The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Barney's First Car 

It's a red-letter day in Mayberry when Barney decides to join the motoring world, but things go sour when his cream-puff turns out to be a lemon.


Bob Sweeney


James Fritzell (as Jim Fritzell), Everett Greenbaum




Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Jim Nabors ... Gomer Pyle
Betty Lynn ... Thelma Lou
Ellen Corby ... Myrt 'Hubcaps' Lesh
Allan Melvin ... Jake, Myrt's Accomplice
Hallene Hill ... Mrs. Rose Temple
Tom Allen Tom Allen ... Reverend Temple - Rose's Nephew


Barney makes the decision to buy a car for the first time. He sees an ad in the paper that sounds just like what he's looking for, and when the seller comes to Andy's house, he's more convinced than ever. The vendor is a little old lady whose husband has recently died. She claims the car was only ever driven at low speed and that it just breaks her heart to sell it. Andy advises caution and suggests that he have Wally the mechanic give the car a once over, but Barney won't hear of it. The old woman has him wrapped around her little finger so tight that he even overpays for the car. Not surprisingly, the car breaks down the next day when he take it out for the first time. When Gomer checks it out, he finds saw dust in the transmission, used to keep it running smoothly for a few days and a sure sign he was taken for a ride. They soon find exactly what that old lady has been up to. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family


Did You Know?


This show's copyright has expired and it is now in the public domain. See more »


This was not Barney's first car. In The Andy Griffith Show: Runaway Kid he owns a 1950 Ford Fordor. See more »


Barney Fife: The last big buy I made was my mom's and dad's anniversary present.
Andy Taylor: What'd ya get 'em?
Barney Fife: Septic tank.
Andy Taylor: For their anniversary?
Barney Fife: Yeah. Oh, they're really hard to buy for. Besides, it was something they could use. They were really thrilled. Two tons of concrete, all steel reinforced.
Andy Taylor: You're a fine son, Barn.
Barney Fife: Well, I try.
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Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Children's song attributed to Frederick Thomas Nettlingham and Thomas d'Ufrey
Performed by cast
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Automovtive Befuddlement
22 April 2019 | by hellraiser7See all my reviews

This is my third favorite episode of the show, this is another episode where Barney is center stage and it's one of his absolute best. I really like the plotline, it's one of those comedies where it's funny because it's true. It's a common consumer fear we all carry in the back of our minds, getting ripped off. Yeah some to almost all of us have been there as it's a known fact it happens every day in great numbers, to me it's watching a bad movie in the theater's or renting it out in a video store, sure it's not much money spent but all the same it is your money and you paid to see something good only to see a suck fest which makes the loss all the more painful. Which is exactly what Barney feels, yeah Barn we can feel your pain we've been there.

We pretty much see Barney gets a good deal on a good automotive, from an old widow. But as an old saying goes it's too good to be true, let alone the old widow automotive sale is one of the oldest con's ploys in the book.

It's funny how things just build up, as things get worse for Barney, they just get funnier. Really loved his reaction when he sees that horn just rise on his face for some strange reason. Or seeing Barney's face as he keeps getting worse news from Gomer.

The truck stops here for hilarity.

Rating: 4 stars

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1 April 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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