The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting 

When Barney hears about an international summit meeting that will be held in the area, he volunteers the home of a wealthy Mayberry citizen. He fails to get the permission of the homeowner ... See full summary »


Lee Philips


Aaron Ruben




Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle
Richard X. Slattery ... Captain Dewhurst
Paul Fix ... Mr. McCabe
Michael Higgins ... Mr. Clifford
Alan Oppenheimer ... Mr. Ruskin
Ben Astar ... Mr. Vasilievich
Hollis Morrison ... Jenkins
Charles Horvath ... Peterson


When Barney hears about an international summit meeting that will be held in the area, he volunteers the home of a wealthy Mayberry citizen. He fails to get the permission of the homeowner first, and the owner refuses to let them use his house. The summit entourage arrives in town with no place to hold the meeting. Written by Ronny Bailey

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The limousine is a Chrysler Imperial despite the fact that Ford Motor Co. supplied cars during the entire run of the series. See more »


When sitting at the table in the kitchen Mr. Clifford asks if they can continue the meeting right there. The Russian representative shakes his head and responds in Russian although the question was never interpreted in Russian. See more »

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You, you dropout!
19 September 2017 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

This might have been one of the great TAGS episodes but for one thing: Don Knotts. Lee Philips tries hard to recreate the magic between Andy and Don that for five seasons made the show the classic that we can't stop watching nearly 60 years on. But here it just doesn't work, the blame resting on Mr. Knott's alone, who, having by this time tasted of big-screen fame, can't quiet down his movie star persona long enough to bring back the less self-conscious, the more subtly absurd, and the ever lovable neurotic character from before he left the series. This year's model of Deputy Fife has less staying power than the Edsel he drove into town earlier in the color seasons. It's odd that the funniest character in this story is someone we've never heard of up to now, the irascible Mr. McCabe whose large house looks like it would fit right in with those of the Walnut Hills crowd we met earlier in the season. Even Andy Griffith looks like he doesn't know how to play off of his old friend Don. He is somewhat passive in the face of Barney's out-of-control mission to find a house for the summit--passive, that is, until he rightly explodes at him in the kitchen, all but calling him an idiot, after he allows Goober and some of the townspeople, including that man of mystery Mr. Schwump, to burst into the Taylor's living room for a glimpse at the summit-ers. It turns out Aunt Bee is the strong one in this crowd, making us wonder just how much more successful the SALT treaties might have been with plentiful helpings of fried chicken, potato salad, and actual salt. Throw in a jar of pickles and they seem to work wonders for navigating tortuous nuclear negotiations. The U.S. delegate, Mr. Clifford, comes across as an arrogant, difficult-to-please bureaucrat who, upon his arrival, dismisses the Taylors' home as unacceptable and who later has no qualms about helping himself to leftovers from their refrigerator. Barney's boss is a bully who obviously finds it easy to intimidate the once proud deputy who now just acts like a clown. One wonders whether Mr. Vasilievich and his translator, who resembles Gavin MacLeod, are speaking a real language or merely improvising gibberish. The director redeems himself with an epilogue set on the front porch that has Barney musing to Andy upon the vagaries of history and the average man's place in it, and just for a moment we are treated once more to the old magic between them.

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29 January 1968 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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