The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Barney and the Governor 

After Barney tickets the governor's car for illegal parking, the governor is impressed and comes to Mayberry to congratulate him for doing a good job. Barney doesn't realize this and thinks he is going to lose his job instead.


Bob Sweeney

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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) (credit only)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Parley Baer ... Mayor Roy Stoner
Hal Smith ... Otis Campbell
Carl Benton Reid ... Governor Ed
Joseph Hamilton Joseph Hamilton ... Townsman (as Joe Hamilton)
Robert McQuain Robert McQuain ... Postal Clerk (as Bob McQuain)
Rance Howard ... Governor's Chauffeur
Burt Mustin ... Jud


When the Governor's chauffeur parks the Governor's car in a No Parking Zone in front of the Post Office, Barney issues a ticket. Actually, he didn't realize it was the Governor's car until well into to the process and he then refused to back down. Mayor Stoner is outraged when he hears what they have done and he insists that Andy call the Governor's office and apologize. The Governor is in fact delighted that someone had the gumption to ticket his car and tells Andy and the Mayor that he will stop by Mayberry that very afternoon to congratulate Barney and shake his hand. Only problem is that no one tells Barney and when he hears the Governor is coming to Mayberry, he assumes the worse and that he's finished. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

7 January 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although The Governor stops by to pay his respects, he never paid his fine. See more »


In the opening scene Barney expresses his distaste for people who litter, yet during the last shot he takes a cigar from a man's mouth and tosses it into the street. See more »


Barney Fife: Otis, what are you doin' here? It's only Friday afternoon.
Otis Campbell: I decided to take a long weekend because of the holidays.
Barney Fife: What holiday?
Otis Campbell: I think it's our anniversary.
Barney Fife: Why ain't you home with your wife?
Otis Campbell: What kind of a holiday would that be?
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3 May 2019 | by greggaverSee all my reviews

Barney writes a ticket on the governor's car because of the old guys teasing him that he won't. Finds out from the mayor that the governor is coming to Mayberry to see him. Otis comes in drunk & to hide the booze he has dumps it into the water cooler. Barney is upset & start drinking what he thinks is just water & he gets wasted.Andy comes in looking for him & asked Otis have you seen Barney & he points to back room. Andy flips out & takes Barney home for cold showers & pots of coffee to sober him up. Between the two of them they figure out Otis spiked the cooler.They go back to jail & the governor is there & thanks Barney for doing his job.But where's the Mayor? They find him smashed in the back room he had been drinking the water too! Just a funny episode & Mayor Stoner gets his for being so tuff on Andy,since he arrived as new Mayor.

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