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The Case of the Punch in the Nose

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The Case of the Punch in the Nose


Original Airdate
March 15, 1965
Written by
Directed by


Barney feeds the flames of a quarrel.


Barney stirs up a hornets nest when he discovers an unresolved case file dating back to 20 years before. It would seem that Floyd ,the barber, and Mr. Foley, the grocer, got into a dispute at the barber shop, and Floyd punched Foley in the nose. Andy asks Barney to forget about it, but he re-opens the investigation anyway. It would seem that Mr. Foley fell asleep in the barber chair, and Floyd gave him a shave (for which he didn't ask), and subsequently, refused to pay. This led to an exchange of heated words between the two, leading to the punch. Floyd disputes whether Foley asked for the shave, but doesn't deny the punch. Soon everybody in Mayberry seems to be taking sides, and punching each other in the nose, forcing Andy to become uncharacteristically angry at Barney, and telling him, in no uncertain terms, to stop.


  • It is shown in this episode that many of the people in Mayberry are related.
  • The song Andy and Barney sing at the opening of this episode is a hymn called "Praise for the Fountain Opened," also known as "There is a Fountain Filled With Blood," written by William Cowper.

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