At the beginning of the episode, an irate Barney mentions that "Old man Goss" lost the suit he was planning to wear to an upcoming dance. H. Fred Goss (played by Fred Sherman) runs a dry cleaner in Mayberry and appeared in two Season 2 episodes (Jailbreak and Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee).
The plot of this episode is almost identical to season two's "Opie and the Bully" as well as season seven's "Howard's Main Event." However, rather than tell Barney to man up and face his nemesis, Andy intervenes and saves Barney's morale. Alan Melvin played the bully in both this episode and "Howard's Main Event."