Andy heads for Centerville to give some testimony, leaving Barney in charge of Mayberry for the day. As he prepares to leave, he harps on all manner of reminders of rudimentary things that need to be done while he's away. Barney is incensed that Andy doesn't seem to trust his judgment and assures him that he's leaving Mayberry in the hands of good old reliable Barney Fife. Upon his return, Andy admits that things seem mighty quiet, until he enters the courthouse and realizes that Barney has arrested and jailed half the citizens of Mayberry for minor offenses. While being tried, the townsfolk go from anger to humor as they find themselves laughing at Barney's overreaction. Andy lets everyone go one by one, even Otis, because the offenses were all very minor and reminds Barney that there is more to being a police officer than just the police manual. Barney laughs off the situation but finds it impossible to get any peace from the townsfolk as he has become a laughing stock, falling into... Written by
Jerry Dean Roberts <firstname.lastname@example.org> / edited by statmanjeff
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Don Knotts stayed awake for two days and nights and did not shave so he could look tired for the scene in which he comes to work looking scraggly. See more
Chester Jones appears to be in two places at the same time, firstly when Andy visits Jud and Chester playing a game of checkers to inform them that he is firing Barney, and secondly in the next scene when Andy stops in at Floyd's Barbershop with the same news, where Chester Jones, standing in the group, seems to be hearing the news for the first time. See more
[entering the courthouse
Well, no wonder it's quiet in town. The whole population's in here.
The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen. See more