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The Andy Griffith Show episode guide – season 5

The Andy Griffith Show episode guide – season 5The Andy Griffith Show episode guide – season 5– Don Knotts final season as a regular on the series, playing his well-known Barney Fife character

Opie Loves Helen
Opie develops a crush on his teacher, Ms. Helen Crump, and Andy sees that the only way to get Opie to forget about it is to admit that he and Helen are an “item.”. Original airdate: 9/21/1964
Barney’s Physical
New height and weight requirements go into effect for all law enforcement, which threatens to put Barney out of a job unless Andy can figure out how to throw around some much-needed weight. Original airdate: 9/28/1964
Family Visit
Aunt Bee’s sister Nora and her family come to visit and drive everybody crazy. When Nora’s husband starts going around town acting like a police officer, Andy decides to give him a taste of the life of a real lawman. Original airdate: 10/05/1964
The Education of Ernest T. Bass
Ernest T. Bass returns to Mayberry to get an education so his girlfriend will marry him. But when he meets his new teacher, Helen Crump, he falls in love with her. Now Andy has to help Helen give Ernest all the facts he needs, including the one about the true object of his affection. Original airdate: 10/12/1964
Aunt Bee’s Romance
Aunt Bee’s old flame Roger comes to town for a visit and starts driving Andy and Opie crazy. Andy tries to give him the benefit of the doubt for Aunt Bee’s sake until Roger threatens to stay forever. Original airdate: 10/19/1964
Barney’s Bloodhound
Barney buys an old bloodhound to help him and Andy track down a prison escapee, but he only succeeds in getting them both taken hostage. That’s when Andy remembers the dog’s one pet peeve. Original airdate: 10/26/1964
Man in the Middle
A lover’s spat between Barney and Thelma Lou blows out of proportion and ends up involving Andy and Helen. Soon all four are not speaking and it’s up to Barney to fix things, but he’ll have to make up with Thelma Lou first. Original airdate: 11/02/1964
Barney’s Uniform
Barney angers a local businessman who threatens to break every bone in his body if he sees him out of uniform. Barney starts wearing his uniform everywhere, and Andy gives an idea to help him by changing a little more than his clothes. Original airdate: 11/9/1964
Opie’s Fortune
Opie finds a change purse with $50, and Andy tells him he can keep it if no one claims it in seven days. On the seventh day, the owner comes lookie for the money, and Andy discovers that Opie has already spent it. Original airdate: 11/16/1964
Goodbye Sheriff Taylor
While Andy is away in Raleigh considering a job offer, Barney is left as acting sheriff and dreams of the day he’ll have the job. When he ends up causing more trouble than he prevents, he wonders if he really wants the job as much as he thought. Original airdate: 11/23/1964.
Top 10 Favorite Episode as picked by The Andy Griffith Show cast members on “TV Land’s Top Ten:The Andy Griffith Show.”
The Pageant
Aunt Bee is elated when she is cast in the lead role in the Mayberry Centennial Pageant. When it becomes apparent she is not the actress she thinks she is, Andy devises a way for her to get a first-hand look at some real talent. Original airdate: 11/30/1964
The Darling Baby
The Darling family returns to Mayberry seeking a future husband for their 3-month-old daughter. To Andy’s horror, they choose Opie, and he finds he will have to scare up a little witcraft to get out of this one. Original airdate: 12/7/1964
Andy and Helen Have Their Day
Andy and Helen end up before a justice of the peace when Andy forgets his fishing license during their picnic. when word reaches Barney, he believes they are getting married and rounds up the whole gang to be there for the nuptials. Original airdate 12/14/1964
Three Wishes for Opie
Opie makes three wishes on a “magic lamp” that Barney bought. When one of his wishes doesn’t come true. Barney dismisses the whole thing. Opie learns there are many different ways for a wish to be granted. Original airdate: 12/21/1964
Otis Sues the County
Otis is talked into suing the county by a shady lawyer, thinking that Andy will support his efforts to attract more money for the courthouse. To his surprise, Andy decides to fight the case. Original airdate: 12/28/1964
Barney Fife, Realtor
Andy catches Opie trying to sell his broken bike to a friend and teaches him a lesson in honest dealing. but when Barney talks him into selling his house, the lesson comes to haunt him as Opie points out all of the faults of the Taylor house to Barney’s potential buyer. Original airdate: 1/04/1965
