The town decides to celebrate Founders' Day by picking a stranger at random to be the town's 'Guest of Honor'. Unfortunately the person they choose turns out to be a thief who's just been kicked out of the neighboring county.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) (credit only)
Sherwood Keith ...
Frank Warren ...
Art Crowley, the Grocer
Motorcycle cop
Sheldon Davis / Thomas A. Moody


As a way of promoting Mayberry's Founders' Day celebrations, the city council accepts Andy's suggestion that on the big day, they stop the first person coming through town and make him their guest of honor. The man they select is Sheldon Davis who has just been kicked out of a neighboring county. He is a thief and a pickpocket and having been given the key to the city, he has carte blanche to do what he likes. Once he gets his hands on Barney's keys - he has one for every business in town - he has access to those as well. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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26 February 1962 (USA)  »

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When Barney's gun goes off in the courthouse you can still see the outline of Barney's bullet in his shirt pocket. See more »


Sheldon shakes hands with Andy, Floyd and other townspeople to steal their watches. However, when Andy asks for the time, two of them look at their left wrist when they had clearly shook with their right. See more »

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What can I say? I'll take it
17 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mayberry town leaders, minus their mayor (Dick Elliott passed away two months before this aired) decide to celebrate Founders' Day by selecting the first person driving into their community and making him their guest of honor. Little did they know the man they selected had just been escorted from the neighboring county by police because he was a thief and pickpocket.

Jay Novello plays Sheldon Davis, the crook, who is stunned to be given such an opportunity when he comes to Mayberry. He can't help his natural instincts. He shakes hands with everyone on the platform at the welcoming ceremony, and a minute later, they all notice their watches are missing.

That triggers Andy to make a phone call and learn that they are honoring a thief. So he and Barney plan to avoid a scandal by just watching him closely the rest of the day. Of course, Barney fouls this up by trying to be an amateur psychologist.

This episode has a hilarious bit with Floyd and two others being sworn in as special deputies. Andy tells them to wear their policemen's hats so people will know to come to them for help and directions. But one hat is way too small, another way too large--no matter which of the men is wearing it.

Then Barney has a big speech for them--as usual. When asked if they are to be "armed," Barney can't resist pulling out his own gun know.

I really liked the way the boys kept shoving a perplexed Floyd out of their way when they learned nobody was watching Davis like they had thought. It was also funny the way Barney kept trying to be "big time" by calling/referring to Floyd by only his badge number, such as, "OK, Three, get in here!"

One of the memorable episodes in this series. My headline refers to what Davis said in a short speech after being told "Mayberry is yours!" by Andy.

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