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Weekly Episode #103 - “The Loaded Goat” (Read 877 times)
Jan 17th, 2012 at 12:54pm

HistoryBuff   Offline
Nip it! Nip it! Nip it!

A local construction crew is blasting for an underpass near Mayberry. The rumor is that the mayor wants to bring the highway past his brother's gas station. A farmer brings his goat uptown to experience his weekly shopping trip, and partly because of the blasting making the goat nervous. The goat frees itself from a bench on main street and wanders into a storeroom. The goat eats a half of a case of dynamite. Andy and Barney treat the goat with kid gloves and place him in Otis's cell. The fun starts when Otis lets himself into the locked jail using his own key and kicks the goat out of "his" cell.

I’ve always been sort of indifferent toward this episode, but I do still get a good laugh out of Otis first stumbling into his cell and thinking Jimmy the goat is actually his Uncle Nat. Smiley
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Reply #1 - Jan 17th, 2012 at 6:28pm

juaneets head to feet   Offline
You wear your uniform,
and I'll wear my uniform!

I always thought it was funny.  Never could figure out why Barney, who only smoked periodically, a cigar when he was feeling sporty, sported a Zippo lighter.

Cockadoodle doo!  Cockadoodle doo!
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Reply #2 - Jan 17th, 2012 at 8:45pm

tiltjlp   Offline
She Was A Sweet Cat
Cheviot Ohio

I like Mayor Stoner's reaction when he was told any explosion would be upward, damaging his office. I've wondered if the Mayor contacted Neil Bentley to find out Mayberry's liability if Jimmy the loaded goat did explode?

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Reply #3 - Jan 18th, 2012 at 1:05pm

Thelscuz   Offline
Everything's OK in Mayberry!

I'm thinking Barney may have carried that lighter so he could do a "fast-draw" whenever a lovely lady got ready to light a cigarette.  Kind of like Mr. Frank Sinatra.

"It's a quarter to three,
There's no one in the place
Except you and me..."

You know how much Barney favored Ole Blue Eyes!
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Reply #4 - Jan 19th, 2012 at 8:19am

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!

Don Knotts was a chain smoker at the time.  It was odd to see him smoke on screen though.  He and / or Andy decided early on that it wasn't a good form to light up on camera, so even though they both smoked off camera, you seldom see them do it on TAGS.  Back in that day smoking was just beginning to be seen as a cause of lung and other cancers.

Yes, at the time it was seen as an ice breaker when meeting women in bars to have a lighter at the ready for when a woman pulled out a cigarette.  My aunt, a smoker, taught me that at a fairly young age.  Much to the perturbation of my mother who was not a smoker.   Neither of my folks ever smoked, neither have I.  There were times I heard my dad say, when offered a cigarette, "No thanks, I'm not old enough to start."  I've used that line numerous times in my life.  The usual response from the smoker, "Man I wish I had the guts to say then years ago when I started."

Now-a-days, this is not a social norm to offer to share one's pack with someone when lighting up. 

Interestingly, I remember The Flintstones having a Winston commercial at the beginng and / or end credits.  There was quite a lot fo consternation that got this clip and sponsor removed from a children's show.  You might still be able to see the Flintstones ad on YouTube.  If memory serves me, both Fred and Wilma lit up a Winston.   Shocked
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