Return of Barney Fife, The (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

The Return of Barney Fife

  • Filmed: 176
  • Aired: 176
  • Original Air Date: 1966/01/10
  • Writer(s): Bill Idelson and Sam Bobrick
  • Director: Alan Rafkin

Plot Summary

Barney pays a return visit from his palatial suite at the Raleigh YMCA to attend his high school class reunion. This time, the talk of romance centers on him and Thelma Lou. Barney, however, is crushed to learn that she's now married. Trying to drown his sorrows in the fruit punch, Barney finally rallies back after he meets another classmate who professes an admiration for the former Mayberry lawman.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • This was the first color episode to feature Barney.
  • Actor Ted Jordan's book about his "affair" with Marilyn Monroe (he even claims she had a child by him in the late 1940s) is the main source for the Mira Sorvino/Ashley Judd TV movie "Norma Jean and Marilyn".
  • Actress Virginia Sale had over 3,000 performances in a nationwide tour of a one-woman comedy/drama act.

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Aneta Corsaut - Helen Crump
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • Betty Lynn - Thelma Lou
  • Barbara Perry - Floss
  • Virginia Sale - woman #1
  • Edna M. Holland - woman #2
  • Burt Mustin - Old Man Crowley
  • Alberta Nelson - Nettie Albright
  • Ted Jordan - Gerald Whitfield