Oct. 03, 1960
30 min.
CBS TV Network

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The Andy Griffith Show - 04x16 Barney's Sidecar

4x16 Barney's Sidecar

4.5/5 (2 votes)
First Aired: Jan. 27, 1964 on CBS
Summary: Barney gets a motorcycle.

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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Andy Taylor played by Andy Griffith
Barney Fife played by Don Knotts
Aunt Bee Taylor played by Frances Bavier
Mrs. Beggs played by Virginia Sale
Trucker Edgar J. Masters played by Rodney Bell
Jase played by Joseph Hamilton
Second Truck Driver played by Ray Kellogg (II)
Townsman played by Harold Landon

Episode Quotes

Andy Taylor: [Andy has just sent Opie home, along with his wood burning kit and project, as Barney comes in the door] Hi Barn.
Andy Taylor: [Barney then drops a pair of goggles, a pair of leather gloves and a motorcycle helmet onto Andy's desk] . I just got rid of Opie and his toys now here you come with yours.
Barney Fife: If you ride with your mouth open in the wind and put your tongue against the roof of your mouth, its impossible to pronounce a word that begins with the letter 's'.
Andy Taylor: You didn't let anyone see you riding with your mouth open?
A Townsman: [Talking about the sidecar] Sheriff, if you fill it up with water you can take a bath on the way.


  • Goof (errors in geography): When Barney is at Checkpoint Chickie warning truckers, you twice see where he's on a highly-traveled multi-lane thoroughfare. As Barney approaches a truck, the camera pans too far and you can briefly see it's a four-lane road, with a Burgie Beer billboard on the other side of the highway.
  • Goof (factual errors): Just before Andy gets into the sidecar there's a shot of the three US flags mounted near the center of the handle bars. The flag has had 50 stars since 1960. Each of Barnie's flags have 48 stars on them. This episode aired in 1964 and was presumably filmed in 1963.


  • The motorcycle wasn't an "RJ 300 Motorcycle". That was made up. The bike was actually a prop based on a WWI Harley.
  • Writer James Fritzell said that the long description by Mrs. Beggs about her sister Tilly was created to illustrate how women remember details differently to men.
  • Writer James Fritzell didn't like Aunt Bee's line about the war picture in which the Nazis were killed on their motorcycles. He felt it was out of character.
  • The gag in which Barney's motorcycle takes off leaving the sidecar behind was borrowed from The Marx Brothers, who used the same gag in Duck Soup.
  • Barney's goggles contain no lenses (a common occurrence in eyewear on film) as to avoid reflections from studio lights.
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