Barney and Floyd are held hostage in a cabin by three escaped women convicts.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) (credit only)
Jane Dulo ...
Charlie O'Malley


At the Courthouse, Andy hears an announcement that three women convicts have escaped from the state prison. What a time for Barney to be away fishing with Floyd. The hapless fishermen, however, run out of gas. Setting out on foot to find a farmhouse where its residents might allow them to borrow some gas, they wander up upon the home of O'Malley, a mutual friend, where, sure enough, they're taken prisoner by the escaped felons - Big Maude, Naomi and Sally - all using the vacated cabin as a hideout. Needing food, Sally drives Floyd into town to get supplies. Andy spots Floyd about to scoot back in his car and stops him for a short conversation. From seeing the woman driving, to Floyd's jittery mannerisms, Andy deduces there's a party going on at O'Malley's cabin, but after Floyd and Sally depart, Andy sees O'Malley just coming back from his out-of-town trip. He soon puts two and two together to realize something is wrong, and it's left to Andy (with O'Malley's help) to rescue the boys. Written by garykmcd/revised by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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10 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Sally thinks Barney resembles an old boyfriend named Al, and refers to Barney as "Al" throughout the episode. Floyd calls Barney "Al" a few times. See more »


When Naomi pumps water outside O' Malley's cabin, Andy handcuffs her while O' Malley brandishes a handkerchief to cover her mouth. In the next shot, more of the handkerchief hangs further down over her chin. See more »


Big Maude Tyler: By rights, I ought to let Naomi curl your hair with this heater.
Jalene Naomi Connors: [excited] Can I, Maude? Can I? I hate men.
Big Maude Tyler: She's a convicted husband-beater.
Floyd Lawson: [worried] Better watch it, Al.
Deputy Barney Fife: Will you stop callin' me Al?
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Hard episode to watch
2 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a particularly hard episode to watch because this is the final episode before Howard McNear ("Floyd") had his stroke. Howard never walked again on screen after this episode. Howard was always shown seated or was discretely propped up after this episode. Sad. Despite this, this is a pretty funny episode. Floyd and Barney are both hilarious in this episode. Of course Andy comes in at the end to save the day. Floyd of course gets all the credit!! That is a riot. If you can get past knowing what is going to happen to Howard after this, this episode is pretty funny. It is amazing what Andy and the staff did for Howard after this episode and how they hid his handicap. Of course now, everyone knows the story.

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