The Sermon for Today
October 21, 1963
A visiting minister advises the people of Mayberry to relax.
Dr. Harrison Everett Breen, a visiting minister from New York, delivers a sermon encouraging the members of the Mayberry congregation to "slow down." Those who are still awake take the message so seriously they spend the entire Sunday working themselves to exhaustion. They attempt to rebuild a bandstand, work to fix old uniforms, and practice with the old band, all in order to arrange a concert in an effort to relax. None of the plan works however; and by the end of the day, instead of relaxed - they are all exhausted.
- The actor David Lewis, who guest stars as the visiting preacher, later went on to great fame as Edward Quartermaine in the long running soap opera "General Hospital".
- The Mayberry Band seems to be an ever evolving (or de-volving) thing. In a season three episode the band (with many of the same members as in this episode) was so awful they had to trick the Mayor into letting them go to competition. However, Aunt Bee mentions the band rather fondly, as if at some point they actually played well. Mayberry also sports a drum and bugle core that may have disbanded.
- Gomer refers to his cousin Goober and talks about him taking his mother for a drive in this episode.
- Barney's off key voice is heard again during the hymn at the beginning of this episode..
- A blooper in this episode is when Barney accidentally calls Gomer the name of his cousin Goober.
Andy: You know what I believe I'll do? Run down to the drugstore and get some ice cream for later.
Barney: You want me to go? I'll go.
Andy: No, I'll go.
Barney: I don't mind going.
Andy: I don't either. I can go.
Barney: You're probably tired. Why don't you let me go?
Andy: No, I'm not tired. I'll go.
Andy: You ready?
Barney: Where we goin'?
Barney to Gomer: Gomer, get down there with them spiders!
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