Early in this episode when Andy is lamenting about his day to Aunt Bee he tells her that Otis got gassed and drove his car though a flower bed. Earlier in the series, in the episode "Hot Rod Otis," Otis vowed to never drive again. I guess he changed his mind.
The boys compete for a job at Mr. Doakes market which is where Foley's market is typically located. It could be assumed that Foley sold out to Mr. Doakes but the market is referred to as Foley's in later episodes.
This episode is the hands down winner of the Jump the Shark award on the www.jumptheshark.com, meaning this episode, for most fans, marks the point where the series began to decline. Obviously the reason most fans cite is the loss of Don Knotts as a regular cast member. In addition, the writers changed and the entire tone of the series changed dramatically. Andy's first appearance in this episode (he's quite grumpy!) makes it very clear that the jolly, easy going Andy of the early seasons is gone.
Notable set change - the back door of the Taylor home, located in the kitchen, seems to have moved.
All speculation as to the spelling of Aunt Bee's name (her name is Beatrice and most people spell the shortened name "Bea" and not "Bee") is put to rest with this episode. The opening credits clearly stat that Frances Bavier is Aunt Bee.
The show moved to 9:00 p.m. Mondays, where it would remain for the rest of the series.
In addition to the opening credits (and the rest of the show) being in color, the voice over is also dropped at this point so we no longer hear the announcer say "The Andy Griffith Show, Starring Andy Griffith!"
Barney Fife (Don Knotts) was no longer a regular character on the show, and was not listed in the opening sequence.
Frances Bavier(Aunt Bee) is now listed in the opening credits for the first time.
This episode was the first filmed and broadcast in color. The opening and closing shots were refilmed in color (with a much older Opie), a rescored opening theme (actually abridged from the closing credits) is used for the first time and the voice over announcing the the starring characters is dropped.
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