After joining the Wildcats, a secret club, Opie is made the keeper of the flame, the boy who will be responsible for hanging on to the candle and matches that they use during their meetings. They've taken to meeting in Jubal Foster's barn and he runs them off regularly, even complaining to Andy about the trespassers. Jubal has his own reasons for keeping them out of the barn - he runs a still in the back room. When Jubal accidentally sets his barn on fire, he blames the Wildcats; so, when Aunt Bee finds the candle in Opie's room, Andy blames the boy for setting the fire. Andy is prepared to make restitution, since he thinks it's his son who's responsible, but it's another of Barney's blunders that sorts it all out in Opie's favor. Written by
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Did You Know?
Everett Sloane guest stars as Jubal Foster. He also wrote the lyrics to the theme song of The Andy Griffith Show, "The Fishin' Hole", although the lyrics were never performed on the show. See more
When Andy and Barney drive up the lane to Jubal Foster's farm and Jubal frantically stashes his moonshine jars in the shed, a cow munching hay stands directly behind Jubal as he stands by the shed door. As Andy and Barney exit the squad car, the cow instantly disappears from behind Jubal. There one second, gone the next. See more
Hm. He ain't so dumb.
The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen. See more