Detective Fife

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    blackula19

    [1]Mar 20, 2007
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    Was there an episode where he cracks a big case and becomes a detective or something, or was it something that was handled off camera and then they just referred to it later?  I would be interested in anything any of you could tell me about how it all went down.
    Edited on 03/22/2007 8:44am
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    Mad_Buck

    [2]Mar 25, 2007
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    Barney becoming a city detective in Raleigh was handled off-camera.  It came about because Don Knotts decided to leave the show to pursue other projects after five years on the series.  However, Knotts agreed to make occasional guest appearances so they simply had Barney become a detective in the big city of Raleigh which was close enough to Mayberry that he could frequently return home for visits or Andy could visit him. 
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    Eric1138

    [3]Apr 2, 2007
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    Barney actually doesn't move to Raliegh intially to become a big city detective but simply to work for the Raleigh police department. In season six it's stated that he is in charge of fingerprint files and not a detective. It's not until Andy makes a visit in season seven that we see Barney as the low man on the totem pole in the detective division. I think the assumption the writers expected us to make was that Barney followed his dream of being in a big city, faster paced police department and worked his way up to detective.
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    revbucky

    [4]Jul 17, 2008
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    I can't imagine Barney as a detective. Did he go to college for it?
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    teenagersrule15

    [5]Apr 9, 2009
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    Why did Barney have 2 leave?!? Why?!? He made the show worth watching!

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