The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1, Episode 29

Quiet Sam (1 May 1961)

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Barney thinks that taciturn Sam Becker is hiding something. He investigates and comes to the conclusion that Sam is tending someone with a bullet wound. With a storm coming, the lawmen ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronnie Howard)
Sam Becker


Barney thinks that taciturn Sam Becker is hiding something. He investigates and comes to the conclusion that Sam is tending someone with a bullet wound. With a storm coming, the lawmen drive up to Sam's place to satisfy Barney's curiosity and find him out disking his field well after dark. Back in the courthouse, with the storm raging and Barney on patrol, Andy gets a call from Sam to come to his place. Barney gets the message from Otis and, assuming the worst, calls Floyd to raise a posse then heads out to rescue Andy. Turns out Sam's wife is about to give birth, Doc Winters is out of town and Andy is going to deliver the baby. Barney keeps Sam occupied while Andy successfully delivers a baby boy. Floyd's posse gets there in the morning when it's all over. Written by bobbymaxwell

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1 May 1961 (USA)  »

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There was no musical number in the original script. The epilogue of this episode included a band playing "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" because the show was running short. See more »


In the scene where Andy and Barney are staked out at Sam Becker's farm studying Sam driving his tractor in a field, Barney muses that Sam is planting marijuana. Andy doubts it is marijuana, but states that Sam is definitely planting something. The goof is that Sam is using his tractor to pull a set of soil cultivation disks. If Sam were actually planting something he would be pulling a planter implement of some sort and not a set of disks. Also, the disks are just rolling noisily across the top of the ground and are not cutting into the soil as would be required for soil cultivation. See more »

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A decent but not outstanding episode...
12 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a fair episode of the series--neither a particularly inspired one or a bad one. It all concerns Barney once again behaving like an idiot. This time, Barney is obsessed with the very quiet Sam Becker (played by the reliable old TV actor, William Schallert). While it's normal for someone to be quiet or stand-offish, Barney interprets this all the wrong way and assumes that Becker is up to something illegal! Eventually, even convinces himself that Becker is taking care of a criminal with a bullet wound!! However, in the end, the problem turns out to be a lot more mundane--Becker's wife is pregnant and Barney and Andy are called to the family's aid, as there is a storm and the doctor is unavailable! So, it's up to a couple very nervous cops and a very nervous husband to welcome a new life into the world. The highlight of the episode for me was watching the men nervously waiting as well as hearing Barney talking about marijuana! Weird, but not a great episode.

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