Convicts at Large

This is a great episode, it's the one with three female convicts. But but but I'm still wondering about when Charles O'Malley (William Bouchey) returns on the bus from "DE-troit."  Andy offers him a ride back to his place, and he accepts. If it weren't for Andy, how was O'Malley getting back home? He obviously did not ALREADY have a ride, or he'd have told Andy.

Changing the subject, In "Manhunt," Barney's mother is listed in the cast, see for yourself, follow this link:

I believe I've seen this show 473 times, and never have seen "Mrs. Fife."   ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ???

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  • Barney "frisked" her, along with ??Cal?? and our little fat mayor when he was watching the back road.

    • Absolutely right you are. Now I recall it all.

      • As for Mister O’Malley, well he knew where the money was-    Feet.  So maybe with that in mind perhaps he was just going to walk home from the bus station.  Either that or while he was great at making money selling orthopedic shoes he just wasn’t much at important details when it came to making travel plans. 

        • Daddy you are soooooo right!

    • Fat?!? Us Pikes just naturally have big bones.

  • O'Malley must have had a car because he had gas at his cabin, that's how they fueled Floyds car so they could go get groceries.

  • I’ve thought about this before too. I assumed he would just have to walk, but the episode sets it up as though his cabin is pretty far from town. I think generally there is a loose conception of geographic distances in Mayberry and surrounding areas. I can think of a few instances when references to the time it takes to get somewhere or how one would get there make little sense or contradict a reference from another episode.  

    One example that’s always irked me is in Opie’s Charity, when Tom Silby says “all I did was go DOWN to Charlottesville!”

    I wonder if folks might contribute some other examples of odd Mayberry time, space, and geography .....

    • At times it seems like the “Continuity person” on the staff just wasn’t up to snuff.  

      • Right you are. I said as much a year ago. In fact this is my thread. In the credits there's a female listed as in charge of continuity. And there were multiple writers to beg the risk. A decade later Mash4077 had much the same problem. Thanks to all of you for the outpouring.


    • As a child,  when my grandmother would do canning, I recall her (and my aunts) saying she was going to "put up" some pickles. In 'The Pickle Story', Clara refers to it as "putting down" pickles. Curious.

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