Previous episode: Next episode:
Barney's Bloodhound Barney's Uniform

Man in the Middle

Season 5, Episode 7

Man in Middle MAIN

Original airdate
November 2, 1964
Directed by
Written by
"I don't wanna talk about it."


Barney and Thelma Lou have an argument. They reconcile quickly, but it leads to other arguments between Andy and Barney, Thelma Lou and Helen, Andy and Helen, and another between Barney and Thelma Lou.


Barney and Thelma Lou break up and it appears for good. In an effort to console Barney, Andy gets in hot water when Barney misrepresents his words to Thelma lou. The harder they try to work things out, the worse it gets.


  • This may be the only episode where an occupation for Thelma Lou is mentioned. When Barney is trying to get her and Helen to reconcile, she says, "I have to get back to the office".
  • The scene at the beginning that shows Helen and Andy walking in front of the courthouse before Barney barges between them, the music playing will eventually be the theme song for the spin off series Mayberry R.F.D..
  • Andy serenades Helen near the end of the episode with "Red Rosy Bush," a song he also sang for nurse Mary Simpson in "Three's a Crowd" (Season 2, Episode 27).


Barney: So deep a friendship hath one man for another, that no female caress shall ever tear it asunder. Boy, the guy that wrote that must have been some kind of a nut!

Barney: Am I gettin' through to you, fella?

Barney: She came right out and said she didn't want to see me anymore, and I said that was okay with me, and she said that it was okay with her, too, and that was it, finé, the end, curtain, and I don't want to talk about it.


Behind the ScenesEdit

Previous episode: Next episode:
Barney's Bloodhound Barney's Uniform
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.