Members of the Women's Historical Society believe the direct descendant of a Revolutionary War hero may be living in Mayberry and borrow town records for their research. Barney uses the library and deduces that he, himself, is the person they are looking for. When the women announce that town drunk Otis Campbell is the real descendant, the mayor and town council have a fit and want Andy to get Otis out of town and bring in a substitute to accept the award. Andy refuses, saying it wouldn't be fair to Otis. Somewhat late for the ceremony, Otis and his wife show up dressed in their Sunday best. The women present the plaque to Otis, who says he can't take credit for being born and gives the plaque to the mayor for the town of Mayberry. Written by
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Otis confides to Andy that his drinking has given his wife Rita a lot of awful times. This was not the last time that his drinking was addressed in a serious manner, though it was mostly played for laughs. Due to the temperance of the times, Otis had sobered up in the TV movie "Return to Mayberry," yet this is the first episode that really addressed it. See more
During Otis' sobriety test, Barney wears his cartridge belt upside down. It can be seen clearly when he collapses into the chair. See more
Well, Barney, I believe a sobriety test is given to a prisoner when you first bring him in. Now, you ought to have done that to Otis last night.
Aw, Andy, you know we couldn't have given a sobriety test to Otis last night.
Well, why not?
He was too drunk.
The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen. See more