The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club's Mayberry FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
QUESTIONS
Andy / Andy Griffith
  1. I've always wondered is what happened to Andy's hand where it was seriously bandaged for at least 2 shows? On one show he explained it away as having a "tussle" with a couple of prisoners?
  2. Why does Andy always seem to have the cuff of his pants caught in his boot?
  3. I can think of three instances where
  4. How old were Andy and Barn 'supposed' to be on the show?
  5. Did Andy ever use friends names on the show as a kind of "hey" message to them?
  6. What is the history of Andy Taylor before we met him as Sheriff of Mayberry?
  7. Andy asked one of the clarinet players to try to "andy gumpin' your chin", as a better method of getting a sound out of the clarinet. Does anyone know where that saying came from and what does it mean.
  8. Does anyone know what the salaries of Andy and Barney were?
  9. Don Knotts won 5 Emmys for his role as Barney Fife and Frances Bavier won as well but did Andy Griffith win one?
  10. How many times was Andy Taylor seen smoking on TAGS?
  11. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Andy appear in Gomer Pyle, USMC?
  12. I've heard Andy Griffith's wife Barbara Edwards Griffith was on an episode. Which episode and who did she play?
  13. What is the street address of the Taylor home? It seems to change?
Aunt Bee / Frances Bavier
  1. How do you spell Aunt Bee's name?
  2. Aunt Bee speaks these lines in an episode: "Mum's my name. Silence is my game. Tick a lock!" In which episode does she speaks them?
  3. Aunt Bee one time said Opie was coming down with the "pip." What's the "Pip?
  4. Aunt Bee was Andy's father's sister, because they have the same last name. Since Barney's last name is different, but he still calls Bee "Aunt", his mother was probably their sister, as well?
  5. How many other characters (besides Opie, of course!) call Bee "Aunt"? Don't Goober and Gomer call her Aunt?
  6. Has anyone noticed that the stove in Aunt Bee's kitchen never has all the burners turned off when she is not cooking. In "Romeo & Juliet", she was not cooking anything, but the knobs on the stove were turned on.
  7. Was Aunt Bee's bedroom ever shown in an episode?
  8. What was it that Andy and Barney thought Aunt Bee's marmalade smelled like?
  9. I've noticed Aunt Bee sings Chinatown in several episodes. How many was it?
Barney / Don Knotts
  1. Why did Barney (Don Knotts) leave TAGS after the 5th Season?
  2. Is it true that Don Knotts was a Drill Instructor in the Marine Corps?
  3. What episode was it when Barney recited--or tried to--the preamble to the constitution?
  4. What are the words to the tongue twister that Barney recites for Opie?
  5. Was the song that Barney played on his harmonica in the loaded goat episode the same tune as the "Juanita" song?
  6. In "Barney Gets His Man," Barney says, "Bread and butter." Is that line supposed to stand alone, or did they edit out something?
  7. What is Don Knotts "real" name?
  8. Was there ever a mention of a deputy before Barney?
  9. On Jeopardy, one of the questions was about a fella named Duncan Phyfe who made furniture. Is this the same fella that Barney thought was his kin in #25 A Plaque for Mayberry?
  10. Barney says something like, "That kid of yours cost me $3,478 samoyas, or something that sounds similar to that. Does anyone know what Barney is saying, and what the term means? I wondered if it might be a foreign currency?
  11. Barney says something like, "That kid of yours cost me $3,478 samoyas, or something that sounds similar to that. Does anyone know what Barney is saying, and what the term means? I wondered if it might be a foreign currency?
  12. In episode #117 The Shoplifters, Weaver's store is losing merchandice to shoplifters. When Barney and Ben are scuttling around in Weaver's store at night Barney bumps something that makes a specific and distinctive noise. Can anyone identify the source of
  13. How many times DOES ole' Barn sleep on the job?! Anyone care to name them?
  14. On "Citizen's Arrest," I saw Barney puffing away on a cigarette (and trying to keep from choking!) after he incarcerated himself. I know Barney and Andy "smoke" a peace pipe in a pageant. Are there any other times Barney lights up?
  15. Where did Barney's girl Juanita work? I thought it was the Blue-Vue but he took her there on one episode didn't he?
  16. What is Barney's middle name? In the high school reunion episode, his full name is listed as "Bernard Milton Fife" but I thought I had heard him say his name was "Bernard P. Fife."
  17. In the color reunion episode Barney pulls up in his new used car and says its a 60 model with a 61 grill. It looks like an Edsel to me. Was the local Ford dealer getting back at Ford for sending him a dud?
  18. How many times does Barney say, What's the matter with you? Haven't you ever seen...?
  19. How many times did Barney accidentally fire his gun?
  20. I was just wondering how many times Barney or Andy refered to each other as cousin? I can only think of 3.
  21. What is Barney Fife's shoe size?
Characters / Support Roles
  1. Count Istvan Teleky
  2. Who played the old thin white haired gentleman who sung for Barney he was behind the curtain while Barney thought he was singing.
  3. Was there ever more than one person that played Asa?
  4. I saw the movie "TITANIC" and thought I saw Malcolm Merriweather. Which character did he play?
  5. Why do the outfits worn by the two "G-men" on the episode "A Black Day for Mayberry" change?
  6. In the episode about Frank Myers and his $100 savings bond the credits show a production assistant also named Frank Myers. Is that where the name came from?
  7. Wasn't there more than one Wally?
  8. There's a man that's on a bunch of episodes in crowds wearing a white hat but they never tell his name. Who is he?
  9. There were several references to Mrs. Clara Edwards (she was the pickle champion, so we know she was married) but not many to Miss Flora Edwards...Anybody know the story, or is there one?
  10. In the episode where the English tourist, Malcom, stays with Andy to pay off his fine, whose car does he use to drive Andy to the courthouse?
  11. What was Mayor Pike's first name?
  12. How many different actors played the part of Ben Weaver?
  13. One of the girls who gathered in Andy's house to meet Thelma and raised the question "What did we turn out for?" sounds like Judy Jetson. Was it the lady who did Judy's voice on "The Jetson's" cartoon?
  14. The guy who sold Andy the "canning jars" for Aunt Bee also playeed Mr. Simms and the guy who Andy sentenced to either "$10 or 10 days in jail...You got chickens to throw, you got chickens to sell." Who was the actor?
  15. Does anyone know who the actor that played Mr. Schwamp (Mr. Schwump)? How's his name spelled?
  16. What is Big Maude saying when she sends Floyd to town? It sounded like AKKA BAKKA.
  17. What actor holds the record for appearing on TAGS in the most different roles?
  18. The absence of black people in any town in the South is an impossibility. Did the writers deliberatly script only white people for the show?
  19. was the "Gold Truck" episode the one and only appearance of Doodles Weaver..(AKA-Regis)? Was he not the father of Sigourney Weaver?
Courthouse / The Law
  1. In reference to the door by the furnace, I noticed it is in some episodes and not in others. The window on that side of the courthouse also appears in some episodes and not in others. That has always caught my attention. Did they make both changes at once
  2. Is the Green River ordinance a real thing and if it is, can you tell me about it?
  3. Which direction does the Mayberry Courthouse door face?
  4. How far is the courthouse from Andy's House?
  5. I was wondering if any of you could tell me of any episode that shows the way up to the mayor's office?
Ellie / Elinor Donahue
  1. Does anyone know why the character of Ellie Walker was removed from the show after only a few episodes?
Ernest T / Howard Morris
  1. Ernest T Bass (Howard Morris) must do cartoon voices because I sure thought I heard him talking on some cartoon I was flipping past. I forget what cartoon it was, but it was that his voice?
  2. There was a little trivial triality that was a blooper in the episode "Family Visit" dialogue by Andy, do you know what it was?
Floyd / Howard McNear
  1. When did Floyd the Barber pass away? He is such a great character! What else can you tell me about the actor who played him?
  2. What was the name of Floyd's son?
  3. Has anyone ever noticed that Floyd's glasses seem to be without glass in them?
  4. On one episode, in the background, we see what looks like the barber outside the barbershop with a customer, but it ain't Floyd.
General
  1. Where did the writers come up with the names used on TAGS?
  2. Who was the announcer at the beginning of the show that said, "The Andy Griffith Show...staring, Andy Griffith....with Ronny Howard. Also starring, Don Knotts.
  3. Do you know in what episode a dart board was hanging from the bulletin board? It was only shown once.
  4. I was wondering if you know the name of the painting that hangs over the Taylor fireplace in many of the episodes of TACS (it s a farmer in a field)?
  5. Can you get a blue and gold sleeve patch like the one's Andy & Barney had on their uniforms anywhere?
  6. Who was the first female that wore pants on TAGS?
  7. Watching quiet Sam plant his fields at night, did I hear Barney make a suggestion that maybe Sam's planting a little "happy weed," or marijuana. Did I hear Right?
  8. How many times did TAGS made the cover of TV Guide?
  9. I was looking at the map in the courthouse, and somewhere it was said on the TAGS site, that it was upside down..How can you tell? I could barely see it.
  10. Are there any animated TAGS characters out there?
  11. Well, nobody came up with the answer to the extry-tough trivia question I posed the other day (the one about voices being heard in the background before the words were spoken aloud), so here is the long-awaited answer.
  12. I thought of five people who appeared on both TAGS and Star Trek: Elinor Donahue, Clint Howard, Michael Pollard, Teri Garr, and the man who played Mr Atoz on the Star Trek. Can anyone think of anyone else who was on both?
  13. Was The Andy Griffith Show the first TV spinoff?
  14. I will often see people sign off with "Abisinnia" (sp) and I remember Opie saying this in "Barney's Sidecar", but I have never understood what was meant by it?
  15. In the opening scene where Andy and Opie are walking down the path by the lake, didn't we use to see the rock hit the water?
  16. Was Vietnam ever mentioned?
  17. Where there any collectors plates based on Mayberry?
  18. Did it ever rain in Mayberry?
  19. I was watching
  20. Was the fireplace in the Taylor home ever used in any episode?
  21. Can someone tell me how many married couples were actually shown on TAGS? I can't think of that many.
  22. In the title Mayberry, R.F.D., what does RFD stand for?
  23. Thelma Lou had to go to Mt. Pilot to get her teeth fixed. Were there any dentists in Mayberry?
  24. Could any good neighbor tell me what the rhymn is that the boys recite when they are eating apples that they stole with that new Quincy boy?
  25. In Return to Mayberry when Barney was posting the warning sign for the monster in Meyers Lake, he said it was posted by Richard Kelly. Was that in reference to Richard Kelly the author?
  26. How many public domain episodes of TAGS exist?
  27. How many people appeared in both TAGS and The Brady Bunch?
Goober / George Lindsey
  1. Didn't I hear one show refer to him as Goober Beasley and not Pyle?
  2. Did George Lindsey (Goober) do one of the voices on "The Aristocats?
Helen / Aneta Corsaut
  1. Where was Helen Crump from?
  2. I just got done watching "The Manhunt" and at the end when the credits are being shown I noticed that Helen Crumps name was in there. I dont recall seeing her in that episode, or maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me. Was she in that episode?
Howard / Jack Dodson
  1. Is Jack Dodson (Howard Sprague) still living?
Locations
  1. Please settle for me once and for all where exactly the lake used on TAGS is located. Is it in California or North Carolina, or where?
  2. I've always seen curious if there was a city map of Mayberry -- one that might show the layout of Main Street, as far as where the hotel, Walker's Drugstore, Weaver's, Crowley's Market, etc., are located in relation to the Mayberry Courthouse.
  3. Has anybody ever figured out where Mayberry would be located geographically?
  4. How far is Mt. Pilot? I've heard 12 miles and I have also heard it's an hour away.
  5. What's the deal? Either there is more than one house with a tree stump in the front yard, or that house is moving around!
  6. Where was the TV movie Return to Mayberry filmed?
  7. Was the reference to Saberton in The Pagent a nod to the surburb of Morgantown, VA?
Mayberry Squad Car
  1. It was my understanding the squad car was a 1963 Ford Galaxie, but if the show started in 1960 how could this be? Is there more than one car? Or am I just incorrect in my knowledge?
  2. Does anyone know the police radio frequency of Mayberry? I do remember the long whip antenna on the Ford Galaxie police car....was that particular police car loaned to the show from another community?
Music
  1. I bought a TAGS video the other day and on this tape, the show starts to a different theme. What's up?
  2. What is the name of the song that Andy and Barney are humming when Malcolm joins them on the front porch in "The Return of Malcolm Merriweather?"
  3. What's the name of the song that Flip Conway, Opie's football coach, played on the piano in Episode 215 "Opie's Piano Lesson?"
  4. Does Earle Hagen, the composer of The Andy Griffith Show Theme, still be royalties every time the theme song is played?
  5. I heard that Fred Lowery whistled the theme to TAGS. Is that true.
  6. Who was playing the guitar for Jim Lindsey, was it really James Best?
Opie / Ron Howard
  1. What happened to Andy Taylor's first wife (Opie's mother)?
  2. What was the origin of the name Opie? Was it short for something?
Otis / Hal Smith
  1. Did Otis (Hal Smith) do the voice of Barney Rubble?
  2. What was Otis Campbell's occupation...when he wasn't being the town drunk?
Season DVD Questions
  1. Season 3 DVD Edited Episodes
  2. I have a tape that starts out saying "Andy of Mayberry" instead of "The Andy Griffith Show". Why the name change?
  3. Where can I get a complete set of TAGS video tapes?
  4. Are there epilogues at the end of the color episodes of TAGS, and are these episodes available to the public?
  5. Season 4 Laugh Track Missing
The Darlings
  1. I was wondering what the name of the Darling boys was on the show?
  2. Whatever happened to the actress who played Charlene?
  3. How many hat-fulls of water does it take to fill the radiator on the Darling's truck?
Thelma Lou / Betty Lynn
  1. What was Thelma Lou's occupation, last name, and where did she live?
  2. Where did Barney meet Thelma Lou?
  3. I was wondering if Andy's girlfriend in Class Reunion, Sharon DeSpain, is played by Betty Lynn.
ANSWERS
Andy / Andy Griffith
  1. I've always wondered is what happened to Andy's hand where it was seriously bandaged for at least 2 shows? On one show he explained it away as having a "tussle" with a couple of prisoners?
    This sort of thing is right up my alley! The bandaged hand appeared in two consecutive episodes, #55 Aunt Bee the Warden and #56 The County Nurse. Andy Taylor explained it as the result of a difficulty in apprehending the 4 Gordon boys, but what had really happened was that in a fit of rage, Andy Griffith had punched his fist through a wall in his home. It was pretty easy for the writers to work it into the script, since Andy was a lawman who conceivably might have had to "put up his dukes" every now and then. --answer by Paul Mulik
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  2. Why does Andy always seem to have the cuff of his pants caught in his boot?
    Andy's getting his pants cuff caught in his boot is something that just naturally happened. Andy and the rest of the crew noticed it and, instead of changing it, realized that it was natural and real and just let it go whenever it occurred. It's amazing how many people have noticed that little touch of realism and have said things like, "I remember my Daddy's pants legs doing that very same thing on his boots when I was growing up." TAGSRWC probably averages a half a dozen letters per year about Andy's pants cuffs!
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  3. I can think of three instances where
    No, those are the only three Instances we can think of:

