Loaded Goat, The (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

The Loaded Goat

  • Filmed: 81
  • Aired: 81
  • Original Air Date: 1963/01/28
  • Writer(s): Harvey Bullock
  • Director: Bob Sweeney

Plot Summary

Cy Hudgins brings his goat Jimmy to town for one day, and Jimmy gets himself "loaded" on a cache of dynamite. Faced with the menace of a goat who could go "blooie" at any moment, Andy and Barney have to figure a way of getting him out of town. As it turns out, music does soothe the savage beast and Barney plays his harmonica and leads him out beyond the city limits.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • Bing Russell is the father of actor Kurt Russell. In 1957's "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" about the life of lawman Wyatt Earp, Bing plays a bartender. In 1993's "Tombstone", Kurt Russell, portrays Wyatt Earp. Kurt's son with actress Goldie Hawn is named Wyatt.
  • When Barney takes the cigar from the mayor's mouth and throws it on the ground it bounces and lands perfectly half on and half off the raised platform located at the entrance of the courthouse.
  • Actor Parley Baer is the voice of "Ernie Keebler" on the Keebler cookies commercials.
  • While there are some fine comedic performances in this episode, the premise is false. Dynamite requires some other explosive to set it off, such as a blasting cap or primacord. Simply dropping or jostling dynamite is insufficient to detonate it.
  • An unseen Mayberry resident, Ms. Vickers, thinks the highway blasting is the sound of Yankee cannon.
  • It is revealed that Mayor Stoner's brother operates a filling station near town.
  • Often-seen towns-person actor Tom Jacobs is seen sitting inside the barbershop when Hudge comes in with Jimmy the goat. In the next scene, outside the barbershop, Mr. Jacobs can be seen crossing the street behind Hudge.
  • When Jimmy is wandering in back of Barclay's Jewelry Store, an aged poster can be seen announcing "Harness Racing. Fair Grounds. Every Saturday."
  • Mayor Stoner's office is said to be located a floor above the jail in the courthouse building.

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Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Hal Smith - Otis Campbell
  • Parley Baer - Mayor Roy Stoner
  • Forrest Lewis - Cy Hudgins
  • Bing Russell - Mr. Burton