In the premiere, Andy asks Aunt Bee to come to Mayberry and help raise his son, Opie, after Rose, their old housekeeper, gets married. Opie refuses to accept Aunt Bee because she does things differently than Rose. Just as Aunt Bee is about to leave the Taylor home, Opie stops her because he realizes that she needs him.
Andy and Barney are the brunt of jokes by state troopers who come to Mayberry to capture an escaped convict. Andy is able to prove that he is not the country bumpkin the troopers think he is when he captures the convict himself by allowing him to steal his leaky fishing boat.
Andy helps local guitar player Jim Lindsey (James Best) find a job with "Bobby Fleet and His Band with a Beat." When Fleet's band arrives for a lunch stop in Mayberry, Andy arrests them for a parking violation and forces them to listen to Lindsey while jailed in the courthouse.
Andy finds himself in a dilemma after teaching Opie a lesson about the importance of always keeping your word. Opie has made a sacred trust not to divulge that his new friend, George "Tex" Foley, is a runaway. Andy must grapple with violating Opie's trust or returning the boy to his family and explaining that there is always an exception to every rule.
Andy is embarrassed when he mistakenly believes Opie has donated a total of 3 cents to the Underprivileged Children's Drive. Andy scolds Opie after learning he's saving money to buy his girlfriend a present. Later, Andy discovers Opie's true intentions: his girlfriend is underprivileged and he is buying her a winter coat because her mom doesn't have the money.
The first outsider to move to town, Ellie May Walker, Ph.G(Pharmacy Gal), arrives to help her uncle at Walker's Drug Store. Before long she is faced with adapting to Mayberry ways after refusing to sell Emma Brand , the town hypochondriac, sugar pills.
Andy gets himself in his first jam with the opposite sex when he wrongly assumes Ellie is out to trap herself a husband. Andy tries to foil her plot when he sends three eligible Mayberry bachelors her way, but Opie helps Ellie uncover Andy's scheme.
Andy is caught in the middle of two feuding mountain families when one's son and the other's daughter show up at the Taylor house to be married. Andy brings the feud to an end by bluffing the heads of the families into settling the matter once and for all with a duel.
In the shows first try at finding a girl for Barney, the deputy is brought together with Miss Rosemary after Andy tricks him by deciding to declare for her himself.
Ed Sawyer, a mysterious stranger, arrives in Mayberry and puts the entire town on edge when he displays an eerie familiarity with the town's people, places, and things. Andy finally confronts Sawyer and learns that he is neither a foreign spy nor a spook, but only a man without a home.
Andy and barney keep the spirit of Christmas alive for Sam Muggins and his family after the town Scrooge, Ben Weaver, demands Andy keep Muggins icarcerated for running a still. After being accidently inoculated with a little of the courthouse's Christmas spirit, Weaver comes around and manages to get himself arrested so he can bring gifts for all.
Ellie runs for office, breaking the Mayberry tradition of what had been an all-male town council. Once again, Andy learns a lesson from Opie when he hears his own antiwoman opinions parroted by his son. Realizing the error of his ways, Andy speaks in favor of Ellie, rallying the citizenry to her side.
A hollywood producer visits Mayberry and, taken with the town's charm, decides to use it as the setting of a new film. The town members become screen-struck and busily go about giving Mayberry a face-lift, changing everything the producer liked. Just before the citizens are about to cut down a landmark oak tree, the producer stops them and tells them what Mayberry's appeal was to him: the townspeople's simple, honest, down-to-earth ways.
Andy proves fallible when he cons a traveling antique dealer into buying the town's old cannon with a fabulously fictional story of the cannon's glorious past. Opie follows his father's example and cons a friend of his into trading roller skates for some "licorice seeds" that Opie got in a bad trade for his cap pistol. Andy, again seeing his own actions mirrored by his son, turns around and makes ammends for his bad dealings.
Aunt Bee teaches Andy a lesson after he ridicules the Mayberry women for being such terrible gossips. Bee sets a trap to prove the men are just as bad by planting the seed of a rumor that ends up leading most of the Mayberry males to the hotel room of a mild-mannered shoe salesman. The men are convinced he is a talent scout for the fictitious TV show "Manhattan Show Time."
When Andy is called out of town, Barney gets his first chance as Actin' Sheriff of Mayberry and jails twenty citizens, including the bank president, Mayor Pike, and Aunt Bee. Andy returns and promptly dismisses all the prisoners. Barney is so discouraged that he threatens to quit, so Andy spreads the word that he might have to let Barney go. The citizens return, jail themselves, and demand they be tried as charged.
Based on an idea from a Broadway play, Andy and Barney run down moonshiners with the help of the Morrison sisters, Jannifer and Clara Belle. With more help from Opie, they discover that the Morrison sisters are themselves running a still--and running their competition out of business. When Opie brings flowers back to the courthouse preserved in a mason jar full of moon, Barney and Andy realize what is happening and go to destroy the still.
The battling Boones, husband and wife, are engaged in an ongoing battle royal. Andy decides to put an end to their bickering by putting them on a probationary program of daily niceties. His brilliant idea backfires when the Boones turn nasty toward the rest of the town. Finally, Andy gives in when he realizes the couple's way of expressing their love for each other is based on their freedom to fight.
Mr. Maxwell, an independent record producer, passes through Mayberry and records some of the local talent. After Barney, Floyd, and several other locals invest some money with Maxwell, Andy becomes suspicious. Having convinced the town they've been conned, Andy has to eat his words when Maxwell returns with the syndicate's first dividend check.
Andy finds himself the center of attention when chosen to jude the Founder's Day beauty contest. Everyone in town tries to persuade him to get behind his or her pick. His solution, at the last moment, is to award the honor to an older woman, Erma Bishop, whose selfless work qualifies her as the woman who is most suited to wear the crown.
The legendary con artist Gentleman Dan Caldwell arrives for a stopover in the mayberry jail and quickly beguiles Aunt Bee, Opie, and Barney with his charm and sophistication. When Barney is left alone to watch him, Caldwell reels him into his web, takes his gun, and manages to escape. Before he reaches the courthouse door, Andy walks in with Aunt Bee and Opie, who are able to see through Caldwell's charismatic veneer.
