Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Tired of relying upon others for his transportation, Barney is determined to become "Mr. Independent Wheels" by purchasing his own car. He ends up investing his life savings ($300) in a lemon provided by a deceptively sweet little old lady, Myrt Lesch (Ellen Corby)-actually the head of a gang of sophisticated con artists and thieves. To save Barney's bankroll, Andy calmly sets a trap for Myrt and her henchman Jake (Allan Melvin). This is the episode with the classic "septic tank" dialogue exchange. Appropriately telecast on April Fool's Day, 1963, "Barney's First Car" was written by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum.