The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Inspector 

A new state inspector pays the annual call on Andy's jail only to spot multiple reasons for having Andy impeached and Barney dismissed.

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With the state inspector coming, Barney rushes out to get a prisoner and returns with Otis, who's drunk. Ralph Case arrives, doesn't like what he sees and starts writing down violations. Andy, who was out, comes in with a birthday cake for Otis. Case questions his methods and leaves ready to recommend impeachment. Case returns and goes with the lawmen to arrest a moonshiner who has locked himself in his house and is shooting at people. Brady, Case's boss, arrives just as Andy is arresting the man and is impressed by his courage. Case starts to list the violations he saw earlier at the courthouse, without much success, and drops the matter. The sheriff's department gets a clean bill of health. Written by bobbymaxwell

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10 April 1961 (USA)  »

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Tod Andrews, who plays the inspector, will return in one of the last shows of the series, as Mr. Franklin from "A Girl for Goober". See more »

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Ralph Case: Sheriff Taylor, this is the worst excuse for a jail I've ever seen. I'd hate to think what would happen if something serious came up here. It would be chaotic, disastrous!
Andy Taylor: Well, there ain't no use thinkin' gloomy thoughts. Golly, look on the bright side.
Ralph Case: Well, we'll see if there IS a bright side. I'll tell you what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna call my chief at the state capital and have him come down here and see THIS for himself.
Andy Taylor: Well, what for?
Ralph Case: To see whether or not I'm right in recommending that ...
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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung by Hal Smith
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A Perfect TAGS Episode
18 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW really starts to warm up by the middle of the first season. In "The Inspector" we encounter the frequent TAGS theme of big city technology and procedure versus small-town humanism and common sense. With episodes like this, TAGS turned the police show genre on its head - a sort of mock-DRAGNET. Lots of funny interplay here between Andy and Barney and between the two of them and the grim Mr. Case (played by long-faced Tod Andrews); Andy's strength of character is highlighted as well as his humor and joviality. As so often happened on this series, top-notch writing, acting, photography, and incidental music combine to make a memorable episode. This is nearly a perfect ANDY GRIFFITH episode, and one I can watch dozens of times and be continually entertained.


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