5 little Andy Griffith Show details you never noticed in ''Barney and the Governor''

Learn how Sir Walter Raleigh and Laura Petrie's dad tie into this episode.

"Barney and the Governor" is one of the great showcases of Don Knotts' comedic skills. His by-the-books Deputy Fife shows his naive fastidiousness by giving a parking ticket to the most powerful man in the state. Later, after drinking from a water cooler spiked by town drunk Otis Campbell, Barney stumbles around in a rare drunken stupor. The physical comedy is golden. Plus, Barney even barks, "Nip it!"

Yep, this episode sure is a gem of The Andy Griffith Show. Speaking of gems, if you look closely, you will discover sparkling little details. 

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1. Andy Griffith discovered this actor who was working his former job.

Andy Griffith may be most associated with Mount Airy, his small hometown in North Carolina, but the actor has just as much history with Roanoke Island in the state's Outer Banks. Griffith married his first wife, Barbara Edwards, on the island. On July 3, 2012, the TV icon passed away in his 70-acre property on Roanoke. Griffith first got the acting bug as a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. In the summers, the budding thespian spent his summers on Roanoke Island performing in the historical play The Lost Colony. He began as a soldier in 1947 and worked his way up the cast to play the lead, Sir Walter Raleigh, by 1949, a role he kept through 1953. After becoming a star, Griffith made a nostalgic return to Roanoke and watched a production of The Lost Colony. A young man named Bob McQuain was Sir Walter Raleigh. Griffith liked what he saw. He befriended McQuain and gave him several small roles on The Andy Griffith Show. Look for him as a postal worker who comes to admire the governor's Cadillac in "Barney and the Governor."

2. Burt Mustin is readying a Curly Kayoe comic strip in a Mount Airy newspaper.

Burt Mustin is another fascinating minor player of Mayberry, most often appearing as Jud Fletcher. He sits with other townsmen jawing outside the post office. Jud flips through a newspaper in the opening scene. A close look at the paper reveals two fun facts. A small print ad proves this is, in fact, a paper from Mount Airy, North Carolina, Griffith's hometown. What a nice detail over a more easily procured Los Angeles Times. Secondly, zoom in on the funny pages and you'll see a comic strip by Sam Leff. It's few panels from Curly Kayoe, a boxing serial that dates back to 1945.

3. The Governor was also Laura Petrie's dad on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

What about the governor himself? Do you recognize him? Carl Benton Reid played the fictional head of North Carolina in this 1963 episode. Around the same time, he could be found on another sitcom. Reid also played the father of Mary Tyler Moore's character on The Dick Van Dyke Show! Look for "Mr. Meehan" (her maiden name) in "What's in a Middle Name?" and "The Plot Thickens."

4. Ron Howard's dad was the chauffeur.

Speaking of dads… a real-life celebrity father plays a key role in "Barney and the Governor." Rance Howard, father of Ron Howard (not to mention Clint Howard, the little cowboy "Leon" of Mayberry), drives the big black Cadillac belonging to the governor. Barney serves him with a parking ticket. Rance was frequently around the set with his sons, which is why you can also find him as another driver — a bus driver — in "Cousin Virgil." He also turned up in "A Black Day for Mayberry" and "The Rumor."

5. The license plate reads "DRLVE GAFTDEYE NOTH CAPOLNJA."

Producers of 1963 black-and-white television probably did not count on HD decades later. The insert shot of the governor's license plate perhaps did not look fishy when the episode originally aired. In the gloriously crisp remastered version, however, you can see the nonsensical details. No wonder Mayberry is not in the real North Carolina — it sits in Noth Capolnja. Is that in Eastern Europe?

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JohnGibbons 11 months ago
Rance was the priest in Apollo 13
leannie429 27 months ago
Wait a minute—wasn’t Thelma Lou married in a later episode, where she introduced her new husband to Barney?Did they kill off the husband or was it a case of conveniently forgetting him so she could marry Barney?
dennisjs52 38 months ago
Rance Howard was also in The Loaded Goat
LisaLoveSlough Dennisjs 38 months ago
Actually, he was in Cousin Virgil, Barney and the Governor, A Black Day for Mayberry, and The Rumor. Not in The Loaded Goat at all.
dennisjs52 LisaLoveSlough 37 months ago
You are wrong
JohnBates Dennisjs 37 months ago
And he was the minister at Barney and Thelma Lou's wedding in the 1986 reunion movie.
ELEANOR Dennisjs 33 months ago
There was one episode where another actor suddenly became ill and was unable to finish the episode. Rance was quickly drafted which explains why one of the government agents suddenly was wearing a different outfit.
tomfossati 38 months ago
Why do you only air the first 5 seasons?
SoCalTVFan tomfossati 37 months ago
Because the color seasons suck? 🤔
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CouchPotato19 37 months ago
Yeah, I know. The way the Democrats prevent the country from being run properly. It's shameful. They're an embarrassment to all of America.
Jmelonijr 4 months ago
NC is a republican state.
marsha 38 months ago
I love Don Knotts Physical comedy
I love Mayberry
I could watch it forever
Dcremp 38 months ago
MeTV, I love you, I really do! But your daily obsession with Mayberry and The Andy Griffith Show is getting to be a little much. 5 things you didn’t know about the Andy Griffith Show, 5 things your grandma never told you about the Andy Griffith Show, 5 things you wish you didn’t know about the Andy Griffith Show, 5 things we don’t even know about the Andy Griffith Show, 5 things about The Andy Griffith Show that makes the Andy Griffith Show worthy of complete and utter obsession.

