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In this episode Andy states that Barney's middle name is Oliver. In later episodes, Barney refers to himself as Barney "P." Fife - and in the Class Reunion episode, the Mayberry Union High yearbook lists Barney's name as Bernard Milton Fife.
This is one of the few episodes where Andy shows actual emotion for one of his love interests.
This is the only time in the run of the show that the Taylor house is seen so messy.
The episode title, Cyrano Andy, is a partial pun on the 1950 Academy Award-winning José Ferrer film - Cyrano de Bergerac (which was itself based on the 1897 Edmond Rostand play). It is only partial, however, because Andy was certainly not in love with Thelma Lou, nor she with him. So, seeing as how he was actually the shy one, perhaps the title should've been Cyrano Barney - but then again, the Deputy is certainly neither a master swordsman nor a deadly pistolero.
Barney misfires his gun for the first time in this episode, accidentally firing a shot into the courthouse floor. Later in the episode, even Andy, thinking that it's empty, misfires the gun.
When the citizens are leaving the cells, Andy speaks to one woman and says "Hey Nellie, it's a nice dress". This would be the initial appearance of the extra that came to be known as Nice Dress Nellie. She would appear in scores of shows over the next 7 years, but would never again be named or credited. Despite the scores of appearances, she would never utter a line.
In the background, you can see the magnetic map in the Sheriff's Office that Captain Barker of the State Police promised to send Andy and Barney in The Manhunt.
Jesse White appears in this episode as the cantankerous Fred Boone. Although a long-time actor with over 160 credits - his first credited role was in the 1950 film classic Harvey - Jesse is perhaps best known for being the doleful, ever-idle Maytag Repairman on a series of commercials which ran from 1967-1989.
We see Barney drunk for the first time in the epilogue to this episode.
Floyd's original pageant song, "Oh, Hail to Thee, Miss Mayberry" is sung to the tune of the Christmas carol "O' Tannenbaum" more commonly known in the US as "Oh, Christmas Tree".
In this episode's epilogue, Opie's girl friend, Mary Wiggins, is seen in the barbershop making her the first in a very short list of females to have ever graced the inside of Floyd's. Ellie appeared briefly in Mayberry on Record, Aunt Bee in a couple of episodes (one of which was The Jinx), a female reporter in Crime Free Mayberry and, of course, the curvy and sweet smelling manicurist Ellen Brown in The Manicurist.
As Andy walks into the drug store, there is a TV Guide with a picture of Lucille Ball on the cover.
The song that Floyd's son plays on his saxophone during his audition is called "Pineapple Princess". It was a Top Ten hit for Annette Funicello in the fall of 1960, right around the time this episode was filmed.
Andy mentions that the muzzle to the old cannon was busted whey they tried to fire it during a 4th of July celebration. Six years later, in The Cannon, Mayberry would sport a brand new cannon - which Deputy Warren Ferguson would fire by accident.
This episode introduces Howard McNear as Floyd the barber, but his last name is not Lawson. During the tour of the town, Andy introduces Mr. Harmon to Floyd and when they leave Mr. Harmon calls Floyd Mr. Colby. This matches the shop's window, which reads "COLBY'S TONSORIAL PARLOR" during the Hollywood mania.
This episode marks the first of many times we see Andy and Barney lock themselves in a cell.
Floyd states that at one time, he lived over the barber shop.
Watch the man sitting outside the hotel as the men in town arrive at the entrance. The man's head and hat switch position in a jump cut.
Andy and Ellie sing Away In A Manger together.
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