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?
Barney mentions dating Hilda May in "Christmas Story". See more
When the camera pans to Ben Weaver outside the courthouse looking in, as Andy and Ellie are singing 'Away in A Manger', a calendar hanging in the cell shows Christmas falling on Wednesday. Christmas in 1960 fell on a Sunday. The most recent year on which Christmas fell on a Wednesday was 1957. See more
The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen. See more