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In this episode we learn that Ernest T. can neither read nor write yet he is somehow able to write the notes he attaches to rocks before tossing them through windows.
Barney's length of service on the force varies from episode to episode. Here he celebrates his fifth year anniversary. However, in season four's Citizen's Arrest, for example, Andy says that he's been on the force for ten years.
When Andy and Opie are discussing dating older women, Andy tells Opie that when he went to school he had a crush on an older girl named Barbara Edwards. In fact, Barbara Edwards was the maiden name of Andy Griffith's first wife.
This is the episode where Andy tells the boys the ghost story about the golden arm: "Whooo stole my golden arm?"
When Barney and Gomer hear the "Lake Loon" and head for camp, their hands are empty. When they arrive at camp, Gomer is carrying the snare!
In one scene, where Andy is in the back room, we see the framed newspaper headline of " Deputy Fife hero in cave rescue", referring to the episode in this season where he "rescued" Helen and Andy.
When Helen and Thelma Lou leave the theatre and are about to catch Andy and Barney driving off with the "Fun Girls" the billboard in the background behind them reads "Gary Grant."
In the episode we see Opie shirtless. This is the only time in the entire series that we see a character without a shirt.
UPDATE: We actually see one other character shirtless - in the Episode "Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee" we see Briscoe Darling sitting in a washtub taking a bath with no shirt!
Though the front porch is often shown this episode marks the first appearance of the Taylor's back porch. In an earlier episode (Mr. Mcbeevee) the back door (the door out of the kitchen) opened up directly into the back yard.
In Barney's letter to the guys, he mentions being on vacation with Virgil--his awkward, clumsy cousin who appeared in the Season 2 episode "Cousin Virgil".
Allan Melvin, who plays the escaped convict, appeared as an Army recruiter earlier the same season in the epsiode "Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army".
When Andy enters Weaver's at night he appears to turn on the light, but once he's in the room the light switch is still in the off position.
When Ben and Barney enter through the back door of Weaver's Dept Store there is a sign just to the right of the door that says "Don't forget to feed the "Kitty"." This appears to have something to do with the coffee pot, maybe some kind of coffee fund.
Did you notice...the tie that Ben Weaver wears in this episode is the purple tie with acorns that Gomer buys for his date with Mary Grace in the episode "A Date for Gomer."
In this episode, we get an approximation of Mayberry's population at this point in the show's history when John Masters tells Andy "There's got to be a decent tenor someplace in a town of 2000 people".
In the episode "Hot Rod Otis" Barney and Andy sing a hymn in the jail, oddly enough Barney is in key and sounds good. But in this episode Barney can't carry a tune and he's totally tone deaf.
Look closely - you will notice that Otis's house is the same house where the wild party takes place later in the episode (notice the "X" shaped railings on the front porch). If you look even closer you'll notice that this house is actually next door to the Taylor house. All outdoor scenes were filmed at the 40 acres backlot, a frequently used film and tv lot, so much of Mayberry is recycled from different camera angles and often shows up in other television shows and films.
Andy, Barney, and Otis are the only characters to appear in this episode, the fewest of any episode in the series.
In this episode. Andy and Helen escape from the cave. They go to Helen's house, where they hear on the radio, about the rescue that is going on, led by Barney. Helen says, I'll call and let them know, we're alright. She, picks up the phone, and says. Yes, get me the courthouse.
Two problems. Who was she calling, if everybody, including Barney were at the cave rescue?
And, when she picked up the phone, ( in her own house). She didn't say Hello Sarah, ( who happens to be the operator ). And if she had Sarah, would have known, that it was Helen. And that she was alright. And , then blabbed it all over town.
In this episode, Gomer tells Barney to "Go up an alley and holler fish!" Don Knotts would use that same archaic insult in his first feature film The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.
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