The Clubmen


Original airdate
December 11, 1961
Directed by
Written by


Roger Courtney invites Andy to come up to the state capital, of Raleigh North Carolina and meet the membership committee of The Esquire Club so as to be considered for membership. Andy accepts the offer but tells him he'll be bringing Barney along also. Barney is very excited at the prospect of joining this exclusive club but he's worried that Andy may need a bit of polishing.


When Andy's fishing buddy Roger suggests that Andy consider joining his posh club in the State capital, Andy also arranges for Barney to be considered as well. Barney decides he and Andy will have to impress the membership committee when they join them for dinner later that week. He makes a fool of himself by putting on airs and talking about things he knows nothing about, such as the stock market, golf, and Baked Alaska. Andy soon learns that he, but not Barney, has been selected for membership and decides not to join out of loyalty to his friend. On hearing that only one of them has been accepted, Barney assumes it's Andy who was refused and stands by his friend as well. At the end of the episode, Opie comes to the Courthouse and asks Andy and Barney to be a member of his own "Tomahawk" club.


  • Trivia buffs will notice that Andy's sleeves are rolled down in some closeups of him sitting at his desk after giving Barney back his shoes while his sleeves are rolled up in the more distant shots in the scene.
  • Club members Roger Courtney, Cliff Britain, Tom Wilson, Jim Baker, John Danby, and George Bronson were all named after teachers who taught at the same school Andy Griffith did during his brief stint as a public school teacher.
  • The Stop Sign that Andy mentions to Barney, while he's trying not to laugh at the fact that Barney's barefooted, is the one from Barney's Replacement.


Andy: "We ain't got any stocks or bonds, in fact we don't got any stuff!"

Andy: "You look good enough to take to the fireworks display!"


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