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Sam for Town Council 

Sam Jones runs against Emmett for a seat on the Town Council.


Lee Philips


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Episode credited cast:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle
Jack Dodson ... Howard Sprague
Paul Hartman ... Emmett Clark
Aneta Corsaut ... Helen Crump
Ken Berry ... Sam Jones
Gil Lamb ... Lou
Howard Hesseman ... Harry (as Don Sturdy)
Roy Engel ... Mr. Perkins
Dick Johnstone Dick Johnstone ... Mr. Calvin
Mary Lou Taylor Mary Lou Taylor ... Mrs. Barton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Penny Kunard Penny Kunard ... Mrs. Farley


When a long-time Councilman suddenly leaves, some of the men wonder who they could convince to run in the special election that will be held. They decide on farmer Sam Jones as just the type of honest, hard working man they think would be ideal for the job. Emmett thinks he would make a pretty good Councilman and also decides to toss his hat in the ring. Emmett's political style is old school, basically promising anything to anyone and he's getting quite a following as a result. Sam realizes that he's going to have to scramble if he wants any chance of winning and bases his campaign on openness and transparency with no promises to special interests. The race comes down to the wire with no one knowing who will win. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

11 March 1968 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appearance of the Sam Jones (Ken Berry) character who went on to star in Mayberry R.F.D. (1968). See more »


Emmett Clark calls both the owner of the Diner and a fisherman "Harry". The ending credits list "Harry" as being played by "Don Sturdy" (a.k.a. Howard Hesseman) who also played a "Counterboy" in "Goober Goes to the Auto Show" (2/5/1968) and is the fisherman. This leaves the ending credit listing "Lou" played by "Gil Lamb" as being the Diner owner. See more »


Howard Sprague: Job like that the world's your oyster.
Goober Pyle: What?
Howard Sprague: Just an expression, Goob.
Goober Pyle: Boy, they're sure comin' up with some crazy ones.
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And if elected...
10 November 2017 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

It always saddens me a little when I arrive at this episode after having watched all eight seasons in chronological order, which, for me, is the best way to watch TAGS. Starting with season number one you get to see Ron Howard age gradually and evolve into a comedian with impeccable timing by the show's finale. This episode is essentially the beginning of the RFD series. And that's too bad, because the character of Sam Jones is a really nice guy. It's unfortunate that the series didn't get the same level of writing and acting as TAGS. I hope I'm not short-changing RFD the way I used to do the color seasons of TAGS without having given myself enough time to appreciate just how entertaining they are. Nevertheless,I don't believe I'm being unfair, because what I see in RFD is characters who have become clownish and writing that doesn't give us those memorable lines that fans of TAGS love to pull out of the air at appropriate moments. It's Emmett's turn in the spotlight in this episode and he shines brightly. For the longest time I didn't care for the character. Years of watching season 8 over and over, however, have given me a fondness for him. In fact, in an episode this season he delivers one of the great lines of TAGS regarding an official in Lincoln, Neb. I have to admit it's seriously out of character at the end of this story for Goober, Howard, and Aunt Bee to attempt to wheedle favors out of the new councilman, Sam. That's something you'd find in Mayberry RFD.

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