Worried about an impending visit from the state prison inspector, deputy Barney grouses over the fact that the Mayberry jail looks more like a luxury hotel room than an institution of incarceration. Andy pooh-poohs Barney's trepidations, explaining that the inspector is an old friend of his. Alas, a new inspector has been hired-and true to Barney's dire predictions, he lowers the boom on Andy, threatening to remove the sheriff from office. Written by Jack Elinson and Charles Stewart, "The Inspector" first aired on April 10, 1961.
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