Andy is caught in the middle of a misunderstanding between Barney and Thelma Lou. The victim of Thel's scheme to make Barney jealous, Andy is cast as a rival for Thelma Lou's affections. Andy finally manages to work his way out of the mess and brings the two lovebirds back together.
Aunt Bee leaves for MountPilot after Cousin Edgar calls to tell her Maude has taken ill. Within hours, the Taylor house has become a lion's den, and Andy and Opie must enlist the help of Bee's friend Bertha to get it back in order before Bee returns. Andy realizes that Bee's feelings will be hurt is she thinks they don't need her and promptly dispatches Opie to mess the place up again. After discovering the newly made mess, Bee feels wanted again and all is well--until Bertha shows up.
Barney convinces Andy that handsome, young Dr. Robert Benson is moving in on Ellie. Andy decides to act and steps between these "two people lost in a world of pills" to claim Ellie's hand. When he learns that Dr. Benson is actually about to be married to someone else, Andy is forced into a proposal. Ellie, though, turns him down.
After discovering the descendant of a local Revolutionary War hero sought for a commendation by the Women's Historical Society is none other than Otis Campbell, the mayor and town council pressure Andt to tell Otis he is no longer getting the award. Andy stands by his friend, and Otis comes through woth flying colors.
The state inspector visits the Mayberry jail to check on police procedures and is horrified at the lackadaisical approaches he finds. After threats to remove Andy from office, he accompanies him on a call to a local moonshiner and discovers Andy is more of a lawman than he had imagined.
Reprising the feminist theme, Ellie decides to liberate local farmer's daughter Francine Flint against the strong objections of her father. Andy finds peace by convincing Farmer Flint that you have a better chance of catching bees, or in this case an extra hand, by using honey.
Ben Weaver is up to his Scrooge-like tactics again; this time he is out to evict the Scoby family from their home. He is foiled by some of Andy's patented reverse psychology.
Barney becomes suspicious of the odd habits of Sam, an unfamiliar farmer. Sam is acting strangely because his wife is about to give birth to their first child and he has nobody to help him. With the local doctor unavailable, Andy and Barney come to the rescue. Andy winds up not only delivering the child but also baby-sitting Barney.
Barney accidentally nabs bad-guy bank robber Eddie Brooks while issuing him a ticket for littering. Brooks tries to escape after spotting state troopers, but the troopers get their man. Before Brooks is carted off, he makes a point of promising revenge on the bumbling deputy responsible for his capture. Brooks manages to escape and is last seen making a beeline to Mayberry. Andy orchestrates Brooks's recapture, tricking Barney into firing his gun (directly at Andy), which induces Brooks to surrender.
Hometown hero Jim Lindsey makes a flashy return, but the town soon suspects he is not the big star he appears to be. After Andy investigates, he learns Jim cannot pay his bills. Furthermore, a collection agent shows up in Mayberry to repossess Jim's new Merecedes. Andy takes matters into his own hands, calls in Bobby Fleet, and Bobby and Jim patch up their creative differences.
Opie is banned from the friendly confines of the Mayberry courthouse when Aunt Bee decides it is not an atmosphere conducive to the proper upbringing of a young boy. Andy goes along with Bee's wishes until Opie wanders off and turns up miles away in another town. After his return, Bee agrees that father and son are better off together than apart.
Andy arrest beautiful big-city woman Elizabeth Crowley. By the time she reaches trial, Miss Crowley has used flattery and bribes to turn the witnesses for the prosecution--Opie, Floyd, and Barney--against Andy. After winning the case, Miss Crowley sees the error of her ways and promptly speeds out of town intentionally so Andy can arrest her again and allow her to pay the fine she deserved in the first place.
Barney's head is turned by lovely young newcomer Melissa Stevens, who proves to be the more attractive half of a team of con artists out to trap naive young bachelors into breach-of-promise settlements. Andy saves the day by calling the bluff of Melissa's suspiciously young "father", George Stevens. In the middle of what the pair had hoped would be their payoff, Andy begins the wedding vows, and the two back off.
Once again the feminist theme is brought to the fore when Thelma Lou arranges a blind date between her visiting cousin and Andy. To everyone's surprise, they hit it off, but the relationship collapses when Karen Moore takes up a shotgun and shows Andy thay she is not the usual delicate female. After Andy gets a good dressing-down, he admits the error of his ways.
Aunt Bee falls for traveling handyman Henry Wheeler. Andy soon realizes Wheeler is not as nice as he seems. So before things get out of hand, Andy explains patiently to Wheeler that he would not want his Aunt Bee hurt by any false promises. To emphasize the point, Andy holds the conversation on the porch while he cleans his shotgun. Wheeler prudently decides it is time to leave Mayberry.
Andy teaches Mayberry exactly what "Love Thy Neighbor" means in this episode. Andy is forced to evict Frank Myers from his home only to later discover that he holds a century-old bond that is originally believed to be worth $349,119.27. Since the Mayberry treasury holds just over $10,000, the mayor and town council scramble to keep Frank happy by renovating his run-down home. Later, the bond is discovered to be worthless because it was paid for with Confederate currency. Once again the town turns on the old man, but Andy is able to convince everyone that they have done something nice and should leave it at that.
Opie becomes fascinated with David Browne, a vagrant hobo who uses his wits to live on the edge of the law. After realizing his son has taken a liking to the wily wanderer, Andy tries to find David some honest work. Andy's plan goes sour when Opie, at Dave's encourgement, is caught playing hooky. Andy then has a long talk with the hobo. Dave sees his side and arranges to get himself arrested in order to show Opie that he was not the man he thought him to be.
Two crooks posing as an FBI man and a photographer comes to Mayberry to congratulate the Sheriff's Department for achieving a crime-free record. Andy gets suspicious after the supposed FBI agent allows his picture to be taken. When the pair crack the Mayberry Bank's vault, Andy is inside waiting for them--he had come in the back door. Always the gracious sheriff, Andy thanks them for opening the vault that had been locked for almost fifteen years after the combination was lost and the vault company had gone out of business.
