Andy Griffith Show Memories : Episode #26 - The Inspector
A by-the-book state inspector puts down Andy and Barney's unorthodox way of operating.
Season Number: 1
Episode Number: 26
First Aired: April 10, 1961
Director: Bob Sweeney
Writers: Jack Elinson, Charles Stewart
Andy Griffith (Sheriff Andy Taylor)
Ron Howard (Opie Taylor)
Don Knotts (Barney Fife)
Andy Griffith (Sheriff Andy Taylor)
Hal Smith (Otis Campbell)
Jack Prince (Luke Reiner)
Todd Andrews (Inspector Ralph Case)
Willis Bouchey (Mr. Brady)
Ray Lanier (Sam)
After receiving a notice in the mail that a state police inspector will conduct a routine inspection in Mayberry, Barney immediately proceeds to get the jail in apple pie order. However, Andy doesn't feel the same urgency since the state inspector is an old friend and fishing buddy of his and that the inspection itself is usually nothing more than a formality. However, trouble begins when the inspector shows up and it's not Andy's friend at all, but a new, harsh, examiner. Within minutes of his arrival, he finds numerous violations, including a drunk Otis. When Andy shows up, he doesn't take the inspector or his threats seriously. The inspector is convinced he has enough evidence to have Andy removed from office. He calls his supervisor so he can come to Mayberry and see for himself. Shortly before the supervisor arrives, Andy is called out to deal with a shooter. Andy sets out to do his duty, with the inspector observing. However, the inspector in convinced that Andy in unqualified and tries to summon help. As his supervisor arrives, they both witness Andy apprehend the shooter without anyone being injured. After seeing Andy's bravery, the inspector realizes that his accusations of insubordination will not hold up, and that despite outward appearances, Andy is perfectly capable of doing his job.
- This show illustrates big-city procedures vs. down home country common sense. This would be one of the series' more popular themes. Andy's simple, common sense approach is again proved to be the way to go.
- The series was filmed entirely in Hollywood, at Desilu Productions on the former RKO Pictures lot. Mayberry exteriors were shot on the former Selznick International Pictures lot, later known as Forty Acres. The rural fishing hole that opened each episode was Franklin Canyon Lake, just north of Beverly Hills. Franklin Canyon was also the site of the show's Myers Lake and other outdoor locales.
- The whistled theme song, "The Fishin' Hole" was composed by Earle Hagen (the music coordinator and famous whistler of the show) and Herbert Spencer, with unsung lyrics by Everett Sloane. Hagen also wrote the music for the series.
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Episode #1 - The New Housekeeper
Episode #2 - The Manhunt
Episode #3 - The Guitar Player
Episode #4 - Ellie Comes to Town
Episode #5 - Irresistible Andy
Episode #6 - Runaway Kid
Episode #7 - Andy the Matchmaker
Episode #8 - Opie's Charity
Episode #9 - A Feud is a Feud
Episode #10 - Ellie for Council
Episode #11 - Christmas Story
Episode #12 - Stranger in Town
Episode #13 - Mayberry Goes Hollywood
Episode #14 - The Horse Trader
Episode #15 - Those Gossipin' Men
Episode #16 - The Beauty Contest
Episode #17 - Alcohol and Old Lace
Episode #18 - Andy the Marriage Counselor
Episode #19 - Mayberry on Record
Episode #20 - Andy Saves Barney's Morale
Episode #21 - Andy and the Gentleman Crook
Episode #22 - Cyrano Andy
Episode #23 - Andy and Opie, Housekeepers
Episode #24 - The New Doctor
Episode #25 - A Plaque for Mayberry
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