March 9, 1964
Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor
Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife
Barney continuously interrupts Andy's vacation plans.
Andy is at wit's end with being sheriff, so he takes a vacation. Leaving Barney and Gomer in charge, he soon realizes that he'll never get any rest at home so he goes camping for a week in the woods. Trouble finds him when a prisoner held temporarily in the Mayberry jail sneaks away from Barney and Gomer and ends up finding Andy's campfire. Andy recognizes the prison garb and nabs him. He even has to capture him a second time after Barney and Gomer let him go again.
- Allan Melvin, who plays the escaped convict, appeared as an Army recruiter earlier the same season in the epsiode Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army.
- This is the last time that we see Andy act as Justice of the Peace. Although it's never stated outright, it's conveyed in later seasons that Andy is only the Sheriff.
Andy: You been telling Gomer about that old German again?
Barney: Now look Andy, Hugo Hopfleisch may have been on the wrong team back in '18, but he's a heck of a soldier.
Barney: Well you just bring him in. We'll give him maximum security.
Gomer: What's maximum security?
Barney: That's keys in the drawer.
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