One of Andy's big-city fishing buddies invites him to join the Esquire Club, an exclusive Raleigh men's organization. Barney is also asked to join and he, of course, overreacts and alienates the entire group by trying to hard to fit in. Andy is offered membership, but Barney is not. Andy tells his fishing buddy that he must decline because he does not feel right joining a club that wouldn't let in his best friend. Before Andy can break the news to Barney, Barney assumes Andy was the one rejected and sits down to write the club a scathing letter of rejection himself.
It's canning time again, and Aunt Bee has put up another batch of pickles. After realizing the only thing they're good for is killing flies brave enough to land on them, Andy and Barney decide to substitute store-bought for her homemade and hand the originals to travelers passing through Mayberry. After the switch, Bee decides to enter her pickles in the county fair. Unfortunately, the perennial winner is Clara Johnson, Bee's best friend, and she has her heart set on winning her 12th blue ribbon in a row. Andy and Barney have no choice but to destroy all eight jars before she can enter, so they eat night and day until all the pickles are gone. They do their work proudly, but Bee decides that since the boys liked them so much, she will make a double batch.
Barney gets an offer to become the sheriff of Greendale, and Andy tries to discourage him. Unsure how to handle matters, Andy gets an idea to let Barney be sheriff of Mayberry for a day. Given the opportunity to get a taste of what the office of high sheriff entails, Barney understands that he is not up to the job and calls Greendale to decline.
One of Andy's old pals, Big Jeff Pruitt, comes to Mayberry looking for a suitable woman to be his wife. Andy and Barney give him a hand, but Jeff just can find a woman who suits him. Finally he finds the perfect woman: Thelma Lou. Andy instructs Thel to accept Jeff's proposal and then go about trying to civilize him into being a city-dwelling house husband. That is more than Jeff can abide, and heads back to the hills and his old gal, Big Bertha, just as Barney comes to Thel's demanding Big Jeff either flee or fight.
Opie is accepted as a member of a secret society called The Wildcats after he takes a sacred oath never to reveal the club secrets. Given the job of Keeper of the Flame, Opie is fingered as the guilty party when the barn that the club meets in is burned to the ground. The fire was actually started by the barn's owner, farmer and moonshiner Jubell Foster. Not knowing this, Andy takes responsibility for the fire and is about to pay Foster for the value of the barn when Barney, having stumbled upon and unkhoningly consumed some of Foster's moonshine, staggers out drunk.
Rich kid Ronald Bailey is jailed when he blatantly defies the law. As Bailey waits for his influential father to bail him out, Andy teaches him the lesson of self-responsibility. Bailey decides to stand on his own two feet and take care of his traffic violations himself.
Shapely young Ellen Brown pops into Mayberry in search of a friendly town where she can make a living as a manicurist. When she lays claim to a corner of Floyd's Barbershop, the men of Mayberry aren't quite sure how to act. It isn't long before they come around to liking the whole idea, and it's the wives who become less than enthusiastic.
Barney gets the whole town on guard when he declares Henry Bennett to be a jinx. No matter how Andy tries to convince the town otherwise, Bennett's mere presence seems to consistently coincide with disaster. Even Andy gives up after a drawing fixed in Bennett's favor fails. Andy then explains to him that a man with as many friends as he has must be lucky.
A team of convicts is on the loose, and the state police arrive ridiculing Sheriff Taylor and Barney. Andy cracks the case by focusing on the smallest details: a trailer hitch and an offhand remark by the dry cleaner about a suit with dog hairs. This leads to the convict's accomplice, but only after Barney somehow manages to let the one convict they have captured escaped.
Opie has his heart set on winning a medal in the annual Sheriff's Boys' Day race. Under the tutelage of legendary fifty-yard-dash winner Barney Fife, Opie enters the race confident of a win. When the day is done, however, Opie comes up empty. Andy finds Opie sulking at home, and the two have a heart-to-heart about the value of good sportsmanship.
When the awful sound coming from the Mayberry choir is narrowed down to Barney, the members decide they must get rid of him. Since no one has the heart to do it, they set him up telling him he is singing into a supersensitive microphone, while someone else is actually singing the part back stage.
It's Founder's Day again, and thistime the celebrration centers on honoring the first vistor to town with the key to the city. Unfortunately, the first person to drive in is Sheldon Davis, an expert pickpocket and petty thief. When Andy runs a check on him and finds the truth about their "Guest of Honor" he decides not to tell anyone and just keep a close eye on him until the day is over and he can run him out of town. Barney messes everything up and ends up letting him have the keys to all the business in the city. Andy foils his plan in the end and cathces him red handed.
Mean old Ben Weaver goes on a rampage when Bert Miller, a traveling salesman, stops in Mayberry. Weaver demands Miller be taken off the street for not complying with a Mayberry law that prohibits anyone from selling goods without a permant structure. Andy, out to have a little fun, decides to settle the matter in his own way by helping Bert build a nice little stand in a vacant lot down the street, setting off a trade war between Bert's and Weaver's Department Store. Ben finally gives in and decides the best way to eliminate the competition is to put him to work in his own store.
The Gordon boys are brought in for moonshining, and when Otis arrives for his regular stay at the jail, there is no room at the inn. When the Gordon boys accuse Otis of turning them in, Andy has no choice but to take Otis home to let him sleep it off at the Taylor . Come morning, Otis finds that he's been turned over to "Bloody Mary," aka Aunt Bee, who decides to rehabilitate Otis once and for all.
Mary Simpson, the first of the county nurses, enlists Andy's help in getting Rafe Hollister to submit to a tetanus shot. Rafe refuses until Andy, using the old reverse psychology trick, gets Rafe to change his mind after he serenades him with a song that Andy plans to sing at Rafe's funeral.
In Raleigh Barney gets wrapped up with a jewel thief. Guest Arte Johnson "Laugh-In" and Allan Melvin "All in the Family"
Clara convinces Aunt Bee that she's the reason Andy isn't getting married. In order not to feel that she is in the way, Bee invents an imaginary beau. Andy misunderstands and becomes convinced that Bee is serious about finding a husband. When Bee needs to produce a body, she grabs Fred Gross, the Mayberry dry cleaner. When Andy finally figures out what has transpired, he tells Bee that she is not in the way and is part of his family.