Goober Takes A Car Apart
Andy is horrified to find Goober has brought a car into the courthouse after being left in charge while Andy was away at a sheriff’s conference. That’s when he learns that a couple of law-enforcement friends from the conference are coming for a visit. Original airdate: 1/11/1965
The Rehabilitation of Otis
Barney’s attempts at getting Otis to stop drinking through psychotherapy only succeed in driving him away to Mount Pilot. When Andy sees how bad Barney feels, he takes him up to Mount Pilot to convince Otis to come back, only to find that Otis prefers their jail over Andy’s. Original airdate: 1/18/1965
The Lucky Letter
Barney feels he’s become “hexed” after Andy persuades him to throw away a chain letter. Now with the annual law-enforcement officers’ pistol-shooting qualifications coming up, Andy has to soothe Barney’s nerves or he may lose his job. Original airdate: 1/25/1965
Goober and the Art of Love
Goober starts to annoy Andy and Barney by hanging around during their dates with Helen and Thelma Lou. They decide to set him up with a girl he likes, only to find they now have twice the trouble. Original airdate: 2/1/1965
Barney Runs for Sheriff
Andy is offered a job in Minnesota and Barney decides to run for sheriff in the upcoming election. But when Andy’s job offer falls through, he returns to Mayberry to find Barney with a case of campaign fever, aiming to unseat Andy. Original airdate: 28/8/1965
If I Had A 1/4 Million
Barney sets up a sting operation to catch a crook who may be returning to Mayberry for some stolen loot and ends up arresting an undercover FBI agent instead. But a suspicious Andy realizes that Barney’s operation may not have been as far off as he thought. Original airdate: 2/15/1965
TV Or Not TV
An article written up about Andy attracts the attention of a Hollywood film crew who comes to make a television show about him. Andy is flattered until he notices the crew’s strange fascination with the Mayberry town bank. Original airdate: 3/1/1965
Guest in the House
The pretty daughter of a friend of Aunt Bee’s comes to stay with the Taylors and develops a crush on Andy, who tries to be nice for Aunt Bee’s sake without getting in trouble with Helen. Original airdate: 3/8/1965
The Case of the Punch in the Nose
Barney uncovers an old assault case between Floyd the barber and his friend Charlie that never went to trial and ends up reigniting an old feud that spreads to the whole town. Now Andy has to find a way to resolve the dispute and keep everyone out of court. Original airdate: 3/15/1965
Opie’s Newspaper
Opie and his friend decide to spice up the newspaper that they’ve started with a gossip column, which works great until Andy and Aunt Bee realize that it’s mostly about them. Original airdate: 3/22/1965
Aunt Bee’s Invisible Beau
Andy and Barney go to investigate the man who Aunt Bee has told them that she is dating, and find out that not only is he married with children, but he has no idea who Aunt Bee is. Original airdate: 3/29/1965
The Arrest of the Fun Girls
After arresting a couple of fun girls from Mount Pilot, Andy and Barney need to postpone their big date with Helen and Thelma Lou. Not wanting their dates to worry, Andy describes their prisoners as hard-bitten criminals. The ploy works, until Helen and Thelma Lou decide to make a surprise visit to the courthouse. Original airdate: 4/5/1965
The Luck of Newton Monroe
Andy arrests a traveling salesman for selling faulty merchandise and puts him on work detail, where he manages to botch every job he’s given. Now Andy has to restore the man’s self-confidence and he may have to sacrifice his front porch to do it. Original airdate: 4/12/1965
Opie Flunks Arithmetic
When Opie gets a D in math class, Andy tells him he can no longer play football after school and pressures him to study harder. When Opie’s grade fails to improve, Andy feels helpless until Helen shows him how he may actually be contributing to the problem. Original airdate: 4/19/1965
Opie and the Carnival
Opie goes to the carnival to try and win a present for Andy’s birthday but ends up spending all his money on the crooked gallery. When Andy hears about it, he visits the gallery himself to teach the operators a lesson in straight shootin’. Original airdate: 4/26/1965
Banjo Playing Deputy
Andy feels responsible when a banjo player loses a job at the carnival and tries to help him get back on his feet. The man only succeeds in making a mess of things and quickly loses his self-confidence, until he hears about a couple of purse robbers who are on the loose at the carnival. Original airdate: 5/3/1965

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