    A) Signalling the beginning of "paces" in the feud,
    2) Finding out that Barney's gun really was loaded after Gentleman Dan handed it to Andy and
    C) Shooting the tire in the counterfeiters' station wagon. We're sure Miss Crump will be hearing about it if we've forgotten another occasion where Andy fires a revolver.
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  4. How old were Andy and Barn 'supposed' to be on the show?
    In "The Darling Baby" Barney says that he's 35. That episode aired midway through the fifth season, which means that Barney was 31 when the series premiered in October of 1960 (in real life, Don Knotts was 36 at that time.) Andy Taylor's age is never given (at least not that I can remember) but we learn in "Andy and Opie's Pal" that Andy and Barney were in the fourth grade together. Also, the episodes "Class Reunion" and "The Return of Barney Fife" imply that the two graduated from Mayberry Union High at the same time. Therefore, they must be the same age, or perhaps one year apart (In real life, Andy Griffith is two years younger than Don Knotts.) -Paul Mulik
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  5. Did Andy ever use friends names on the show as a kind of "hey" message to them?
    For starters, in episode #42, some of the fellows in the Esquire Club (Roger Courtney, Cliff Britton, Tom Wilson, Jim Baker, John Danby, George Bronson) were named for teachers who taught at the same school Andy Griffith did during his brief stint as a public school teacher. In "Opie Loves Helen," Andy Taylor mentions he once had a crush on a schoolgirl named Barbara Edwards. That was the name of Andy's real-life wife at that time. This same real-life Barbara appeared on TAGS (as an adult, of course) as a choir member named Sharon in "The Song Festers." Mr. Twiford (Helen's principal) was the name of someone Andy really knew. It is likely that Andy got the name of Mayberry handyman, Emmett Clark, from his friend Emmett Forrest. --Paul Mulik
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  6. What is the history of Andy Taylor before we met him as Sheriff of Mayberry?
    In the first episode, Andy says that Aunt Bee raised him when he was no bigger than Opie was at the time (about 6 years old.) This seems to indicate that Andy's mother died when he was very young.

    There are a few more hints here and there, but they're all in scenes that are always cut out. In "Class Reunion" Andy says he used to strike matches on the soles of his daddy's boots, and in "Keeper of the Flame," Andy tells his son that he too used to be keeper of the flame for a secret club, until his (Andy's) daddy indicated that he ought to give up the job. Andy adds, "...and he indicated it REAL good, right back there" (he pats his rear end.)

    There's also a scene in "A Plaque for Mayberry," that sort of fits this category. Opie asks if it's barely possible that Nathan Tibbs could have been his grandpa. Andy says it's not even remotely possible, because that would have made Nathan Tibbs his Paw, and that would make him out to be at least 170 years old.

    BTW, Aunt Bee must be the sister of Andy's father. If she were the sister of Andy's mother, her last name would not be Taylor (unless Andy's mother's maiden name also happened to be Taylor.) --Paul Mulik
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  7. Andy asked one of the clarinet players to try to "andy gumpin' your chin", as a better method of getting a sound out of the clarinet. Does anyone know where that saying came from and what does it mean.
    Andy Gump was a comic strip character who had no chin. Barney laughed aloud when reading "Andy Gump" in the Sunday funnies in episode 47, "Bailey's Bad Boy." What band director Andy Taylor meant in "The Mayberry Band" was that Carl (the clarinetist in question) should lower his chin to the point where it nearly touched his upper chest. Years ago, when every kid knew who Andy Gump was and what he looked like, it was common for band directors to instruct young bassoonists to make an Andy Gump face to achieve the proper bassoon embouchure (position of mouth muscles.) However, such an embouchure is not really suitable for the clarinet, just the bassoon. (For them that don't know, I am a band director; I don't watch TAGS 24 hours a day!)--Paul Mulik
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  8. Does anyone know what the salaries of Andy and Barney were?
    The amounts of their salaries were never mentioned on the show, but here are a few clues that might give a general idea: Barney's rent is six dollars a week (later lowered to five.) In episode 90, the entire amount of Barney's savings was $300. In episode 142, Andy's house is said to be worth $24,000. In "Opie's Fortune," Andy looked at his bank book and declared it to be one of the sorriest he had ever seen. When Andy was thinking of leaving Mayberry in "Barney Runs for Sheriff," he told Barney that if he were sheriff, he would earn "a whole lot more money." Now, I'm no accountant, but maybe somebody can make a guess based on these numbers. --Paul P.S. Later, after Barney moves away and joins the Raleigh police force, he earns $95 a week, with a Christmas bonus of $125.
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  9. Don Knotts won 5 Emmys for his role as Barney Fife and Frances Bavier won as well but did Andy Griffith win one?
    Andy was never even nominated, neither for TAGS or Matlock. None of the other regular cast members ever earned Emmys (Emmies?) but some of the writers and directors did, most notably James L. Brooks, who wrote two 8th season episodes. He's gotten at least a dozen Emmy awards for shows such as Mary Tyler Moore and it's many spinoffs. Sheldon Leonard has also gotten several, but none for TAGS. Richard Crenna and Earle Hagen have also earned one each.
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  10. How many times was Andy Taylor seen smoking on TAGS?
    Well, off the top of my head, I can think of a few episodes in which Andy is seen smoking a cigarette:

    Quiet Sam
    Jailbreak
    Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee
    Three's a Crowd
    The Bookie Barber
    Mr. McBeevee
    Opie's Rival
    High Noon in Mayberry
    The Great Filling Station Robbery
    Prisoner of Love
    Cousin Virgil - (backroom of the jail smoking, patiently waiting for Virgil to get Otis out of the cell!)added by Jason Brown
    The Clubmen - (At the very beginning, Andy is seen with a cigarette as he and Roger Courtney pull up to the courthouse after fishing.)added by Jason Brown
    Gomer the House Guest - (in this one he smokes IN BED -- shocking!)

    That makes 13, unless we've missed one.

    BTW, I think it's worth mentioning that this was before the dangers of cigarette smoking were widely known. In those days Andy Griffith smoked in real life, but when the surgeon general came out with the cancer warnings in the mid 1960s, he quit smoking (good for him!) -Paul Mulik
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  11. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Andy appear in Gomer Pyle, USMC?
    Yes, twice in fact. One episode concerned Opie's running away to join the Marines; the other was when Gomer came back to Mayberry on leave, only to find that the Taylor family and Goober were away on a camping trip.

    Many, many familiar faces from Mayberry were seen in episodes of Gomer Pyle - USMC (too many to list here; there must be at least 100 of them), but the only actors to play the same characters on both shows were Gomer, Goober, Andy, Aunt Bee, Opie, and Sgt. Carter. --Paul Mulik
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  12. I've heard Andy Griffith's wife Barbara Edwards Griffith was on an episode. Which episode and who did she play?
    During the years TAGS was originally aired, Andy Griffith's real-life wife was Barbara Griffith.

    She's a choir member named Sharon in "The Song Festers." That's the episode where John asks Gomer to sing "Santa Lucia." She speaks one line: "I'm sorry, Mr. Masters."

    In "Opie Loves Helen," Andy Taylor mentions that as a schoolboy, he once had a crush on a girl named Barbara Edwards -- that was Mrs. Griffith's maiden name. --Paul Muilk
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  13. What is the street address of the Taylor home? It seems to change?
    The Taylors live in the same house in every episode but in various episodes their address is given as 24 Elm, 332 Maple, and 14 Maple. The last one must be correct, because that's the one that Andy gives.
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Aunt Bee / Frances Bavier
  1. How do you spell Aunt Bee's name?
    The correct spelling is B-E-E. The spelling can be seen on a couple of episodes, color ones. When she had the Chinese Restaurant ("Aunt Bee's Restaurant" episode #209) and when she ran for council ("Politics Begin at Home" episode #200). The spelling can also be seen on the closing credits of almost every episode of TAGS.

    Sure, Bee is short for Beatrice but she still spelled her name B-E-E. I guess if you can get Bill from the name William or Jim from James, you can get Bee from Beatrice. Bee is list as a short form of Beatrice in "The Name Book" which list names for expecting parents.
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  2. Aunt Bee speaks these lines in an episode: "Mum's my name. Silence is my game. Tick a lock!" In which episode does she speaks them?
    Those lines come from episode 118 "Andy's Vacation" when Andy decides to head up to the mountains by himself for a few days. The dialogue goes something like this: Andy: Remember now, not a word about where I've gone. Aunt Bee: Silence is my game, Mum's my name, tick-a-lock! Barney also says "tick-a-lock" in "High Noon in Mayberry," and Otis says it in "Hot rod Otis."
    --Paul Mulik

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  3. Aunt Bee one time said Opie was coming down with the "pip." What's the "Pip?
    Dear Allan, a dedicated TAGS person wrote you referring to the scene at the dinner table in OPIE THE BIRDMAN wherein Opie seems to have lost his appetite (He's actually distraught about the bird he killed) Aunt Bee does her best to minimize, saying Opie "probably just has the pip. "QUESTION .. WHAT'S THE PIP?

    I first heard the word from my wife who grew up in Michigan. I thought it was a hoot, couldn't wait to get it into an episode. She says it is a catch-all word for any general malaise, lethargy..etc .almost anything. If there wasn't a medical term for anyone's ails, you could say your sick friend had the PIP and you had the situation covered nicely.. It's also in the lyrics of a good ol country song "LIFE DO GET TEEJUS, DON'T IT"
    - Harvey Bullock (writer of "Opie the Birdman")
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  4. Aunt Bee was Andy's father's sister, because they have the same last name. Since Barney's last name is different, but he still calls Bee "Aunt", his mother was probably their sister, as well?
    Not quite. We learn in "Aunt Bee's Invisible Beau" that Aunt Bee is not Barney's aunt. He says, "Boy, for the life of me, I can't figure you out, Andy. If Aunt Bee was my aunt, I wouldn't be staring out of windows. I'd get in the car, I'd drive straight over to Mt. Pilot, I'd get that Hendricks out in the alley and POW!" In other episodes, Barney refers to his mother's side of the family as if Andy does not know any of them. An example is in "Cousin Virgil," when Barney says, "You're really gonna like my cousin Virgil. He comes from my mother's side of the family; they're the fun ones." So, the correct relationship must be: Andy's mother is the sister of Barney's father (assuming that they are FIRST cousins.)
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  5. How many other characters (besides Opie, of course!) call Bee "Aunt"? Don't Goober and Gomer call her Aunt?
    Just about everyone in Mayberry who is younger than Aunt Bee calls her "Aunt Bee." Most folks who are close to her own age, such as Clara, Floyd, and Mr. Foley, usually just call her Bee, or once in a while, Beatrice. --Paul Mulik
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  6. Has anyone noticed that the stove in Aunt Bee's kitchen never has all the burners turned off when she is not cooking. In "Romeo & Juliet", she was not cooking anything, but the knobs on the stove were turned on.
    Now how come I never noticed that? That's a good observation. Aunt Bee must have one of them special combination stoves. In "The Pickle Story" Andy and Barney smell something suspicious, which prompts Andy to ask "You don't reckon that gas stove's leakin'?" In episodes in which the stove can be seen, it is clearly electric. The courthouse is also equipped with some sort of prototype multi-fuel heating system. In some episodes, they heat with steam, while in other episodes, they use a gas heater. We learn in "Opie and the Spoiled Rich Kid" that there is a woodshed behind the courthouse, which seems to indicate that they have an unseen fireplace or wood stove somewhere on the premises. Then in "The Luck of Newton Monroe," Barney sends Newton down to the basement to clean the furnace. Judging by the huge clouds of black smoke that pour from the vent, they must have a coal-burning furnace, too. --Paul Mulik
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  7. Was Aunt Bee's bedroom ever shown in an episode?
    In episode 125, "The Rumor," they fixed up Andy's room when they thought he and Helen were going to get married, then when it turned out they didn't Aunt Bee took the room herself. So, her bedroom was seen in that episode. It's seen in a few color episodes, too. In the one where she dates the ex-congressman, Andy enters her room and finds her soaking her feet in a pan of water. Also, we see the room in "A Baby in the House" and "Lost and Found" (the one in which she loses a valuable piece of jewelry.) --Paul
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  8. What was it that Andy and Barney thought Aunt Bee's marmalade smelled like?
    Barney asked Andy if he had been painting, but he didn't specify exactly what he thought he was smelling -- he might have meant paint, thinner, turpentine, mineral spirits, or some other product. Then Andy thought the smell was model airplane glue, which prompted Barney to guess ammonia. Finally, Andy wondered aloud if "that gas stove's leaking" (that last guess wasn't too likely, since Aunt Bee's stove is ELECTRIC.) --Paul Mulik
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  9. I've noticed Aunt Bee sings Chinatown in several episodes. How many was it?
    I think you'll find that there are three: "Aunt Bee's Medicine Man," "Aunt Bee the Swinger," and "Aunt Bee's Restuarant." In the last, she confides to Andy that it's one of her favorite songs. --Paul Mulik
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Barney / Don Knotts
  1. Why did Barney (Don Knotts) leave TAGS after the 5th Season?
    Andy had originally signed to do the show for 5 years, and I had a five year contract. He said " I'm only going to do this for 5 years and then move on." Even in the beginning of the fifth year he was still saying that. So I started self-protecting immediately and began searching out what I was going to do next. I interviewed with all networks. I was very hot with that show, so I could have had almost anything I wanted. Finally, I wound up getting a very nice feature deal with the universal to make The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. Anyway, it came down to this: I hadn't actually signed with Universal yet but had made a lot deals and negotiated for a long time. Then all of a sudden Andy turned around and changed his mind. He came to me and said, "I've decided to stay on. What do you think? We've got a new deal to offer you. Do you want to stay. But by then I had already committed myself to universal, where I had an opportunity to make features. Although I didn't have a production company , they gave me an office, my own writers and a five year contract. It was a nice deal, and by then I thought it was time for me to move on - so I did. I came back and did a few shows with Andy. I used to kid them when I came back. I'd say "Are you still working with that little screen? Then they'd yell, "here comes the movie actor."
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  2. Is it true that Don Knotts was a Drill Instructor in the Marine Corps?
    To the best of my knowledge, Don Knotts was attending college when he enlisted in the Army. He served two years in the Special Service division. I don't believe he was ever a drill instructor, or ever in the Marine Corps.
    --Dale Robinson (co-author of "The Definitive Andy Griffith Show Reference")

