Ellie Walker is a pharmacist who assists her uncle Fred Walker at Walker’s Drugstore in Mayberry. She is played by actress Elinor Donahue in twelve episodes of the first season of The Andy Griffith Show, during which she becomes Andy Taylor’s girlfriend. After her appearance in episode 131 The Guitar Player Returns, she inexplicably disappears. Ellie makes 12 appearances in the first season. Despite the paucity of her appearances, she was intended as a series regular. Unlike girlfriends that would follow, her portrayer, Elinor Donahue, is given opening credit billing, alongside Andy Griffith.