The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 25

A Plaque for Mayberry

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Apr 03, 1961 on CBS
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The Women's Historical Society believes that the direct descendant of a Revolutionary War hero is living in Mayberry. Pride and joy, however, give way to shock and embarrassment when it's announced just who that person is.

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  • Otis gets his day!

    9.0
    An excellent episode where we see a great deal of Otis, the town drunk. The classic exchanges between Barney and Otis are, well, CLASSIC and hysterical! The episode begins with a great deal of attention to Otis and trying to establish his level of sobriety. It then switches to the townspeople waiting to learn who is the descendant of a celebrated hero (Nathan Tibbs) from Mayberry in the American war of revolution. Barney is convinced it is him, and pulls out his family tree (don't miss the scene with Barney trying to link himself to Duncan Phyfe "a carpenter" he says!). The discovery that Otis Campbell is actually the descendant is hysterical. What makes this episode so special is the speech that Otis gives when he receives the plaque--completely sober and very sweet. His speech brings a tear to the eye and a sweetness to this episode that is very special.moreless
Isabel Randolph

Isabel Randolph

Harriet Bixby

Guest Star

Dorothy Neumann

Dorothy Neumann

Rita Campbell

Guest Star

Carol Veazie

Carol Veazie

Mrs. Wicks

Guest Star

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Otis Campbell

Recurring Role

Dick Elliott

Dick Elliott

Mayor Pike

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode Andy states that Barney's middle name is Oliver. In later episodes, Barney refers to himself as Barney "P." Fife - and in the Class Reunion episode, the Mayberry Union High yearbook lists Barney's name as Bernard Milton Fife.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Barney wants to administer a sobriety test to Otis before releasing him)
      Andy: Well, Barney, I believe a sobriety test is given to a prisoner when you first bring him in. Now you ought to have done that to Otis last night.
      Barney: Aw-w, Andy, you know we couldn't a given a sobriety test to Otis last night.
      Andy: Well, why not?
      Barney: He was too drunk!

    • Barney: You was brought in here on a charge of drunkenness. Now it's my job to see if you're fit to take your place in society again.
      Otis: It was last night I had a snoot full, I'm alright this mornin'.
      Barney: We'll determine that in just a minute. Now I'm gonna test your reactions and your reflexes.
      Otis: This jail's gettin' to be as bad as home.

    • Andy: We better try to sober up Mayberry's most distinguished citizen and get him outta here before those two ladies come back.

    • Otis: Shucks, a man can't take credit just for bein' born.

  • NOTES (1)

    • In a touching scene, Otis confides to Andy that he's given his wife some awful times. This wouldn't be the last episode in which his alcoholism would be addressed - but it was typically played for laughs. Eventually, Otis would reward his wife's patience and sober up. In the TV Movie, Return to Mayberry, he tells Andy that he's been sober for ten years. Interestingly, Hal Smith, the actor who played Otis, had never had a drink in his life.

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