Floyd decides to close the barbershop after Howard buys the building and raises the rent.

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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
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The building containing Floyd's barber shop is put up for sale and Floyd is worried that new owners may want to use the space for their won purposes. He's relieved somewhat when Howard Sprague buys the building but they get into a spat when Howard tries to raise the rent. Floyd is insulted at the way he is being treated and Howard claims that he's only trying to get a measly 5% return on his investment. Floyd flatly refuses to pay more rent and announces that after 27 years, he's going out of business. Written by garykmcd

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13 February 1967 (USA)  »

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Floyd's place is a town institution
17 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another reviewer said this was Howard McNear's last episode as Floyd the barber, and that is not true. He appeared in five more episodes, right up to the end of the seventh season. The story for this one involves Howard Sprague taking over the building where Floyd's shop is located. Howard wants to raise the rent fifteen dollars a month and Floyd refuses to pay the increase. He then decides to move his business to Mount Pilot. Of course, it is all ironed out in the end, thanks to Andy's reverse psychology and a compromise reached by the new owner and his tenant.

I rated this episode a 10 because I think it captures the essence of Mayberry perfectly. In some way the people are against progress and do not want to move into the future too rapidly. They prefer their town to be more laid back, and they need a place like Floyd's where they can shoot the breeze and play checkers. It is the center of Mayberry activity, at least for the men. They are in no hurry to force Floyd into an early retirement. I found the scenes where everything is in a state of flux to be very comical. Where the sheriff's office has become a temporary checker parlor, and where Andy's home has become a barber shop so that Aunt Bee can give Opie a haircut. A truly fun episode, and Howard McNear is great as always.


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