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  3. What episode was it when Barney recited--or tried to--the preamble to the constitution?
    The episode title is "Opie's Ill-Gotten Gain" and its episode #103. Air date November 18, 1963. This is the episode when Miss Crump mistakenly gave Opie straight A's. He actually had not gotten all A's. In fact, he got a F in arithmetic.
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  4. What are the words to the tongue twister that Barney recites for Opie?
    Some one asked about Barney using a tongue twister. I remember the line well (it was an episode I wrote). That twister was taught to me by a private elocution teacher way back when I was a teen-ager in high school...in the thirties! I..and my folks paid her standard fee...50 cents an hour. Why my parents did were concerned about my speech, I never did find out. The twister went:
    WITH STURDY WRISTS AND LOUDEST BOASTS,
    HE THRUST HIS FISTS AGAINST THE POSTS,
    AND STILL INSISTS HE SEES A GHOST.

    Keep up the great work on the bulletin board, best to all from Mayberry
    --Harvey Bullock (TAGS Writer)

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  5. Was the song that Barney played on his harmonica in the loaded goat episode the same tune as the "Juanita" song?
    Yes, that was the same song. It was written by Mrs. Caroline Norton. Here are the lyrics:

    verse 1:
    Soft o'er the fountain,
    ling'ring falls the southern moon;
    Far o'er the mountain,
    breaks the day too soon!
    In thy dark eyes splendor,
    where the warm light loves to dwell,
    Weary looks, yet tender,
    speak their fond farewell.

    Refrain 1:
    Nita! Juanita! Ask they should if we should part!
    NIta! Juanita! Lean though on my heart.


    verse 2:
    When in thy dreaming moons like these shall shine again,
    And daylight beaming, prove thy dreams are vain.
    Wilt thou not, relenting, for thine absent lover sigh?
    In thy heart consenting to a prayer gone by.

    Refrain 2:
    NIta! Juanita! Let me linger by thy side!
    Nita! Juanita! Be my own Fair Bride.

    Thanks a bunch to Nancy Thornton for sending me that song! --Paul
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  6. In "Barney Gets His Man," Barney says, "Bread and butter." Is that line supposed to stand alone, or did they edit out something?
    That scene is intact. Barney's "bread and butter" line was written as a free-standing line -- though one that's dripping with the irony that Barney is actually quite scared about encountering escaped criminal Eddie Brooke. Barney's obviously trying to convince himself that it's just a routine situation, or "bread and butter."

    We also received this related note:

    I'm sorry to disagree with your reply in the August Bullet regarding Barney's saying "bread and butter" in the "Barney Gets His Man" episode. This was a common expression when two people walking together walked on the opposite sides of an object. I think the scene gets such a laugh because, in spite of Barney's being so scared, he still thinks of saying "bread and butter" when he and Andy go around something.

    Well, as Barney said in that same episode when Andy asked him why he wasn't saying anything, "l swallowed my gum." And boy we sure did on this one. We received a record number of letters (somewhere around 20; we quit counting) pointing out the incompleteness of our answer and how we "blew the scramez-vous."

    We had said that Barney's saying "bread and butter" was funny and ironic because he was trying to treat the manhunt as routine or "bread and butter." And while that may have been a secondary meaning that the writers had in mind, surely the primary one was the fun of having Barney automatically say "bread and butter" (when he and Andy walk on opposite sides of the tree) during the intense manhunt.

    Our Goober staff had always heard "peanut butter and jelly" and "salt and pepper" as expressions used when two people pass opposite sides of an object, but "bread and butter" had escaped us. And while we're on the subject, a similar instance of Barney's using a superstitious expression is when he and Doc Malloy are 'breaking out" of the Mayberry jail in Jailbreaks (Episode #50). When they both say "so far, so good" at the same time, Barney insists that they say, "Needles"/"Pins" and lock pinky fingers. (And, of course, what's hilarious is that bad guy Malloy actually complies!)
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  7. What is Don Knotts "real" name?
    Don Knotts' real name is Jesse Donald Knotts. --Paul Mulik
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  8. Was there ever a mention of a deputy before Barney?
    No, unless you count the pilot episode. In the pilot, Andy had deputized town drunk Will Hoople so that Will could arrest himself every time he got drunk (which happened every single day.) This, of course, was before the character of Otis joined the series in episode #2. Other episodes mention the fact that Andy has had temporary deputies, but we don't know for sure if they came BEFORE Barney. For example, Floyd tells us in episode #150 that Andy once deputized him so that he could be the color-bearer in the Veterans' Day parade. In that same episode, we learn that Goober serves as deputy every Halloween so that he can guard the cannon in the park. --Paul Mulik
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  9. On Jeopardy, one of the questions was about a fella named Duncan Phyfe who made furniture. Is this the same fella that Barney thought was his kin in #25 A Plaque for Mayberry?
    Duncan Phyfe was a famous cabinet and furniture maker from the Boston area. He lived, I think, during colonial times, about 200 years ago (someone will no doubt correct me if I'm wrong.) I was watching a show on The Learning Channel awhile back. I forget the name of the show, but it's hosted by two silly guys who talk about furniture and home repair. One day, one of them said he had an old piece made by Duncan Phyfe. The other guy said he had one like it, but his was made by Barney Fife. --Paul Mulik
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  10. Barney says something like, "That kid of yours cost me $3,478 samoyas, or something that sounds similar to that. Does anyone know what Barney is saying, and what the term means? I wondered if it might be a foreign currency?
    The term is "semolians," a slang term for cash. -Paul Mulik
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  11. Barney says something like, "That kid of yours cost me $3,478 samoyas, or something that sounds similar to that. Does anyone know what Barney is saying, and what the term means? I wondered if it might be a foreign currency?
    The term is "semolians," a slang term for cash. -Paul Mulik
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  12. In episode #117 The Shoplifters, Weaver's store is losing merchandice to shoplifters. When Barney and Ben are scuttling around in Weaver's store at night Barney bumps something that makes a specific and distinctive noise. Can anyone identify the source of
    I believe it's a talking Bozo the Clown doll. The toy's recorded voice says "Just keep laughin'!" followed by kooky laughter. --Paul Mulik
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  13. How many times DOES ole' Barn sleep on the job?! Anyone care to name them?
    Let's see: In "The Clubmen" Andy hides Barney's shoes while he sleeps in the back room. In "The Merchant of Mayberry" Barney is sleeping in a chair in front of the market. Andy puts some of Aunt Bee's lipstick on him (this scene isn't shown anymore.) In "Mountain Wedding," Andy is ready to head up to the Darlings cabin at 4 a.m., but Barney won't wake up (this scene is also cut.) In "A Deal is a Deal" Opie and his pals go to the courthouse for some legal advice, only to find Barney asleep at Andy's desk. In "The Darling Baby" Barney is asleep on a bench. Andy wakes him, and Barney claims he was not asleep, just watching traffic with his eyes scrunched up so they couldn't see him looking (yet another missing scene.) In "The Lucky Letter" Andy secretly switches hats with his sleeping deputy. In "If I Had a Quarter-Million" Barney passes out after drinking non-fat milk laced with knockout drops. This one isn't Barney's fault, of course. Then there was the time in "Sermon for Today" that Barney fell asleep on Andy's porch while they tried to decide who would go get ice cream, but they weren't on duty then. --Paul Mulik
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  14. On "Citizen's Arrest," I saw Barney puffing away on a cigarette (and trying to keep from choking!) after he incarcerated himself. I know Barney and Andy "smoke" a peace pipe in a pageant. Are there any other times Barney lights up?
    In "Andy on Trial," Andy takes a cigar from Mr. J. Howard Jackson, saying that he will give it to his deputy who likes to smoke one when he's feeling "special sporty." In "If I Had a Quarter-Million," Barney walks around with an unlit 35-cent cigar in his mouth. He tells Floyd he plans on smoking about 8 of them a day. In "Barney and Thelma Lou, Pfftt!" he tells Thelma Lou that someday he would like to have a den, in which he can put his feet up and light his pipe. Apparently, he likes to smoke a pipe when he's alone. He sometimes also uses a pipe as a prop when he works in plain clothes. Ol' Barn is also seen smoking a cigar in the epilogue of "Mayberry on Record," and in "The Loaded Goat" we learn that he carries a lighter with him, which seems to indicate that he smokes regularly. --Paul Mulik
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  15. Where did Barney's girl Juanita work? I thought it was the Blue-Vue but he took her there on one episode didn't he?
    The girl Barney took out to the Blue-Vue was not Juanita, but Phoebe Gilbert. This is mentioned in "The Shoplifters." Obviously, the Blue-Vue Motel had a restaurant, and this is where Barney and Phoebe went (not to the motel itself; that would have caused a scandal even worse than that time somebody accidentally ran a hot water line into the drinking fountain.) The truck stop where Juanita worked for a short time was the Junction Cafe, mentioned in #28 "Andy Forecloses." This was the first episode to mention Juanita, and the only one in which she is said to work anywhere other than The Diner. This is the same episode in which Barney hides his citation pad in his hat, in the hopes that Andy won't see Juanita's phone number (142-R) written on it. --Paul Mulik
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  16. What is Barney's middle name? In the high school reunion episode, his full name is listed as "Bernard Milton Fife" but I thought I had heard him say his name was "Bernard P. Fife."
    Every time Barney ever says his full name, he says "Bernard P. Fife." Apparently, "Milton" and "Oliver" were incorrect, because we never hear Barney use those names himself. We don't know what the P stands for, but I like to think his middle name is Paul. "Bernard Paul...." has a nice sound to it, don't you think? --Paul Mulik
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  17. In the color reunion episode Barney pulls up in his new used car and says its a 60 model with a 61 grill. It looks like an Edsel to me. Was the local Ford dealer getting back at Ford for sending him a dud?
    It is indeed an Edsel, but the writers goofed on the "61 grill" -- the Edsel was only manufactured from 1958 to 1960. I don't know about your "dud" theory, but you could be right. I always figured the producers wanted Barney to drive an Edsel because in some ways, Barney's own life was far from perfect (such as the way he let Thelma Lou get away and marry that out-of-towner.) --Paul
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  18. How many times does Barney say, What's the matter with you? Haven't you ever seen...?
    "What's the matter with you, haven't you ever seen a person with his head in a harness before?" (Barney's Physical)

    "What's the matter with you, haven't you ever seen a man take a dog for a ride?" (Dogs, Dogs, Dogs)

    "What's the matter with you, didn't you ever see a man take off a dress?" (The Bank Job)

    "What's the matter with you, didn't you ever see a man drinking a cup of coffee before?" (Barney on the Rebound)
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  19. How many times did Barney accidentally fire his gun?
    Number of times Barney accidentally fired his pistol: 11

    3 into courthouse floor: epilogue of "The Big House" after Gomer breaks glass in bookcase; at the end of his speech to the three deputies in "Guest of Honor;" and beginning of "Andy and the Gentleman Crook."

