The Andy Griffith Show

Season 2 Episode 7

Crime-Free Mayberry

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Nov 20, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Andy and Barney are honored for achieving the lowest crime-rate in the country.

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  • The FBI comes to Mayberry

    A really interesting episode with a neat twist ending---I truly enjoyed this one. Barney is at his best as he puffs up with pride from receiving an award for the being the most crime free small city in Mayberry. The ruse of course is that these are not FBI men at all--but rather con men out to rob the town as they are presenting Andy and Barney with an award. Andy's discovery of the truth and his quick thinking are Andy Classics!moreless
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)

Frances Bavier

Frances Bavier

Aunt Bee Taylor (1960-1968)

Dick Elliott

Dick Elliott

Mayor Pike

Guest Star

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Otis Campbell

Guest Star

Elisabeth Talbot-Martin

Elisabeth Talbot-Martin

Margaret Williamson

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode, Andy says that the combination to the Mayberry Bank's vault was lost and that a back door was cut into it to allow access. But, in Season Three's The Bank Job, Barney gets locked in the vault and has to bust through the bank's back wall to get out.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Barney's Second Original Song:

      "Oh, My Darin' Barney Fife"
      (Sung to the melody of "Oh, My Darlin' Clementine")

      In a jailhouse, down in Dixie, fightin' crime and riskin' life,
      Dwelled a sheriff and his buddy, pistol-packing Barney Fife.
      Oh, my darin', oh, my darnin' oh, my darin' Barney Fife.
      He's a deadly crime-stopper, what a copper Barney Fife.

      Then one day there come a-ridin' two bad men to rob a bank.
      But Fife was tricky, a dead-eye dickey. Now they're locked up in the tank.

      (Andy added the following)
      Oh, my Barney, oh, my Barney, had a jail and couldn't lock it.
      Had one bullet for his pistol, had to keep it in his pocket

    • Barney's first original song:

      "The Ballad of Andy and Barney" or "The Gangster's Mistake"

      (Sung to the melody of "Frankie and Johnny")

      Andy and Barney were lawmen.
      Bravest you ever did see.
      Warned every crook in the record book to stay out of Mayberry.
      They were the law (Yes, they were the law),
      And they didn't know fear.

      Pretty Boy Floyd come a ridin'.
      Dillinger, too, big as life. They weren't alone,
      There was Al Capone and a Mack called Mack the Knife.
      They broke the law
      Yes, they broke the law.

    • Barney: WE DEFY THE MAFIA!!!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Andy tells Barney that he suspected things were not what they seemed because the FBI agent allowed his picture to be taken. FBI agents have never been forbidden from having their pictures taken unless part of some undercover operation.