone by.    Anyway I'm glad he finally discovers just how slow and peaceful things can be on a Sunday afternoon in a small town. Growing up in a small town myself I can definitely relate.

For sure!  I lived in Springfield, Missouri in the mid-80s, and the Blue Laws were still in effect.  In fact, while I lived there, Walmart was closed on Sunday, but by the time I left in 1987, I think they had begun opening with limited hours, as many stores still do all over the country.  Without being conscious of it, I believe the laid back charm of Mayberry is one of the things that attracts me to the show to this day.  I'm from a small town, and it's pretty much that way here.

'Man in a Hurry' is also a contrast with 'Sermon for Today', hey?

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