While Andy, Barney and the boys fool around at Floyd's Barbershop, the northern bus pulls up, letting off a stranger who immediately comes inside. He mysteriously seems to know Andy, Barney and Floyd and notes little things about them. Perplexed, the fellas follow him over to the hotel as he, along the way, greets other citizens of Mayberry, knowing intimate details about them, too. The man is Ed Sawyer from New York, whom no one has ever heard of. While suspicion leads some to fear he's either crazy or something supernatural - or, in Barney's case, a foreign spy - Andy wants to hold back and wait since the man seems friendly and hasn't done anything outside the law; however, the citizens really begin to lather when Ed tries to buy The Filling Station and court pretty Lucy Matthews (both unsuccessfully). When Ed stops by the courthouse, Andy finally sits him down for an explanation: It seems he had been Army buddies with one of Mayberry's own. Hearing stories about the town, Ed began ... Written by
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Did You Know?
Despite the fact that Ed Sawyer is welcomed as a citizen of Mayberry in this episode, he subsequently disappears, never to be seen in the series again. See more
In the long courthouse scene where Ed Sawyer meets Lucy Matthews, the steam heat radiator and spittoon on the floor under the bulletin board change positions along that wall at least four times in one scene. They keep moving back and forth between the glass front bookshelf on the left and the door to the back room on the right. See more
Folks like to take things slow. Some people don't even hold hands in public till they've had their seventh or eighth young'un.
The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen. See more