Needing a new sheriff until the next election, the mayor and councilmen of nearby Greendale see an article in the Mayberry Gazette about the low crime rate there. Deciding that they could never get Andy, they opt to offer the job to Barney. Andy doesn't think it's a good idea and tells Barney so. He thinks Barney needs more experience and needs to be more creative in finding solutions to problems. Barney doesn't agree, so Andy and he switch jobs for a day to see how he will do as sheriff. Barney soon realizes his own limitations and Andy arranges for him to make a key arrest - just enough for him to save face but also to get him to stay on as a deputy.
Did You Know?
It was incorrectly reported that Frances Bavier wasn't in the episode, but she was credited at the end. Francis Bavier was indeed in the episode during the traffic pileup that Goober caused. She went to the jail to find out what was going on at the same time a mother was in there complaining to Barney about Otis forcing her son to cross the street. See more
Why don't we go up to the hospital some night and take the bolts off of the wheelchairs? That'd be funny, too.
The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen
and Herbert W. Spencer
(as Herbert Spencer)
Performed by Earle Hagen See more