The Andy Griffith Show

Season 5 Episode 2

Barney's Physical

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Sep 28, 1964 on CBS
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  • Barney on a diet!

    8.5
    Barney's on a diet alright--to GAIN weight AND stretch himself a few inches. This is a classic Barney episode, and very funny (as always). There is a touch of sadness to this episode, too, almost as if you can sense Barney beginning to lose interest in the job (and Don Knotts preparing to leave, as this would be his fifth and final episode). He's still as funny as ever, but there just is something missing, that I find hard to put my finger on. The episode also mirrors this sadness too, by having Barney so saddened by the fact that he thinks he will not pass the physical and so he will have to leave the deputy position. It's almost as if art is imitating life here, and we begin to feel Barney pulling away on some level.