The Andy Griffith Show

Season 4 Episode 21

The Shoplifters

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Mar 02, 1964 on CBS
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Weaver's Department store is being robbed, presumably by shoplifters. Barney poses as a mannequin to catch a thief.

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  • Barney undercover!

    8.5
    This is one of the funniest episodes in this season--and indeed the entire series. Excellent direction and writing. The plot twists are nice and there is an element of surprise which is a nice change. As Barney seeks to uncover who the culprit is, he breaks into Weaver's store at night at the same time that Mr. Weaver is also checking on things. The scene where they are both in there, knocking things around, and each thinking he has caught the robber is priceless! I was laughing out loud. Extremely funny, primarily by Barney's amazing sight gags and his physical comedy. Barney as the mannequin is a HIGH mark and definitely something to see!!! This is indeed a classic episode.moreless
Don Knotts

Don Knotts

Barney Fife (1960-1965)

Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

Sheriff Andy Taylor (1960-1968)

Tol Avery

Tol Avery

Ben Weaver

Guest Star

Charles P. Thompson

Charles P. Thompson

Asa Breeney

Guest Star

Lurene Tuttle

Lurene Tuttle

The Shoplifter

Guest Star

Mary Lansing

Mary Lansing

Sporting Goods Shopper #1

Recurring Role

Clint Howard

Clint Howard

Leon

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Andy enters Weaver's at night he appears to turn on the light, but once he's in the room the light switch is still in the off position.

    • When Ben and Barney enter through the back door of Weaver's Dept Store there is a sign just to the right of the door that says "Don't forget to feed the "Kitty"." This appears to have something to do with the coffee pot, maybe some kind of coffee fund.

    • Did you notice...the tie that Ben Weaver wears in this episode is the purple tie with acorns that Gomer buys for his date with Mary Grace in the episode "A Date for Gomer."

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (Barney tells Andy he thinks he knows who's stealing from Weaver's store)
      Barney: All right, let's play it Question and Answer. Now, I'll ask the questions and you answer "yes" or "no", OK?
      Andy: OK.
      Barney: All right, here we go. A – who's store is bein' robbed?
      Andy: Uh... no?
      Barney: (starts getting annoyed) What d'ya mean "no"?
      Andy: You said answer "yes" or "no".
      Barney: I meant one word – answer one word.
      Andy: Well, you didn't say that.
      Barney: All right, let's start again from the beginnin' and this time answer in one word, OK?
      Andy: Okay.
      Barney: All right, A – who's store is bein' robbed?
      Andy: Weaver's.
      Barney: Right. B – who's gonna collect the insurance on those thefts?
      Andy: Weaver.
      Barney: Right, right, right. C – who was creepin' around in that store last night?
      Andy: You were.
      Barney: (more annoyed) What d'ya mean "I were"?
      Andy: You were; course I know that's two words.
      Barney: Now don't get purposely obtuse, Andy. The answer is: Weaver.
      Andy: Well, I missed it.
      Barney: Well, play the game, play the game! I hate it when you get obtuse. Now where'd I leave off?
      Andy: C.
      Barney: All right, D – who in their entire life ever got a bargain in Weaver's store?
      Andy: Uh... Weaver?
      Barney: Ah, come on, Andy. I'm tryin' to give you the name of the criminal and you won't accept it. The answer is "nobody".
      Andy: Nobody's the criminal?
      Barney: (very annoyed) Boy, when you get obtuse!

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