All but Andy get excited over Mayberry's distinction at being named the most crime-free town in America, unaware they're being targeted by criminals while honoring their lawmen.

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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
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The town of Mayberry is awarded for having the lowest crime rate in the country. Two men posing as an FBI agent and a press photographer come to Mayberry to congratulate the town. Andy, Barney, and the rest of the town do not realize that the two are actually impostors and partners in crime preparing to rob the Mayberry Bank. During the award ceremony, Andy discovers that all is not what it seems and catches the photographer in the act of opening the vault. Barney naturally agrees with Andy's findings after first gleaming in the glory of his and Andy's sharp police work. Written by Anonymous/edited by statmanjeff

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20 November 1961 (USA)  »

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The pictures of Andy that Aunt Bee shows at the meeting in the Mayor's office are actual photos of Andy Griffith as a child, including the baby picture. See more »

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When Otis slams the jail cell door, the "brick" wall quivers. See more »

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Fred Jenkins: Now, the chief has sent me down here to observe firsthand just how you achieved this wonderful record.
Andy Taylor: Well, first-off, I think the credit ought to go where it rightfully belongs.
Barney Fife: Oh, now, Andy, you had just as much to do with it as I did.
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The Ballad of John Henry
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Performed by Andy Griffith
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Song and Satire
6 November 2014 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

Some nice touches of satire and characterization distinguish this "caper" episode of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW. Most interesting of all is the musical thread that runs through it: the episode opens with Andy singing a folk song, which prompts Barney to lament the fact that he lives in a "hick town." Later, after Barney realizes that he and Andy have the opportunity to become famous as a result of Mayberry's crime-free record, he composes an unintentionally funny folk song parody celebrating their exploits. TAGS was great at using music as a constitutive element of the plot. Too, Barney's vanity and vainglory are at their peak in this episode. And Floyd adds to the fun as well: after the award is given, he attempts to make a commercial tourist venture out of Mayberry with tours of the jail house!

Truth be told, the central premise of the episode is pretty implausible (who would believe a couple of guys claiming to be FBI agents and telling them that their town is the most crime-free in the country?). But thanks to the imaginative writing and the comedy prowess of the TAGS cast, this is small matter. Be sure to look out for prolific TV character actor George Petrie as the "photographer" half of the pair of crooks; he was a veteran of THE HONEYMOONERS and LEAVE IT TO BEAVER as Eddie Haskell's father, among many other shows.


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