The Andy Griffith Show

Season 4 Episode 13

Barney and the Cave Rescue

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jan 06, 1964 on CBS
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Barney is made fun of by the town after he mistakes the owner of the Mayberry bank as a robber. Andy decides to cheer him up by taking him, Helen, and Thelma Lou on a picnic. Andy and Helen go into Lost Lovers Cave and get trapped when it almost collapses. Barney gets a bunch of people to save them. Andy and Helen find another way out of the cage, and realize what would happen, if they didn't find Andy and Helen trapped in the cave, so they decide to go back in the cave so Barney won't be made fun of.moreless

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  • Barney the hero..finally!

    9.5
    This is a true gem in the series, the dramatic turn it takes rings true and is completely consistent with the show and its values. Watching Barney's face when he thinks Andy and Helen is trapped inside is such a revealing moment. It is as if there is a metamorphosis in Barney that we get to watch: from a quivering mass of insecurities into a brave, effective and take charge man. It is such a joy to watch! This is extremely well written on many levels.

    When Andy and Helen realize that everyone is following Barney's lead in "rescuing them" they decide to return to the cave so that Barney will not lose face. It is one of the sweetest moments in the Andy/Barney relationship. This is an episode not to be missed!moreless
Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors

Gomer Pyle (1962-1964)

Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Opie Taylor (1960-1968)

Don Knotts

Don Knotts

Barney Fife (1960-1965)

Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

Sheriff Andy Taylor (1960-1968)

Betty Lynn

Betty Lynn

Thelma Lou (1961-1965)

Aneta Corsaut

Aneta Corsaut

Helen Crump (1963-1968)

Joe Hamilton

Joe Hamilton

Choney

Recurring Role

Roy Engel

Roy Engel

Judd

Recurring Role

Warren Parker

Warren Parker

Mr. Meldrim

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode. Andy and Helen escape from the cave. They go to Helen's house, where they hear on the radio, about the rescue that is going on, led by Barney. Helen says, I'll call and let them know, we're alright. She, picks up the phone, and says. Yes, get me the courthouse.
      Two problems. Who was she calling, if everybody, including Barney were at the cave rescue?
      And, when she picked up the phone, ( in her own house). She didn't say Hello Sarah, ( who happens to be the operator ). And if she had Sarah, would have known, that it was Helen. And that she was alright. And , then blabbed it all over town.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The idea that Andy and Helen find themselves trapped in a cave and find an alternate way out (and back in again) might have been borrowed from Mark Twain. In Tom Sawyer Tom and Polly find themselves lost in a cave and eventually find another way out, an exit which Tom and Huck secretly use later in the story and in Huckleberry Finn to gain entrance back into the cave.

    • Barney: Things may look peaceful; but remember: "the weed of crime bears bitter fruit."

      Barney's line to Gomer is a famous line from one of classic radio's best known dramas, The Shadow. It became a part of American culture with its famous opening, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" and told the adventures of Lamont Cranston (a wealthy man about town) and his companion, the lovely Margo Lane. As The Shadow, Cranston used a "hypnotic power to cloud men's minds" which made him invisible to them. All of the criminals and mad scientists that he defeated learned that "the weed of crime bears bitter fruit... crime does not pay!"

      The Shadow first appeared on radio on July 31, 1930, as the narrator of mystery tales on CBS' "Detective Story Hour". By 1932, the character was the star of his own show and evolved into the hero. Frank Readick was The Shadow until the show left the air in 1935. In 1937, "The Shadow" reappeared with 22-year old Orson Welles in the title role and Agnes Moorehead as Margo Lane. Later portrayers of the title role included Bill Johnstone, from 1938 to 1943 and Bret Morrison from 1945 until the show ended its run on December 26, 1954.

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