The Andy Griffith Show: Season 4, Episode 7

A Black Day for Mayberry (11 Nov. 1963)

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Andy and Barney have to protect a shipment of gold which will be going through Mayberry on the way to Fort Knox. It's critical that they keep it a secret, but Barney spills the beans ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
First Treasury Agent
FBI Agent
Joseph Hamilton ...
Roy Engel ...
Charles P. Thompson ...
Phil Arnold ...
The Hotdog Vendor
Alex Barringer ...
Leslie Barringer ...


Andy and Barney have to protect a shipment of gold which will be going through Mayberry on the way to Fort Knox. It's critical that they keep it a secret, but Barney spills the beans immediately and within minutes all of Mayberry knows. A carnival-like atmosphere soon takes hold. The plot thickens when Barney discovers there's no gold in the truck. Written by Ronny Bailey

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11 November 1963 (USA)  »

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This episode was one of only four on the eight "complete season" Paramount DVD sets that do not have laugh tracks. All four occur in the Fall of season 4 (discs 1 and 2). They were presumably originally broadcast with a laugh track. See more »


In the opening scene, the two Treasury Agents are waiting in the courthouse for the Sheriff return. Before Opie walks in the door, the T-Agent on the right (Rance Howard) is wearing a lighter colored suit. A second later, as Opie is walking from the doorway toward where Barney is sitting, you can see the agents sitting in the background. Freezing the frame reveals that the two actors sitting down are not the two who entered. See more »

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Once again, Barney is a boob and Mayberry is full of rubes...
21 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode further establishes that Barney is an incompetent and the folks of Mayberry are mostly a lot of likable rubes. Andy and Barney are called in to assist with a gold shipment that is coming their way. They are instructed to keep it secret, but naturally Barney totally blows it--and as a result, EVERYONE in Mayberry knows the shipment is coming. And, like a bunch of yahoos, the people decide to have a giant celebration to welcome the G-men and the gold!! You have to laugh at the situation and it's all very predictable. What isn't so predictable is what happens to the gold itself.

All in all, a very clever episode from start to finish. The only problem with it is that making Barney look stupid isn't exactly a new idea and there is a familiarity about the plot that keep it from being among the very best of the series--but it's still very worth seeing--especially so you can see three of the Howard family (Ron, Clint and their father).

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