Barney and the Cave Rescue (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

Barney and the Cave Rescue

  • Filmed: 109
  • Aired: 108
  • Original Air Date: 1964/01/06
  • Writer(s): Harvey Bullock
  • Director: Dick Crenna

Plot Summary

Andy and Helen wander into a cave while on the town picnic and are trapped when the entryway collapses behind them. Barney discovers what has happened and organizes a rescue party. Andy and Helen manage to find a safe exit through a hidden opening on the far end of the cave. Hearing a report of the accident on the radio, he and Helen have to climb back in so Barney can rescue them, saving him from becoming the laughingstock of the town.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • When this episode first aired, football player Howie Long celebrated his 4th birthday.
  • From this episode forward, the Mayberry Gazette front page headline which reported Barney's heroic actions to save Andy and Helen are framed and appear on the wall of the courthouse. The location varies from time to time. At first it hangs next to the bulletin board in the main area, it then moves to the back room. Perhaps the importance of the event diminishes over time?!

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Aneta Corsaut - Helen Crump
  • Betty Lynn - Thelma Lou
  • Jim Nabors - Gomer Pyle
  • Warren Parker - Mr. Meldrim
  • Roy Engel - Judd
  • Joe Hamilton - Choney