The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Andy and Barney in the Big City 

Andy and Barney travel to Raleigh on business and help catch a jewel thief in their hotel.




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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
C.J. Hasler
Peter Leeds ...
Sergeant Nelson
Robert Carson ...
Commissioner Hedges (as Robert S. Carson)
Lady with Jewelry
Thomas Myers ...
Officer Dean Friendly
Roger Til ...
Waiter in French Restaurant


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 garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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26 March 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The gag in which Barney points at items on the menu so as not to let the waiter know that he doesn't speak French was created by Don Knotts himself. Years later he would recreate the bit on an episode of Three's Company. 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 »


Opie Taylor: If you think that's somethin', you outta hear me sing a song!
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References The Asphalt Jungle (1950) See more »


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Escape from Mayberry
20 July 2015 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

The episode opens in the Taylor house as Andy and Barney prepare to depart on a business trip to Raleigh (generically called "the state capital"). They are putting in a request to obtain new, more advanced police equipment; but, as they soon discover, they will not be granted this request until the crime rate in Mayberry catches up to them. (Barney's comment: "Just one good felony - our name in the paper just once - we'd have everything we wanted just like that!") This sets in motion the plot of the episode, in which Barney tries to nab a jewel thief at their hotel but, in Fife-like fashion, mistakenly pursues the hotel detective and allies himself with the thief.

If I'm not mistaken, this episode marks the first occasion in which TAGS left the confines of Mayberry and its immediate environs. Andy would appear briefly in Raleigh again in "Andy on Trial," but visits to the big city would be rare until the color seasons. This is a very well-made entry in the series, with lots of stylish clothes (people sure knew how to dress for travel back then!), artfully composed camera shots, and mystery and intrigue in a ritzy hotel. Although the plot is typical TAGS caper fare, the visual stylishness of the episode - and the rare chance to see our two heroes outside of their natural environment - set it apart.

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