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Andy and Barney travel to the State capital to seek funding for new equipment for the Mayberry Sheriff's office. Barney thinks he's in his element and is convinced that crime is all around him. At their hotel, Barney spots a suspicious character eying a well-to-do and bejeweled matronly woman in the lobby. Andy tells him to mind his own business but Barney being Barney decides that making a bust in the big city might just give them the clout they need to get the money they need. He follows the mysterious man and befriends another man, C.J. Hasler, who tells him he's a newspaperman who can help out. Turns out Barney has got it wrong again and the mystery man is actually the house detective and CJ is the jewel thief.
|Episode cast overview:|
|Andy Griffith||-||Andy Taylor|
|Ron Howard||-||Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)|
|Don Knotts||-||Barney Fife|
|Frances Bavier||-||Aunt Bee Taylor|
|Allan Melvin||-||Hotel Detective Bardoli|
|Les Tremayne||-||C.J. Hasler|
|Peter Leeds||-||Sergeant Nelson|
|Arte Johnson||-||Hotel Clerk|
|Robert Carson||-||Commissioner Hedges (as Robert S. Carson)|
|Ottola Nesmith||-||Lady with Jewelry|
|Thomas Myers||-||Officer Dean Friendly|
|Roger Til||-||Waiter in French Restaurant|
The gag in which Barney points at items on the menu so as not to let the waiter know that he doesn't speak French was created by Don Knotts himself. Years later he would recreate the bit on an episode of Three's Company.
This is the first episode to travel outside Mayberry.
When leaving the house for their trip to Raleigh, Andy and Barney make a big deal of stepping out with their right foot. This is based on the old superstition of getting up on the wrong side of bed. It is believed that if a person gets up on the left side of the bed, things will go wrong, but if a person gets up on the right side, they will be right of mind, right of heart, and their day will be perfect. This of course, extends to leaving the house as well.
The skyline view is not Raleigh, NC.
Actor Roger Til later played an uncredited, very similar role as a waiter in Gomer Pyle: USMC episode 4-28, "Love and Goulash."