    1 into courthouse ceiling: beginning of "A Medal for Opie"

    2 into the air: before actual start of race in "A Medal for Opie" -- don't remember a second time

    1 into Andy's front porch: while demonstrating gun safety to Tray Bowden in "Andy and Opie's Pal"

    1 into a rear tire of squad car: epilogue of "Lawman Barney"

    1 into the side of Andy's desk in "The Inspector"

    1 into the ground in epilogue of "The Perfect Female"

    1 through the seat of his pants in "If I Had a Quarter-Million" (in Barney's bedroom, if I recall)

    -- Paul Mulik

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  20. I was just wondering how many times Barney or Andy refered to each other as cousin? I can only think of 3.
    You're exactly right. The three episodes are "The New Housekeeper," "The Manhunt," and "Runaway Kid." All are from very early in the first season; their relationship was never mentioned later. They might be distant cousins, but if they are FIRST cousins, then Andy's mother must be the sister of Barney's father. I know, I know, and I figured it out by simple logic. Let's look at the four possibilities: A: Andy's father is the brother of Barney's father 2: Andy's father is the brother of Barney's mother C: Andy's mother is the sister of Barney's father IV: Andy's mother is the sister of Barney's mother First Clue: Barney often refers to his "mother's side of the family," as if Andy does not know any of them. For example, Barney's Cousin Virgil is from his mother's side (Virgil is not Andy's cousin). So, we can rule out 2 and IV. Second Clue: Their fathers could not have been brothers, or Andy and Barney would have the same last name. This rules out A, leaving C as the only possible answer. In the words of Sherlock Holmes, once you have eliminated the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbably, must be the truth. Third Clue: We learn in "Aunt Bee's Invisible Beau" that Aunt Bee is not Barney's aunt (he just calls her "Aunt Bee" out of affection, like almost everybody else in town who is younger than she). Aunt Bee must be related to Andy's father (not his mother) or her last name wouldn't be Taylor. This is further evidence that Andy's mother must be involved.
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  21. What is Barney Fife's shoe size?
    Barney's shoe size is 7 and 1/2 B.
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Characters / Support Roles
  1. Count Istvan Teleky
    You may want to let folks asking about the spelling of Count Istvan Teleky that this is the correct spelling. (Goobers Beck and Clark had a different spelling in the early editions of The Andy Griffith Show Book, but later found the correct spelling in a copy of the episode's script. Istvan is the Hungarian equivalent of Stephen.) The corrected spelling of the Count's name is in the 35th Anniversary edition of the book, along with other corrections discovered through the years. The research continues.
    --Jim Clark(Presiding Goober of TAGSRWC)

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  2. Who played the old thin white haired gentleman who sung for Barney he was behind the curtain while Barney thought he was singing.
    The character's name was Glenn Cripe, and he was played by actor Delos Jewkes. He appeared in several episodes, but he was never given screen credit. He always appeared in a group, such as the choir or the church congregation.
    --Paul Mulik

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  3. Was there ever more than one person that played Asa?
    Asa was played by only one actor, Charles Thompson. Asa's name changed from Breeney to Bascomb at times and Charles Thompson played another character on the show, Dr. Roberts (#214 "Goodbye Dolly" and #233 "Suppose Andy Gets Sick").
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  4. I saw the movie "TITANIC" and thought I saw Malcolm Merriweather. Which character did he play?
    He played Colonel Archibald Gracie. BTW, Bernard Fox also appeared in "A Night to Remember," another good film about the Titanic disaster, made (I think) in 1954.
    --Paul Mulik

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  5. Why do the outfits worn by the two "G-men" on the episode "A Black Day for Mayberry" change?
    This one is for those of you that don't get . Rance Howard told me about this blooper in the episode "A Black Day For Mayberry." It seems that originally there were two other actors that were cast as the U.S. Treasury agents. During the filming one of them stood up and said, "I apologize if I have offended anyone" and at that point collapsed into a seizure. It was then that Rance was asked to fill in, but the suit for the part didn't fit Mr. Howard, so that's when they put him in one of Andy's suits. Rance said that the reason that they didn't edit the other gentleman out had something to do with a contractual agreement. That's why you see two different men, wearing different clothes, playing the same part in the same scene.
    - Mike Creech

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  6. In the episode about Frank Myers and his $100 savings bond the credits show a production assistant also named Frank Myers. Is that where the name came from?
    Yes, the character of Frank Myers was named for crew member Frank E. Myers. The TAGS crew joked that actor Andy Clyde (who played the part) looked just like the real Frank Myers. When that episode (Mayberry Goes Bankrupt) was finished, Frank Myers the crew member kept the prop mailbox with "his" name on it. Myers' Lake (actually California's Franklin Canyon Reservoir) was named after Frank Myers as well, since it was his idea to film at that location. Frank also had two sons who served the studio in various capacities. Tom Myers appeared as an extra in several episodes of Gomer Pyle - USMC, and Charles Myers served as assistant director on that series. Charles also appeared a marine recruit in the Gomer pilot episode.
    --Paul Mulik

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  7. Wasn't there more than one Wally?
    There were not one, not two, not three, but FOUR different Wallys throughout the run of the series, as follows: Norman Leavitt appears as Wally in "Lawman Barney" and "Man in a Hurry." Leavitt had previously appeared as Cal in episode 2 "The Manhunt," as Gil in "Andy the Marriage Counselor" and as the coffee shop owner in "Barney Gets His Man." Wally was played by Trevor Bardette in "Gomer the House Guest." Cliff Norton assumed the role in "Goober's Replacement." ...and finally, Blackie Hunt plays Wally in "The Barbershop Quartet." However, it's not clear if the Wally we see in "The Barbershop Quartet" was supposed to be the Wally from the filling station, or just some other guy named Wally.
    -Paul Mulik

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  8. There's a man that's on a bunch of episodes in crowds wearing a white hat but they never tell his name. Who is he?
    If you spotted him in any of the following:
    1) He slammed his front door in Opie's face when Opie tried to sell him Miracle Salve.
    2) He was the bull dozer operator in the episode of Mr. Frisbee's still, with the drunk rooster.
    3) He was the grocer painting his window "Hollywood style" when the Hollywood producer came to make a movie, and the whole town acted start struck.
    4) The one line that I can remember him uttering was:
    "How'd he do it, sheriff?" When a crowd was standing outside the courthouse watching Goober take the car apart.

    For years folks were talking about a character actor that appears on The Andy Griffith Show and everyone thought his name was Johnny Coons. Turns out his name wasn't Johnny Coons but instead it was Tom Jacobs, brother of Danny Thomas. So....who was Johnny Coonz? Check here to see both Johnny and Tom and find out more.
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  9. There were several references to Mrs. Clara Edwards (she was the pickle champion, so we know she was married) but not many to Miss Flora Edwards...Anybody know the story, or is there one?
    The character of "Clara," portrayed by actress Hope Summers, first appears in the first season episode "Andy and Opie, Housekeepers." However, in that episode she is called Bertha Edwards. She is also called Bertha a few episodes later in "Andy Forecloses" (in a scene that was later cut out, Aunt Bee tries to sell Bertha her own toaster at the rummage sale.) Beginning with the second season, the character came to be known as Clara. In "The Pickle Story," she refers to her late husband as Mr. Johnson, therefore we know that Johnson is her married name. Before too much longer, though, she came to be known as Clara Edwards. Obviously, some time after her husband's passing, she went back to using her maiden name. The never-seen Flora Edwards mentioned in "Andy's English Valet" was probably not supposed to be the same person as Clara. Perhaps she was supposed to be Clara's sister, or maybe they were not related at all. --Paul Mulik
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  10. In the episode where the English tourist, Malcom, stays with Andy to pay off his fine, whose car does he use to drive Andy to the courthouse?
    At the beginning of the episode (#89, Andy's English Valet), Aunt Bee says that the car belongs to Miss Edwards. She wants Andy to drive it while she is out of town so that the battery will stay charged. Later, when Barney stops by at suppertime, Andy refers to the vehicle as "Flora's old car" --therefore, the car belongs to Miss Flora Edwards. --Paul Mulik
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  11. What was Mayor Pike's first name?
    Mayor Pike's first name was never given. The character was based on an old feller named Floyd Pike that Andy had known in Mt. Airy. Perhaps the writers intended that Mayor Pike's first name was to be Floyd, but no first name was ever used "on the air.
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  12. How many different actors played the part of Ben Weaver?
    Ben Weaver was played by THREE different actors. Ben was played first by Will Wright in three episodes (11, 28 and 54), then Tol Avery assumed the role in "The Shoplifters," and finally Jason Johnson played Ben in one or two color episodes.
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  13. One of the girls who gathered in Andy's house to meet Thelma and raised the question "What did we turn out for?" sounds like Judy Jetson. Was it the lady who did Judy's voice on "The Jetson's" cartoon?
    You're right! Actress Janet Waldo, who appeared as Thelma Lou's friend in that episode, was also the voice of Judy Jetson.
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  14. The guy who sold Andy the "canning jars" for Aunt Bee also playeed Mr. Simms and the guy who Andy sentenced to either "$10 or 10 days in jail...You got chickens to throw, you got chickens to sell." Who was the actor?
    That was actor Dabbs Greer, a feller who was born right near where I live in the Ozarks. He's best known for playing the preacher on "Little House on the Prairie." He recently appeared in the action film "Con Air," as the man hiding underneath the truck in the junkyard while Nicolas Cage was searching for a hypodermic syringe for his diabetic friend. Besides the three roles mentioned above, he appeared one other time on TAGS, as Councilman Dobbs of Greendale in episode 44, "Sheriff Barney." He also appeared on Gomer Pyle -- USMC, as a down-on-his-luck father who brings his family out West in search of a better life. The interesting thing about his appearance in that episode was that his character was from North Carolina (very near Mayberry), and the Ford truck he drove was the same one that Briscoe Darling drove on TAGS (maybe Briscoe sold his truck to this guy?) Near the end of the episode, Gomer blows up the truck with a bazooka! --Paul Mulik
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  15. Does anyone know who the actor that played Mr. Schwamp (Mr. Schwump)? How's his name spelled?
    Thus far we have been unable to find out who it was that played Mr. Schwamp.

    Yes, we've asked Andy, Don, George, and just about every member of the cast and crew we can think of. None of them know his "real" name. They all remember him but none seem to know what the actors name was.

    The name is "Schwamp." In the latest edition of Jim Clark and Ken Beck's book "The Andy Griffith Show" Book they corrected the spelling from Schwump to Schwamp because they found a script that had the Schwamp spelling. The episodes and the scripts are the "bible" for Mayberry spelling.

    To clarify even further...Schwamp is the spelling used in the script for Mr. Schwamp's first episode ("My Fair Ernest T. Bass"). In a later script or two (such as "The Lodge"), the spelling can be seen as Schwump, which is closer to how the name is usually pronounced. But in our book revisions, we've reverted to Schwamp because that's the way writer Everett Greenbaum created it. The later writers drifted toward the more phonetic spelling, but we opted not to drift and are holding with the original Greenbaum spelling. --Jim Clark
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  16. What is Big Maude saying when she sends Floyd to town? It sounded like AKKA BAKKA.
    It is an old rhyme kind of like Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo that goes like this: (we're not sure of the spelling)
    Akka Bakka Soda Cracker,
    Akka Bakka Boo,
    Akka Bakka Soda Cracker,
    Out Goes YOU!

    This seems to fit since she says it when she's telling them to get out.
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  17. What actor holds the record for appearing on TAGS in the most different roles?
    Bob McQuain holds the unofficial record for the actor who played the most different characters on TAGS -- approximately 15 different roles, in various episodes. In "The Big House," Mr. McQuain played a policeman, and in "Aunt Bee the Warden," he played Ike Gordon. Mary Lansing comes very close with something like 13 different parts. It's hard to get an exact count, because in some episodes their characters are not referred to by name, making it impossible to know whether they were supposed to be the same character from previous episodes, or a new one altogether. -Paul Mulik
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  18. The absence of black people in any town in the South is an impossibility. Did the writers deliberatly script only white people for the show?
    First off, you're 100% wrong. It is NOT an impossibility because there are NO black people living in the part of Alabama in which I grew up. I mean none. There are a few black folks in the county seat which is in the valley but there are none living up on the mountain which I grew up. The mountain has over 40 towns of sizes ranging from 4,000 up to about 15, 000 people. So, your assumption is wrong. There are MANY towns in the south without black people.

    Also, you are wrong that there were no blacks in Mayberry. If you watch the people in the background, you'll see several black townspeople walking down the sidewalk and being a part of town. One that comes to mind right off is when Ed Sawyer, the stranger in town, is being confronted by the towns people out on the sidewalk...that crowd contains at least one black person and maybe more.

    Of course there's also Flip Conroy (played by Rockne Tarkington). He was going to coach Opie's football team on the episode "Opie's Piano Lesson" #215. In that episode, Flip says he's returned to Mayberry after is pro-football playing days are over to run his father's business. This was the first time (and only time) that a black actor was featured as a main character. Up until then, blacks were only used as extras.

    In my opinion, not having blacks on the show was just a reflection of the way things were and actually still are in many places. I'm not just talking about the south but all over. Folks tend, no matter how sad it is, to flock together in groups. It's not unusual for black folks to have mostly black friends and white folks to have mostly white friends....and that's in today's world. 40+ years ago it was even more true....which is too bad but that's life.

    I don't really think it was the writers, sponsors or anybody else that caused the "whiteness" of the main characters on TAGS. I think it was based upon truthful story telling in relating stories revolving around Sheriff Andy Taylor and his friends....nothing else. I just don't think that there's anything else to read into it other than good story telling.

    To see for youself some of the black townsfolk in Mayberry just visit the Black Mayberrians website.
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  19. was the "Gold Truck" episode the one and only appearance of Doodles Weaver..(AKA-Regis)? Was he not the father of Sigourney Weaver?
    He also played postman George Bricker in "Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter," the episode where Andy hires a "handyman." Doodles (real name: Winstead Sheffield Weaver) was actually Sigourney's uncle. I believe her father was Pat Weaver, former president of NBC. --Paul Mulik
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Courthouse / The Law
  1. In reference to the door by the furnace, I noticed it is in some episodes and not in others. The window on that side of the courthouse also appears in some episodes and not in others. That has always caught my attention. Did they make both changes at once
    The "door that led nowhere" was present during the entire first season; the same goes for the "window that's only on the outside." When the second season began in October of 1961, the door had vanished and the window was there, both inside and outside, from that point on. The reason it seems so confusing nowadays is because most of us see several episodes a day, and if you watch more than one channel, you don't see the episodes in the correct order. You might see one from the first season, then one from the fifth, then one from the second, etc.
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  2. Is the Green River ordinance a real thing and if it is, can you tell me about it?
    Ordinance No. 175.

