The state police come to town to catch some payroll robbers. They want Andy and Barney to stay out of the way and let them handle it. The big boys end up needing Andy and Barney more than they thought.




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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Mr. Horton, of the State Police
Clarence 'Doc' Malloy
Fred Sherman ...
H. Goss, the Dry Cleaner / Tailor
Frank Warren ...
Art Crowley, the Grocer
Robert McQuain ...
Newlywed Man (as Bob McQuain)
Sally Mills ...
Newlywed Woman
Rita Kenaston ...
Malloy's Girlfriend


Agent Horton of the State Bureau of Investigation comes to Mayberry to tell Andy that they have been following an escaped convict, Clarence "Doc" Malloy, who they think may be meeting up with members of his gang. They're hoping he will also lead them to the loot from his last robbery, which has yet to be recovered. He requests Andy and Barney to let them handle the case and stay out of it. Andy agrees but Barney just itches to get involved; so, when Malloy is finally brought in, Barney tries to get information from him disguised as a fellow prisoner. The end result is that Malloy escapes. It's left to Andy and Barney and a key clue from the local dry cleaner that leads them to determine where Malloy is hiding. Written by garykmcd/edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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5 February 1962 (USA)  »

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There were at least two addresses stated for the Taylor's house, even though they never moved. In the episode "Jailbreak" Barney tells Mr. Horton that the Taylor's address is 24 Elm Street. In "Aunt Bee's Medicine Man" Aunt Bee tells Colonel Harvey their address is 332 Maple Road. There is more evidence that might elude to the address being 332 Maple Road. In "Barney's Sidecar" Opie starts to burn the number 3 by their front porch door. See more »


When Barney says "I thought you agreed to stay out of this case" outside the courthouse, his utterance doesn't match up with his lip movements. Shortly thereafter when he says "Come on, Sam," his lips aren't moving at all. See more »


Clarence 'Doc' Malloy: [seeing a dog leave the jail cell] A plainclothesman, I presume.
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Our heroes capture some "chicken thieves"
9 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was, I believe, the finest episode they ever had involving other police officers! The plot centers around a State Police detective named Horton, played by the raspy-voiced Ken Lynch who played cops on virtually every TV series in the 60s and 70s it seems, coming in to see the sheriff. Barney tells him Andy is gone and he isn't sure when he'll be back, but he and the sheriff work closely together and he'd be glad to help the state detective himself.

Horton says he'll wait. Then Barney goes to great lengths to make sure the man notices his picture in a framed newspaper headline complete with a big photo of Barney, about him cracking "The Walker" case—that came from an episode when Andy and Ellie schemed to make Barney think the drug store had been robbed and in the course of arresting the first tramp he found, Barney caught an actual crook. The detective says, "Maybe there is something you can do for me." An eager Barney says "Yes?" When the detective asks, "Tell me where Sheriff Taylor lives and I'll try to find him there." An exasperated Barney moans out, "24 Elm Street." Later, we see the detective telling Andy about a wanted man, called Doc Malloy, who is believed to be in the area. They don't want to move in on him now because they think he is meeting his partner and they want to catch them both. All he wanted from Andy is for him to make sure to stay out of the way, telling him that he should just stick to catching chicken thieves and whatnot.

Just after Andy tells Barney that they have to stay out of the whole thing, Horton shows up with Malloy (Allan Melvin), explaining that he saw the cops and they had to bust him. Horton wants to keep Malloy in the Mayberry jail for a few days while they continue to try to find his partner.

Since they brought Malloy in while Barney was away, when the deputy enters the courthouse and finds the prison asleep, he decides to go undercover. Dressed in his civilian suit, Barney slips into the cell and pretends to have been there for some time, telling Malloy that he has a plan to escape, claiming he can pick the lock to the cell.

Malloy is reluctant to tell this new prisoner anything but happy to get sprung with him until he notices that same framed picture of the deputy on the wall. When Barney uses his palmed key to open the cell, while he is playing his role, Malloy goes to the rack in the back room and grabs Barney's gun and locks him up before escaping.

Of course, Andy and the state trooper soon learn about Barney's blunder. While a discouraged Barney goes to the cleaners to clean up his suit that got covered with the hair of Floyd's dog that had recently visited the cell, Andy tries to cheer him up. At the cleaners, Mr. Goss mumbles something about Barney's being the 2nd suit today covered with dog hairs. He says a woman brought in the other one, a woman driving the car right outside. Andy notices the car has a trailer hitch and deduces that Malloy's partner is a woman and they are staying at the town's trailer park. So he and Barney go there.

Barney peeks in the window of one trailer, ignoring the "Just Married" sign to see a couple spooning. Of course they spot him, which leads to a comical epilogue scene involving the couple reporting a peeping Tom. Before that, Barney, after nearly being caught by Malloy, winds up doing a smart, and risky, maneuver that allows the crooks to be captured by Andy.

This episode had almost everything. Barney featured prominently, Allan Melvin (Sgt. Hacker from Gomer Pyle, Cpl. Henshaw from Bilko, and about 8,000 other roles in a long career), a condescending state cop getting put in his place by Andy, and even a funny bit with Barney, Opie and Floyd's dog. I particularly liked that although Barney did goof in his quest to break the big case, it wasn't because he did something stupid, it was just overlooking that photo of himself on the wall. And Barney himself came up with the bright idea that led to the crooks being caught. Andy didn't save him from his own stupidity, like he often did.

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