Barney's awkward cousin visits and makes a mess of everything he tries. When Andy finds something that Virgil is good at, he finds a way to teach him self-confidence.



(as Phillip Shuken), (as Johnny Greene)

Watch Now

With Prime Video



Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Bus Driver
Virgil (as Michael Pollard)


Barney tells Andy that his cousin Virgil will soon be visiting and perhaps they could offer him a job at the Sheriff's office. Andy takes a wait-and-see attitude - and it's a good thing. When Virgil finally shows up (missing the bus when he went to mail a letter during a rest stop), he seems nothing short of disaster-prone. From spilling the dinner at Andy's house to crashing the squad car, everything he touches seems to end up in disaster. He even cleans the jail keys so thoroughly that they no longer open the cells, leaving Otis trapped just when he has a job interview to got to. As things seem at their worst, Andy finds one thing Virgil is genuinely good at. Written by garykmcd/edited by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bus | keys | dinner | card trick | sheriff | See All (17) »


Comedy | Family





Release Date:

30 April 1962 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Virgil polishes the keys so that the cell door won't open, yet on the close ups of Barney, the spare key is hanging right behind him. Why not just use that key? See more »


The concept of Virgil's clumsiness is that he can only succeed if no one is watching; however, several of his blunders, most notably polishing the jail keys, occur when he is alone. See more »


Andy Taylor: Congratulations, Barney. You did it again.
See more »


The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hostage Situations eveningstarz
Andy in colored episodes versus black and white b_schlechter200
What's your favorite Opie episode? nicholasholloway
Howard's New Life lmcsrbfl
Really went downhill rockymountainzx
Seems strange that Andy was religious. shaned3488
Discuss Cousin Virgil (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: