Handyman Henry Wheeler enters the Taylors' life, for whom Aunt Bee develops a wistful soft spot. For her sake, Andy keeps him on with chores but progressively discovers Henry's true vocation - that of a freeloader.
No one will admit to Aunt Bee's homemade pickles being the worst they've ever tasted. Andy switches them with store-bought ones to avoid eating hers, but her decision to enter them in the county fair presents a dilemma.
The state police come to town to catch some payroll robbers. They want Andy and Barney to stay out of the way and let them handle it. The big boys end up needing Andy and Barney more than they thought.
The town decides to celebrate Founders' Day by picking a stranger at random to be the town's 'Guest of Honor'. Unfortunately the person they choose turns out to be a thief whose just been kicked out of the neighboring county.