A state police captain errs in not utilizing Sheriff Taylor's intimate knowledge of the area and its people when issuing a dragnet for an escaped criminal.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Capt. Barker
Cheerio Meredith ...
Mike Steen ...
The Sergeant
Frank Gerstle ...
Townsman (as Bill Challee)
Lillian Culver ...
Barney Fife's Mother


While fishing, Andy and Opie discover that their boat has sprung a leak. Arriving back on shore, Barney pulls up with news that the State Police want to set up a dragnet in Mayberry to catch Derekson, a dangerous convict escaped from State Prison. Andy and Barney are surprised to find that the mission to catch him is no small affair, but even more surprised that the State Police are leaving them completely out of the proceedings. It's not by accident. Captain Barker, the dead-serious man in charge, is a by-the-book type who doesn't take too well to Andy's laid-back, folksy manner; however, Andy, knowing the town and countryside intimately, determinedly sets up a dragnet of his own. Correctly deducing that Derekson has broken into Emma Brand's house (where he holds her at gunpoint), Andy sets his trap by letting it slip to Emma that his boat is docked on the shore of Myer's Lake. Derekson soon sets out across the lake to escape, whereby the leak forces him to swim back to shore right ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts / <armchairoscars@hotmail.com> / revised by statmanjeff

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10 October 1960 (USA)  »

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In a rare move, Andy allows Barney to put all six bullets in his gun. See more »


Emma Brand's home is a plain cottage on, at least, the outskirts of town however this changes in the near future without mention of her moving. See more »


Opie Taylor: Pa, what kind of bait are you puttin' on my line?
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Why, that's fish-catchin' bait. That's the idea, you know, to catch fish.
Opie Taylor: That looks more like a piece of ham from our lunch.
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Is that right? Well, now, that's probably 'cause it's a piece of ham from our lunch.
Opie Taylor: Pa, you're s'posed to use fish bait.
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Well, now, son, all them fish ever see down there all day long's other fish, and they get mighty sick of it, too. Now-now, don't it just stand to reason that they might just perk up at the sight of a ...
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The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen.
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While not a particularly funny episode, it did a lot to further the character development and improve the series.
11 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Unlike many sitcoms, laughs were not the main aim of the writers of "The Andy Griffith Show". Instead, characters were paramount and the making the town and its people made this as stand-out show. Here, we see big city folk looking for a desperate criminal. They pretty much treat Andy and Barney like rubes and discount them at every turn. So, when Andy is able to show that despite his country background that he is a man of common-sense and integrity, it does a lot to make the show more than some hick comedy--which it certainly wasn't. Well-crafted and exciting--this is yet another exceptional episode of an exceptional series.

By the way, although he was never a series regular, this is the first appearance of the world's greatest supporting actors of the era--a guy who gave great color to every show in which he appeared (and they were many). Burt Mustin is in a typically small role, but as usual, every second is like gold. Too bad he wasn't in the show more often, though the series seemed to get along pretty well despite this!

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