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The Merchant of Mayberry 

Andy helps a struggling salesman stay in town.

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When door-to-door salesman Bert Miller returns to Mayberry, Barney and Andy decide to help him out a little. If truth be told, Bert likes selling but is always hesitant to push his goods on anyone. (Soft sell is the only way he knows how to do business.) They set him up in a vacant lot, which soon has several customers, raising the ire of crotchety old department store owner Ben Weaver, who cites municipal ordinances against selling on the street. Andy decides to have a little fun with old Ben, and eventually Bert has a booth to sell out of. When old Ben decides to run Bert out of business by lowering his prices, Andy comes up with an even better way of helping Bert out. Written by garykmcd/edited by statmanjeff

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5 March 1962 (USA)  »

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This is the second episode in which Ben Weaver ends up hiring the person he was trying to get Andy to run out of town. Previously, in the episode "Andy Forecloses," he tried to get Lester Scobey run out of his house. See more »

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Barney Fife: [angry] Oh, boy, you're just full of fun today, aren't ya? Why don't we go up to the old people's home and wax the steps?
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The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen.
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Great episode featuring Sterling Holloway
29 August 2008 | by (Greensboro, NC) – See all my reviews

This episode is from Season 2 of "The Andy Griffith Show" and originally aired in March 1962. It is most notable for featuring a guest appearance by Sterling Holloway, better known as the beloved voice for Disney's Winnie the Pooh. His smooth, almost falsetto voice is unmistakable.

Here, he plays a traveling salesman named Bert Miller with various physical ailments that is making it hard for him to keep selling door-to-door. Andy suggests he set up on a sidewalk bench and catch customers as they pass by. Things go well until cranky store owner, Ben Weaver, catches the salesman. He promptly goes to Sheriff Taylor and demands he put a stop to it. Weaver is aptly played by Will Wright. Wright is a man that seemed to be born old and often plays crodgy old men.

Sheriff Taylor makes it his mission to help this salesman set up a sales stand just to aggravate Mr. Weaver. But Weaver stays one step ahead and decides to sell all his merchandise at rock bottom prices to run off Miller. Andy realizes they are licked and is helping Miller load up all his merchandise on a consignment truck when Weaver sees it. He thinks the truck is a merchant trying to open a new store with Miller. Andy plays along and lets Weaver think this. Weaver offers to set Miller up by offering him a job with his company. Andy acts as the go between and says Miller will only work for Weaver if he'll buy of Miller's stand, lock stock and barrel.

Barney tells Weaver he is getting the best salesmen in Mayberry, and Weaver says "Nah, the 2nd best." Barney says "Well who's the best?" to which Weaver answers "You ought to know, you work for him."


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