Christmas Eve gets Barney and Andy excited about getting together with loved ones to enjoy the holiday. Feeling especially generous, Andy lets all the prisoners out of jail for a Christmas break on the promise to return as soon as it's over. Their yuletide joy is only dimmed when mean old Ben Weaver makes a citizen's arrest of Sam Muggins for making a batch of white lightening to put some merry in his Christmas, stubbornly insisting that Sam get the required 24 hours in jail despite reasoning objections from Andy that, after all, it's Christmas. Andy comes up with a plan to arrest Sam's wife and kids on conspiracy charges so they can spend Christmas together in his cell, further bringing Aunt Bee, Opie and Ellie into the courthouse for the party. All night, Ben tries again and again to break into the proceedings, till Andy - after he and Ellie have a lovely sing-a-long of "Away in the Manger" - finally realizes what Ben's up to and arrests him, allowing him to first drop by his store ... Written by
Jerry Dean Roberts <bothan2001@hotmail. hotmail.com> / revised by statmanjeff
Did You Know?
Bess Muggins is portrayed by actress Margaret Kerry. One of her previous roles was the character model for Tinker Bell in Disney's 1953 animated film, "Peter Pan." See more
Ben Weaver exits the courthouse front to walk around the building counter-clockwise to the jail cell windows, keeping the building to his left. He passes the front corner of the building, walks around to the back corner of the building, then walks into the alley behind the building, all the time keeping the building to his left, but when he walks up to the barred jail cell window to look inside, he comes to it from a clockwise direction, with the window on his right -- a mirror image of what it should be. (This also creates a problem as, from the front, the courthouse appears to share a wall with the barber shop next door. As the cell in question lies opposite Andy's desk, there shouldn't even be a window in it unless it exists to allow prisoners to look in on men getting their hair cut.) See more
The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen. See more