Quiet Sam (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

Quiet Sam

  • Filmed: 29
  • Aired: 29
  • Original Air Date: 1961/05/01
  • Writer(s): Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum
  • Director: Bob Sweeney

Plot Summary

Barney becomes suspicious of the odd habits of Sam, an unfamiliar farmer. Sam is acting strangely because his wife is about to give birth to their first child and he has nobody to help him. With the local doctor unavailable, Andy and Barney come to the rescue. Andy winds up not only delivering the child but also baby-sitting Barney.


Odd Facts Known by Few

  • About 8:30 into the episode Barney suggests that Sam could be growing marijuana.
  • One of the few episodes where it actually rains in Mayberry.
  • Andy and the Country Boys sing "She'll be Comin' 'Round The Mountain When She Comes" at the shiveree-like 'shower' in the epilogue.
  • Actor William Schallert has the unique distinction of appearing on an episode of TAGS, an episode of "Star Trek" (1967, The Trouble With Tribbles), and an episode of "My Name Is Earl" (2006, South Of The Border, Part Uno).
  • Note the newspaper sitting on a table in Sam Becker’s house. A close inspection reveals this to be an edition of The Mount Airy Times, Andy’s hometown newspaper.

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • Hal Smith - Otis Campbell
  • Howard McNear - Floyd Lawson
  • William Schallert - Sam Becker
  • undetermined - Clarence
  • undetermined - Nate
  • The Country Boys - band at shower