The Andy Griffith Show

Season 4 Episode 13

Barney and the Cave Rescue

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jan 06, 1964 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • Andy: That ribbing Barney took at the bank this morning won't hold a candle to what he's in for now--leading the whole town in a big rescue operation, when there's nobody to be rescued!
      Helen: Well I guess there's just gotta be somebody in there to be rescued.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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.