The Andy Griffith Show: Season 5, Episode 32

Banjo-Playing Deputy (3 May 1965)

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A destitute banjo player fills in for Barney.

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When Andy forces the harem dancer show at the carnival to shut down, the owner decides to move on but leaves his one-man band, Jerry, behind. Andy takes pity on the jobless and penniless young man and invites him home for dinner. With Barney away, Aunt Bee suggests to Andy that he should hire Jerry to do some general work around the courthouse. Andy decides to try him out, but the somewhat inept Jerry has ideas about being a Deputy that don't quite work out. When Aunt Bee has her purse snatched at the carnival however, Jerry knows exactly who did it and shows his mettle to get it back. Written by garykmcd

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The character played by Hope Summers is listed in the credits as 'Miss Bedloe'. However, when she goes into the courthouse to complain to Andy about the dancing at the carnival, he greets her as 'Miss Edwards', referring to her character name in previous and later episodes - Clara Edwards. See more »

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The beginning of the end...and a darn painful episode.
24 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ugghh!!! Rarely can you look back at a TV series and pinpoint the point at which a great show fell off the abyss, so to speak. This episode marks a point after which "The Andy Griffith Show" that many of us loved died. While the show DID continue for a few more seasons (with, oddly, decent ratings) and eventually morphed into the insipid "Mayberry RFD", it never again had the wonderful chemistry it used to have because 5.32 marks the first episode after Don Knotts left the show as a regular. Sure, he'd return for a few 'guest appearances' (where the chemistry was not quite right), but the show now was about to undergo a series of painful new characters playing the deputy--until ultimately the writers and producers decided not to even bother filling this role! The show was dead...and the post-mortum wouldn't come for half a decade later.

This episode stars the ever-annoying Jerry Van Dyke--Dick's brother. Jerry was to comedy what Edgar Allen Poe was to comedy...in other words, absolutely nothing. His awkward guy routine wore very thin here and about three minutes into the show I wanted Andy to give up his policy of not carrying a gun...and shoot Jerry to put us out of our misery. And, sadly, even though he did not (thankfully) linger, it only got worse with the god-awful Jack Burns coming on to the show next season as the world's most obnoxious deputy.

A very poor episode from start to finish. It's painful and annoying--and like a migraine. Avoid it at all costs.


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