I’m sorry. I do love you, but you’re losing me. You just need to change it up a bit and not let The Andy Griffith Show dominate and own a monopoly on MeTV.
DoubleNaughtSpy 38 months ago
Really, MeTV?

Is all this minutiae just a sample of what we're going to have to endure on a daily basis during MAYberry?

Maybe you folks should consider establishing a new cable service, The Mayberry Network, a 24/7 channel dedicated to all things Andy Griffith and Don Knotts. That will allow you to appease the masses who, for some inexplicable reason, just have to watch "The Pickle Story" for the 7,932nd time while allowing the rest of us to watch rarely seen episodes of other long-forgotten classics (e.g., "The Governor and J.J.," "Dusty's Trail," "Bridget Loves Bernie," "Rango," "The Chicago Teddy Bears," etc.).

Jeffrey DoubleNaughtSpy 38 months ago
The trouble is (and I'm not defending Me-Tv) (I want thriller back) all network stations have to dumpster dive for shows
TheThirstyOne 38 months ago
It’s a shame that we will never see again any episode’s in their entirety. Back then there was only 4 minutes if commercials. That means 26 minute episides. Back in the VCR days I was able to record all the shows unedited. And years later I moved them to DVD.
Jeffrey TheThirstyOne 38 months ago
AAAAAAAAAAmen - All cable network staions chop shows. I sit and watch and there are missing scenes in the show to pimp a nose sucker or some other doodad. Me-Tv is in that group but thee worst by far is Sundance channel. Its actually robbery - you pay more for less
GeneDavis Jeffrey 38 months ago
tv land is by far the worse. that's why the programs start at odd times and they to cut the show for ads. i contacted via com about that and they said if you don't like it don't watch
kcajlijcomcast 38 months ago
what local station in Denver carries Me TV?
You folks at me tv sure screwed things up when you took it away from local channel 20-2
Wiseguy kcajlijcomcast 38 months ago
MeTV doesn't take anything away, your local station did (Channel 20.1).
RF_Burns 38 months ago
I believe the reason the characters on The Andy Griffith Show were so happy is because few of them were married. The exception was Otis, and he was always drunk. : )
RobertOhlemeyer RF_Burns 30 months ago
Emmett the fix-it man was also married.
apknight 38 months ago
Just a little correction. The DVD episode is called The Plots Thicken, not the Plot Thickens.
BarbW64925360 38 months ago
Love this show. I have seen every episode ever made, and so enjoy watching them again and again.
RobertK 38 months ago
Mayberry is a good fit in today's world. Otis Campbell was the original expert at self-quarantine. He was also knowledgeable about where to find high-proof disinfectants!

garak99 RobertK 38 months ago
Did Mayberry even have a Bar or Tavern ?
GoUTVols1961 garak99 38 months ago
I think you had to go to Mount Pilot.
garak99 GoUTVols1961 38 months ago
Figures Barney never even brough Thelma Lou home for dinner with a bottle of wine and low lighting and who knows where that might have lead
GreggTowne GoUTVols1961 38 months ago
Otis kept a still out who - knows - where.
WordsmithWorks garak99 38 months ago
I believe Mayberry was in a dry county. That's why they had an issue with moonshiners.
KirwoodDerby garak99 38 months ago
I believe that Mayberry was a dry town/County.
Jeffrey RobertK 38 months ago
Yup in a supposedly dry county. But a lot of eps had alcohol hinted in them.
Eb 38 months ago
Then don't watch it. By the way, it's too.
Jeffrey Eb 38 months ago
Old crappy shows are better than the new crappy shows
PaulKellogg 38 months ago
I don't understand all this reverie for the Andy Griffith Show. Don Knotts was always to embarrasing to watch.
kat PaulKellogg 38 months ago
Why was he “always embarrassing to watch”? Your opinion. The vast majority find him a very funny man. The pickle episode was outstanding. Your opinion Potsie.
garak99 PaulKellogg 38 months ago
I agree the Character of Barney Fife was just so Stupid not that anybody else in Mayberry would have been a Rhodes Scholar
KirwoodDerby PaulKellogg 38 months ago
You’re in a huge minority, my friend. Don Knotts won 5 consecutive Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Barney Fife. When MeTV programs don’t do well in a timeslot they’re quickly removed, TAGS hasn’t budged from that spot since day one, probably never will.
Jeffrey PaulKellogg 38 months ago
The show would have been better IF Barney was more like Gilligan - dumb and inept instead of insubordiate and ignorant - and if Andy was more like the Skipper (on gilligans island) giving Barney a swat on the noggin once in awhile

Of course no one listened to Andy (and he was a dope for it)

Remember "Call the Man!!!!"
barbnova kat 38 months ago
barbnova Jeffrey 38 months ago
garak99 38 months ago
In my opinion and only my opinion The Andy Griffith Show was one of the worst shows in TV history. Mayberry was a town filled with sad boring dull people. People who got excited over a new Streetlight going up. No major League sports nearby no go go or nude bars to go to Heck there was not even a race track or casino around. The people in Mayberry never went to NYC or LA or even Chicago on Vacation that is called BORING
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KirwoodDerby garak99 38 months ago
garak99, you do realize that Mayberry is a fictional town in a fictional world. Of course some have trouble separating the two worlds.
MrsPhilHarris garak99 38 months ago
I don't recall the episode where they installed a new street lamp. 🤔
Jeffrey garak99 38 months ago
Now c'mon...Andy couldnt go away for a vacation cause they (Mayberry) had a tourist season. But then he went home and for a few days and left Barney "the God" in charge as usual. And then "BLOOey"
idkwut2use garak99 30 months ago
xD Idk, your idea of fun or interesting sounds a bit boring, unimaginative, and basic to me...
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