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)

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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 - he missed 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 will no longer open the cells, leaving Otis trapped just when he has a job interview to got to. Just when things seem at their worst, Andy does find one thing Virgil is genuinely good. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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30 April 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This is the second time one of Barney's relatives is seen. The first was his mother in the season one episode "The Manhunt." See more »


The conceit 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 »

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