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"The Andy Griffith Show" The Guitar Player (TV Episode 1960) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Andy is happy to once again arrest wayward guitar player Jim Lindsey on a charge of disturbing the peace (playing illegally on the public street) because it means he and Jim can play duets while Jim sits behind bars. After hearing a stellar performance of "New River Train," Andy wonders if the young prodigy isn't squandering his gifts and reasons that Jim could be bigger than "that fella we see every now and then on television, shakin' and screamin'." Jim, however, is reluctant and claims he isn't quite ready. Inspiration comes rolling through town in the form of Bobby Fleet and his Band with a Beat, a traveling band on their way to a gig in Raleigh. Andy suspects that the band could use a good guitar player, but setting up a meeting is a bit tricky since Jim isn't willing to play and Fleet isn't willing to listen; so, he uses the law to set up a meeting, arresting Fleet on an illegal parking charge and instructing Barney to bring Jim in for questioning (although what kind of questions is never quite worked out). Angry that he's been cornered into playing for a man forced to listen, Jim refuses. Fleet agrees and begins mocking the kid's potential talent, which he hasn't heard. His ego threatened, Jim launches into a brilliant rock and roll solo that quiets Fleet's doubts. Impressed by his talent, he offers Jim a job with the band - which leaves in fifteen minutes.

    - Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com> / edited by statmanjeff
  • Andy arrests Jim Lindsey, a talented young street musician, and tries to steer him to New York where he can make his music pay off. Jim declines, saying he's not ready yet and Andy can't convince him otherwise. When a tour band stops in Mayberry for lunch, Andy sees his chance and arrests both the band and Jim and his guitar. After some arguing and a little wisdom from Andy, Jim plays a tune, a deal is made, and Jim joins the band.

    - Written by bobbymaxwell
  • Jim Lindsey is a pretty good guitar player but has little ambition and less self-confidence, often playing on the street where Andy arrests him for disturbing the peace. Andy asks Jim to consider finding a job in a band, even if it means leaving Mayberry. When Bobby Fleet's band comes through Mayberry, Andy sees an opportunity for Jim, but the band leader isn't interested. Being Sheriff, Andy arranges for them to spend the night in Mayberry and gets Jim to audition for them.

    - Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff
  • Sheriff Taylor twists the law to help a musically gifted citizen leave the community nest by arresting a traveling band on trumped up charges.

    - Written by statmanjeff

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