The Andy Griffith Show

The Big House

Season 3, Ep 32, Aired 5/6/63
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  • Episode Description
  • When the state police leave two captured bank robbers in the custody of the Mayberry police department overnight Barney is determined to show the prisoners that the Mayberry jail is a good as any other. Unfortunately he has problems keeping them from escaping.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jim Nabors

    Gomer Pyle (1962-1964)

  • Parley Baer

    Mayor Stoner (1962-1963)

  • Ron Howard

    Opie Taylor (1960-1968)

  • Jack Burns

    Deputy Warren Ferguson (1965-1966)

  • Clint Howard

    Leon

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Some great dialogue and a major development for Gomer

    By Dixonh, Dec 31, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Barney: Here at the Rock we have two rules. Memorize them so you can say them in your sleep! Number one: Obey all rules! Secondly, do not write on the walls as it is difficult to get writing off of walls.

    • Andy: Now Barney I'm not gonna have time to go after the other two if I have to keep catching these same two over and over again.

    • Barney: (to the prisoners) What's going on? You're not supposed to touch this key! Only authorized personnel! Smart allecks!

    • Andy: How'd they get loose? Barney: Well I was conducting my shakedown, and I told them not to leave! Now it was their fault! Clear case of disobedience. It ought to go right on their record!

    • Andy: (to Gomer) Why don't you clean up these light bulbs here. We can use them next Christmas. And take that gun out of your mouth!

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    Trivia (1)

    • Nothing on the roof top makes sense. When Barney and Gomer are looking over the side of the courthouse building, how can there be an alley where there is no room? The court-house and Floyd's are adjacent to each other, abutted, so where's the alley. What the camera was looking at was the space between Foley's and the hotel. I believe it was George Kennedy and the guy from honeymooners (George Petri?) that they were spying on.

    Allusions (1)

    • Barney affectionately nicknames the Mayberry Jail "The Rock." This is an allusion to the infamous federal prison Alcatraz, considered to be the toughest prison in America.

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