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Deputy Otis


Original airdate
May 7, 1962
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Written by


Otis is made a temporary deputy so he can impress his visiting older brother.


Otis, the town drunk, has been writing letters to his brother and sister-in-law for some time on the Mayberry Courthouse stationery. Because of this, they have come to believe that he is a deputy. All is fine until they write that they are coming through Mayberry on their way to Memphis Tn.. Andy and a reluctant Barney step in to help Otis perpetuate the idea that he is a deputy. In the end, while Otis is convinced that his brother doesn't believe he's a deputy, he discovers Ralph is a town drunk as well.


  • In this episode we see Otis's brother and sister-in-law.
  • The third and final correspondence from the Hubacher brothers comes in this episode when they write on the occasion of their second anniversary in the state pen. They mention in the letter a song sung by Junior to commemorate the occasion: "My Little Grey Home In The West." It made the warden cry.
  • This is the last appearance of Rita Campbell, Otis' wife.
  • The previous episode "Cousin Virgil" showed that outside Otis' cell #1 window that there was open sky and even a piece of tree branch to be seen through it when Barney tied a rope to it and yanked part of the wall down. In this episode there is just a brick wall only feet away.
  • Because of a tip given by Rita to Andy, Otis hid a bottle of whisky in his kitchen under a potted plant. Andy makes Otis pour it out since he's a deputy.
  • Andy and Barney both left their keys at home. Otis let's them in after Andy and Barney wake Otis up. Before waking him, Andy references that "Otis always comes in with a load on Friday Night" so it is assumed that this episode takes place on Saturday.


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