The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Barney and the Governor 

After Barney tickets the governor's car for illegal parking, the governor is impressed and comes to Mayberry to congratulate him for doing a good job. Barney doesn't realize this and thinks he is going to lose his job instead.


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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) (credit only)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Parley Baer ... Mayor Roy Stoner
Hal Smith ... Otis Campbell
Carl Benton Reid ... Governor Ed
Joseph Hamilton ... Townsman (as Joe Hamilton)
Robert McQuain Robert McQuain ... Postal Clerk (as Bob McQuain)
Rance Howard ... Governor's Chauffeur
Burt Mustin ... Jud


When the Governor's chauffeur parks the Governor's car in a No Parking Zone in front of the Post Office, Barney issues a ticket. Actually, he didn't realize it was the Governor's car until well into to the process and he then refused to back down. Mayor Stoner is outraged when he hears what they have done and he insists that Andy call the Governor's office and apologize. The Governor is in fact delighted that someone had the gumption to ticket his car and tells Andy and the Mayor that he will stop by Mayberry that very afternoon to congratulate Barney and shake his hand. Only problem is that no one tells Barney and when he hears the Governor is coming to Mayberry, he assumes the worse and that he's finished. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

7 January 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Otis Campbell: I decided to take a long weekend because of the holidays.
Barney Fife: What holiday?
Otis Campbell: I think it's our anniversary.
Barney Fife: Why ain't you home with your wife?
Otis Campbell: What kind of a holiday would that be?
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Upholding the Law
30 August 2016 | by MichaelMartinDeSapioSee all my reviews

One morning a sleek black limousine pulls up in Mayberry. It's the governor's car! Mayberry's cadre of old codgers goad Barney into tagging the limousine for being illegally parked. When Barney finds out it's the governor's vehicle he is mortified for a split second, but then - imagining the mockery he will endure from the old codgers if he backs down - he sticks to his guns and gives the chauffeur a ticket.

Andy supports Barney for holding to the law, while Mayor Stoner is furious. It turns out that the governor, instead of being angry, is pleased with what Barney did and wants to stop by to meet and congratulate him. But will the visit go as planned?

This memorable episode examines themes of authority, peer pressure, herd mentality, and the individual versus the crowd. The chauffeur is played by Rance Howard, Ronnie's dad.

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