    'Be It Ordained by the Town Council of the Town of Green River, Wyoming:

    'Section 1. The practice of going in and upon private residences in the Town of Green River, Wyoming, by solicitors, peddlers, hawkers, itinerant merchants and transient vendors of merchandise, not having been requested or invited so to do by the owner or owner occupant or occupants of said private residences for the purpose of soliciting orders for the sale of goods, wares and merchandise, and/or for the purpose of disposing of and/or peddling or hawking the same, is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and punishable as such nuisance as a misdemeanor.

    'Section 2. The Town Marshal and Police Force of the Town of Green River are heareby required and directed to suppress the same, and to abate any such nuisance as is described in the first section of this ordinance.

    'Section 3. Any person convicted of perpetrating a nuisance as described and prohibited in the first section of this ordinance, upon conviction thereof shall be fined in a sum not less than Twenty-five ($25.00) Dollars or more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), together with costs of proceedings, which said fine may be satisfied, if not paid in cash, by execution against the person of anyone convicted of committing the misdemeanor herein prohibited.

    'Section 4. All ordinances and parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.

    'Section 5. It being deemed by the Town Council of the Town of Green River that an emergency exists, this ordinance shall be in force and effect from and after its passage and approval.

    'Passed this 16th day of November, 1931.'

    **The Fuller Brush Co. challenged this case and it was sent to the Supreme Court which upheld the ordinance as valid.
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  3. Which direction does the Mayberry Courthouse door face?
    The correct answer IS North! The clue I received was the same one Charlie gave. At the end of "The Clubmen," Opie, Andy and Barney face the rising sun and turn to face the cells. If that direction was East, the Front door would be on the North side of the building.

    The two other episodes that confirm the direction are as follows:

    Hot Rod Otis: when Barney gives Otis his driving exam, he draws chalk lines on the floor, and tells Otis to pull up from the west (the west! the west!), and...

    Divorce, Mountain Style: when Barney finally succeeds in getting his uncooperative mount to travel east to west, he rides right past Andy's house, which is just a half-block away from the courthouse and on the same side of the street.
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  4. How far is the courthouse from Andy's House?
    It's only half a block. In many episodes, there are long shots showing Andy's front yard and the yards of his neighbors to the right (as you walk out Andy's front door), and the courthouse is clearly visible at the end of the block. The church was on the corner diagonally opposite from the courthouse, which makes you wonder why Andy drove his family to church. They lived practically right across the street! --Paul Mulik
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  5. I was wondering if any of you could tell me of any episode that shows the way up to the mayor's office?
    It is never clearly established, but there are clues in a couple of episodes. In "The Beauty Contest," we see Andy and Ellie in the mayor's office, then a moment later we see them exit out the side door of the courthouse. Barney also uses this side door when he goes up to and down from the courthouse roof in "The Big House." So, from this we can deduce that there must be stairs located off the back room of the courthouse that lead to the mayor's office and the roof.

    The courthouse also has a basement (mentioned in "The Luck of Newton Monroe"). The steps leading down to the basement are on the outside of the building, in the rear. They can be seen in several episodes that show exterior shots of the courthouse. --Paul Mulik
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Ellie / Elinor Donahue
  1. Does anyone know why the character of Ellie Walker was removed from the show after only a few episodes?
    Elinor Donahue appeared in 12 episodes, all during the first season. At the end of the first season, she decided not to return, as she didn't feel comfortable working with Andy. It wasn't anything personal against him, she just didn't feel that they made a very good "TV couple."

    Andy Griffith later admitted that it was his own fault that most of his early TV girlfriends didn't work out. He said he had a hard time showing affection on screen, and as a result, the relationships didn't appear "real" or believable. After Ellie, three other girlfriends came and went before they finally got it right and cast Aneta Corsaut as Helen Crump. BTW, the character of Miss Crump was supposed to be a one-shot (that's why they didn't try to pick a pleasant-sounding name), but the producers were so impressed with Miss Corsaut's performance and her rapport with Andy that they made her a regular cast member. -Paul Mulik

    If you'd like to hear it in her own words as to why she left PLUS a good bit more about her experiences on the show, drop by Mayberry.com and visit the Cast Interviews section and listen to the interview with her from back in 1998.
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Ernest T / Howard Morris
  1. Ernest T Bass (Howard Morris) must do cartoon voices because I sure thought I heard him talking on some cartoon I was flipping past. I forget what cartoon it was, but it was that his voice?
    He's done lots and lots of characters' voices of the years, including the McDonald's Hamburglar, Wade the Duck (from Garfield and Friends), the Quantas Airlines koala, and Gopher (in the early Winnie the Pooh films.) He's also done voices of minor characters and many Hanna-Barbera cartoons like the Flintstones, Beetle Bailey and many others. --Paul Mulik
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  2. There was a little trivial triality that was a blooper in the episode "Family Visit" dialogue by Andy, do you know what it was?
    In the middle of the episode, the radio announcer (voiceover by Howard Morris, BTW) declares that three prisoners have escaped. Later, Andy gets a call informing him that "both of them" had been caught. --Paul Mulik
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Floyd / Howard McNear
  1. When did Floyd the Barber pass away? He is such a great character! What else can you tell me about the actor who played him?
    Howard McNear, who played Floyd the Barber (except in the first episode with Floyd, "Stranger in Town," Episode #10), passed away on January 3, 1969. You can read more about Howard McNear in the in-depth profile about him in Volume 7, Issue 3 of The Bullet. You'll also find a good bit of discussion about Howard McNear in Richard Kelly's book, The Andy Griffith Show, and there's a nice biographical sketch of him in the new Definitive Andy Griffith Show Reference. He was beloved by all who knew him.
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  2. What was the name of Floyd's son?
    Norman is one of Floyd's sons but he had two!!

    Some of the TAGS books (and several of you folks, btw :-) say Norman plays the sax, but there is no evidence in the series to support this claim. Yes, Floyd has a son who plays the sax (seen in #15 "Those Gossipin' Men") and yes, Floyd has a son named Norman who plays baseball (mentioned in #49 "The Jinx") but the son seen playing the sax is RANDALL. Listen closely and you will hear Floyd call his son Randall (or maybe Wendell), right after Mr. Finch says, "Those three tunes were very nice." Floyd says to his son, "Hear that, Randall? That means a lot coming from a man like Mr. Finch." --Paul Mulik
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  3. Has anyone ever noticed that Floyd's glasses seem to be without glass in them?
    Probably what happened was that the stage lights were reflecting off the lenses and ruining the camera shots, so the costume department made him a special pair without lenses. In some episodes, you can see actual lenses in the frames (especially the later episodes).

    Reflections are a common problem, especially when filming outdoors. The Mayberry squad cars had rather dull paint, especially the 1960 model, which looked like somebody scrubbed it all over with coarse steel wool. --Paul Mulik
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  4. On one episode, in the background, we see what looks like the barber outside the barbershop with a customer, but it ain't Floyd.
    Since Howard McNear wasn't able to walk or stand normally after his stroke, they often used a stand-in for him in long camera shots (such as when people outside looked in through the barber shop window), or scenes where Floyd was required to drive a car. Perhaps you saw his double.

    On most shows, it's standard procedure for the main cast members to have doubles. That way, when they need to shoot a scene where the character's face is not seen, they can just bring in the double, and the star can take a break. Check out page 80 in the new "Mayberry Memories" book and you can see someone who looks an awful lot like Barney Fife on the left side of the picture; I've often wondered if that was Don's double who just happened to accidentally get caught on film at the same time as Don. The same photo can be seen on page 86 of "The Definitive Andy Griffith Show Reference." --Paul Mulik
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General
  1. Where did the writers come up with the names used on TAGS?
    An unusual piece of trivia was supplied by Paul Gerefi of Fort Lauderdale, FL. He observed that within a 30 mile radius of Andy's birthplace in Mt. Airy, NC, are the following towns: Lawsonville, Walkertown, Crumpler and Taylorsville. The names of such characters as Floyd Lawson, EllieWalker, Helen Crump and Andy Taylor naturally come to mind. Is this simply coincidence?
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  2. Who was the announcer at the beginning of the show that said, "The Andy Griffith Show...staring, Andy Griffith....with Ronny Howard. Also starring, Don Knotts.
    This answer avoided us for years but thanks to TAGS fan Dennis Hasty we now have an answer. The name of the announcer is Colin Male. He was a former radio announcer in Cincinnati who moved to Hollywood to be part of the motion picture business. Colin appeared in the TAGS episode where Andy and Helen are caught fishing without a licenses by the game warden (#140 "Andy and Helen Have Their Day") . Colin was the game warden.
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  3. Do you know in what episode a dart board was hanging from the bulletin board? It was only shown once.
    That's in episode #70, "Lawman Barney." Opie beats Andy in a game of darts, and then asks his Paw if he'd like to play for money. Andy says that would ruin Opie's amateur standing, which prompts Opie to ask what an "amateur" is. Andy explains that an amateur plays for fun, while a professional plays because he wants to get paid. Opie decides he wants to be a professional amateur.

    (More information)

    The TAGS crew kept a dart board backstage. In between takes Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, and Hal Smith used to like to play darts. Hal Smith always wanted Andy and Don to play for "big stakes," but they would never play for more than a dime. Apparently, at some point Ronny Howard started playing too, which probably inspired the writers to write in the aforementioned scene. The entire scene was cut to make more room for commercials, so many folks may not have ever seen it.
    --Paul Mulik
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  4. I was wondering if you know the name of the painting that hangs over the Taylor fireplace in many of the episodes of TACS (it s a farmer in a field)?
    It's called "The Angelus, 1859" by French artist Jean Francois Millet (1811875). A similar work by Millet is called "The Gleaners". Prints of these paintings were not uncommon in American house-holds during the first half of this century.
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  5. Can you get a blue and gold sleeve patch like the one's Andy & Barney had on their uniforms anywhere?
    You can purchase those at Weaver's Department Store. Look in the "Cool Gifts" section.
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  6. Who was the first female that wore pants on TAGS?
    I'm fairly certain Peggy was the first female resident of Mayberry to wear pants in public (but then, I could be wrong, it happened once before, tick-a-lock.) Later on, after Mayberry turned to color, Goober's girl Flora would wear slacks when she filled in at the filling station, and Helen appeared in some snug-fitting "dancing" pants in "The Senior Play" (or perhaps those were leggings? Anyway, it definitely wasn't a dress.)
    --Paul Mulik

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  7. Watching quiet Sam plant his fields at night, did I hear Barney make a suggestion that maybe Sam's planting a little "happy weed," or marijuana. Did I hear Right?
    You sure did. Most of the time that scene is cut from episodes aired on TV today. Now that we're on the subject, most folks know that the original epilogues to the 249 episodes are almost never shown on TV these days.

    What many fans DON'T know is that there are LOTS of other scenes missing too, not just the epilogues. Many episodes also have opening scenes which have also been cut out, and just about every episode has a couple of scenes missing from somewhere in the middle. Some episode have as many as TEN cuts! Each episode originally ran 24 minutes and 30 seconds in length, not including credits or commercials. Nowadays, the versions shown by most stations run about 21 minutes each. Add those lost minutes up, and it's the equivalent of more than ONE ENTIRE SEASON of The Andy Griffith Show! Terrible, ain't it?
    -Paul Mulik
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  8. How many times did TAGS made the cover of TV Guide?
    Here's what I have; surely someone can add a few more to this list? I assume we're talking about nationwide TV guides only. Jan 28, 1961 -- Ronnie (sic) Howard and Andy Griffith -- Photo shows Andy with his hands folded under his chin. Ronny's hands are folded on top of Andy's head; his chin rests on his hands. May 12, 1962 -- caption reads "Don Knotts of 'The Andy Griffith Show' " -- Head and shoulders photo of Barney staring in an indignant pose. April 24, 1965 -- head and shoulders shot of a smiling Andy in uniform. May 20, 1967 -- Andy Griffith and Aneta Corsaut -- Andy in tan shirt, Helen behind him wearing pink blouse (to my knowledge, this is the only TV Guide cover to feature one of the main women from TAGS.) July 13, 1968 -- "The Wondrous Andy Griffith TV Machine" -- cartoon caricatures of Barney and Gomer carrying Andy on their shoulders. April 4, 1998 -- includes small photo of Jan 28, 1961 cover photo. I know there are at least three more that I don't have -- One shows Andy, Don and Ronny (Andy is holding Opie up by his belt loops and tickling him), one depicts Andy alone, seated with his guitar in his lap, and the other shows Andy, Don and Jim Nabors laughing it up. There were also at least two Gomer Pyle covers and two Mayberry RFD covers (RFD info by Sheri Lobue). --Paul Mulik
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  9. I was looking at the map in the courthouse, and somewhere it was said on the TAGS site, that it was upside down..How can you tell? I could barely see it.
    There were actually several different maps used throughout the run of the series. In a couple of episodes, there are two maps hanging there. According to the book "Inside Mayberry," one of the maps was actually an upside-down map of the Idaho/Montana border, but I studied and studied that map and I couldn't make head nor tail out of it. Perhaps there's a distinctive river or lake on the map that identifies it?
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  10. Are there any animated TAGS characters out there?
    Andy Griffith played a cartoon version of himself for the Christmas cartoon "Frosty's Winter Wonderland." Don Knotts was actually in 2 Scooby Doo cartoons: "The Spooky Fog of Juneberry" and "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner?" He also played a Barney-type character in a "Garfield and Friends" episode.

    In another Garfield episode, Jack Burns played a Warren Ferguson-like character (huh? yeah. huh? yeah. huh?) and in others, Howard Morris does the voices of characters who talk and act like Ernest T. Bass.

    Gomer Pyle appears in a Pinky and the Brain cartoon (the voice was not done by Jim Nabors, though.) Gomer was the guard at the secret Roswell "ufo" site.

