Otis is made a temporary deputy so he can impress his visiting older brother.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) (credit only)
Ralph Campbell
Amzie Strickland ...
Mrs. Ralph Campbell
Rita Campbell


When Otis receives a letter from his sister-in-law addressed to him at the courthouse, he admits to Andy that his relatives think he's a deputy sheriff in Mayberry. The mix-up started when he wrote to them on official letterhead. They jumped to conclusions and he let them go on believing it. Now his older brother, Ralph, is coming to visit and Otis is ashamed of what they will see when they get there. Otis was always the black sheep of the family and was always encouraged to make something of himself and be more like his older brother Ralph. Andy's solution is simple: make Otis a deputy for the duration of his family's visit. Otis stays sober while they are there but learns something about his brother that shocks him. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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7 May 1962 (USA)  »

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Last appearance of Rita Campbell as Otis' wife, Rita. See more »


In the previous episode, the view outside Otis' cell was shown as a wooden fence, a vine or tree branch, and open sky (actually a makeshift fence prop and a stage scrim). Here, the entire view is of a brick wall. See more »


Barney Fife: Well, what kind of a job can you give to Otis? Well, he's irresponsible, he's careless, he's unreliable.
Andy Taylor: I'll make him a deputy.
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The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen.
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A very good episode though the ending is a bit of a downer...
19 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Otis the town drunk receives a letter from his sister-in-law--it seems that she and his brother are bringing the family to town for a visit. This is a serious problem since they not only don't know that Otis is a failure but he'd given them the impression he spent a lot of time at the town jail because he worked there--not because he was a drunk. While Barney thinks this is all just Otis getting what he deserves, Andy feels sorry for the guy and agrees to pretend that Otis is one of his deputies! The ruse works very well and Otis comes off as a well-respected member of Mayberry society--but there is a very sad punchline at the end. I enjoyed it but know people who disliked the ending, as it was a bit of a downer. Regardless, it is an engaging episode and one worth seeing--especially since it provides for a bit more character development for the recurring character.

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