A destitute banjo player fills in for Barney.




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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Mary Lansing ...
Miss Roundtree
Jean Inness ...
Robert Carricart ...
1st Character
Bill Catching ...
2nd Character


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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Comedy | Family





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3 May 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Skip, one of the carnival's bad guys, is a barely recognizable actor Lee van Cleef, who played villains in many films, most notably "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly", "For A Few Dollars More", "Escape from New York", and "High Noon". See more »


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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Absolutely Dreadful
13 June 2015 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

I agree 100% with the first reviewer that this episode marked the end of "The Andy Griffith Show" that so many people remember with such fondness. It's appears obvious to me that the producers and writers of the show were casting about, trying to find a comic replacement for the irreplaceable Don Knotts, and that they were failing miserably in the attempt. In this painful-to-watch episode, Jerry Van Dyke is (as my mother used to say) "about as funny as a crutch." The first reviewer also mentions the fact that the later casting of Jack Burns' unfunny character,"Warren Ferguson," was further proof that the producers were flailing about in an attempt to find a comic foil for "Andy Taylor's" laid-back sheriff.

In my opinion, the powers behind this series should have recognized that it was really an extension of the classic sitcoms of the 1950s, and that, by 1965, it had become a pathetic anachronism in American society. They should have thrown in the towel after Knotts left the show, thereby sparing us and them the painful demise of what was once an extremely entertaining series. Instead, they ran the show into the ground with the introduction of unmemorable new characters--and finally with the lamentable travesty called "Mayberry R.F.D."

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