Barney is more than a bit disappointed when he thinks everyone has forgotten the fifth anniversary of starting work as a Deputy Sheriff. They were just leading him on and have a cake and a nice gift waiting for him. Andy has just received bad news however: Deputies are now subject to regular height and weight requirements and Barney misses the minimum on both counts. Everyone is pretty sure they can put the extra weight on him but how do you make someone almost a full inch taller? Andy thinks he has the solution but still has to be creative come the day of the physical exam. Written by
Did You Know?
This is one of the rare shows beyond the third season where actor Howard McNear
(Floyd, the barber) actually moves freely. McNear had suffered a stroke and could not normally walk. In the scene where Barney is presented a surprise cake, McNear can be very briefly viewed walking stiff, with short steps, but without assistance. Normally after his stroke, McNear's scenes were either of him sitting, or standing via a hidden brace. See more
In the opening scene Barney is trying to get Andy to remember what important event happened to Barney 5 years ago today, May 16th. Later that day, as Aunt Bee, Thelma Lou, Floyd, and Opie are making preparations in the courthouse for Barney's 5th Anniversary surprise party, the one-page calendar next to the gun cabinet clearly displays MAY 15. Thirty seconds later they all hide in the back room just a few seconds before Barney walks into the courthouse. A moment later, when they all rush out with the cake and holler SURPRISE, the calendar mysteriously reads MAY 16. And no one had the opportunity to tear the MAY 15 page off. See more