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After Barney helps Opie make a slingshot, he accidentlykills a mother bird with babies in its nest; despite Andy's warnings to becareful with it. As a result, Opie takes it upon himself to raise the babybirds until they're old enough to take care of themselves.
After Opie and his friend Arnold lose their baseball inside thesupposedly haunted Rimshaw house, they rush to the courthouse for help ingetting their ball back. When Barney and Gomer chicken out before climbing thesteps into the house, they ask Andy to go back with them to retrieve the ball.Upon their return, they soon discover that a moonshiner used the history of thehouse as cover to keep his still there.
Ernest T. Bass arrives in Mayberry, intent on joining theArmy, so he can get a uniform to impress the mountain girls who live near him.Knowing that Ernest T. wouldn't be a good fit for the Army, Andy gives therecruiting sergeant a warning about the quirky mountain man. At first the sergeantscoffs at Andy's warning, but soon sees what Andy means about him and tells ErnestT. to go home. Claiming that it's Andy's fault that he didn't get his uniform,Ernest T. vows to pay Andy back for being rejected by the Army.
A visiting minister is traveling through Mayberry. Themessage that he gives the congregation is to slow down and enjoy the simplepleasures of life. As a result, Andy and his friends and family decide to takethe sermon to heart and plan to put on a concert in the park – that day.However, chaos soon ensues when the band's uniforms and the bandstand arefalling apart and the band is severely out of tune. Ultimately, they realizewhat the minister was talking about and decide to call the concert off and taketime to relax on their porch steps.
After being thrown out of the diner downtown, Andy invitesBriscoe and his sons home for supper. However, when Briscoe mistakes Aunt Bee'shospitality for flirting, he declares his love for her and promptly proposesmarriage. Despite Aunt Bee turning him down, Briscoe doesn't take no for ananswer and ultimately kidnaps her. When Andy goes to the Darling's place up in themountains, he and Aunt Bee come up with a scheme to convince Briscoe to letAunt Bee go back home.
After Gomer loses his job and his room in the back of theFilling Station, Andy offers him the use of the guest room at his house.However, it doesn't take long for Gomer to wear out his welcome, resulting inAndy finding a way to get Wally to hire him back.
When Andy and Barney are told that a gold shipment ispassing through Mayberry on the way to Fort Knox, Barney inadvertently spills thebeans and as a result, everybody in town wants to know the specifics. As a result,when the armored truck arrives at the gas station, Barney makes a shocking discoveryand as a result, goes on a brief, wild ride.
It's the time in the school year when Opie gets his reportcard. When Andy suggests that he buckles down and study his arithmetic more,Opie insists he has nothing to worry about, because Miss Crump likes him betterthan when the school year started. When the day arrives and he brings hisreport card home, Andy and Aunt Bee start making a big deal about Opie gettingstraight A's. However, Miss Crump unfortunately tells Opie that she made amistake on his, and Opie has a hard time tell everyone the truth.
Thelma Lou's cousin is coming to visit for a few days. WhenBarney learns that Thelma Lou plans to cancel their date to the Chamber ofCommerce dance because her cousin won't have a date, he reluctantly tries toget a date for her, but is unwilling to rope Andy into a commitment. He thenschemes with Andy to pair Thelma Lou's cousin up with Gomer.
When Barney's landlady catches him cooking in his room, shegets fed up and kicks him out of his rented room. As a result, Barney decidesto take up residence in the backroom at the courthouse. However, when Andytries to help him get his room back, they are surprised when Mrs. Mendelbrightannounces that she found love with her new tenant and plans on leaving townwith him. It doesn't take long for Barney to discover that her new beau is aswindler and has less than honorable intentions when it comes to his belovedlandlady.
After Barney tickets Gomer for committing an illegal U-turn,he immediately performs the same act. Not wanting Barney to be held to adifferent standard than the other residents of town, Gomer promptly performs a citizen's arrest. Barney however, refuses to listen to reason, and as a result,he announces that he would rather resign from the Sheriff's office than faceridicule and pay the fine associated with his ticket. Upon hearing what Barneydid, Gomer finds a way to get Barney to ask for his job back.
Opie befriends a new boy in town, who goes by the nicknameTrey. When Barney and Andy discover that Trey's father has passed away, they goout of their way to make him feel welcome in town. However, this doesn't sitwell with Opie, who in a fit of jealousy, tries to get Andy to stop spending somuch time with his new friend.
When Aunt Bee learns that the local farmer whom she buys hereggs from is being evicted in order for the county to expand the highwaythrough his property, she organizes a protest in an attempt to stop the countyfrom foreclosing. However, with Opie's inadvertent help, Andy and Barney soondiscover the reason why the farmer is so hesitant to move.
When Ernest T. Bass' plan to woo the girls that live nearhim in the mountains doesn't work out as he planned, he decides to come back toMayberry, in an attempt to become a refined man. The way he goes about ithowever, involves quite a few rocks through windows. As a result, Andy andBarney take it upon themselves to teach Ernest T. some manners and then let himtry things out at a party in town.
While busy trying to get some important work done, Andy andBarney get interrupted by Skippy and Daphne, the "fun girls" from Mt. Pilot.When Andy and Barney get caught by Helen and Thelma Lou in their attempt tomake the girls leave, they furiously cancel their plans to go with the guys toan upcoming dance. However, refusing to go the dance stag, Barney decides heand Andy can take Skippy and Daphne instead.
After Aunt Bee starts lamenting about the amount of work shehas to do around the house, Andy thinks of a way to help her out. When MalcolmMerriweather arrives back in town, Andy decides to hire him again so Aunt Beecan become a "lady of leisure." However, his plan soon backfires when Malcombecomes so efficient that Aunt Bee no longer feels needed. It is only afterMalcom has a talk with Opie does he realize how much doing housework is whatgives Aunt Bee purpose, and as a result, schemes to get her back on the job.
After seeing Andy and Helen share a kiss at the jewelry store,Barney gets it in his mind the pair will be getting engaged soon and as aresult, spreads a rumor that their marriage is imminent.
After hearing a comment Barney made about their relationshipthat upset her, Thelma Lou decides to play a trick on him by making Gomer thinkshe's sweet on him. As a result, Barney decides to end his relationship withher.
When Andy, Barney, and Gomer take Opie and his friendscamping overnight, Barney naturally brags about what an expert outdoorsman heis. However, when it appears Opie gets lost, Barney takes Gomer out to searchfor him. However, it doesn't take long for Barney to get Gomer and himself lost,and as a result, Andy devises a way to lead the pair back to their campground.