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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2 March 1964 (USA)  »

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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 »


When Andy comes into the store at night and finds Barney & Ben Weaver, he reaches for the light switch, and the lights come on even though he obviously does not move the switch. Moments later the switch is still in the same position it was (down) before the lights came on. See more »


Sheriff Andy Taylor: He's one of our most respected citizens, one of our best church-goin' members. He knows every hymn in the book.
Deputy Barney Fife: Aw, that's just a front! You watch him sometime when we're singin' "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms." He don't even know the words! He just moves his lips!
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Barney proves he ALMOST has what it takes to be a policeman...almost.
24 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very funny episode. I also like it because although Barney screws up yet again, he ALMOST gets it right. With a small amount of help from Andy, the boys are able to foil a robbery spree.

The show begins with a shop owner, Ben Weaver, being angry (as usual). It seems that items are disappearing from his store and the police have so far done little to resolve this problem. Instead of relying on regular police work, however, Barney (on his own) decides to do some undercover work. In a hilarious scene, Barney wears a disguise and decides to go undercover! Eventually, Barney decides his brilliant police work has determined who the culprit is...and he has the right person but almost botches the arrest. Thankfully, Andy helps out...and observes that ladies shouldn't 'clank'.

This one has most everything--nice comedy, good character development and nice chemistry between the leads. While not among the very best, it is memorable and well worth your time. And once again, Barney makes the show worth seeing.

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