Andy, Barney, and Gomer take a group of boys camping in the mountains to show them the pioneer life. Barney winds up getting himself and Gomer lost in the woods, and Andy must find a way to get them back to camp without hurting Barney's ego.
Malcolm Merriweather returns to Mayberry, and Andy decides to hire him in an effort to decrease Aunt Bee's workload. However, Aunt Bee soon finds herself with nothing left to do, and she begins to feel unwanted.
After Opie becomes involved in a sales scam, Barney hatches up a plan to get him out of it, but gets himself into hot water in the process.
After Charlene Darling performs a ritual to divorce her husband, she sets her sights on marrying Andy. Unable to reason with the Darling family, Andy must find another way to get Charlene and her husband back together.
In an attempt to save money, Aunt Bee buys 150 pounds of beef from the town's new butcher. After her freezer breaks, she must choose between hiring an expensive repair man or asking her old butcher for help.
Ernest T. wants to join the army to get a uniform that he can wear back to the hills to impress his lovely Romenna. When he is refused induction, Ernest goes on a window-breaking rampage. Andy and Barney haul him in, but the jail can't hold him. After Ernest T. tells Andy his reason for coming to town, Andy finds a way to settle the matter.moreless
After Opie and his friend Arnold hit a baseball into the window of the old Rimshaw house, they hear noises and run to Andy and Barney for help. Andy sends Barney up to the house to get the ball, accompanied by Gomer. They, too, hear noises, and run away. Andy decides to investigate, and gets to the bottom of the seemingly haunted house.moreless