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Mayberry Goes Bankrupt


Original airdate
October 23, 1961
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After the town council forces Andy to evict a poor elderly man for not paying back taxes, a 100-year old savings bond issued by the city of Mayberry is discovered among the man's possessions. Now the city apparently owes him $349,119.27.


Andy is forced by the town council of Mayberry to evict Frank Myers (portrayed by Andy Clyde), the poorest man in town, for failure to pay his taxes. Andy and Frank discover that Frank has an old bond issued by the town worth nearly $350,000. This problem is that the town has nowhere near enough funds to pay Frank. Suddenly, the same people who wanted to evict him, like Mayor Pike, Harlan Fergus, & the rest of the Mayberry City Council, can't seem to do enough for him, including renovating his house. However, it turns out that the bond is worthless and Frank is once again looked down upon. In the end, Andy is able to teach the principle of "love they neighbor."


  • In a blooper, Frank Myers states that his medallion is from the "1906 World's Fair in St. Louis" but that World's Fair occurred in 1904.
  • The name Frank Meyers appears in the end credits for just about every episode of the show. The character Frank Meyers in this episode was named after a member of the crew.
  • A question, if the bond was still legal after 100 years?
  • According to an inflation Adjustment, and they're Goooood adjusters, $349,119.27 from 1961 is $2,828,475.29 as of (2017)
  • This episode is an ambiguous ending-it is unknown whether the bond was purchased before or after May 20, 1861, the day North Carolina seceeded; if the bond was purchased after North Carolina seceeded, and in Confederate dollars of course, it would be worthless; however it was only payed for in "dollars" {denomination not given as either US or CS}; furthermore, if it was bought before North Carolina seceeded and since Andy figured on the interest after 100 years, this means there was no expiration date on the bonds-thus the town could still owe Myers interest on the bond!


Andy - Well Mayor, the point is, that accordin' to the computation machines down at the bank, and they're Gooood machines we, that is the town of Mayberry, owe Frank Myers $349,119.27.
Mayor Pike - Over a quarter of a million dollars.
Frank Myers - I'll take it in cash!


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