Andy tries to romance county nurse, Mary Simpson, but Barney constantly interrupts. Finally, Andy becomes exasperated and tells Barney he wants to be alone with Mary. Barney understands perfectly, and he gathers everyone together for the first of several false wedding announcements involving Andy and his current female love interest.
Floyd gets his chance at being a proprietor of a two-chair shop when semiretired barber Bill Medwin arrives with a proposition of expansion. Floyd jumps at the chance since Medwin promises to supply the chair and the customers. As it turns out, the barber is a bookie, and Barney jumps in to bust the criminal.
J. Howard Jackson, a wealthy newspaperman, seeks revenge on Sheriff Taylor after Andy tracks him down for failing to appear in Mayberry court for a traffic violation. Unwittingly, Barney becomes a key witness in Jackson's attempt to remove Andy from office, supplying female reporter Jean Boswell with informationthat is eventually used as evidence against Andy. When Barney is called to the stand, he is able to dispel all doubts that Andy is an honest man of the law and a true public servant.
Virgil, Barney's awkward cousin from New Jersey, visits mayberry and immediately makes a mess of everything he touches. Ater Virgil has dumped a roast in Andy's lap, driven the squad car through his gate, and smashed a pane of glass while sweeping up around the courthouse, Andy tries to get him out of his hair by sending him to polish the cell keys. Virgil polishes the teeth right off of them, making it impossible to let Otis out when he's due to leave the cell. At his wit's end, Andy is shown a set of hand-carved wood figures that virgil himself made. Andy realizes the best tonic for Virgil is a good dose of self-confidence and leaves him alone to remove the door of the cell.
Andy helps his number one prisoner save face when Otis learns his brother Ralph is coming to visit. Having told his brother he is a member of the Mayberry sheriff's office, Andy makes an exception and deputizes his favorite ward long enough to convince Ralph he's a member of Mayberry's finest. As it turns out, Ralph isn't any better a man than Otis, coming in drunk to lock himself in the Mayberry jail--just as he does at home.
Opie weaves the fabulous tale of Mr. McBeevee, a man who walks in the treetops, wears a silver hat, has twelve extra hands, blows smoke from his ears, and jingles when he walks as if he had rings on his fingers and bells on his toes. But other than those few quirks, Mr. McBeevee is normal. Andy and Barney laugh it off, but when Opie brings back a quarter he claims was given to him by his friend, Andy is forced to call the stories to a halt. Faced with the threat of a spanking, Opie is still unable to betray the existence of Mr. McBeevee. Andy may have to accept the unacceptable in the face of Opie's insistence. Later, when out for a walk, Andy happens past the very same tree Mr. McBeevee, a telephone linesman, is working in. Andy gets his own introduction to the man who walks in the trees and Opie is vindicated.
After Peggy McMillan shows up in a brand new T-bird, Andy learns she's the daughter of the "M" in R & M Grain Elevators. Andy, against Barney's advice, struggles to fit in with the wealthy class. Realizing finally that it's better to be himself and that the true value of a person lies beyond his bankbook, the two live happily ... for one more episode.
Andy shows up for a date with Peggy McMillan only to learn her old friend Don has arrived unexpectedly. Andy departs angrily when Peggy breaks their date and then encounters more problems when Barney decides to make things better by fixing him up with another girl. Andy ends up getting himself punched in the eye, but manages to fix things up with Peggy, and they live happily ... until the end of this episode ... and then we never see her again.
Mayor Stoner makes his first appearance and is nothing but trouble for the sheriff's office. He finally learns the lesson so many others have: Not all sheriffin' has to be done by the book.
Andy's law-enforcement practices come into question when a local farmer complains of missing milk cows. Mayor Stoner goes over Andy's head and calls in "an interloper" from the state office to take over the investigation. Andy manages to save the day by capturing the thief without the help of the outssider. Andy discovers that the thefts were being covered up by putting shoes on the cow.
Floyd finds himself in a jam when a woman he's been correspondibg with writes to say that she plans on paying him a visit in Mayberry. Floyd begs Andy for help, explaining that he has deceived his Lonely Hearts Club companion by leading her to believe that he is a wealthy businessman. Andy reluctantly agrees to help Floyd but in the process discovers that Madeline Grayson isn't quite what she claims either. Floyd's poisonous pen pal is actually a con artist who travels around bilking lonely old men out of their money.
Mayor Stoner strikes again, revoking funds allocated for the Mayberry Band's annual trip to the state band competition. He changes his mind after the band performs a special concert for his benefit -- with a little help from Bobby Fleet and His Band with a Beat.
A couple of truck farmers defy Barney when he asks them to pack up their produce elsewhere. Andy makes matters worse by telling them that Barney, better known as Crazy Gun Fife, is a coldhearted killer. The truck farmers fall for it at first, but return after learning the truth at the gas station. Barney is forced to face them on his own. He musters the courage and learns that the uniform he wears represents more than just one man.
Barney and Floyd are held hostage by a gang of escaped female convicts who have been hiding in O'Malley's cabin outside of town. Andy, who spots Floyd in town buying groceries (with one of the convicts), thinks they have a little part going on until O'Malley arrives back in town on the bus. Andy and O'Malley engineer a cleaver scheme and capture all but the ringleader, Big Maude, whom Barney manages to tango out the door and into the cuffs.
Aunt Bee drops hints that she would like a lacy bed jacket for her upcoming birthday, but Andy doesn't catch on. After giving her a set of salt and pepper shakers and two cases of canning jars, Andy realizes he's let his aunt down and rushes back to the store. The bed jacket, however, has been sold tp Mayor Stoner. Dragging him out of bed, Andy begs the mayor to make a trade. Knowing he has Andy over a barrel, Stoner asks for Andy's favorite fishing pole, "Eagle Eye Annie."
Barney is goaded into ticketing the governor's car and mistakenly believes Andy is setting him up for a dressing-down by the governor. In fact, the governor is coming to Mayberry to give him a personal commendation for performing a job without showing favorites. In the midst of all the action, Otis secretly spikes the water tank, giving both Barney and Mayor Stoner a surprise snootful.
