Barney and the Governor (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

Barney and the Governor

  • Filmed: 76
  • Aired: 78
  • Original Air Date: 1963/01/07
  • Writer(s): Bill Freedman and Henry Sharp
  • Director: Bob Sweeney

Plot Summary

Barney is goaded into ticketing the governor's car and mistakenly believes Andy is setting him up for a dressing-down by the governor. In fact, the governor is coming to Mayberry to give him a personal commendation for performing a job without showing favoritism. In the midst of all the action, Otis secretly spikes the water tank, giving both Barney and Mayor Stoner a surprise snootful.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • The license plate on the Governor's car appears to have been

"retouched", possibly by making "California" look like "North Carolina"

  • Actor Carl Benton Reid played "Larry Slade" in the original Broadway production of Eugene O' Neill's "The Iceman Cometh", in 1946.
  • Democrat Terry Sanford was the real Governor of North Carolina during the airing of this episode.

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Parley Baer - Mayor Roy Stoner
  • Hal Smith - Otis Campbell
  • Burt Mustin - Judd
  • Joe Hamilton - Chester
  • Bob McQuain - postal clerk
  • Carl Benton Reid - Governor
  • Rance Howard - chauffeur