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The Guitar Player

Season 1, Episode 3

Guitar player

Original airdate
October 17, 1960
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Written by


A gifted guitar player who has self-doubts about his musical talent gets a chance at stardom - with a little push from Andy.


Andy believes his friend Jim Lindsey is the best guitar player around, but can't get Jim to believe that he's good enough to be a professional. When Bobby Fleet and His Band with a Beat come to town, Andy cooks up a plan. He fines Bobby and his band for so many minor infractions, that they decide to take 24 hours in Jail instead. Then Andy has Barney haul Jim in for questioning and tricks him into playing for Bobby. Bobby likes him and gives him a job as the lead Guitar.


  • Andy makes a veiled reference to Elvis Presley: "How 'bout that fella we see every now and then on television, shakin' and screamin' - sounds like somebody's beatin' his dog."
  • Barney and Andy perform New River Train.
  • This is the first time we hear Andy call Barney "Tiger".
  • It is implied that Jim Lindsey is illiterate (when Jim and Andy are talking in the jail cell, Andy states that it would "nice to have the 'folding' kind of money, and having folks asking for autographs. It would be worth learning how to write just for that.")
  • Jim Lindsey is playing an acoustic guitar, yet electric guitar sounds are heard being played from it.
  • Jim references that he just bought a new guitar pick from a store in Winston-Salem.
  • After Andy tells Jim he's under arrest, Jim says "Again", implying that Andy had arrested Jim before.
  • Aunt Bee cooks chicken and dumplings for lunch (or as Andy and many other Southerners refer to it, "dinner").
  • There is a little drum roll at the end of the song but only a guy banging sticks on the jail cell bars.
  • Bobby Fleet and his band are eating at the drugstore. The floor plan is open with tables- the only time the pharmacy is seen like this.
  • There is a calendar on the cell wall with a picture of Ron Howard's younger brother, Clint . He is standing with a dog.


  • Jim plays an acoustic guitar, but it sounds like two electric guitars.
  • Jim's arms lose quite a lot of their hairiness when shown in one guitar-playing close-up.
  • After Jim "auditions" for Bobby Fleet, Bobby says he would pay Jim $75-$100 per week to play with "Bobby Fleet and his band with the beat".
  • In the epilogue, Barney also auditions for Bobby Fleet and plays "Jingle Bells" on his harmonica. The bus drives off in the middle of Barney playing.

Quotes Edit

Andy: "To tell the truth, I don't know why I bothered to arrest you."

Bobby Fleet: "If they ever had a beauty contest in this town, nobody would win."

Barney: "What number are you going to play, Jim."

Andy: "You're interruptin' me in the middle of my "ifing"."


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