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Andy Griffith Show Memories : Episode #30 - Barney Gets His Man

Updated on February 27, 2008

Barney Gets His Man


Barney is targeted by a criminal he accidentally captured.

Season Number: 1

Episode Number: 30

First Aired: May 8, 1961

Writers: Ben Gershman, Leo Solomon

Director: Bob Sweeney

Cast/Crew/Guest Stars

Andy Griffith (Sheriff Andy Taylor)

Ron Howard (Opie Taylor)

Don Knotts (Barney Fife)

Frances Bavier (Bee Taylor)

Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou)

Burt Mustin (Jud)

Barney Phillips (Eddie Brooke)

Mike Steen (Sgt. Miller)

Bob McQuain (Sgt. Johnson)

Episode Summary

Barney spots a car parked in front of a hydrant. As he starts to write up a ticket, the violator, who is a prison escapee, walks out of a store. Alarmed at first, he's relieved to find that Barney is only citing him for parking in front of a hydrant. As Barney is writing out the ticket, the prisoner, Eddie Brooke, spots a State Trooper car nearby. When the troopers spot the prisoner, he makes a run for it and inadvertently trips over Barney. As Brooke and Barney are tangled up on the ground, the troopers capture Brooke. As Barney is being honored at a party for his bravery, the troopers come back to inform everyone that Brooke has escaped. Barney's actions make Andy suspect that something was strange about the capture. As they are searching the woods outside of town for Brooke, Andy suspects that the prisoner is inside an old barn. Rather than capture him, Andy sets things up so that Barney can do it and restore his confidence.


  • The episode begins with a car chase (one of the few seen 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.

Barney: "You know Andy, I never thought I'd see our town come to this. Mayberry...gateway to danger!"

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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

Episode #26 - The Inspector

Episode #27 - Ellie Saves a Female

Episode #28 - Andy Forecloses

Episode #29 - Quiet Sam


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