Big businessman Malcolm Tucker is stuck in Mayberry for the Sabbath when his car breaks down outside the city limits. He's soon driven to frustration when he finds there is no way to get anything done in this two-bit town until the follownig day. After finally getting Gomer's cousin Goober to fix the car, Tucker gives in to the mood and decides to stay the night.
Barney gets in a snit over the lax security at the Mayberry Security Bank and decides to prove his point when he slips by the bank teller dressed as a cleaning lady and accidently locks himself in the vault. Later he is redeemed when real crooks are caught in a failed attempt to rob the bank.
A new kid moves to Mayberry and immediately starts leading Opie's friends down the wrong path. Opie finally decides to stand up to him and realizes the boy is all talk. This is the episode where Barney does his famous "Nip it in the Bud!" speech.
Andy receives a letter from ex-con Luke Comstock, whom he sent upriver after putting a bullet in his leg. The letter says that Luke will be paying the sheriff a visit in Mayberry. Barney jumps to the conclusion that he's coming for revenge and with Gomer's and Otis's help he sets up a twent-four hour watch on Andy. As it turns out, Comstock is coming to pay Andy a long overdue thanks for turning his life around, but not before Barney manages to get "all tied up" in his work.
Cy Hudges brings his goat Jimmy to town for one day, and Jimmy gets nimself "loaded" on a cache of dynamite. Faced with the menace of a goat who could go "blooie" at any moment, Andy and Barney have to figure a way of getting him out of town. Music soothes this savage goat, as he follows Barney out beyonf the city limits while playing his harmoncia.
Andy and Barney decide to organize their twentieth high school reunion, and all the excitement centers on the return of Andy's old flame Sharon Despain. It looks like the torch may be relit when Sharon shows up and she and Andy pick up right where they left off, in the garden outside. Both wonder what ever happened when it finally occurs to them both that what separated them in high school is what seperates them now. Sharon wants the bright lights and big city, and Andy is happy to stay where he is.
Rafe Hollister makes his singing debut when he decides to audition for an upcoming concert. Some of the locals are appalled after John Masters chooses Rafe for the solo performance. Andy stands by his man, and Rafe gets raves.
Arnold Winkler makes his first appearance as a rotten little kid who tries to teach Opie how to manipulate his parents by throwing well-rehearsed tantrums. After terrorizing Mayberry, Winkler's bike is impounded and Opie learns a better lesson when he sees Winkler's ways just don't wash.
Barney enters the electronics age when he decides to solve a mysterious string of robberies at Wally's Filling Station using modern police technology. Andy is more concerned with clearing the name of the young man who was given a fresh start with a job at the station and who is chief suspect in the case.
Opie misunderstands a comment Andy makes at the breakfast table and tells his new teacher, "old Miss Crump,"that according to his pa, history doesn't matter. Helen lays down the law to Sheriff Taylor and Andy responds with his own method of motivating Opie and his friends to study.
Aunt Bee falls under the spell of traveling medicine man Colonel Harvey, but it turns out that the spell is mostly alcohol induced. Andy comes home to find Bee and her lady friends half cocked on the colonel's elixir and has to run them all in. A few hours latter he nabs the colonel himself for peddling liquor.
This episode introduced the Darling family. Led by Briscoe, the clan comes to town to meet the bus carrying Charlene's beloved PFC Dudley A. Wash. Though they tend to get themselves into trouble, Andy tried his best to look the other way.
The gentleman's gentleman, Malocom Merriweather, passes through Mayberry on his American tour. Entering town with a bang, he manages to cause a truckaccident and is force to work off the damages as Andy's personal valet.
Barney becomes "Mr. Independent Wheels" when he spends most of his savings on a used car -- only to find he's been taken by a bunco ring led by mastermind Myrt Lesch. By coincidence, Andy and Barney nab the gang when the crooks mistakenly resteal the car, which they think has been abandoned on a country road.
When Opie can't do anything to catch the eye of little Karen Burgess, Thel steps in to cheer him up and ends up the object of Opie's affections. Barney suddely finds he's the third wheel and demands Andy have a talk with the boy. Andy drives the point home, and Opie dumps Thel for Karen.
Andy and Helen become an item, but not before Barney has his say. Determined to find Andy a wife, Barney parades every eligible female in town through Andy's living room. Andy, though, wants nothing to do with any of them ... until he meets Helen Crump. She, of course, doesn't meet with Barne'ys approval.
A state inspector is on his way to visit the Mayberry jailhouse in order to determine whether or not the sheriff's office needs additional funds. Before he arrives, Opie brings a stray dog in who is followed by another ten of his four-legged friends. Luckily, the inspector happens to raise dogs himself. He befriends the dog-loving sheriff and deputy and sees to it they get the money they need.
Andy and Barney visit the Darlings to rid them of Ernest T. Bass, who has his mind set on marrying daughter Charlene. In this debut for Ernest T, Barney ends up being the bride.
Two escapees are held temporarily in the Mayberry jail while the feds wait for their partners to arrive. Gomer is deputized to help Barney out, but between the two of them, the criminals manage to escape three times.
Ernest T. wants to join the army to get a uniform that he can wear back to the hills to impress his lovely Romenna. When he is refused induction. Ernest goes on a window breaking rampage. Andy and Barney haul him in, but the jail can't hold him. After Ernest T. tells Andy his reason for coming to town, Andy settles the whole matter by giving him one of Barney's whiplash cord uniforms to take home.
A visiting minister from New York delivers a sermon encouraging the members of the Mayberry congregation to "slow down." Those who are still awake take the message so seriously they spend the Sabbath working themselves to exhaustion in order to arrange a concert in an effort to relax.
Opie accidentally kills a mother bird with his new slingshot and takes it upon himself to raise the orphaned baby birds. After adopting them with the Winkin', Blinkin', and Nod, Opie faces the difficult task of setting them free.
A top-secret gold shipment from the Denver Mint to Fort Knox is scheduled to make a stop in Mayberry, and only Andy and Barney know about it. It turns out Barney can't keep a secret and everybody in town knows about the gold. The top secret shipment is greeted with a carnival-like reception and Barney almost blows another secret when he discovers the gold is gone. What Barney did not know was that, at the last minute, the real shipment was diverted and the truck was a decoy.
