The Andy Griffith Show: Season 7, Episode 30

Goober's Contest (10 Apr. 1967)

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Goober holds a contest at the filling station. An error at the printer's causes one coupon to be worth $200 instead of $10 or less.


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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Joe, the Printer's Apprentice
Owen Bush ...
Mr. Hammond
Edgar Hess ...


Wally's gas station is losing business to a rival in Mount Pilot that has a cash giveaway contest going on and he gets Wally's permission to have a similar lure to bring in and keep their customers. It works and soon people are lining up but he's made a serious error and the printer has included a whopping $200 prize. As luck would have it, the prize is won by Floyd the barber, one of the critics who goaded Goober into having the contest in the first place. When Goober says he can't pay, Floyd says he's sold them a bill of goods and Andy has no choice but to take action, one he hopes will lead Floyd to be more reasonable. Written by garykmcd

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Howard McNear's final role. See more »


In both shots in which Floyd's car is actually in motion, the person driving is an obvious double for actor Howard McNear. The double is both taller and thinner. This is undoubtedly because of the limited use of his legs and arms McNear had following his stroke. See more »

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Farewell to Floyd
20 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Goober's Contest" is one of the above-average (not the best but certainly not the worst) episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. The interesting anomaly in which a California license plate is clearly obvious on one of the cars at Goober's gas station is only one little diverting facet. The element of this episode that I found the most compelling and also the most heartbreaking is the fact that it is the last time Howard McNear is seen. Most fans know that he had a stroke several years into the series which forced him always to appear either seated, or propped up against something. His speech also deteriorated, and in this episode it is heart-rending to hear him painstakingly deliver his lines. Just to compare, I went back and looked at the first episode he was in, and the difference is startling. So sad to see this fine and talented actor deteriorate before our eyes.

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