After Otis falls down in the sheriff's office, a sleazy lawyer convinces him he would be helping Andy and Barney if he were to sue the county.




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Attorney Neil Bentley
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After his usual weekly visit for drunkenness, Otis has a minor fall when exiting his cell. He wants to just forget about the incident and tells Barney and Floyd that he has an old football injury and has always had trouble with his knee. Barney however insists that they have to file a report and when Otis goes to a lawyer to get his statement notarized, the shady fellow suggests that he sue the County for $5,000. Needless to say, this doesn't sit well with Mayberry's law enforcement officers. Unfortunately, Floyd doesn't really remember what Otis said at the time and Otis himself wasn't completely recovered from the night before and can't quite remember how it happened. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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28 December 1964 (USA)  »

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When Andy turns off the tape recorder at one point, just after a conversation between Barney and Otis, he turns it back on a few seconds later, Otis and Barney are suddenly at the end of a chorus of "Sweet Adeline" even though the recorder had not been running. See more »

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Otis and Barney are GREAT together. (May contain SPOILERS)
26 September 2012 | by (Southeastern United States) – See all my reviews

Don Knots really plays well off Hal Smith (Otis) in this episode! Especially in the scene where Barney is trying to get information out of Otis about his lawsuit while in the jail, and TAPING the conversion; he shares Otis' moonshine, and gets drunk. Afterwards, Andy finds the recording and starts to listen. Then Barney shows up, sees Andy listening to the tape, and keeps trying to get Andy from listening, turning it off. But Andy insists. Next thing you know, you hear Barney and Otis singing together on the recording! Absolutely HILARIOUS! And Barney trying to explain that is was all part of his plan, classic Barney! There has NEVER been anyone since, in my opinion, to match Knots' comedic talent. The actor who played Otis' lawyer did a fine job, portraying a real sleazy barrister.

This episode has a wonderful ensemble cast. Hal Smith almost always enhances the show. Wish there was an Andy Griffith Show channel; it seems there are always episodes that I have never seen from week to week. Every show in the series is decent for all age groups to watch, and it is still always entertaining! That makes it tops in my book.

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