    Now to my favorite cartoon, the Animaniacs! I have spotted Barney Fife in two episodes. One is "Three Tenors and You're Out" (Andy and Barney appear brifely on the big screen TV in Dodger Stadium) and the other is about TV censors (I can't remember the title). Atilla the Hun is chasing the Warners through the TV studio, and the guard at the front desk is Barney Fife. Don Knotts did not provide the voice, though.

    There are also many other Animaniacs episodes in which Don Knotts, who apparently is a great favorite of Wakko Warner, is mentioned, but not seen. In "Garage Sale of the Century," Yakko tells Wakko he'll have to sell his collection of Don Knotts videos (apparently the entire collection is worth only two cents); In "Chairman of the Bored" Wakko asks Pip if he has ever met Don Knotts; in "You Bet Your Life" Wakko guesses Don Knotts as the answer to a quiz question; and on the second sing-along tape, Mostly in Toon, there is a bit of dialogue that goes like this: Yakko: Now, we'll sing about an exquisite beauty who works at the studio. Dot: Finally, a song about me! Wakko (disappointed): I thought he meant Don Knotts! (The song turns out to be "Hello Nurse.")

    In the last few months, animation cels depicting a cartoon version of Andy Griffith have turned up. Very little is known about these cels, but one rumor has it that at some point in the late 1970s or early 1980s, an animated version of The Andy Griffith Show was in the works, with the voices to have been provided by the original cast members. Of course, such a series was never actually produced, but the surviving cels are fascinating nonetheless. --Paul Mulik
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  11. Well, nobody came up with the answer to the extry-tough trivia question I posed the other day (the one about voices being heard in the background before the words were spoken aloud), so here is the long-awaited answer.
    Remember in the episode "Mayberry on Record" when Mr. Maxwell asks Barney to say a few words into his tape recorder? A moment later, Maxwell rewinds the tape, and a series of squeals erupts from the machine, which prompts Andy to warn him not to play it too loud, as it would round up every hog in the county. Supposedly, then, the sounds we hear while Mr. Maxwell rewinds the tape should be Barney's voice played backwards and at high speed, but I got to wondering what was REALLY on that tape! I recorded those "squeals" as a .WAV file on my computer, then reversed it and slowed it down a bunch. The squeals on the tape turned out to be the following lines of dialogue: Andy: Mr Maxwell, I don't reckon you'd be interested in a small local band, bunch o' young fellas and myself, got banjos, guitars, and mandolins and such as that in it? Maxwell: Oh, it sounds great! Andy: Oh, well, good! In the episode, this dialogue comes LATER in the same scene. Now how do you suppose those words got on that tape before they were ever spoken? Maybe Count Istvan Teleky was behind this one! --Paul Mulik
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  12. I thought of five people who appeared on both TAGS and Star Trek: Elinor Donahue, Clint Howard, Michael Pollard, Teri Garr, and the man who played Mr Atoz on the Star Trek. Can anyone think of anyone else who was on both?
    Well, let's see. How about Stanley Adams, Keith Andes, Arthur Batanides, Sheldon Golomb, Chalres Dierkop, Pam Ferdin, Paul Fix, Roy Jenson, Lloyd Kino, Jon Lormer, Keye Luke, Ken Lynch, Byron Morrow, Susan Oliver, Roger Perry, William Schallert, and Jan Shutan? (William Schallert was almost a giveaway, as he appeared on just about every TV show ever made!) Star Trek's Mr. Atoz (in "All Our Yesterdays") was played by Ian Wolfe, who also appeared as Septimus in the ST episode "Bread and Circuses." On TAGS, he played Reverend Leighton in "Aunt Bee's Crowning Glory" (the time Aunt Bee buys a blond wig.) --Paul Mulik
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  13. Was The Andy Griffith Show the first TV spinoff?
    I've been reading the discussion lately about whether or not TAGS was the first TV spinoff. In mid-1996, when I wrote an article about TAGS for Classic TV magazine (no longer in print), I mentioned the "fact" that TAGS was the first spinoff (1960), but someone wrote in to correct me, pointing out some earlier shows -- Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958, spun off from Trackdown); Law of the Plainsman (1959, spun off from The Rifleman) and Pete and Gladys (1960, spun off from December Bride.) In my book (that's a figure of speech) a series is not a spinoff unless it's pilot episode aired as an episode of an established series. To the best of my knowledge, the three above example do NOT fit this definition, which means that TAGS truly was the first real TV spin-off. --Paul Mulik
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  14. I will often see people sign off with "Abisinnia" (sp) and I remember Opie saying this in "Barney's Sidecar", but I have never understood what was meant by it?
    That little gem was the product of Fritzell and Greenbaum (who wrote that episode.) It was something they used to say when they were kids. "Abyssinia" means "I'll be seeing you." The response, "See ya Samoa," means "[I'll] see you some more." --Paul Mulik
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  15. In the opening scene where Andy and Opie are walking down the path by the lake, didn't we use to see the rock hit the water?
    You're 100% right. Originally, the segment showed the second rock splashing into the water. Right after the announcer said "also starring Don Knotts,"the camera cut to a close-up of the lake surface andwe saw the rock splashing in. The announcer at this point continued, saying "...brought to you by...." and then a commercial for a General Foods product would air. The reason the rock splash is not shown anymore is because now that the show is in syndication, GF is no longer the sponsor. In the good old days, one sponsor would pay for the entire show, but nowadays, several different companies advertise during a 30-minute program. --Paul Mulik
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  16. Was Vietnam ever mentioned?
    Yes! It was, in the 8th season episode "Aunt Bee and the Lecturer." The Professor and Aunt Bee are having dinner in a restaurant, and Professor Hubert St. John is pestering Bee with all sorts of comments about how she reminds him of his late wife. To try to get him to change the subject, she asks, "Hubert, what do you think about the situation in Asia?" This is obviously a reference to the Vietnam War, even if they didn't "say it right out like that." This scene also shows us a side of Aunt Bee that's never even HINTED at in any other episode. When the professor offers her a second glass of wine, she refuses, saying the second glass always makes her a little giddy. --Paul Mulik
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  17. Where there any collectors plates based on Mayberry?
    There were a total of eight plates issued in the Mayberry series (this may not be the correct order): Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy seated at desk with hands folded) 86 A Startling Conclusion (Barney with dipper full of Jubal Foster's moonshine) 147 Mayberry Sing-a-Long (Andy holding guitar, seated by a tree with Opie) 89 An Explosive Situation (Andy and Barney with Jimmy, the Loaded Goat) 92 Aunt Bee's Kitchen (Aunt Bee standing by Andy who is seated at kitchen table) Surprise! Surprise! (Gomer standing in front of filling station) Meeting Aunt Bee (Andy, Aunt Bee and Opie in driveway w/ pickup truck) 48 Opie's Big Catch (Andy and Opie in fishing boat) The numbers I've indicated are from the TAGS trading cards, 5 of which happen to have the same photos that were used on the plates. These plates, produced by the Hamilton Collection, have been out of production for about 5 years now, but they occasionally turn up on the secondary market. They originally sold for about $30 each, but they commonly fetch from $50 - $100 now. --Paul Mulik
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  18. Did it ever rain in Mayberry?
    Regarding the subject of bad weather, there was a flood in Mayberry sometime between episode 95 "The Big House" and episode 118, "Andy's Vacation." Barney says, "I can get Gomer as a deputy. He's still sworn in from the flood." Also, in episode 219 "Goober's Contest," Andy mentions that a tornado once struck Mayberry. Of course, neither of these catastrophes happened on-screen; they were just mentioned later. The only time it actually rains on-screen is in "A Black Day for Mayberry" while everybody anxiously awaits for the arrival of the gold truck. My guess is that it actually was raining at the time, but the producers were forced to shoot the episode anyway due to one deadline or another. I mean, why would they go to the trouble to make FAKE rain? There are a few other episodes in which storm sound effects are heard (Quiet Sam, The Jinx, Dogs Dogs Dogs) but no rain is actually seen in those episodes. --Paul Mulik Speaking of weather, the other day my little boy was asked by his teacher to spell "weather" and he spelled it w-a-n-t-h-e-r. That's just about the worst spell of weather we've had in a long time (from "An Evening With Me" by Don Knotts.)
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  19. I was watching
    As far as I can tell, yes, that really is Lucy on that TV Guide. Remember that TAGS was filmed at Desilu studios (for them that don't know, the name Desilu comes from "Desi" (Arnaz) and "Lu" (for Lucille Ball.) So, it probably wasn't a coincidence. Now that you've noticed that TV Guide, look very closely at that same magazine rack in other first season episodes (Walker's Drugstore was never seen after season one.) In "The New Doctor," you can see the Jan 28, 1961 issue of TV Guide. What's so special about that issue, you ask? The cover depicts Andy Griffith and Ronnie Howard! (the young Mr. Howard sometimes spelled his name that way.) You can see it clearly near the end of the episode, when Barney reaches up to replace the doorbell which has fallen off. --Paul Mulik

    UPDATE - Sept 2012: Ref: The New Doctor
    Way back when this question first came up, all any of us had were fuzzy VHS copies and at that time I concluded that the TV Guide seen in that episode (left end of top shelf, next to the door) was the one with Andy and Ronnie (so spelled on the cover).

    I checked the DVD of that episode and it is now clear that I was incorrect. I can't tell who exactly is on that cover, but it appears to be a woman seated in a chair with her hands clasped together in front of her chest. --Paul
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  20. Was the fireplace in the Taylor home ever used in any episode?
    No, it wasn't ever used, the simple reason being that it was not a real fireplace, but only a prop. It would have been very expensive andimpractical to build a working fireplace (with a chimney and everything) on a studio sound stage. This serves as an excellent example (you'd better sit back, pal -- this could be a jolt.) The creators of TAGS, especially the prop department and the set designers, did such a masterful job that we often don't realize that the Taylor family's home was nothing but a set! --Paul Mulik
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  21. Can someone tell me how many married couples were actually shown on TAGS? I can't think of that many.
    Good question! In most sitcoms, it is standard for the leading characters to be single, so that the writers can have more leeway in writing interesting situations for them to get into. For example, if Andy was married to Helen, and Barney was married to Thelma Lou, we wouldn't have had the terrific "Fun Girl" episodes; and if Ernest T. Bass were married, we wouldn't have had ANY episodes with him at all, since in all 5 of his episodes he wants to get romantically involved with someone. This goes for the Darlings, too -- every one of the plots of their 6 episodes involves marriage. There are a few married couples we see on TAGS, such as: Otis and Rita Campbell Ralph and Verlaine Campbell Fred and Jenny Boone Sam and Clara Lindsey Maudie and Naylor Uncle Ollie and Aunt Nora Charlene and Dud Wash And then there are other characters who are said to be married, but we never see their spouses, such as: Floyd Lawson Mayor Pike Sam Becker --Paul Mulik
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  22. In the title Mayberry, R.F.D., what does RFD stand for?
    In 1896, the U.S. Congress approved Rural Free Delivery. People were becoming increasingly concerned taht a growing country needed to provide postal service to as many citizens as possible, and the villages of Charles Town, Halltown, and Uvilla, West Virginia were the "test markerts" for the project. Postmaster General William S. Bissel was outraged that Congress would charge him with such a ridiculous idea and he refused to spend the $20,000 appropriation stating it was clear that such a move would bankrupt the nation.
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  23. Thelma Lou had to go to Mt. Pilot to get her teeth fixed. Were there any dentists in Mayberry?
    Mayberry did have at least one dentist. In "Ellie for Council," Otis' mother-in-law made an emergency visit to the dentist after Otis hit her in the mouth with a leg of lamb.
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  24. Could any good neighbor tell me what the rhymn is that the boys recite when they are eating apples that they stole with that new Quincy boy?
    I don't know the origin of this ritual, but I think it goes like this:

    first person: "Apple core"
    second person: "Baltimore"
    first person: "Who's you friend?"

    ...and then the person named by the second person becomes the target for the apple core thrown by the first person.

    This same bit was used in the 1952 Disney short "Donald Applecore," when Chip and Dale were stealing apples from Donald's orchard. Therefore, it was probably a pretty old gag at the time it was used on TAGS. --Paul Mulik
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  25. In Return to Mayberry when Barney was posting the warning sign for the monster in Meyers Lake, he said it was posted by Richard Kelly. Was that in reference to Richard Kelly the author?
    This Answer provided by Harvey Bullock:

    David Millard asked a question and quoted a line by Barney Fife in RETURN TO MAYBERRY wherein Barney gave thanks to a certain "Richard Kelly" for painting the warning sign about a monster in the lake...despite " painful arthitis in his knuckles."

    David wondered if it was only a coincidence that "Richard Kelly" is also the name of the author of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW (1981) the first book published about TAGS, and still very definitive.'

    David, it was no coincidence.

    When the beloved Everett Greenbaum and I were writing "Return", Richard Kelly's name just happened to flash in my mind. I had met him and his charming wife Barbara when they came to Hollywood and visited me and my erstwhile partner Ray Allen at Twentieth Fox Studios where we were producer/writers on the LOVE BOAT series.

    Mr, Kelly (Acually DOCTOR Kelly he was a professor of English at the University of Tennessee)had become an enormous fan of TAGS when he was an undergraduate at Duke University. He had become known for his scholarly writings of the Victoria era, so a book on TAGS was quite a departure.

    However, it has enjoyed an enduring success. SERENDIPPPPPITY STRIKES!

    It so happened Bob Sweeney was on the lot directing a "Love Boat" episode. We nabbed him at lunch break and all revelled in swapping stories, a writer/director/critic symposium. It was great!

    I kept in touch sporarically with the Kelly's, but somehoiw didn't get around to telling them we had dropped his name into "Return." The first he knew was when he was watching "Return to Mayberry" on it's premiere showing..and suddenly up it popped...to his total surprise and delight.

