In a scene often edited from network reruns, Otis, the town drunk, makes his first appearance - and we learn that he's not only an alcoholic, he's in the church choir!
Andy refers to Barney as his cousin once more in this episode.
This is the first episode to use "Barney's" music in it, the tune is officially called "The Manhunt".
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?
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.