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Upholding the Law
MichaelMartinDeSapio30 August 2016
One morning a sleek black limousine pulls up in Mayberry. It's the governor's car! Mayberry's cadre of old codgers goad Barney into tagging the limousine for being illegally parked. When Barney finds out it's the governor's vehicle he is mortified for a split second, but then - imagining the mockery he will endure from the old codgers if he backs down - he sticks to his guns and gives the chauffeur a ticket.

Andy supports Barney for holding to the law, while Mayor Stoner is furious. It turns out that the governor, instead of being angry, is pleased with what Barney did and wants to stop by to meet and congratulate him. But will the visit go as planned?

This memorable episode examines themes of authority, peer pressure, herd mentality, and the individual versus the crowd. The chauffeur is played by Rance Howard, Ronnie's dad.
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