    Admittedly a small thing, but it did serve as thanks to this most gifted, affable , honorable Mayberrian.

    Harvey Bullock
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  26. How many public domain episodes of TAGS exist?
    16 episodes from The Andy Griffith Show's 3rd season are in public domain. They are:

    High Noon in Mayberry
    The Loaded Goat
    Class Reunion
    Rafe Hollister Sings
    Opie and the Spoiled Kid
    The Great Filling Station Robbery
    Andy Discovers America
    Aunt Bee's Medicine Man
    The Darlings Are Coming
    Andy's English Valet
    Barney's First Car
    The Rivals
    A Wife For Andy
    Dogs, Dogs, Dogs
    Mountain Wedding
    The Big House

    There are no other episodes in public domain.

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  27. How many people appeared in both TAGS and The Brady Bunch?
    I can think of 15. They are...

    1. Alan Melvin (Numerous episodes of each, best know as Alice's boyfriend Sam the Butcher).

    2. Hal Smith (Was in 2 episodes of TBB. One as a store Santa Claus and the other as the host of a kids show called Cartoon King).

    3. Burt Mustin (Played a man who wrote a book on Jesse James that came to the Bradys house to tell Bobby he was not a good guy).

    4. Mary Treen (Rose and other Mayberry ladies and played Alice's friend Kay who filled in for her when she stopped working for the Bradys in one episode).

    5. Herb Viagran (Bookie Barber and was in 2 epiodes of the Bradys as a store clerk and DMV test giver for Marcia).

    6. Robert Emhardt (Malcolm Tucker and Mr. Foster, played a judge in an episode of TBB).

    7. Jackie Coogan (Was the person suing Carol Brady in that same episode and also played a man who wouldn't sign a petition to save the neighborhood park).

    8. Steve Dunnel (Announcer when Barney comes back to town and dates Teena Andrews and was in 2 episoded of TBB, one as an old boyfriend of Alice and the other as host of the tv show that the kids sang on).

    9. J. Pat O'Malley (The man who tried to con Mrs. Mendlebright also played Carol Brady's father in the pilot episode).

    10. Dabbs Greer (The minister who married Mike and Carol, but like William Schallert, he was in EVERY tv show).

    11. Jay Novello (Attorney when Otis sues the county and jewel thief in Guest of Honor, played Peter Brady's boss when he worked at a bike shop).

    12. Russell Schulmam (Bully who picks on Mike Jones and also played a bully who fought Peter Brady).

    13. Hoke Howell (Original Dud played a gas station attendent when the Bradys went to The Grand Canyon).

    14. Ken Berry (Was in an episode where he and his wife adopted 3 boys of different races. It was a pilot that was never bought).

    15. Jackie Joseph (Played the head of the adoption agency in that episode).

    Submitted by John Floyd
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Goober / George Lindsey
  1. Didn't I hear one show refer to him as Goober Beasley and not Pyle?
    You sure did. On episode #150 "TV or Not TV" Goober was called Goober Beasley....That's the episode where "Law and Order" magazine had written the story about Andy called "Sheriff Without a Gun" and the fake TV crew came to town to do a show about Ange. HOWEVER, after that...in all the other episodes, his name was Goober Pyle. That first mention of his last name was an error by the writers that was never caught and since Goober was Gomer's cousin, it just seemed more likely that his name would be Pyle..thus the change.
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  2. Did George Lindsey (Goober) do one of the voices on "The Aristocats?
    George Lindsey was one of the hound dogs in "The Aristocats" (Pat Buttram was the other one.) George also did the voice of Trigger the vulture in Disney's "Robin Hood." Another TAGS cast member to do Disney voices was Clint Howard. He was Roo in the earliest Winnie the Pooh films, and the un-named little elephant in "The Jungle Book." Speaking of "The Jungle Book," Sterling Holloway (Mayberry's Bert Miller the peddler), was Kaa the snake; and Colonel Hathi (the lead elephant) was voiced by J. Pat O'Malley, who appeared as con man Oscar Fields in "Up in Barney's Room." --Paul
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Helen / Aneta Corsaut
  1. Where was Helen Crump from?
    Helen was from Kansas. This is mentioned in a couple of color episodes, such as "Helen the Authoress" and "The Hollywood Party." Later, in "Helen's Past" we learn that she went to college in Kansas City, but we don't know for sure if it was Kansas City, KS or Kansas City, MO. Speaking of Kansas City, that's where I'm from myself, originally (I bet you thought I was from Ancient Greece!) TAGS stars born in KC include Betty Lynn and Allan Melvin. --Paul Mulik
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  2. I just got done watching "The Manhunt" and at the end when the credits are being shown I noticed that Helen Crumps name was in there. I dont recall seeing her in that episode, or maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me. Was she in that episode?
    For some unknown reason, a great many of the episodes on the "store-bought" TAGS tapes incorrectly have the credits from the episode "Opie Loves Helen." I have quite a lot of these tapes, and I'd estimate about 20% have the wrong credits. Apparently, the guys who put those tapes together didn't have the credits for several episodes, so they just stuck on whatever credits were handy. Why it was always "Opie Loves Helen," I don't know. "The Manhunt" was episode 2, and Helen didn't appear in the series until episode 86, "Andy Discovers America." --Paul
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Howard / Jack Dodson
  1. Is Jack Dodson (Howard Sprague) still living?
    Jack Dodson passed away September 16, 1994, just a few days before Mayberry Days of that year. I remember hearing a radio program as we were driving to Mt. Airy. The announcer supposedly placed a phone call to Howard Sprague in heaven! Whoever did Jack Dodson's voice was dead-on perfect. Did anybody else catch that? I don't remember what station we were listening to; it was probably somewhere in Kentucky or West Virginia.
    -Paul Mulik

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Locations
  1. Please settle for me once and for all where exactly the lake used on TAGS is located. Is it in California or North Carolina, or where?
    Why, it is in Mayberry, of course! No, the lake used is actually in California. In fact, it's in the heart of Los Angeles in the Franklin Canyon area just North of Beverly Hills (you head south on Franklin Canyon Drive at Mulholland Drive). A sign leading to the lake says that the road ends in 800 feet, but it doesn't. Just follow the road to what is now a quiet, little-used park/nature area You'll be able to recognize several landmarks, such as a road and railing next to the lake, but the lake itself appears to be a bit smaller than it was 30 years ago. The accumulation of sediment and the encroachment of vegetation have changed its shoreline and size somewhat over the years. (And, no doubt, Mayberry fans have contributed a few thousand small rocks to the lake bottom during that time as they imitate Opie's familiar tossing of the rock into the lake in the opening credits.)

    Using MicroSoft's "Virtual Earth" (it's in Beta so plase let me know if this stops working) you can see exactly where "Myer's Lake is. Don't forget to use the "Bird's Eye" view to see actual photos.
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  2. I've always seen curious if there was a city map of Mayberry -- one that might show the layout of Main Street, as far as where the hotel, Walker's Drugstore, Weaver's, Crowley's Market, etc., are located in relation to the Mayberry Courthouse.
    Because the sets on the show changed over the years, you won't find one definitive map of the layout of Mayberry. But you'll probably find pretty much what you're looking for in Steve Spignesi's encyclopedic Mayberry, My Hometown. He put together a computer-generated layout of the town based on several episodes With lots of good shots of the town. Steve includes blueprints (including the placement of furniture and fixtures) of key buildings such as the Taylor home and the Courthouse. For a generalized view of what the geography of Mayberry County might look like (based on things said, the maps in the Courthouse and actual North Carolina geography), the Beck Clark Andy Griffith Show Book includes a county map rendering that may be useful to you. (And, say, we just happen to carry both of these books at everyday low prices at Weaver's Department Store.)

    You can also check out a great Map done by Jimmy Dean and located on the Mayberry.com site.
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  3. Has anybody ever figured out where Mayberry would be located geographically?
    It's impossible to pinpoint it precisely since the writers were not always consistent, but here are a few clues: 1. In "Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt!" Barney says it's 12 miles to Mt. Pilot (the fictional "Mt. Pilot" is presumably in the same place as the real town of Pilot Mountain, NC.) 2. In "The Luck of Newton Monroe" Goober says it's 60 miles to Raleigh. In "Andy's Rich Girlfriend," Barney says it 55 miles to the capital. 3. In "The Rehabilitation of Otis" and "The Battle of Mayberry" Mayberry is said to be in the northern part of the state. By consulting a map of North Carolina and using these clues, it's possible to get a pretty good idea of where Mayberry is. It's roughly in the same geographic location as Mt. Airy.-- Paul Mulik
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  4. How far is Mt. Pilot? I've heard 12 miles and I have also heard it's an hour away.
    That's one of those little incosistency glitches. There were so many different writers over the years that it was difficult (if not impossible) for them to know what some other writer may have already established in an earlier episode. The mistakes would never have been noticed during the show's original run, when it was possible to watch just ONE episode per week, but such bloopers are easier to spot nowadays, what with reruns and videotapes and all. In episode 90, Andy says the drive takes about an hour (it takes Ms. Lesch 4 hours.) Later, in episode 124, Barney says it's 12 miles. Both could be correct; if it's a REALLY bad road, it might take an hour to drive 12 miles.--Paul Mulik
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  5. What's the deal? Either there is more than one house with a tree stump in the front yard, or that house is moving around!
    The house in question was used over and over and over (and over) in numerous TAGS episodes. They had one residential street set on the backlot that they used nearly every time a script called for houses (Andy's house was fifth from the corner.) The house in question was Floyd's house in "Divorce, Mountain Style." It was Wallys' house in "Man in a Hurry." It seems like a different person lived in the house in every episode (of course, the other houses on the block were the same way, except for Andy's.) About that stump, for the first couple of seasons, there was a whole tree there. It always had a severe "lean" to it; apparently it finally either fell down, or they had to cut it down out of fear that it was about to fall down on its own. --Paul Mulik
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  6. Where was the TV movie Return to Mayberry filmed?
    Return to Mayberry was filmed in Los Olivous, CA (a suburb of Santa Barbara, CA) in May 1986.
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  7. Was the reference to Saberton in The Pagent a nod to the surburb of Morgantown, VA?
    Theresa West quotes a line in the "PAGEANT" episode wherein Barney says that Clara Edwards won't be available to portray her usual starring role in the annual upcoming town pageant because she has to go to Saberton to attend her sick sister.

    Thersa asks if I wrote that little factoid in the script knowing that Saberton is a "suburb" of Morgantown W.V., Don Knott's home town. Or was it just a coincidence?

    I checked my script copy. On page 12 Barney says "Her sister took sick over in Mebane."

    Mebane?...Saberton?...Could she have been stricken in a mobile hospital?

    My creaky memory came briefly to life and I remember writing "Mebane." It was a small town in North Carolina which had popped into my mind because it was the home town of Rusty, a classmate who roomed across the hall from me during my freshman year (Fall,1939) at Duke University and unceasingly described it as the fried chicken capital of the known universe.

    So how did the name become Saperton. I reckon there was a little friendly change made on the set and Saberton beat out Mebane, chicken wings and all.

    Writers often used name of real people and places familiar to them. It was fast, convenient and kind of fun. The legal department would in turn change the name again if they thought it was so unque that it could refer to only one person who might then declare an invasion of privacy or habeas corpus or whatever.

    For a short while, writer Jack Elinson and I maintained an underground defamation duel (not on TAGS). I would use Jack's name when a despicable rogue showed up in my script, and he would counter using my name on an equally dastardly wretch in his. On "One Day at a Time" Jack had Bonny Franklin make a list of the most boring dates she ever had. Guess whose name led all.

    What the heck, it was a break from staring at the ceiling in search of the ever-elusive story bug. Best to all.

    --Harvey Bullock
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Mayberry Squad Car
  1. It was my understanding the squad car was a 1963 Ford Galaxie, but if the show started in 1960 how could this be? Is there more than one car? Or am I just incorrect in my knowledge?
    he producers always used the newest model available for the squad car. The cars were supplied free of charge by a nearby Ford dealer, and whenever the next year's model came out, it was sent to the studio and the old one was returned to the dealer who re-painted it and sold it as a used car.

    Altogether, there were about 10 different cars used throughout the run of the series and it's spin-offs. Almost all of them were Galaxie 4-door sedans, but in the "color" years they used a Ford Custom sedan part of the time. On Gomer Pyle -- USMC and Mayberry R.F.D., a Dodge squad car could occasionally be seen on the streets of Mayberry.

    My personal favorite of all the cars was the '63 model.
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  2. Does anyone know the police radio frequency of Mayberry? I do remember the long whip antenna on the Ford Galaxie police car....was that particular police car loaned to the show from another community?
    That's a mighty interesting question! Let's see if we can get us a mighty interesting answer. For starters, the cars seen on the show were not real police cars. They were loaned to the studio by a nearby Ford dealer in exchange for a mention in the closing credits which read, "Automobiles furnished by Ford Motor Company." Each year, a new Ford sedan (usually a Galaxie) was furnished to be used as the squad car, and the old one was given back to the dealer who repainted it and sold it as a used car.

    About the radio frequency, I can't help you much there, but I do know that the radio used in the squad car was a Motorola. The only episode I know of in which the car radio can be seen is #34, "Barney's Replacement." It is shown very, very briefly in a "missing" scene in which Barney shows Bob Rogers the equipment in the car. I showed this video clip to a Motorola dealer, who confirmed that it was a Motorola radio from the late 40s-early 50s era. He couldn't identify the exact model, though. It was decided the frequency was somewhere between 140-150 MHZ. (Lo band frequency...) In the 60's, most of the law enforcement frequencies were in that range.

