The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Otis Sues the County 

After Otis falls down in the sheriff's office, a sleazy lawyer convinces him he would be helping Andy and Barney if he were to sue the county.


Howard Morris


Bob Ross




Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Howard McNear ... Floyd Lawson
Hal Smith ... Otis Campbell
Jay Novello ... Attorney Neil Bentley
Bartlett Robinson ... Mr. Roberts


After his usual weekly visit for drunkenness, Otis has a minor fall when exiting his cell. He wants to just forget about the incident and tells Barney and Floyd that he has an old football injury and has always had trouble with his knee. Barney however insists that they have to file a report and when Otis goes to a lawyer to get his statement notarized, the shady fellow suggests that he sue the County for $5,000. Needless to say, this doesn't sit well with Mayberry's law enforcement officers. Unfortunately, Floyd doesn't really remember what Otis said at the time and Otis himself wasn't completely recovered from the night before and can't quite remember how it happened. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family


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Howard McNear is never seen walking and when standing the lower half of his body is partially concealed. This is due to a stroke he suffered during the production of season three which left him partially paralyzed and in need of a brace to balance. See more »


When Andy turns off the tape recorder at one point, just after a conversation between Barney and Otis, he turns it back on a few seconds later, Otis and Barney are suddenly at the end of a chorus of "Sweet Adeline" even though the recorder had not been running. See more »

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Otis's Profession
14 December 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Somehow Otis has enough money to buy booze from bootleggers. Every weekend he ends up in the jail cell that is kept nice for him. One day he falls down and Barney wants a full, notarized accident report. But when Otis sees the justice of the peace, the guy decides Otis should sue the county. Interesting things ensue as a result with Otis thinking he is doing his friends a favor.

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28 December 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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