Since the series had several writers, some continuity slip-ups are to be expected. An example of this is with the various middle names given for both Barney and Andy.
If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that a wide range of middle names are given to Barney throughout the show. In the episode “Class Reunion”, Barney’s middle name is Milton, though at other times he is called “Bernard P. Fife”. In another episode, where he believes he is the descendant of Nathan Tibbs, a Mayberry Revolutionary hero, he says his name is “Barney ‘Tibbs’ Fife”. Andy jokingly says, “I thought your middle name was Oliver.” A similar problem exists with Andy’s middle name, which was Jackson on the show (which we see on his high school photo). However, his newborn son’s name was Andrew Samuel Taylor Jr. on Mayberry RFD (given to him during a christening).
The Mysterious Mr. Shwump
Mr. Schwump is a Mayberry citizen seen in at least 26 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show . He never speaks, however, Andy and Barney frequently address him by name. In the episode "The Fun Girls," Andy says, "Barney, I'm not going to a dance and stand in a stag line with Old Man Schwump."
When the cast and crew were later asked who the actor was that portrayed Mr. Schwump, no one could seem to remember. It is rumored he was a friend of Andy Griffith's who was given a speaking part. However, after freezing up on his lines, he remained silent. He also appeared as an extra in the 1945 film ‘ Christmas in Connecticut’ .
“That’s the Time!”
Here’s a fun history lesson: there is an old southern phrase, “that’s the time,” which is used numerous times by Andy Griffith throughout the show. The old phrase has several meanings, some of which include “good!” and “okay” and “that’s the right thing to do.”
Bringing this phrase into the show was a subtle way for Griffith to interject his southern upbringing into The Andy Griffith Show. Andy would also include other southern phrases, such as “Nary a thing” (meaning ‘I’m not doing anything’) and “Tick a lock” (Meaning ‘keep your mouth shut’).
Griffith Paid Homage To His Real Father In The Intro
When you watch the theme-song reel at the beginning of the show, Andy and his son, Opie, walk to the edge of the lake. This is where Andy gives a nod of approval when the boy throws a rock into the water (which has a secret of its own that you’ll find out about later).
This simple gesture means so much more than meets the eye. As it turns out, Andy Griffith’s actual father would shake his head in the same manner when he showed approval towards Andy. Isn’t that sweet?
Knotts Asked For Part Ownership Of The Show And Griffith Declined
When Griffith came aboard for a sixth season, Knotts agreed to do the same — But of course, there was more to the story.
Andy revealed to Don’s manager decades later, after Don’s death, that in a private meear changed his delivery of dialogue for Floyd from fast-paced to slower and slower as time went on. Floyd also became meting midway through season five, Don told Andy he would return to the sitcom — but only if he could have an ownership stake in the production. Andy and his manager owned more than half of the Griffith Show, while Don owned none of it; he was just a salaried employee. As much as Andy loved working with Don, he denied his friend’s request and Don did not return to the show.