Andy is accused of official misconduct by a big-shot newspaper publisher whom he arrested on a traffic violation.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Robert Brubaker ...
Roger Milton
Sally Mansfield ...
Miss Fenwick
Richard Vath ...
Jackson's Lawyer
Jean Boswell
J. Howard Jackson


Andy travels to the big city with a summons to arrest J. Howard Jackson. The man had been caught speeding through Mayberry a few weeks before but failed to appear on the agreed court date. Jackson is forced to go to Mayberry to be found guilty and pay his fine. Outraged, Jackson decides to take his revenge. A publisher, he sends one of his reporters to Mayberry to get the dirt on Andy. Posing as a college student, Jean Boswell sweet-talks Barney into giving her some dirt on Andy. When her article appears, Andy quickly finds himself facing a misconduct hearing. The State's main witness against him - Barney Fife. Written by garykmcd/edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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23 April 1962 (USA)  »

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This is the last mention of Emma Watson in the series. See more »


Hall Smith is listed in the End Credits and Barney tells Jean Boswell about Otis, but he never appears in the episode. See more »


Deputy Barney Fife: [Testifying at hearing] ... Why Andy's the best friend I got in the whole world. And as far as I'm concerned, he's the best Sheriff too. All them things I said; for example, his using the squad car for personal reasons. Sure, he was delivering groceries to Emma Watson because she was too sick to get down to the market. And that's just one example of the thing's Andy's done for the folks in this town. I could give you a lot more. You gotta understand, this is a small town. The Sheriff is more ...
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Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
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Barney's Finest Hour
11 October 2014 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

I watched reruns of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW from such a young age that many episodes are etched indelibly in my memory. This is one of them. It's a classic, and one of the more serious and dramatic entries in the series. Andy nabs a publishing magnate for speeding, and the magnate takes revenge by having one of his reporters (played by beautiful, blonde Ruta Lee) pose as a college student to get compromising information about Andy from Barney. After she publishes this information in a smear article, Andy is put on trial by the state attorney's office. Barney, who had earlier put his worst qualities of vanity and bragging on display, now redeems himself (and Andy) with an eloquent speech in defense of his best friend. This is a fine (and surprising) dramatic acting moment for Don Knotts, and a high point for the series overall. Don't miss this episode!

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