Andy and Ellie sing Away In A Manger together.
This is the series' only Christmas episode.
This is a rare (if not the only time) you see the folks in Mayberry wearing jackets/gloves and hats. Instead of the perpetual summer of Mayberry, we actually see cold weather.
This is the first appearance of shrewd, scroogy businessman Ben Weaver.
Barney gets a Christmas card from Hilda May, an early girlfriend before he and Thelma Lou became more of a steady couple.
Andy and Barney have to search for the bulb that short-circuited all the lights on the tree, back in the days when one bad bulb knocked out all the others.
Rose and Wilbur Pines, married by Andy in The New Housekeeper, appear in this episode.
The episode marks the first appearance of Rita Campbell, Otis's wife.
This episode was a vehicle for Andy Griffith's Romeo & Juliet stand up routine, which was released on his classic comedy album in the late 1950's. It is generally considered second only to "What it was, was football".
Andy says he learned some French when he was "over there in the war."
During the duel, Andy pretends to check the shotguns and removes the shells. He mistakenly switches the guns when he hands them back.
Andy: "I was readin' here jus' the other day where's there's somethin' like four hundred needy boys in this county alone, or one and a half boys per square mile." 400 boys, 1.5 boys per every square mile - doing the math (400 divided by 1.5)= Mayberry County consists of approximately 266 square miles.
Andy and Tom look at his tombstone, which reads: "Thomas Silby, Fine Man and a Dear Husband, 1908-1958"
Barney tenders his resignation for the first time in this episode.
In this episode Andy suggests that Barney take Miss Rosemary to the Snappy Lunch. The Snappy Lunch was and still is an actual diner in Andy Griffith's hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina and has the distinction of being the only Mt. Airy business to be mentioned on the show. They are famous for their porkchop sandwiches.
This is the last episode where any references are made about Andy and Barney being cousins.
In this episode Barney has a car. In a later episode Barney states that he has never owned a car.
Ellie can be seen using a mortar and pestle to mix powdered pharmaceuticals, quite common back then. Modern pharmacists do very little mixing or concocting as most drugs are now manufactured.
Look Close! In this episode the license plate on the squad car is DC-269 (you can see it very clearly when Andy and Barney pull up to Emma's house to deliver Aunt Bee's soup). In every other episode where you can see the license plate to the squad car the number is JL-327.
Ellie explains that what Fred has actually been giving Emma is a Placebo - a placebo is a preparation which is pharmacologically inert, like a sugar pill, but which may have a therapeutic effect based solely on the power of suggestion.
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