The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Case of the Punch in the Nose 

Barney finds an old police file about an assault between Floyd and Charles Foley from 19 years before. He refuses to let it go and stirs up a hornet's nest by investigating the case.


Coby Ruskin

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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Howard McNear ... Floyd Lawson
Frank Ferguson ... Charles Foley
Larry Hovis ... Gilly Walker
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle


Barney stirs up a hornets nest when he discovers an apparently still open case file dating back to 20 years before. It would seem that Floyd the barber and Mr. Foley the grocer got into a dispute at the barber shop and Floyd punched him in the nose. Andy asks Barney to forget about it, but he re-opens the investigation anyways. It would seem that Mr. Foley fell asleep in the barber chair and Floyd gave him a shave that he didn't ask for and subsequently refused to pay. This led to an escalation of heated words leading to the punch. Floyd disputes whether he asked for the shave but doesn't deny the punch. Soon everybody in Mayberry seems to be taking sides and punching each other in the nose forcing Andy to become uncharacteristically angry at Barney and telling him in no uncertain terms to stop. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

15 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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The Case of the Punch in the Nose See more »

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


Andy mentions the previous sheriff; Sheriff Poindexter. This is the only mention of him in the series. See more »


Deputy Barney Fife: Neatness counts. Make order the order of the day.
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Who punched you?
6 June 2018 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

This is the moment in TAGS when Barney Fife leaves sanity somewhere on the outskirts of town and like a black hole in deep space draws much of the town perilously close to his event horizon. (Yes, I have been at the magazine section of the Sunday paper.) The story opens innocently enough with Andy and Barney singing a hymn as they purge old files in the courthouse. Things quickly get out of hand as Barney dredges up the 19-year-old case of Foley vs. Lawson. Despite the physical limitations of Howard McNear's stroke, he is as sharp as any younger actor on the set and a joy to watch. The comic highlight is the scene in the barbershop as Barney assembles all of the relevant players in the original case while Andy simply wants to get a haircut. By the way, how many haircuts a month do these Mayberrians need? It's an inexpensive luxury to be sure, but I don't recall anybody really needing more than about one a month. Opie gets it just about right in season 7 with his observation that more loafing around than anything else takes place in Floyd's shop.

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