The Andy Griffith Show

Season 3 Episode 30

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Apr 22, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When one of the top notch officials arrives, they find a courthouse full of dogs.

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  • A Beloved Classic

    It's not uncommon in small towns, especially ones without enforced leash laws, for a dog or two to find its way to a new home, and even for that dog to bring a few friends. That's the idea behind this beloved classic, as the frantic efforts to resolve the problem in a hurry are funny, but the spirit behind those efforts--no one really wants to turn their back on the poor critters--is part of what makes this series so special. Although the plot is Opie-centric--and Ron Howard does a wonderful job as a little boy with a big heart--it's Don Knotts who steals the show, making the scene where he loads all the dogs into the squad car look so easy. And his dialogue is among the series' best--search out the unedited version on the DVD and listen to Barney's classic speech about dogs looking out for their own vs. giraffes. Also listen to Barney quote Shakespeare (!), another classic exchange. (Note: the TV Land version has some of the most beloved dialogue cut out for time reasons, search out the DVD version for the unedited, classic version.)moreless
  • An Animal Lover's Delight

    This one had so many elements of humor. I quote so many lines from it. Giraffes and their selfishness, the quality of mercy, it might work. When Barney is talking about the dogs being alright, he is both sweet and touching. I also learned what a Sam Brown belt is.

    It is both funny and meaningful. I love it when Barney says he is driving, and we're proud of em. It shows how animals can be a problem, but can also bring out our protectiveness. Andy, Barney, Opie, and Otis all play a part in the mess of trying to figure out what to do. I don't care what anyone says, I love this.moreless
  • This one goes to the dogs!

    I don't really understand what was the point of this episode. I tried to follow the plot line but it lost me there somewhere in the middle. The resolution was weak and ineffectual. It felt as if someone had a really funny idea--but it got lost in translation. You'll have to see for yourself--but I cannot for the life of me figure out what was the point of it all :(moreless
Roy Barcroft

Roy Barcroft

Clint Biggers

Guest Star

Robert Cornthwaite

Robert Cornthwaite

Inspector Somerset

Guest Star

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Otis Campbell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Otis: I could never get a breakfast like this at home.
      Andy: Sure you could. If you get up in the morning, go up to your wife, give her a great big kiss.
      Otis: Please Andy, not while I'm eating!

    • Barney: I'll say it to your face Otis! You gotta pickled liver!
      Otis: It's better than having a pickled puss!

    • Barney: Boy giraffes are selfish.

    • (After the dogs are brought back into the courthouse)
      Andy: You You did a good thing, Barney. You did a cardinal act of mercy.
      Barney: Well... like they say, "The quality of mercy is not strained, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven." (Andy looks at him, surprised) You're not talkin' to a jerk, you know.
      Andy: I know.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The hangover remedy that Andy fixes Otis consists of orange juice, chili sauce, worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, and a raw egg. According to Andy Griffith, Hal Smith actually drank the concoction and his reaction was probably genuine!


    • In this episode you hear Barney ask the inspector for a Sam Browne Belt. Sam Browne belts are a combination of a pistol belt or garrison belt and a shoulder strap. The Sam Browne belt was named after General Sir Sam Browne VC, GCB, KCSI, (1849-98) of the British Army in India. The strap was intended to help carry the weight of a heavy pistol or sword. Warren Furgeson sported a Sam Browne Belt as part of his regular uniform but Barney never did.

    • Barney: The quality of mercy is not strained, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.
      Barney is quoting from the play, The Merchant Of Venice (Act IV, Scene 1) by William Shakespeare.