A Black Day for Mayberry (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

A Black Day for Mayberry

  • Filmed: 102
  • Aired: 102
  • Original Air Date: 1963/11/11
  • Writer(s): John Whedon
  • Director: Jeffrey Hayden

Plot Summary

A top-secret gold shipment from the Denver Mint to Fort Knox is scheduled to make a stop in Mayberry, and only Andy and Barney know about it. It turns out Barney can't keep a secret and everybody in town knows about the gold. The top secret shipment is greeted with a carnival-like reception and Barney almost blows another secret when he discovers the gold is gone. What Barney did not know was that, at the last minute, the real shipment was diverted and the truck was a decoy.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • This episode features a continuity error. When Gomer puts gas into the gold truck through the gun port, some of it splashes on Barney's pants leg. Less than a minute later, Barney leans down to examine a box with the "gold" in it and his pants are perfectly dry.
  • This episode features the only appearance of Regis, played by Doodles Weaver, uncle of actress Sigourney Weaver. Doodles appeared in season two's "Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter" as George Bricker, the postman.
  • Notice when Opie first comes into the courthouse, the two men are different actors then originally (Rance Howard has been replaced). I'm assuming that they needed a shot of Opie entering and Rance was not available.
  • Additional continuity errors in this episode include: Barney dons a raincoat and hat to "go undercover" in advance of the gold truck's arrival, the coat has differing amounts of water from scene to scene. He enters the hotel dry, then becomes wet when reading Asa's paper, then dry then wet. Additionally, before Opie enters "the waiting room" (courthouse) the two "T Men", including Rance, remove their hats, as Opie passes them, their hats are on, the next shot pans to them and the hats are off again. Perhaps replaced onto the heads on purpose to conceal the fact the actors have been substituted.
  • As far as I can remember, this is the only one of all 249 shows where all three Howard "men" are present in the same episode: Rance, Ronny, and Clint.
  • Barney is looking through the phone book while the agents are waiting. The phone book is actually for, "Dobson, Mt Airy, Pilot Mountain" which is from Andy's hometown area in Surry County North Carolina.
  • The sign at Wally's indicates the filling station offers "Gas, oil, lubrication, tires, accessories, car repairs, candy, gum, cold drinks". They are open from 7am - 7pm.

More Information

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • Jim Nabors - Gomer Pyle
  • Rance Howard - treasury agent
  • Clint Howard - Leon
  • Ken Lynch - FBI agent
  • Joe Hamilton - spectator
  • Roy Engel - spectator
  • Charles P. Thompson - Asa
  • Doodles Weaver - Regis
  • Phil Arnold - hot dog vendor
  • Alex Barringer - young boy on street
  • Leslie Barringer - young boy on street
  • Ronda Jeter - crowd member

Q & A

Q. Regis uses the phrase "worshipers of Mammon". Anyone know the history of that reference?

A. It is a reference to the Bible Matthew 6:24 (KJV) - No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Mammon is defined as "riches or wealth regarded as a source of evil or corruption."