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This episode is the hands down winner of the Jump the Shark award on the www.jumptheshark.com, meaning this episode, for most fans, marks the point where the series began to decline. Obviously the reason most fans cite is the loss of Don Knotts as a regular cast member. In addition, the writers changed and the entire tone of the series changed dramatically. Andy's first appearance in this episode (he's quite grumpy!) makes it very clear that the jolly, easy going Andy of the early seasons is gone.
When Andy and Barney stop the girls in town, the girls say 'we haven't seen you since that dance, you didn't even take us home'. However, in season 4's "The Fun Girls", Andy and Barney DID indeed take the girls back to Mt. Pilot after the dance...with Gomer and Goober in tow.
The song that Andy sings on the front porch is titled "There Is A Time". It was written by Rodney Dillard and Mitch Jayne of the group The Dillards (better known as the Darlings"!) It was also performed by the Darlings in episode # 139 "The Darling Baby" and sung by Charlene.
In this episode Andy calls Goober, Goober Beasley
Earlier in the season, when Andy considered taking a job in Raleigh, he suggests that the city council will choose his replacement. In this episode however, Barney has to run for the job and win the election. This makes entirely more sense since the position of county sheriff is always an elected position and it's unlikely that a city council would have any authority over a county sheriff.
While Lydia was featured in a previous episode (last name Pike, not Crosswaith), she was suppose to live in Greensboro. But in this one, she comes by Goober's gas station freqently to have her oil changed!
This episode features the one and only time both courthouse doors are opened.
I realize that the idea of taking a car apart and putting it together in the courthouse is preposterous to begin with, but wouldn't Goober need an engine lift, at least?
So what safety "point" did Sheriff Jackson think the car in the courthouse was bringing across? That if you drive recklessly in Mayberry, your car gets impounded, disassembled, and reassembled in the courthouse for all to see? Hey, good enough.
If Goober wasn't supposed to leave the courthouse, how did he get his tools to take the car apart?
Barney says to Andy in this episode that his real estate commissions (which are 5% of the sale price) total $3,478.00 for the three homes he is selling, which means that they are selling for a combined amount of $69,560. Based on these three homes, we can conclude that the average price for a home in Mayberry is roughly $23,000. In 1965, the median price of homes nationally was almost exactly $20,000.
When Floyd enters the courthouse near the beginning of this episode we hear the courthouse door open and footsteps as Barney fixes himself a cup of coffee in the back room. By the time he comes into the front office, Floyd is already seated. This was a often used method of working around Floyd's inability to walk. Howard McNear suffered a stroke in season two and after returning a year or so later and he was almost completely unable to walk or move much at all. His condition would deteriorate as the series progressed and McNear would eventually leave the show for a second time at the end of season seven. Howard McNear would pass away less than two years later.
Near the end of the episode, we see a calendar for February on the wall of Floyd's barbershop showing the 29 days of leap year for 1960 though the episode was done in 1964, also a leap year.
In this episode Helen mentions that she's been asked to move from the fourth to the fifth grade. Helen began teaching in Mayberry when Opie was in the third grade and would still be teaching Opie in the final season, when Opie would be in junior high school.
When Opie and Andy sign their names with disappearing ink, their names disappear all at the same time, but they would have disappeared in the order they had been written.
Andy states that he has been sheriff for 12 years.
In a scene often edited from most television broadcasts and DVD/VHS collections, Otis is seen driving a car. In the earlier episode "Hot Rod Otis," Otis exclaims that he will never drive a car again.
The plot of this episode is almost identical to season two's "Opie and the Bully" as well as season seven's "Howard's Main Event." However, rather than tell Barney to man up and face his nemesis, Andy intervenes and saves Barney's morale. Alan Melvin played the bully in both this episode and "Howard's Main Event."
This is the only episode where Barney uses a dog to track a criminal.
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