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The Luck of Newton Munroe 

A traveling salesman is plagued with bad luck.

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Newton Munroe is a traveling salesman who sells whatever he can get a good deal on out of the trunk of his car. Andy is concerned at first that he's selling stolen goods but he's legitimate, if somewhat unlucky. Soon everything he's been selling starts to break down: Goober's transistor radio, Floyd's watch and the fox fur Barney bought for Thelma Lou is losing its fur in large clumps. Barney runs him in for peddling his wares without a permit and decides to keep him working around the courthouse. Problem is, almost everything he touches turns into a minor disaster. Andy decides that Newton needs a bit of confidence building and gives him the task of painting his house. The result are in keeping with Newton's past experiences. Written by garykmcd

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12 April 1965 (USA)  »

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According to Goober Pyle - Mayberry is 60 miles from Raleigh, NC. He stated that he could pick up a Raleigh radio station on his transistor radio. See more »

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Newton Munroe: Sheriff, you gave me the confidence I needed! I found out I'm not inept! I'm ept!
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Referenced in Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007) See more »

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Don Rickles continues to make his rounds of the TV sitcoms.
24 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the 1960s, TV seemed interested in the acerbic comic, Don Rickles. But, they also didn't seem to know what to do with him. I say that because throughout the 1960s, he made many, many guest appearances of various sitcoms--ranging from "The Dick Van Dyke Show" to "Get Smart" to "The Andy Griffith Show". Many of these appearances were pretty pleasant but they also felt a bit awkward sometimes--such as in this case where the city-wise comic finds himself in very rural America--an odd fit indeed!

The show begins with a complaint from the merchants in town about a traveling salesman who is conducting business in front of their stores. When Barney investigates, he succumbs to the salesman (Rickles) and his charm. Unfortunately, his gift for Thelma Lou is too good to be true--and Barney is ready to arrest Rickles for fraud. Andy is more level-headed, but eventually he is forced to take action. But locking up Rickles seems ill-advised--he's a nice guy (???!) and Andy would rather steer him in the right direction by giving him a taste of success. But the problem is that again and again, Rickles screw up--and Andy and Barney are about to give up on this seemingly hopeless case.

This is not a terrible episode, but it is awkward and a bit painful to watch. As for me, it's definitely among the poorer episodes of the first five (and best) seasons of the show.


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