Andy suspects that Barney and a few other citizens have been taken in by a slick recording man from New York.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
George Dunn ...
An Investor
An Investor (as William Erwin)
The Country Boys ...
Mr. Maxwell


Angry that his paycheck has been whittled away by government deductions, Barney begins to talk about finding a good investment. Andy warns him about jumping too fast as he may find himself an easy mark for a con artist (which he ably demonstrates by selling him a buffalo nickel for $75). Just then, Ellie comes by with Mr. Maxwell, a music producer passing through town who was told there might be some good musicians he could use for his upcoming folk album. Excited about the idea, Andy gathers up players in the barbershop for renditions of "Flop Eared Mule" and "The Crawdad Song." Maxwell is impressed. After Andy leaves, Barney, Floyd and the boys begin talking to Maxwell about investing in the album. Maxwell isn't sure, but the rest insist. When Andy hears about their investment, he immediately jumps to the conclusion that Maxwell is a con artist who just bilked them out of their money. No one believes him until they find that Maxwell has checked out of his hotel room and left town. ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <>

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Comedy | Family





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13 February 1961 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Floyd tells Mr. Maxwell that he can't play an instrument, but in the later episode "The Mayberry Band" he plays the trombone in the town's marching band. See more »


The whipped cream on Andy's sundae gets larger and completely covers the ice cream once he gives the dish to Opie. See more »


Andy Taylor: Now, they're all legitimate government deductions. Besides, you know what they say, "Can't take it with you."
Barney Fife: Take it WITH me? They keep nibblin' at me like this, I'll be lucky if I get to go myself.
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Flop Eared Mule
Written by J. Baird
Performed by Andy Griffith and The Country Boys
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One of the only times when Andy is wrong and the whole town is right!
18 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Usually, Andy plays the voice of reason that is able to get the town to stop and think. That's because although the folks of Mayberry are nice, they also have a tendency to become a flock of sheep without a single brain between them! And, Andy sees himself as their reluctant shepherd.

The show begins with a city man coming to town to scout for local musical talent. He claims to be a music producer who is interested in folk and bluegrass music and the folks of town are only too happy to perform for him. That's because they all have visions of becoming rich off the royalties they might get if they become famous. And, when he claims he MIGHT be able to produce a record and the folks start giving him money for this project, Andy is naturally suspicious. He eventually goes so far as to accuse the man of being a con-man--and eventually it looks like he might be right. But, in a rare instance, by the end of the film the stranger turns out to have been on the level and Andy is forced to eat crow, so to speak.

Overall, a decent episode. While it's certainly not a funny one, it was nice to finally see Andy be wrong for a change--providing a surprise finale. Well done.

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