The Andy Griffith Show

Season 2 Episode 29

Andy on Trial

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Apr 23, 1962 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A news mogul swears revenge on Andy after being arrested for what he deems a minor infraction. In retaliation, he sends a pretty reporter to Mayberry to dig up whatever dirt she can. Posing as a college student writing a paper on local law enforcement, she entices Barney to spout off about how he would do things differently - leading to big legal trouble for Andy.moreless

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  • Barney makes a most eloquent speech that personifies not only Sheriff Andy Taylor, but the show as well.

    Wonderful! Barney makes a most eloquent speech that personifies not only the character of Sheriff Andy Taylor, but The Andy Griffith Show show as well. It rates high in my list of favorite TAGS episodes! Andy shows up to arrest a newspaper mogul ala Randolph Hearst and the publisher seeks revenge. Barney is taken in by a beautiful reporter (Ruta Lee) who is posing as a grad student. He gets an inflated sense of self and brags that Andy \"doesn\'t run a taut ship\". Andy is asked to step down, pending an inquiry and at the trial Barney makes a wonderfully intense speech about Andy\'s role in Mayberry that makes for fine acting and writing.moreless
  • Barney comes to Andy's Defense.

    This is an amazing show,notably because of its seriousness and the tone. It almost has a "film noir" quality to it. The opening of the show with Andy arriving at the businessman's office to arrest him, is so uncharacteristic that it seems to be from a detective movie. Andy's tone is serious and persuasive, but still sympathetic. When the businessman sends a spy (the reporter pretending to be a college student) and she plays up to Barney to get him to open up, we get to see Barney in all his glory, spouting off, telling her what he would do if he was sheriff. Critizing Andy for being too kindhearted, too lax. Basically telling her all the things we hear Barney trying to tell Andy all the time. When Andy is put on trial for his job, things start to get serious, (anytime Barney gets called Sheriff Fife--you gotta KNOW it's serious). The prosecution grills "Bernard Fife" (as they call him!) and gets him to admit that he indeed say some damaging things about Sheriff Taylor. This is Don Knotts finest acting in this series. His defense of Andy brought me to tears. Ultimately his defense of "Sheriff Taylor" is also a summary of what Mayberry is all about, about the values that Andy tries to uphold. In the end, Barney's defense of Andy is why everyone watches this show, and gets to the heart of why we keep watching year after year. This episode is a MUST for all viewers--particularly those who are new to the series.moreless
Ruta Lee

Ruta Lee

Jean Boswell

Guest Star

Roy Roberts

Roy Roberts

J. Howard Jackson

Guest Star

Robert Brubaker

Robert Brubaker

Mr. Milton

Guest Star

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Otis Campbell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Barney: You gotta understand, this is a small town. The sheriff is more than just a sheriff. He's a friend. And the people in this town, they ain't got a better friend than Andy Taylor.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Barney's monologue during Andy's trial is one of the series' most touching moments. Although often at odds with Andy when it comes to by-the-book procedure versus down home common sense Barney realizes and expresses how Andy's by the heart approach is far superior when dealing with the people you live with in your hometown.

    • One of the best character development episodes for Barney.


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