Andy Griffith Show Memories : Episode #34 - Barney's Replacement
Barney mistakenly believes that Andy is grooming a new deputy replace him.
Season Number: 2
Episode Number: 34
First Aired: October 9, 1961
Writers: Jack Elinson, Charles Stewart
Director: Bob Sweeney
Ron Howard (Opie Taylor)
Don Knotts (Barney Fife)
Andy Griffith (Sheriff Andy Taylor)
Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee Taylor)
Cheerio Meredith (Emma Brand)
Hope Summers (Clara)
Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou)
Mark Miller (Bob Rogers)
This episode finds Deputy Fife becoming jealous of rookie Bob Rogers, a go-getting lawman from the state attorney's office. He has been sent to Mayberry to study law enforcement first-hand. When Rogers turns out to be exceedingly efficient, Barney's paranoia sets in and he convinces himself that Andy intends to hire Rogers as his replacement, Barney quits his job and becomes a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman. Andy must prove how much Barney is really needed. This was the first episode filmed for the show's second season, although it was not the first one shown.
- Although Barney gets mad and resigns from the force several times before he finally resigns and move to Raleigh after the fifth season, this is the only time Barney ever spends any real time away from the force.
- Barney mentions that he and Thelma Lou will be getting hitched soon. Although this never came to pass until the "Return to Mayberry" movie, it's notable that the writers had their union in mind early in the series.
- 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 #19 - Mayberry on Record
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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
Episode #26 - The Inspector
Episode #27 - Ellie Saves a Female
Episode #28 - Andy Forecloses
Episode #29 - Quiet Sam
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