To boost his dejected deputy's confidence, Sheriff Taylor concocts a phony robbery, only to have Deputy Fife arrest a man for a crime that never happened.




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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Amzie Strickland ...
Miss Rosemary
Jack Mann ...
Tracy Crawford


As Andy works on the squad car, an angry Barney passes by in a huff and into the courthouse. Inside, Andy finds him removing his deputy trappings while declaring that he's quitting the force, all due to a unflattering poem Opie wrote about him on the wall of the bank. Opie comes by and explains that some older kids wrote the poem but who ran away when they saw him coming. Still dejected, Barney is determined to quit up until pretty Miss Rosemary (whom Barney has been regularly walking to church on Sundays) comes by and boosts his confidence. His confidence slightly renewed, Barney decides not to quit, and in the spirit of trying to boost his confidence even further, Andy gives him some police work, concocting a robbery story at Walker's Drugstore. He figures Barney will be on the project for a while since there's no criminal to catch. Nevertheless, Barney soon brings in a suspect named Tracy Crawford. A bit flummoxed at first, Andy checks the man out and finds that he must, indeed, ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <> / overhauled by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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14 November 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Andy suggests that Barney take Miss Rosemary to the Snappy Lunch. The Snappy Lunch was and still is an actual diner in Andy Griffith's hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and has the distinction of being the only Mt. Airy business to be mentioned on the show. They are famous for their pork chop sandwiches. See more »


Courthouse calendars don't match with the episode's release date (November 14, 1960). Inside one of the cells hangs a calendar month where the 1st falls on a Sunday. There's not a month in 1960 where the 1st falls on a Sunday. The closest would be January of 1961. Meanwhile, in the back room hangs a calendar where the 1st falls on a Tuesday. With the subsequent month having only twenty-eight days, this would make it January (not a leap year, as is 1960). The closest Januarys with firsts on a Tuesday (whether a leap year or not) would be in 1957 or 1963. See more »


Sheriff Andy Taylor: Now, you can't be serious about resignin'. What in the world will you do?
Deputy Barney Fife: Oh, I-I don't know. I could go up to the pickle factory. They always need a brine tester.
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The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen.
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20 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first episode where Barney attempts to resign from the force. This theme would be repeated many times over the years. So many times in fact that in the later episode "Citizen's Arrest", Andy has now compiled a file full of resignation letters from Barney. But sadly after the 5th season in 1965 Barney actually did resign to take a job on the police force in Raleigh. There is a significant goof in this episode. When Barney enters the court house to resign, you can clearly see a pair of handcuffs on he left side of his uniform. After Opie enters the courthouse, the handcuffs have disappeared and are now no longer part of the equipment that Barney is turning in. At the end of the episode Barney comments on the shirtwaist worn by Miss Rosemary to church. The term shirtwaist is not in vogue today, having become passé.

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