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Nothing on the roof top makes sense. When Barney and Gomer are looking over the side of the courthouse building, how can there be an alley where there is no room? The court-house and Floyd's are adjacent to each other, abutted, so where's the alley. What the camera was looking at was the space between Foley's and the hotel. I believe it was George Kennedy and the guy from honeymooners (George Petri?) that they were spying on.
Ernest T. Bass offers to sing a traditional Southern folk song called "Eatin Goober Peas". Goober peas is Southern slang for peanuts (which the English called "groundnuts" or "monkey nuts"). Today, the chocolate-covered peanut candy Goobers derives its trademark from this slang term.
In this episode, Barney invites all the single girls in Mayberry, to Andy's house. To, supposedly to meet Thelmalou. Not, once but twice. All of the girls show up at Andy's front door. And, all entering the door from camera right. Never, passing in front of the screen door. The steps to Andy's porch, are camera left. So either Andy moved his steps, for this episode. Or, all of these girls were jumping up on the porch from the right.
In this episode, you might notice that Amanda's (the first potential wife to show up at the Taylor home) voice sounds familiar. Janet Waldo, the actress who portrayed Amanda, is better known for being the voice of Judy Jetson in the long running cartoon series The Jetsons.
In the sixth episode, "Runaway Kid," Barney owns a car.
At the end of the episode Myrt tries to talk Barney out of arresting her and says he can have a sweet 1958 car that's been up on blocks since 1959!
It's been noted that no complete copies of this episode exist. According to Paramount they were unable to locate a complete copy for the full season box set. However, this episode is in the public domain and numerous complete copies have been rumored to exist at one time, most in VHS format.
Note: the full series box set released May 2007 does not include the complete episode.
The only lines ever spoken by the Darling boys occur in the jail scene. Other (Dean Webb) can be heard to say "About to pop" and Jebbin (Doug Dillard) says "Great beans, Aunt Bee".
Two of the brothers rarely spoken first names are heard in this episode. Other is referred to in the hotel and Jebbin is referred to in the jail.
Apparently, only the syndicated version of this episode survives and it is that appears on the third season DVD boxed set. Unfortunately, it is of inferior video quality in comparison with other episodes and is missing its "tag" or epilogue sequence.
Hopefully, a better print of the complete version will one day be found and included in a subsequent season set.
A wire (presumably for a microphone) can be seen coming from the bottom of andy's trouser leg in the opening scene as he approaches the darling's truck.
Andy took a number of liberties with the story of Paul Revere's famous ride, no doubt to make it more interesting to Opie and his pals (added a little jam as Andy put it). For one, Paul Revere's warning and famous ride were planned well ahead of time. The signal was planned by several early patriots, including Revere so that if he were to see the lights burning in the Old North Church he would know exactly what to do (Andy says Paul Revere "Didn't know what to do but he know'd he had to do something). Also, although it's been speculated for a century or more, no one really knew the name of Revere's horse (the name Nelly was never even mentioned as a possibility) but it is known that the horse did not belong to Paul Revere but was most certainly borrowed. Another fib - Paul Revere was hardly as poor as Job's turkey. He was actually a wealthy and prominent Boston silversmith.
Neither Griffith nor the writers intended for Helen Crump to be a recurring character. Andy Griffith stated that if they had known she would be Andy's long term (and final) love interest they would have given her a more attractive name than "Crump." (Since Griffith was fond of using local names and places in and around his hometown of Mt. Airy, NC, it's likely the name came from the name of a town near Mt. Airy - Crumpville.) Griffith and the producers liked Aneta and her character so much they brought her back a few episodes later as Andy's new love interest. She would remain on the series until it ended and she and Andy would marry in the first episode of the spin-off series Mayberry RFD. In a later RFD episode she and Andy would have an infant son named Andy Taylor Jr. and Aneta Corsaut would reprise her role as Mrs. Helen Taylor in the reuinion show "Return to Mayberry."
Juanita now works at the Blue Bird Diner.
Andy Smokes in this episode.
30 cents a gallon for gas is what is listed at Wally's station!
Rafe sings a beautiful song, "Look Down That Lonesome Road".
In the yearbook, Barney's middle name is shown to be Milton, but throughout the series, Barney refers to himself as Barney P. Fife.
In this episode, we learn Andy's full name is Andrew Jackson Taylor and Barney's is Bernard Milton Fife
Thelma Lou is curiously absent during this episode. The class reunion episode from season six implies that Thelma Lou was a member of Andy and Barney's graduating class.
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