The Andy Griffith Show

The Case of the Punch in the Nose

Season 5, Ep 25, Aired 3/15/65
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  • Episode Description
  • In going through some of the courthouse paperwork, Barney discovers an open case involving Floyd and Charlie Foley where a fight had broken out. He goes out to try to close the books on this case, but the result is more anger and fighting than ever before.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ron Howard

    Opie Taylor (1960-1968)

  • Don Knotts

    Barney Fife (1960-1965)

  • Andy Griffith

    Sheriff Andy Taylor (1960-1968)

  • George Lindsey

    Goober Pyle (1964-1968)

  • Howard McNear

    Floyd Lawson (1960-67)

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Floyd the Fighter!

    By lstaltari, Sep 29, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • (Barney leaves the courthouse to get papers signed closing the case between Floyd and Mr. Foley) Goober: You know, Andy... Barney's a wonderful feller, but sometimes I just don't understand him, do you? Andy: Yeah. He's a nut.

    Notes (1)

    • In this episode we learn that Goober was 5 years old when the incident between Floyd and Mr. Foley took place 19 years earlier. This would make Goober 24 years old. In later episodes he is portrayed as being considerably older, mid to late 30's.

    Allusions (2)

    • Barney's statement - "Everybody thought they were Lucky Lindy back then" is a reference to Charles Lindbergh and his non-stop Atlantic flight from New York to Paris, the first in history. Linbergh's success was due in no small part to a tremendous amount of luck. Lindbergh became an American icon and hero and one America's first tabloid celebrities.

    • Andy: "Sinners lose their guilty stain."
      At the beginning of the episode, when Andy and Barney are humming the hymn, Andy says it is "Sinners Lose Their Guilty Stain". The hymn he refers to is actually called "There Is A Fountain", the most famous of the hymns by William Cowper (1731-1800) and usually set to "Cleansing Fountain", a 19th Century American camp meeting tune. The first stanza of the hymn is... There is a fountain filled with blood // Drawn from Immanuel's veins; // And sinners, plunged beneath that flood, // Lose all their guilty stains. // Lose all their guilty stains, // Lose all their guilty stains; // And sinners, plunged beneath that flood, // Lose all their guilty stains.

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