Andy and Barney travel to the State capital to seek funding for new equipment for the Mayberry Sheriff's office. Barney thinks he's in his element and is convinced that crime is all around him. At their hotel, Barney spots a suspicious character eying a well-to-do and bejeweled matronly woman in the lobby. Andy tells him to mind his own business but Barney being Barney decides that making a bust in the big city might just give them the clout they need to get the money they need. He follows the mysterious man and befriends another man, C.J. Hasler, who tells him he's a newspaperman who can help out. Turns out Barney has got it wrong again and the mystery man is actually the house detective and CJ is the jewel thief. Written by
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When leaving the house for their trip to Raleigh, Andy and Barney make a big deal of stepping out with their right foot. This is based on the old superstition of getting up on the wrong side of bed. It is believed that if a person gets up on the left side of the bed, things will go wrong, but if a person gets up on the right side, they will be right of mind, right of heart, and their day will be perfect. This of course, extends to leaving the house as well. See more
Andy and Barney leave town without putting anyone in charge in their absence (not even a comment about Mayberry being safer with no one in charge rather than Barney in charge), and the business with the commissioner does not require both of them. See more
[Andy signals the maître d' to interpret the French menu
Don't do that, Andy. You'll embarrass me. He'll think you're just a plain hick.
Well, Barney, there's worse things than bein' a plain hick, like bein' a hungry one.
References The Asphalt Jungle
The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen. See more