The Andy Griffith Show

Season 4 Episode 31

Back to Nature

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM May 11, 1964 on CBS
7.9
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Andy, Barney, and Gomer take a group of boys camping in the mountains to show them some them the pioneer life. Barney winds up getting himself and Gomer lost in the woods. Andy finds them and tricks Barney into following a "Red Crested Web Footed Lake Loon" back to the camp.moreless

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  • Andy bails Barney out again

    8.9
    Set outside of the courthouse, this episode is good example of the qualities of kindness and compassion that the Andy Griffith show very commonly weaves into its stories.



    Taking Opie and his friends out into the woods for a camping trip, Andy and Barney convince Gomer to come along, citing the lure of the great outdoors. As always, bumbling Barney with his false knowledge of all things outdoors believes his own legend and gets himself and Gomer lost in the woods while looking for Opie.



    When the children surmise that Barney is indeed lost, Andy tells them he's sure Barney is making the best use of his time out in the woods, and catches up with Gomer just as Barney is starting to lose hope. With Gomer's cooperation, Andy sets up Barney to be the hero, coming back with tales of a hand-started fire and a snare-caught pheasant.



    With all the future snafus Barney will get Andy involved in, if Andy would have let Barney face his own consequences more often I think there would have been many less problems. As in this episode, each bailout Andy provides Barney, it just makes Barney think he's that much more invincible.moreless
  • Back to Nature

    7.0
    An entry that is good but not great--there are some funny bits--but it's way too predictable. Gomer and Barney are very funny together and make an excellent team (a precursor to Dumb and Dumber!) but the adventure in the woods gets really thin after awhile. The best part of the show is when Gomer and Andy team up to make sure that Barney doesn't look like a fool--by lighting his "fire" and cooking his "pheasant". That's a very, very funny moment!moreless
Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors

Gomer Pyle (1962-1964)

Parley Baer

Parley Baer

Mayor Stoner (1962-1963)

Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Opie Taylor (1960-1968)

Jack Burns

Jack Burns

Deputy Warren Ferguson (1965-1966)

Clint Howard

Clint Howard

Leon

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Otis Campbell (1960-1967)

Willis Bouchey

Willis Bouchey

Fletcher Roberts

Guest Star

David Alan Bailey

David Alan Bailey

Tray Bowden

Guest Star

Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors

Gomer Pyle

Recurring Role

Hope Summers

Hope Summers

Bertha Johnson/Clara Edwards

Recurring Role

Howard McNear

Howard McNear

Floyd Lawson

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This is the episode where Andy tells the boys the ghost story about the golden arm: "Whooo stole my golden arm?"

    • When Barney and Gomer hear the "Lake Loon" and head for camp, their hands are empty. When they arrive at camp, Gomer is carrying the snare!

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (Gomer & Barney are lost in the woods; Barney makes a snare to trap a bird)
      Barney: You see a wild bird just flies in there to get them berries and then it knocks against that stick there and then this, this snare, you see, just falls down on it and you got it.
      Gomer: Well, I guess it's gonna be tough eatin', though. A bird strong enough to move them rocks and knock that stick over's bound to be on the muscular side.

  • NOTES (0)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Man With the Golden Arm was a 1955 film starring Frank Sinatra. The title of the film however did not refer to an arm made of gold but an arm ravaged by the effects of heroin use.

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