Opie surprises everyone with a report card of straight A's only to find out later, after Andy rewards him with a new bicycle, that the marks were a mistake. Afraid he's let his pa down, Opie decides to run away and join the navy.
Barney is evicted from his room at Mrs. Mendelbright's boardinghouse after being caught violating her rules regarding cooking and high wattage bulbs. With nowhere else to go, he moves in temporarily to the back room of the courthouse. When he goes back to beg for his room, he learns that Mrs. Mendlebright is about to sell her home in order to pool assets with her new boyfriend, Mr. Fields, whom she plans to marry. Something about the whole deal doesn't smell right to Barney. Andy finds out Mr. Fields is a con man, and he and Barney save Mrs. Mendelbright from financial ruin.
The big Chamber of Commerce dance is approaching, and Thelma Lou refuse to go with Barney unless he gets a date for her cousin Mary Grace Gossage, who is visiting from out of town. Both Andy and Barney are about to give up when Gomer appears. Just when all seems right, Gomer jumps up and leaves Mary Grace. After the entire evening is ruined, the four return to Thel's to find Mary Grace and Gomer dancing and having the time of their lives. Gomer had just gone off to find her a corsage.
Barney resigns and spends five days in jail after Gomer turns the tables and places him under citizen's arrest for a u-turn violation. Once Gomer finds out how seriuos the matter has become, he reports a fictitious robbery at the filling station in hopes of pressing Barney back into service.
In this episode Gomer joins the Marines. Andy tags along for his first day at boot camp, and, realizing how important it is for Gomer to succed, plants the idea in the head of Drill Sergeant Carter that Gomer is related to Marine General Lucis Pyle. Carter, thinking he's being tested, takes Gomer under his wing and is stuck with him from that point on.
Opie plays Robin Hood to his own Sherwood Forest gang and gets involved in stealing from the "rich" Mayberry citizens in order to feed the "poor" hobo whom the gang meets in the woods. Andy goes out to meet their new friend in order to prove to Opie and the others that Andy is a good sheriff and that the hobo has been taking advantage of the kids' good intentions.
Andy and Helen wander into a cave while on the town picnic and are trapped when the entryway collapses behind them. Barney discovers what has happened and organizes a rescue party. Andy and Helen manage to find a safe exit through a hidden opening on the far end of the cave. Hearing a report of the accident on the radio, he and Helen have to climb back in so Barney can rescue them, saving Barney from becoming the laughingstock of the town.
Opie has a new best friend, Trey Bowden, but before long, friend becomes foe when Andy starts giving Trey some attention. Andy teaches the jealous Opie a lesson when he excludes Barney from their Saturday fishing date. When Opie sees how hurt Barney is, he learns the importance of sharing.
Aunt Bee champions the cause of a small farmer who has been forced to sell his farm to make way for a new highway. When Bee leads a group of ladies in a demonstration, Andy and Barney head out to break up the protest and stumble over a group of six stills Farmer Frisbee has hidden under the hen house.
Determined to nip the speeding on highway 6 in the bud, Barney purchases a motorcycle and sidecar at a military surplus auction. With the town up in arms over Barney's new toy, Andy tricks Barney into donating the motorcycle to a museum.
Andy tries to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear when he takes it upon himself to turn Ernest T. into a presentable gentleman. The big test comes at Mrs. Wiley's weekly reception when Andy tries to pass him off as his cousin. Even Andy is surprised at E.T.'s progress when Mrs. Wiley places his accent as being definitely Back Bay Bostonian, but the whole scheme blows up when Bass smashes a vase over the head of a man who won't allow him to cut in for a dance with his chosen woman.
Andy is taken in by the charms of a seductive female prisoner. He can't get the image of her out of his mind and returns to the courthouse just in time to prevent her escape.
Otis saves up to buy a used car and becomes the object of a full-time surveillance by a worried Barney. After catching Otis leaving a party drunk, the sheriff and deputy play a trick on Otis in order to convince him to give up the car. It works, but it wasn't necessary. When Otis wakes up, he reveals that he had already sold it.
John Masters discovers Gomer's singing voice and decides to give him the solo in the upcoming concert instead of Barney. When Gomer realizes how important the solo is to Barney he fakes laryngitis, and just before curtain, Andy has to talk Barney into going on. Gomer's trick is discovered when, in his excitement to see Barney, he forgets himself and speaks in a full voice. As a result, Barney refuses his charity, but Andy grabs both of them as the curtain goes up and the solo becomes a trio.
The strange disappearance of merchandise from Weaver's Department Store has the Mayberry sheriff's office on a full alert. When all other tactics fail, Barney decides to go undercover as a store mannequin and he catches the thief.
Andy is at wit's end with being sheriff, so he takes a vacation. Leaving Barney and Gomer in charge, he soon realizes that he'll never get any rest at home so he goes camping for a week in the woods. Trouble finds him when a prisoner held temporarily in the Mayberry jail sneaks away from Barney and Gomer and ends up finding Andy's campfire. Andy recognizes the prison garb and nabs him. He even has to capture him a second time after Barney and Gomer let him go again.
Andy finds Gomer napping in the garage and snuffs out a small fire in a can full of oily rags. Gomer blows the whole incident out of proportion, and Andy must then deal with Gomer's indebtedness. Gomer offers himself to Andy as a slave for life. Desperate to get rid of Gomer, Andy tries to find a way to even the score by staging his own life-threating mishap. Gomer screws it up and Andy must save his life again, but this time he is able to manufacture a story to get Gomer off his back.
Diamond Jim's, a new butcher shop, opens and Bee heads there hunting for a bargain. She walks out with a side of beef to put in her last "bargain" purchase-a freezer that she discovers doesn't work. Now stuck with a freezor full of thawing beef she must return to Foley for help, but even though Foley offers to store the contraband, Andy won't allow it and instead buys a brand-new freezer.
The Darlings return to arrange a mountain divorce for daughter Charlene. Andy gets involved and gets tagged to be the next husband. He decides to fight fire with fire when Barney discovers a way to curse the proposed union in a book on mountain folklore and superstition.
