This episode marks the first appearance of Sam Jones who would go on to be the star of the spin-off/replacement series "Mayberry RFD."
Howard and Andy can be seen playing chess in this episodes and not the typical game of checkers.
The funny thing about this episode is that Howard Sprague mentions in this episode that he can not run for office because he would not have time, but in a similar episode a season earlier called "politicts start at home", where Aunt Bee loses to Howard Sprague for the same city council position.
"Remember Sam, its not what Mayberry can give to you, its what you can give to Mayberry."
Goober paraphrases President John F. Kennedy's famous speech line 'Ask not what your country can do for you, rather, ask what you can do for your country.'