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.
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.
We see Barney drunk for the first time in the epilogue to this episode.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the only time in the run of the show that the Taylor house is seen so messy.
This is one of the few episodes where Andy shows actual emotion for one of his love interests.
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 the first mention of the recurring (but never seen) character of Juanita, Barney's "other" girlfriend. She is called Juanita Beasley, and is the new waitress at the Junction Cafe.
Clara is called "Bertha" in this episode.
Continuity: When Andy is flipping through Barney's notepad, the cover went in between being folded and unfolded between shots.
The epilogue to this episode features a group of townsfolk descending on the Becker place with gifts and food and plenty of good singing - a kind of impromptu baby shower. In the crowd, The Country Boys (The Kentucky Colonels), the bluegrass group Andy performs with in Mayberry on Record, can be seen picking their instruments.
Barney tells Sam that he did his part to whip the dreaded Hun, which would technically mean he served in WWI, although it's more likely that Barney meant WWII. In the Reunion episode, we learn that Barney graduated from high school in 1946. However, in the much later episode, The Return of Barney Fife, we are told that he graduated in 1948. Since World War II ended in 1945, it's not very likely that Barney would've served in it. Sam says that he served during the Korean War.
Floyd's wife, Melba, is mentioned in this episode (she won't let Floyd take the stick she props open the cellar door with). Floyd is said to be a widower in season two which means Melba must have passed away soon after this episode.
The episode marks the one and only time that illegal narcotics are mentioned on the show - Barney suggests that Sam might be growing marijuana.
Andy smokes in this episode.
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