The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 2

The Manhunt

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 10, 1960 on CBS
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An escaped convict has been spotted in Mayberry. The State Police descend on the town and promptly ask Andy and Barney to butt out...but Andy has a few ideas of his own.

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  • An excellent example of the formula that made this series wll-regarded and long-lived, funny and suspenseful at the same time.

    8.4
    A dangerous criminal is in the vacinity of Mayberry, and the State Police hardly think the local police are up to the task.



    There are a number of things in this episode that are examples of a good story as well as a good comedy. The characters all act to their strengths, events from the first scene foreshadow the conclusion, and the story fits perfectly with the program's major themes.



    Ken Lynch is a good choice for the Stae Police captain, he's dismissive and authoritarian at the same time and has good facial expressions to add to important moments. At the same time, the script does an excellent job setting up Barney and Andy as way too inexperienced to be of any help to the "invasion" of North Carolina State cops on the town. But, of course, Griffith gets the best lines as his homespun wisdom yet lack of overt ego wrap up the case in perfect order. Every line of the conclusion shows his character as humble and eager, and yet, more on top of the situation than the city slickers ever suspected.



    There are lots of installments that emphasize this theme, but this is one of the few that transfer it to police work.moreless
  • Andy Struts his stuff!

    9.5
    This is a very funny episode, and truly sets out the characters and tone of the first few seasons of this show. We are able to see Andy at his best homespun self, and how(and why) he is the "sheriff without a gun". The writing is fast paced, detailed and very witty. The direction, in particular, keeps the show moving at a fast clip. Barney is also well written in this episode and we get a glimpse of the hilarious and critical role he will play as the series moves along. One of my all-time favorites!moreless
Frank Gerstle

Frank Gerstle

Dirksen

Guest Star

Cheerio Meredith

Cheerio Meredith

Emma Brand

Guest Star

Mike Steen

Mike Steen

Officer Morgan

Guest Star

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Otis Campbell

Recurring Role

Dick Elliott

Dick Elliott

Mayor Pike

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Andy: Mayberry to headquarters...Mayberry to headquarters! Captain, you might as well answer, 'cause I'm gonna keep callin' till you do!
      Capt. Barker: What is it, Sheriff?
      Andy: Oh, hello there, Captain! I just wanted to let you know where you can catch your criminal!
      Capt. Barker: You've got him cornered?
      Andy: Let's just say we've made the necessary arrangements. Now, if you and your men will come down the Crystal Creek Road...oh, that's right, you don't know how to get here, either. Tell you what do...go over to my house and pick up my boy, Opie. Now, anybody can tell you how to get there. He'll show you how to get here. Ten-four!
      Capt. Barker: But, Sheriff...
      Andy: I'm sorry, I done ten-foured ya!
      (cuts off radio, turns to Barney)
      Andy: Felt good to get it in first for a change!

    • Andy:...10-4. Capt. Barker: But Sheriff! Andy: I'm sorry, I done 10-4ed ya!

    • Andy: If I was a criminal and I was heading through them woods, I'd stop off at Emma Brand's house.
      Barney: You would?
      Andy: For sure. Now you know there ain't a day that goes by that Emma don't make a batch of pies and put 'em in the window to cool. Well, you know it's pretty hard on the average fellow to pass by without sniffin' and a-hungerin' for a slice of pie. You can just imagine what that's gonna do to a starvin' escapee. Yeah. Let's go on over there.

    • Andy: Who knew a cousin of mine would make such a fine deputy?

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode introduces one of the common themes of The Andy Griffith Show: small town, common sense versus big city by the book. Andy's simple yet effective way of dealing with the law is often at odds with the more legalistic methods of other, larger, more modern police forces. Andy's methods always succeed where the more by-the-book approaches often don't.

    • This episode features the first appearance of Mayor Pike.

    • Barney's mother appears briefly in this episode. This is the only time we ever see her in the series.

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