The Andy Griffith Show

Season 3 Episode 27

Barney's First Car

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Apr 01, 1963 on CBS
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Barney uses his life savings of three hundred dollars to buy a new car. On his first drive, after he buys it, the car begins to fall apart. Eventually the car breaks down. A tow truck appears and Barney thinks its Gomer. It turns out that the tow truck is driven by the crook who sold him the car in the first place.moreless

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  • A Lemon for Barney

    9.5
    This has got to be among my very favorite episodes. Everything from the very beginning of this episode is sheer delight. Barney walking in and dropping his 300.00 dollars on the desk and declaring his intention to buy a car, having the widow sell him the car, having all six people in Barney's new car as the steering wheel rises up to meet him (!) and watching Thelma Lou steer as Gomer, Opie, Aunt Bee and Andy push (Barney is too much in shock to do anything!)and finally discovering that this was a scam is hysterical. The scene with Andy and Barney in the back of the car as it is being towed away inadvertedly by the scam artists is priceless. As is Barney trying to put the bullet in his gun (the wrong way). Even the ending, when a real widow tries to sell him her car and her preacher son arrives, with Barney blasting them both as scammers is priceless. Ellen Corby is magnificient in this role and Don Knotts reaches the pinnacle of his character in this episode. He will will reach these heights again during his run, but this is the first time we see the full extent of his amazing comedic talent. A true gem!moreless
Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

Sheriff Andy Taylor

Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)

Don Knotts

Don Knotts

Deputy Barney Fife

Frances Bavier

Frances Bavier

Aunt Bee Taylor

Ellen Corby

Ellen Corby

Myrt

Guest Star

Allan Melvin

Allan Melvin

Jake

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Hallene Hill

Hallene Hill

Rose Temple

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Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors

Gomer Pyle

Recurring Role

Betty Lynn

Betty Lynn

Thelma Lou

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    • [Barney & Andy are on the porch waiting to see the car Barney might buy]
      Barney: This is just about the biggest thing I ever bought.
      Andy: It's a major step.
      Barney: Last big buy I made was my Mom's and Dad's anniversary present.
      Andy: What'd ya get 'em?
      Barney: Septic tank.
      Andy: [amazed] For their anniversary?
      Barney: Yeah. Oh, they're really hard to buy for. Besides, it was something they could use. They were really thrilled... 2 tons of concrete, all steel-reinforced.
      Andy: You're a fine son, Barn.
      Barney: Well, I try.

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