Opie and his pals get suckered into selling useless salve in order to win a pony. When one of the boys gives up and sends his salve back, he gets a letter from the Miracle Salve Company advising that he has been blacklisted. Barney and Gomer head to Mount Pilot to "fight fire with fire." Disguised as Dr. Pendyke, D.V.M. Barney fools the two Miracle Salve cons into buying all thier salve back by convincing them it is a miracle cure for the mange. The plan backfires when a trucjload of it arrives at the Taylors' front door addressed to Opie Taylor Sr., the name Gomer used as a alias.
Andy and Barney are forced to work late doing inventory and end up saddled with "The Fun Girls" from Mount Pilot--Skippy and Daphne. They end up in hot water when they are caught by Helen and Thelma Lou, who drop by for an unannounced visit. Now with no dates for the big dance, Barney decides they will take Skippy and Daphne, who dump our heroes for Gomer and cousin Goober.
Bernard Fox reprises his role of Malcolm Merriweather when he passes through Mayberry and is enlisted to help at the Taylor house in order to give Aunt Bee a break from her regular workload. The plan backfires when Aunt Bee, feeling useless with nothing to do, becomes listless and takes to bed sick. Malcolm realizes what has happened and gets himself fired by prentending to be drunk on cooking sherry.
Barney starts a rumor that Andy and Helen are about to be married when he spots Andy sneaking a kiss in the jewelry store where Helen is shopping for a gift for her neice. Barney proceeds to alert the entire town, and Aunt Bee decides to redocorate Andy's room--to make it more appropriate for a bride. When Andy and Helen are brought by the house for the surprise, they surprise everyone with the truth. Barney is the goat again, but Andy calms the crowd by telling them he'll pay them all back and give Bee the room she has always wanted.
Gomer drops the bomb on Barney and Thel's romance when, giving her a ride to Mount Pilot, he slips and repeats something Barney said about having Thelma Lou wrapped around his little finger. Thel turns the tables and starts flirting with Gomer to make Barney jealous. Barney becomes fighting mad, but matters get worse when Thel slips and kisses Gomer on the cheek, which to Gomer means that you have to get married. Andy finally steps in and clears up the whole mess by getting Barney to apologize and Thel to take the kiss back.
Andy takes Opie and his gang on a camping trip. Barney, who tells the boys he's a regular pioneer when it comes to the wilderness, manages to get lost in the woods with Gomer. Andy finds them and manages to trick Barney into finding his way back to camp, where he tells the tale of how he managed to ensnare, clean, and cook a wild pheasant.
When Opie's school dance partner doesn't show for class, Opie is paired with Miss Crump, who unknowlingly waltzes her way into Opie's heart. Andy and Barney realize Opie has a crush when he tells them he wants to spend his entire savings of 74 cents on a gift. Only later do they discover exactly which girl has captured Opie's fancy. Barney discovers that Helen is the lucky gal while relaying a love poem to Opie for his sweetheart. Andy has a man to man chat with Opie, telling him that he's messing with his woman. Opie understands perfectly and backs off.
Ernest T. is back in Mayberry to get his diploma. He is so determined that Andy convinces Helen to allow him to attend class. E.T. is so out of control, she has to slap him across the knuckles to get his attention. Helen's discipline causes Ernest T. to fall in love with Andy's girl. Exasperated, Andy explains to Ernest T. that he loves Helen because she represents his "motha figer." Once that's all sorted out, Andy manufactures a diploma that Ernest T. receives in a touching graduation ceremony.
Barney and Thel break up and it appears for good. In an effort to console Barney, Andy gets in hot water when Barney misrepresents his words to Thel. The harder they try to work things out, the worse it gets.
On his way back from finding out that Old Man Goss has misplaced his ol' salt and pepper suit, Barney spots Fred Plummer sweeping litter into the street and tickets him. Plummer pays the ticket but vows revenge, threatening to get his money's worth the first time he catches Barney out of uniform. Andy learns of the threat and arranges for Mr. Izamoto(Barney's judo instructor) to dress up in Barney's ol' salt and pepper and teach Plummer a lesson by proxy.
Opie finds a man's purse containing $50 cash. When he tells his pa, Andy puts it away for safekeeping, telling Opie if no one claims it within a week, the money is his. Opie's patience is rewarded, and he buys a new fishing pole. When Opie returns to the courthouse to show it off, Barney and Andy are gone, but the owner of the purse finally shows. Opie realizes he must give the money back and leaves to get the money together. Andy misunderstands Opie's intentions and thinks he is trying to keep the money. Andy scolds him but quickly has a change of heart when he realizes that Opie was trying to return the money to its rightful owner.
Andy leaves Barney in charge when he goes to Raleigh to interview for another job. Barney immediately starts searching for new deputies. The only guys who show up are Judd, Goober, and Otis. By the time Andy returns, the whole town has practically been turned upside down. Barney tries to cover it up, but Floyd can't mind his tongue and spills the beans.
The town prepares for a performance commemorating the Mayberry Centennial and begins to search for a woman to play the leading role. Aunt Bee thinks she's fit for the part, but when she auditions, she doesn't have the right stuff. Andy is faced with breaking the bad news to her, but he gets himself out of that jam by appealing to Bee's strong sense of responsibility for her family.
The Darlings return to Mayberry searching for an appropriate husband for Charlene's newborn girl Andilina. During a social call on the Taylors, Briscoe thinks Opie is the man for the job, so he tries to railroad Andy into a contract of marriage between his son and Briscoe's granddaughter. Andy spooks Briscoe by signing the contract with a pen loaded with disappearing ink. Believing there's witchery in the Taylor bloodline, Briscoe packs up his family and heads back to the hills.
When Andy and Helen realize they are so busy they don't have time for each other, Barney decides to give them the gift of a day alone together. Promising to take care of all thier chores, Barney sends them for a Saturday picnic at Myers Lake. It goes very well--for the first two minutes. Then Barney shows up with the first of many problems. Andy eventually gets hauled away by a game warden for fishing without a license. Andy calls Barney to ask him to bring money to a neighboring town's justice of the peace to pay the fine. Barney misunderstands the message and thinks Andy and Helen are about to tie the knot.