    --Answer above by Paul Mulik and Jack Fellenzer


    The Police/ Public Service band of that era was 45 to 52mHz. This is why there is no such thing as TV channel #1 because the frequency range was already in use forPublic Service dating back to the FCC radio act of 1934. TV channel 2 is 53.5 to 59.5mHz. The idea was to “reclaim” TVchannel #1 later but so much surplus 2 way gear was available the FCC never gave Channel #1 to the TV broadcasters. The American Red Cross still uses some of this really old surplus VHF-LO equipment to this day.

    A VHF-HI 150mHz ˝ wave mobile antenna is about 2’ 6” tall.
    A VHF-LO 50mHz ˝ wave mobile antenna is about 7’ 6” tall.

    --Answer above provided by Kevin McClure
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Music
  1. I bought a TAGS video the other day and on this tape, the show starts to a different theme. What's up?
    What happens is this. Sometimes the episodes copyright expires (16 episodes of TAGS are in public domain) and a video company can make a tape with the episodes with expired copyrights without having to have permission of VIACOM. The theme music has a different copyright and it doesn't expire so the company would have to pay the writer royalties. They don't want to do that so they just replace the theme music with some other music.
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  2. What is the name of the song that Andy and Barney are humming when Malcolm joins them on the front porch in "The Return of Malcolm Merriweather?"
    We knew to turn to Mayberry trivia fanatic Paul Mulik for this question because he's also a choir director. The hymn is titled "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning" by Philip e Bliss (1838-1876). The first verse and refrain are: Brightly beams our Fathers mercy from his lighthouse evermore/But to us be gives the keeping of the lights along the shore. Refrain: Let the lower fights be burning! Send a gleam across the wave!/Some poor fainting struggling seaman you may rescue, you may save.

    You can bet that gospel music lover Andy Griffith Was responsible for selecting this tune for use in the Mayberry scene.
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  3. What's the name of the song that Flip Conway, Opie's football coach, played on the piano in Episode 215 "Opie's Piano Lesson?"
    The piano piece in question is "Grand Valse Brilliante" by Frederic Chopin.--Paul Mulik
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  4. Does Earle Hagen, the composer of The Andy Griffith Show Theme, still be royalties every time the theme song is played?
    Not long ago, we got to talking about whether or not Earle Hagen still receives royalty payments every time The Andy Griffith Theme is played (BTW, that is the correct original title, NOT "The Fishin' Hole.") To settle this issue once and for all, I went straight to the source and asked The Maestro himself. Here's what he had to say:

    "Composers don't receive royalties but they do get performance money. The difference is that royalties are determined by a guild negotiating re-use payments with the producers. These payments diminish over time by the number of repeat plays of the program. Performance money is paid by the broadcasters who have to secure licenses to perform the music under the copyright laws of the world. It amounts to pennies per minute, but with 3000 shows of all kinds that I have written, it adds up. I'm delighted that you have an interest after all these years." Sincerely, Earle Hagen

    Thanks to Earle for taking time to answer that question for us. --Paul Mulik
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  5. I heard that Fred Lowery whistled the theme to TAGS. Is that true.
    From TAGSRWC founder, Jim Clark: You can nip this rumor in the bud! Fred Lowery was a renowned whistler (perhaps the finest ever), but he may have stretched the truth a little for the sake of a good story. He often whistled the TAGS theme when he performed, but he did not whistle the version that we hear on TAGS itself. That was indeed Earle Hagen. (I asked Earle about the Fred Lowery rumors myself a few year's back, and he set the record straight.) By the way, Fred Lowery wrote a very interesting autobiography called "Whistling in the Dark" (so named because he was blind). --JC

    From Paul Mulik: No, composer Earle Hagen whistled it. It was the only thing he ever whistled professionally, except for "Return to Mayberry," when he reprised his earlier performance. People are always telling me that that they remember when "the guy who whistled the Andy Griffith theme song" came and performed at their school in the early 1970s. Whoever those folks saw, I doubt if it was Earle Hagen --probably just some whistler who included the TAGS theme in his own repertoire.
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  6. Who was playing the guitar for Jim Lindsey, was it really James Best?
    James did NOT play his own songs. James can't play a guitar. James has stated at reunion events that he thought Herb Ellis was the one doing the actual playing of the guitar in those episodes but James wasn't certain.

    Earle Hagen was the music director for The Andy Griffith Show and he himself told TAGSRWC's own Paul Mulik that the person playing was Barney Kessel so that's good enough for me. Earle ought to know.

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Opie / Ron Howard
  1. What happened to Andy Taylor's first wife (Opie's mother)?
    All we were ever told is that she died and that was told us on the pilot for "The Andy Griffith Show" which appeared on "The Danny Thomas Show". Opie's pet turtle , Wilford, was stepped on and killed by "Mrs. Balford" out in front of the ice cream parlor and he wants Andy to arrest her for 'murder', give her a fair trial and "hang her." Andy tries to help Opie deal with the loss by talking about how it was when Opie's 'ma' died. Opie looks to Andy and says, "Who stepped on Ma?" That was the only time Andy's first wife was mentioned.

    Besides the pilot, she is also mentioned in "Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee." Opie asks Andy, "Did you and Ma have that kind of love?" Andy replies, "Yes, son, we did."

    We never do learn her name, or anything else about her, but there are a few hints here and there.

    In the pilot episode, Andy reminds Opie, "I lost your mom when you was just the least little speck of a baby." Of course, there are lots of things in the pilot episode that changed before the first episode, but I'd consider this official since it established from the very beginning that Andy was a widower raising a boy, and that never changed throughout the entire series.

    Therefore, Opie never knew his mother. Perhaps she died giving birth. Andy might have meant something else by "lost," but I doubt it. It would have been unthinkable for a woman to "run off" from a good man like Sheriff Taylor.

    We also learn in other episodes that Barney was Andy's best man (he says "I stood up for you when you first got married," which I assume means he was best man), and that Barney is Opie's Godfather. I suppose it is possible that Andy had been married twice (before Helen came along), but there's no evidence to suggest this. - Added by Paul Mulik
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  2. What was the origin of the name Opie? Was it short for something?
    Jim Clark once told me that Opie Taylor was most likely named for Opie Cates, a prominent bandleader of the '40s or '50s whom Andy Griffith and Sheldon Leonard both admired. I have never figured out if Mr. Cates' name was short for something else, or if it was really "O.P." Opie Taylor did spell his name O-P-I-E. It can be seen on the love note he wrote to Miss Crump in "Opie Loves Helen", and on the board he burned his name into in "Barney's Sidecar." --Paul Mulik
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Otis / Hal Smith
  1. Did Otis (Hal Smith) do the voice of Barney Rubble?
    Hal Smith (aka Otis) did Barney Rubble only for the first few episodes of The Flintstones (with Bill Thompson as Fred.) Later, Alan Reed took over as Fred, and the great Mel Blanc assumed the role of Barney. (Trivia time: The Flintstones premiered Sept 30, 1960 exactly three days before TAGS did.) Hal Smith did many, many other characters' voices over the years, including Winne the Pooh (plus Owl and Eeyore), Jiminy Cricket, Goofy, Phillipe (the Horse in "Beauty and the Beast") and the small soft drink cup in about a zillion McDonald's Happy Meal commercials (Howard Morris, aka Ernest T. Bass, was the Hamburglar's voice.) Hal Smith was also the voice of Santa Claus in countless Christmas cartoons. Whenever anyone needed a Santa voiceover, Hal Smith was very often the one they called. --Paul Mulik
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  2. What was Otis Campbell's occupation...when he wasn't being the town drunk?
    Down drunk...well, we don't say it out like that.

    His occupation was a glue dipper down at the furniture factory.
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Season DVD Questions
  1. Season 3 DVD Edited Episodes
    Regarding the Third Season DVD set, there are a couple of edits. "Barney Mends a Broken Heart" and "The Darlings Are Coming" both are missing their epilogues. And the Darlings episode is of pretty poor video quality, too. It is disappointing that Paramount couldn't provide complete versions for all 32 of the episodes. On the bright side, they were able to include epilogues for all but two episodes. And only "The Darlings Are Coming" is of substandard video quality. The others are as pristine looking as the First and Second Seasons. There's no excuse for the poor quality of the "Darlings" episode, but at least Paramount was able to give us 30 clean, and as far as I can tell from what I've watched so far, uncut episodes out of the Third Season. After more than 40 years of chopping and editing, we can be thankful that 30 episodes from this key season have survived unscathed. It could have been worse, and often has been over the years. Paramount was also able to include 29 of the 32 original commercials, so that's a plus. I'll see if I can find out more about what happened with the two episodes from somebody at Paramount and let them know that fans in Mayberry are "all keyed up" about the situation. But I'm sure Paramount tried to include the most complete and best-quality versions they could locate. Although perfection would be better, I for one am thankful for each and every episode that does come out clean on these releases. There just happen to be a couple of lumps of coal among the diamonds.
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  2. I have a tape that starts out saying "Andy of Mayberry" instead of "The Andy Griffith Show". Why the name change?
    During the original run of "The Andy Griffith Show," CBS began to show reruns of TAGS during the daytime hours. To reduce confusion they re-titled the show "Andy of Mayberry." When TAGS original run was over the titles were changed back but when VIACOM began looking for "uncut" episodes, some of the best ones still had the "Andy of Mayberry" title on them and the tape distributors didn't fix it. They sometimes show up on your local stations, too, so be on the lookout.
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  3. Where can I get a complete set of TAGS video tapes?
    The "store bought" videos of The Andy Griffith Show (TAGS) are no longer being produced. The company that had been producing the tapes lost their license around 1995 and at this time there are no plans by VIACOM to issue a license to anyone for VHS. The only tapes you can still get are those you'll find already in stock in a particular store.

    The complete seasons of TAGS are being releases on DVD (as of this writing there are 4 seasons with Season 5 coming out in Feb 2006). Drop by Weaver's Department Store and get your copy of the DVDs.
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  4. Are there epilogues at the end of the color episodes of TAGS, and are these episodes available to the public?
    Yes, there are (or were) epilogues for the color episodes (the last 90 episodes, which make up the last three seasons of the show). But as with the black-and-white episodes, the epilogues (those cherished TAGS tags at the end of the episodes) are usually missing from the versions shown by stations in reruns. (They're cut out to make room for more commercials.)

    Only a small handful of the color episodes have been released on the licensed videos. It seems that about the time the licensed manufacturers get to the point where they might be ready to release more of the color episodes (that is, after they've released all of the black-and-whites), their license is not renewed When a new license is issued to a manufacturer. production begins with the black-and-whites again.

    But maybe someday the entire series will be available and with epilogues. Keep buying those Season sets on DVD and we may get to see ALL the episodes.
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  5. Season 4 Laugh Track Missing
    Several folks have asked about the lack of laugh tracks on some of the episodes on the Fourth Season DVD sets. Some folks love having no laugh tracks. Some don't. Paramount is checking to see why they weren't included. It could be that versions of some episodes with laugh tracks simply weren't available to Paramount's production team at time they were making the DVDs--even though syndicated versions and other retail releases of the same episodes might have always had the tracks. (Different versions of episodes sometimes get lost or were used by previous manufacturers and not returned, etc.)

    Anyway, all DVD sets of the Fourth Season are the same. There's no point in contacting Paramount to ask for an explanation because they don't know yet. We'll post info here and on the TAGSRWC site (in the Weaver's section) as soon as we get info from Paramount.
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The Darlings
  1. I was wondering what the name of the Darling boys was on the show?
    Other (pronounced Othor), Jebbin, Ward, & Frankie Darling were the names given to the boy in the "Mountain Wedding" script but only Other and Jebbin were ever used in their early appearances. In "The Darling Fortune" (#193) Andy referred to the boys as Mitch, Dean, Rodney, and Doug....the 'real' names of the Dillards.
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  2. Whatever happened to the actress who played Charlene?
    That was Maggie Peterson, AKA Margaret Ann Peterson. She appeared on a few other shows, like Gomer Pyle -- USMC and Mayberry RFD (not as Charlene Darling). She also appeared in the movie "Angel in My Pocket," which starred Andy Griffith and several other TAGS alumni. Now-a-days, she works for the Nevada Film Commission. Whenever a movie company wants to film on location in the state of Nevada, she's the person in charge of arranging the necessary permits and stuff. BTW, she's still as pretty as ever (actually, I'd say she's even prettier now!)
    -- Paul Mulik

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  3. How many hat-fulls of water does it take to fill the radiator on the Darling's truck?
    If you thought it was 11.......Wrong! If you'll watch closely, you'll see that Briscoe only pours in FIVE hat-fulls (this is in episode #88, "The Darlings Are Coming.") True, he does say, "She's always good for eleven hat-fulls," but that is obviously not accurate. Maybe he uses a little hat sometimes, and a big hat other times? --Paul
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Thelma Lou / Betty Lynn
  1. What was Thelma Lou's occupation, last name, and where did she live?
    There are several things about Thelma Lou that are a mystery to this day. The only thing we know about what she did for a living is that she worked in an office in town. Her phone number a work was 596. We also never were told her last name. We don't know exactly what Thel's address was but we do know that her house number was 830 and that the phone number there was 247. She had one brother and two cousins that we know of. (Karen Moore & Mary Grace Gossage)
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  2. Where did Barney meet Thelma Lou?
    Well, this is a hard question because the show isn't consistent. The answer you're looking for is, they met at Wilton Blair's funeral. That was the first mention of them meeting. In a later color episode we find out that Thelma Lou was a classmate of Andy and Barney at Mayberry Union High so they must have met there but became reacquainted at Wilton Blair's funeral.
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  3. I was wondering if Andy's girlfriend in Class Reunion, Sharon DeSpain, is played by Betty Lynn.
    There was a slight resemblance, but they're two different actors. Betty Lynn played Thelma Lou; Peggy McCay played Sharon DeSpain. Ms. McCay is best known for her role of Caroline Brady on the long-running Days of Our Lives. --Paul

    Here is a LINK to a web page at Mayberry.com showing these two wonderful ladies so you can compare.
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