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Andy Griffith Show Memories : Episode #34 - Barney's Replacement

Updated on February 28, 2008

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

Cast/Crew/Guest Stars

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)

Episode Summary

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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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

Episode #30 - Barney Gets His Man

Episode #31 - The Guitar Player Returns

Episode #32 - Bringing Up Opie

Episode #33 - Opie and the Bully


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      civpol 8 years ago

      can someone send me a photo of the motorola radio inside andy's car?  I am building a car like theirs and would like for mine to be as close as possible to the same mounting.  THANKS!!Mike

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      02SmithA 9 years ago from Ohio

      I remember watching this episode. One of the few old shows I love to watch!

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      Doc 9 years ago

      just gotta love that expression