It's Christmas Eve and Barney and Andy are excited about getting together with the loved ones to enjoy the holiday. Andy is feeling so generous that he lets all the prisoners out of the jail for a Christmas break on the promise that they be back as soon as it's over. Yet, the yuletide joy is dimmed a bit when mean old Ben Weaver makes a citizen's arrest of Sam Muggins who has made up a batch of white lightening to put some merry in his Christmas. Stubborn Ben demands 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 of arresting Sam's wife and kids on conspiracy charges so they can spend Christmas with him in the cell. Further, he brings Aunt Bee and Opie and Ellie into the courthouse for the party. All night, Ben tries again and again to break up the proceedings, but Andy finally suspects that he really wants to join the party. After Andy and Ellie have a lovely sing-a-long of "Away in the ... Written by
Jerry Dean Roberts <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Did You Know?
Will Wright makes his first of three appearances here as stubborn old Ben Weaver. Previously Wright had appeared as Mr. Johnson on the Danny Thomas Show episode "Danny Meets Andy Griffith," the episode that led to "The Andy Griffith Show." See more
When Barney is sitting at the desk reading Christmas cards, the card he is holding switches to another one then back to the original one from shot to shot. See more
The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen. See more