When Andy tells Barney that he's probably going to accept a job with a major international corporation, Barney thinks he's crazy - until Andy suggests that he should run for Sheriff. Suddenly, Barney isn't as concerned about Andy's departure and files his papers to run in the upcoming election. When Andy's new job falls through, he finds himself in the situation of not being on the ballot but Barney and several of the townsfolk start a write-in campaign to get him re-elected. Barney is somewhat humiliated however as it becomes obvious that Andy will beat him in a landslide so he decides to campaign and eventually challenges Andy to a debate. Written by
Did You Know?
What takes place here is a foreshadowing of Return to Mayberry
(1986). In that TV movie that takes place 20 years after this episode and 18 years after the series ended, Andy Taylor returns to Mayberry and plans to run for his old job of Sheriff. When he arrives, he discovers that his old deputy and friend, Barney Fife, is planning to run also. See more
During the debate Andy says there hasn't been an accident uptown in the last five years. However, Malcolm Meriwether caused $40 worth of damage in an accident two years earlier. See more