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The Andy Griffith Show: The Great Filling Station Robbery

Andy suspects young Jimmy Morgan is robbing Wally's Filling Station.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x22
Production Number: 085
Airdate: Monday February 25th, 1963

Director: Bob Sweeney
Writer: Harvey Bullock

Guest Stars
Jim NaborsJim Nabors
As Gomer Pyle
Pat ColbyPat Colby
As Jimmy Morgan
Willis BoucheyWillis Bouchey
As Mr. Carter
Jack Shea (2)Jack Shea (2)
As Jed Hanson
Johnny SilverJohnny Silver
As Prothro Hanson
Cultural References
Gomer Pyle: Shazam! Captain Marvel wouldn't have thought of that, Barney!

Captain Marvel is a comic book superhero, originally published by Fawcett Comics and now owned by DC Comics. Created in 1939 by artist C.C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, the character first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 (February 1940). With a premise that taps adolescent fantasy, Captain Marvel is the alter ego of Billy Batson, a youth who works as a radio news reporter and was chosen to be a champion of good by the wizard Shazam. Whenever Billy speaks the wizard's name, he is instantly struck by a magic lightning bolt that transforms him into an adult superhero empowered with the abilities of six legendary figures.

Andy: How about that? A regular Trojan Horse!

The Trojan Horse is part of the myth of the Trojan War, as told in Virgil's Latin epic poem The Aeneid. The events of this myth take place after Homer's Iliad, and before both Homer's The Odyssey and Virgil's The Aeneid.

The Greek siege of Troy had lasted for ten years. The Greeks devised a new ruse: a giant hollow wooden horse. It was built by Epeius and filled with Greek warriors led by Odysseus. The rest of the Greek army appeared to leave, but actually hid behind Tenedos. Meanwhile, a Greek spy, Sinon, convinced the Trojans that the horse was a gift despite the warnings of Laocoon and Cassandra; Helen and Deiphobus even investigated the horse; in the end, the Trojans accepted the gift. In ancient times it was customary for a defeated general to surrender his horse to the victorious general in a sign of respect. It should be noted here that the horse was the sacred animal of Poseidon; during the contest with Athena over the patronage of Athens, Poseidon gave men the horse, and Athena gave the olive tree.

The Trojans hugely celebrated the end of the siege, so that, when the Greeks emerged from the horse, the city was in a drunken stupor. The Greek warriors opened the city gates to allow the rest of the army to enter, and the city was pillaged ruthlessly, all the men were killed, and all the women and children were taken into slavery.

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