The only lines ever spoken by the Darling boys occur in the jail scene. Other (Dean Webb) can be heard to say "About to pop" and Jebbin (Doug Dillard) says "Great beans, Aunt Bee".
Two of the brothers rarely spoken first names are heard in this episode. Other is referred to in the hotel and Jebbin is referred to in the jail.
Apparently, only the syndicated version of this episode survives and it is that appears on the third season DVD boxed set. Unfortunately, it is of inferior video quality in comparison with other episodes and is missing its "tag" or epilogue sequence.
Hopefully, a better print of the complete version will one day be found and included in a subsequent season set.
A wire (presumably for a microphone) can be seen coming from the bottom of andy's trouser leg in the opening scene as he approaches the darling's truck.
Andy took a number of liberties with the story of Paul Revere's famous ride, no doubt to make it more interesting to Opie and his pals (added a little jam as Andy put it). For one, Paul Revere's warning and famous ride were planned well ahead of time. The signal was planned by several early patriots, including Revere so that if he were to see the lights burning in the Old North Church he would know exactly what to do (Andy says Paul Revere "Didn't know what to do but he know'd he had to do something). Also, although it's been speculated for a century or more, no one really knew the name of Revere's horse (the name Nelly was never even mentioned as a possibility) but it is known that the horse did not belong to Paul Revere but was most certainly borrowed. Another fib - Paul Revere was hardly as poor as Job's turkey. He was actually a wealthy and prominent Boston silversmith.
Neither Griffith nor the writers intended for Helen Crump to be a recurring character. Andy Griffith stated that if they had known she would be Andy's long term (and final) love interest they would have given her a more attractive name than "Crump." (Since Griffith was fond of using local names and places in and around his hometown of Mt. Airy, NC, it's likely the name came from the name of a town near Mt. Airy - Crumpville.) Griffith and the producers liked Aneta and her character so much they brought her back a few episodes later as Andy's new love interest. She would remain on the series until it ended and she and Andy would marry in the first episode of the spin-off series Mayberry RFD. In a later RFD episode she and Andy would have an infant son named Andy Taylor Jr. and Aneta Corsaut would reprise her role as Mrs. Helen Taylor in the reuinion show "Return to Mayberry."
Juanita now works at the Blue Bird Diner.
Andy Smokes in this episode.
30 cents a gallon for gas is what is listed at Wally's station!
Rafe sings a beautiful song, "Look Down That Lonesome Road".
In Barney's yearbook the pictures of Andy and Barney are actual pictures when the actors were young.
In the yearbook, Barney's middle name is shown to be Milton, but throughout the series, Barney refers to himself as Barney P. Fife.
In this episode, we learn Andy's full name is Andrew Jackson Taylor and Barney's is Bernard Milton Fife
Thelma Lou is curiously absent during this episode. The class reunion episode from season six implies that Thelma Lou was a member of Andy and Barney's graduating class.
There is a brief reference to Barney's father in this episode. Andy's response seems to indicate that his father has passed away. Barney's mother actually appears in a season one episode. Andy's parents are never mentioned in the series.
The banner at the reunion says "Welcome Class of 1945." In the sixth season, the episode "The Return of Barney Fife" took place at another class reunion with a banner "Welcome Class of 1947."
While the high school was usually referred to as "Mayberry Union High", as in this episode, it was also called "Mayberry Central High"
Continuity: When Andy is waiting on Luke Comstock to come to his house the dishes are still on the table from supper, then later the table is cleared.
This episode remains the highest rated episode of the series by viewers and fans. Most feel it truly captures the essence of Mayberry better than any other episode.
Goober, Gomer's cousin, is mentioned twice, but does not appear on camera. This is the first reference to this soon to be recurring character.
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