A bizarre attempted robbery by two bumbling hill-country brothers turns into a comedy of errors before it's finally thwarted by Festus who is acting as Matt's deputy.
Adam & Hoss purchase a thoroughbred to run in the Virginia Cityrace, but Hoss puts him up for security in a poker game and loses. They desperately need the money to buy him back but they know their father won't lend them money.
Joe's latest love is Julia Grant, who dreams of being an actress, and it's that dream that's keeping her from committing to Joe. Adam offers to get her an audition with visiting actor Edwin Booth, but his opinion is devastating.
A Plaque for Mayberry
Mayor Pike (Dick Elliott) and the townspeople are shocked to discover that the last living descendant of Revolutionary War hero Nathan Tibbs is Mayberry's town drunk, Otis Campbell.