Otis falls while leaving the cell, and a lawyer is able to convince him to sue the county for damages. the whole matter ends when Otis remembers that the whole thing happened because he tripped over his own suit coat.
Barney gets Andy in trouble with Helen when he summons the two-hundred-year-old spirit of Count Iz Van Tileckie from a kit he bought at an auction and then spreads the rumor that the two are about to be married.
Barney decides to moonlight by selling real estate, but his career is derailed after a huge four-way deal is foiled by the honesty of children.
Goober promises to mind the phone while Andy is away, but he gets tied up working on Gilly Walker's car. When both Andy and Gilly demand he live up to his promises, Goober decides to kill two birds with one stone by taking Gilly's car apart, reassembling it in the sheriff's officer, and working on it there. Andy returns just in time for the test run and blows his stack. Before Goober can get the car outside again, some state patrolmen show up and mistake Goober's project for a clever car saftey exhibit.
Barney decides to reform Otis and ends up running him out of Mayberry to do his drinking in Mount Pilot. The lawmen miss Otis so much they take a trip to the neighboring jail to beg him to come home.
Barney recieves a chain letter, and even though he insists he is not superstitious -- just cautios-- Andy shames him into tossing the letter in the trash. As soon as he does so, Barney is caught in a run of bad luck. With the police officers' pistol qualification upcoming, Andy realizes Barney has psyched himself out and needs help. Andy illustrates the ridiculous nature of the situation by bringing in Goober with another copy of the letter. Barney gets the point: Only a boob like Goober would believe in a chain letter. Andy brings a little insurance to the qualification in the form of Thelma Lou. That's all the luck Barney needs. With his woman there to impress, Barney fires a perfect score.
Andy and Barney tire of Goober being a fifth wheel on their dates and try to fix him up with a girl of his own. They fix him up with Lydia Crosswaithe. Barney gives Goober a lesson in romance by eavesdropping on Andy while he is having a romantic evening at Helen's. In the end, Goober gets a girl and Andy and Barney have not one but two people to tag along on their evenings out.
When he gets a job offer that would take him away to South America, Andy convinces Barney to run for sheriff. The offer falls through, but the election goes on. Turning ugly, Barney challenges Andy to a debate and accuses him of malfeasance. The examples he cites are typical Taylor oversights, such as allowing jaywalking, failing to have emergency equipment such as tear gas and submachine guns, and refusing to carry a sidearm. Andy readily admits he is guilty, but Barney backs off, endorsing Andy as the man for the job.
While chasing off a hobo, Barney stumbles over a briefcase loaded with $250,000 in cash. When he and Andy find the money is from a bank robbery, Barney goes undercover to catch the thief. Barney openly flashes the money around town as a lure for the crook. Unfortunately, the crook tricks Barney into believing he is an FBI agent on the same case and manages to get the money back during a stakeout. Andy arrives in time with the real federal agent and captures the criminal.
An article on Andy entitled "Sheriff Without a Gun" appears in Law and Order magazine, drawing attention from an alleged Hollywood movie company. The movie company is just a front for a gang of robbers who want to pull a heist. The gang is caught in the act when Andy shows up at a "rehearsal" of a bank robbery. Andy doesn't fall for the scheme and hauls them to jail.
Gloria, the daughter of a close friend of Aunt Bee's, pays the Taylors a visit after having a bad experience with her boyfriend back home. When she arrives, Andy is shocked at how attractive Gloria is, which makes Helen jealous. The matter is resolved when Gloria's beau comes to fetch her.
Barney reopens an old case that involved Charley Foley charging Floyd with assault. The incident happened so long ago that nobody recalls how the whole thing began. Barney manages to refresh everyone's memory by staging a reenactment that is so close to the actual event it starts another frenzy of nose punching. Andy gets all those involved to talk out their problems, and it works. Barney discovers that the papers on the case still aren't officially closed, and he goes to the barbershop. He returns with a bloody nose.
Opie takes his cue from the adults and spices upo a penny newspaper he and his friend Howie publish with gossip he's overheard. When Barney and the Taylors get a look at the new issue, they have to scramble to collect the copies before they are read by the rest of the town.
Convinced Andy is worried about her, Aunt Bee fabricates a story linking herself romantically with Orville Hendricks, the butter and egg man. Barney learns that Orville, a regular "Chicken Coop Casanova," is married. Andy goes to talk to Orville, who is shocked by the accusation. Bee admits the reason for her transgression, and Andy shows her she is loved at home.
Skippy and Daphne pay a return visit to Mayberry and get themselves pulled in intentionally for speeding and reckless driving. Andy and Barney try to get them out of town quietly so that Helen and Thelma Lou don't see them. Nothing about these ladies is quiet, and the boys barely escape with their hides. All returns to normal.
Andy runs in Newton Monroe, a traveling salesman, for operating a shop from the trunk of his car. When he realizes Monroe is a man down on himself and his luck, Andy tries to build his self-esteem. Monroe makes a mess of every job Andy gives him. Andy sees the horrible job he has done painting Andy's front porch, so Andy repaints it himself but convinces Monroe it was his handiwork. Monroe realizes that he's not inept -- he's "ept." Monroe gives up being a traveling salesman to become a painter.
When Opie does poorly in math, Andy overreacts and lords it over his son with an iron hand. Helen finally advises Andy that all work and no play is not the solution. Andy allows Opie to relax, enjoy himself, and be the best he can be.
The carnival comes to town and takes Opie for a ride. Opie blows the money he saved for Andy's birthday present trying to win an electric razor in the carnival's sharpshooting game. The game is rigged, however. Andy finds uot and sets out to do some fixing of his own. Andy cleans the shelves of prizes and then flashes his badge. He advises the pair of hucksters that when Opie comes to try again, he better walk away with a razor. Opie does win the razor on his own.
Andy, Struggling to find work for Jerry Miller, a one-man band who has lost his job with a traveling carnival, hires him as a part-time deputy. After realizing he's too incompetent to fill Barney's shoes, he decides to let him go. Before he can give Jerry the bad news, the musician-turned-lawman busts some of his former pals who were responsible for a string of purse snatchings.