The Andy Griffith Show: Season 4, Episode 21

The Shoplifters (2 Mar. 1964)

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Ben Weaver complains to the Mayberry sheriff's office that merchandise has been disappearing from his department store. While Andy investigates, Barney decides to go undercover to catch the crook(s).


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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronnie Howard) (credit only)
Aunt Bee (credit only)
Little Old Lady
Tol Avery ...
Charles P. Thompson ...
Asa Breeney
Jewel Rose ...
Store Customer
Elizabeth Harrower ...
Store Customer
Mary Lansing ...
Store Customer


Department store owner Ben Weaver becomes concerned when he realizes that a good amount of his stock has gone missing. Andy thinks it's due to shoplifting but Barney is convinced that it may be a burglar so he breaks a date with Thelma Lou to explore the premises after hours. Ben Weaver decides to do the same and all they manage to do is scare each other half to death. Andy finally gets Barney to go to the store during regular working hours to keep his eyes open for shoplifters but when the bumbling Deputy arrests what appears to be a kindly old lady he seems to have messed up yet again. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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2 March 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Ben Weaver is played by Tol Avery. The first actor to play Ben Weaver before his passing was veteran actor Will Wright. See more »


Frances Bevier is listed in the End Credits, but does not appear in the episode. See more »


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Leave it to Barney
15 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really like this episode, the opening scene Andy and Barney are in the squad car chuckling and gossiping about Mayberry citizens,Barney mentions a Myra Kuntz(must be an attractive go-getter),meanwhile mgr.Ben Weaver signals the dynamic duo and alerts them his merchandise has been disappearing(lifted). Barney decides to scan the score at night,when Weaver does the same but wind up bumbling each other. In the conclusion Barney dresses as a store mannequin,funny scene when two lady customers laugh and says 'The dummy looks like Barney Fife',at that point Fearless Fife accuses elderly spinster Ms.Tuttle of lifting items however she has a receipt and lashes at Barney and Mr.Weaver, Andy takes an angry Barney outside and lectures him about being exactly sure someone is stealing suggesting that customer hasn't left the store and still may pay for items,however Andy states he viewed Ms.Tuttle and asks Barney to get a bathroom scale of the shelf and have Mrs.Tuttle her to weigh herself outside much to the dismay of store mgr.bewildered Mr.Weaver and 'pissed off' Ms.Tuttle.

All 3 notice 'little.old lady'Tuttle seems overweight but Andy was correct he tells her her long coat and inside the lining she has stashed half the silver and other jewelry and utensils,she is led off to the slammer.

I can relate to this story as I've worked in the retail business many years and have caught hundreds of customers.

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