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Andy Griffith Show Memories : Episode #26 - The Inspector

Updated on February 26, 2008

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

Cast/Crew/Guest Stars

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)

Episode Summary

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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Also see:

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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    • MayberryNC profile image

      MayberryNC 8 years ago

      He didn't even tell Otis "Happy Birthday"

    • FIFE_MD profile image

      FIFE_MD 8 years ago

      Inspector Case may have been working too hard. He is kinda curious acting